Kerri Kane is an American voice actress who has portrayed Rosalina in several games for Nintendo starting with Mario Kart 7, taking over the role from Mercedes Rose and being succeeded by Laura Faye Smith. As well as voice acting for a variety of media including video games, children's audiobooks, apps and commercials, Kane works as a graphic artist. She is also an ardent fan of the Mario franchise and video games in general, describing her family as a "multi-console family", and naming Super Mario 64 and the The Legend of Zelda series as her favorite offerings from Nintendo.
Kane was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She became a fan of video games as at a young age, starting with 2-in-1 Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt for the NES. In her 20's, she moved to Oakhurst, California, where she worked for Sierra On-Line as an assistant graphic designer on various video game manuals. After spending time back in Massachusetts and Florida, she eventually moved to Seattle, Washington, and in 2008, she branched out and started doing voice acting in addition to her ongoing graphic design work. The audition for the role of Rosalina came in the first few months of her new career, which greatly excited Kane, as Nintendo was one of the three "dream companies" she hoped to someday work for. When Kane was chosen as Nintendo's top-pick for the new voice of Rosalina, she described it as unbelievable and very special to her.
However, when Kane and her family moved to Florida after the release of Mario Kart 7, she was unable to work for Nintendo of America (as the company is based "3,000 miles away" across the country in Washington state). Kane continues to reside in Florida where she balances her voice acting career with freelance graphics work under the name Tiny Cows Design. Her projects range from working on brochures and other print media for her husband's 3D graphics company, Sundog Software, to designing flyers for animal non-profits, to creating illustrations for children's cards.
While Kane was not listed in the game's credits, her voice clips from Mario Kart 7 were reused for Rosalina's Mario Golf: World Tour appearance, in addition to some previously unused recordings that she had made for Nintendo. However, while the credits of Mario Party 10, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games also included her, misspelled as "Kerry Kane", she did not actually record the voice work used in the game.