Julien Bardakoff

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Julien Bardakoff
Julien Bardakoff in an interview
Super Mario–related role(s) Translator, voice director, temporary hotliner for Nintendo France,[1] temporary voice actor for Luigi

Julien Bardakoff is a former French Nintendo of Europe France employee involved with translation and localization. He was also the voice of Luigi in the Japanese version of Mario Kart 64 and again for Mario Party.[2][3][1][4][5] He was replaced by Charles Martinet in the English version of Mario Kart 64 and all versions of most subsequent games. However, his voice clips were reused for Mario Party 2 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit. His performance influenced Luigi's voice in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, where the voice is a higher pitched variant of Mario's voice from Super Mario 64.

Bardakoff is currently affiliated with Ubisoft,[6] and was responsible for translation and voice direction in the French localization of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope.[5][7][8]




  • Originally, Bardakoff wanted to be Toad's voice in Mario Kart 64, but after testing his voice in the studio, Koji Kondo told him that he has more of Luigi's voice than Toad's.[1][2]
    • Additionally, Bardakoff was not initially chosen to do a voice; he had to convince the sound programmer of Mario Kart 64 (Taro Bando or Yoji Inagaki) with a rare French Magic: The Gathering card in order to be let into the studio with Kondo.[2][1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Interview of Julien Bardakoff : A Chat with Julien Bardakoff - The Voice of Luigi - KotBox
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Interview of Julien Bardakoff on Game One: Direct du 14/11/2018 (2/4) - Pokemon avec Julien Bardakoff
  3. ^ a b c d e f Interview of Julien Bardakoff :Parlons VF - Interview de Julien Bardakoff (Pokémon / Super Mario 64 / Banjo-Kazooie / Watch Dogs) - Parlons Vf - Archives
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Julien Bardakoff's IMDb[better source needed]
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Julien Bardakoff - Video Game Credits - MobyGames
  6. ^ Interview of Julien Bardakoff at Nintendo E3: CULTURE Z #26 NINTENDO E3 - BADNEWS
  7. ^ a b Julien Bardkoff's post on Instagram
  8. ^ a b Credits of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  9. ^ Japanese Mario Kart 64 instruction booklet, page 36