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“They asked me to sound 'sweet' when voicing Princess Peach. It was a stretch.”
Leslie Swan, N-Sider.com

Leslie Swan is a Nintendo employee who served as the Senior Editor of Nintendo Power, voice actress, and Nintendo of America localization manager at Treehouse for numerous titles both within and outside the Mario franchise from 2000-2015. Contributing her voice to Princess Peach in Super Mario 64, Swan became the second actress to voice the princess in a video game (and the first in an official Nintendo game), after Jocelyn Benford. In addition, she is currently the only voice actress to voice the WarioWare, Inc. character Mona.

Mario voice actor Charles Martinet enjoys his voice acting sessions with Leslie and the Nintendo of America localization team. "Bill Trinen, Leslie Swan, and all those great guys, they have so many ideas [for voicing Mario], I come up with ideas, and of course there's the script to go off of. So we go to the script first, and then bounce some ideas and start playing…. We have this great playtime. It's really fun."[1]

History with the Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64[edit]

Prior to her involvement with Mario series video games, Leslie Swan served as the localization manager of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past[2] and as the Senior Editor of Nintendo Power[3]. As her first direct contribution to the Mario series, she worked as the copywriter for Super Mario Adventures, a monthly comic included with Nintendo Power starting with the January 1992 issue and concluding with the January 1993 issue. Later, Swan penned the English script for Super Mario 64 in 1996 which would later be translated and used in all versions of the title. In addition, Nintendo EAD requested that she voice Princess Peach, which she did. She was asked to sound sweet, which she considered to be "a stretch."[4] Leslie again voiced the princess in the English version of Mario Kart 64 before giving up the role in 1998 to Asako Kozuki in Mario Party and later Jen Taylor in Mario Golf.

Return to Localization[edit]

In 2000, Leslie Swan continued to localize many Nintendo of America titles. Her first Mario series related title was Dr. Mario 64 in 2001. Shortly afterwards she worked as one of several localization managers of Animal Crossing which involved both translation and major changes and additions. Nintendo was impressed by the work of Leslie and her team.[5] She worked on the localization for Luigi's Mansion later that year and in 2002, she served as localization manager for Wario World.

Voice Acting and Localization[edit]

For four years following the release of Wario World, Leslie Swan worked both as a localization manager and voice actress starting with WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ in 2003. Swan lent her voice to the character Mona, introduced in the title as both an employee of WarioWare, Inc. and as a potential love interest for Wario. It had been seven years since Leslie Swan had last voiced a character. Though the title would be the last of the WarioWare, Inc. series that she would localize, she continued to voice Mona with the release of WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! and in 2004 with the releases of WarioWare: Twisted! and WarioWare: Touched!. Nintendo also released Super Mario 64 DS, a remake of Super Mario 64, in 2004. Several changes were made to Princess Peach's dialogue, so Swan took on the role once again for the first time in eight years.

Following these four titles, Leslie would not voice act again until 2006. Instead, she once again worked as a localization manager, overseeing the North American releases of Mario Golf: Advance Tour and Yoshi Topsy-Turvy in 2004 and Mario Kart DS and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time in 2005. She also managed the localization of New Super Mario Bros. in 2006 in addition to loaning her voice once more to Mona in WarioWare: Smooth Moves. In 2007, she returned to the role of Princess Peach in Super Paper Mario. In 2015, Swan resigned as localization director[6].

Credits[edit]

# Name Role
1 Super Mario Adventures Copywriter
2 Super Mario 64 Screen Text Writer
Voice actress: Princess Peach
3 Mario Kart 64 Voice actress: Princess Peach
4 Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64) Localization Management
5 Paper Mario Localization Manager
6 Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color) Localization Management
7 Mario Party 3 North American Localization Management
8 Dr. Mario 64 North American Localization
9 Mario Kart: Super Circuit Localization Management
10 Luigi's Mansion North American Localization
11 Super Smash Bros. Melee North American Localization
12 Super Mario Sunshine North American Localization
13 Mario Party 4 North American Localization Management
14 Game & Watch Gallery 4 North American Localization
15 WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! Localization Management
Voice actress: Mona
16 Wario World Localization Management
17 Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Opening Movie Script
Localization Management
18 WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! Localization Management
Voice actress: Mona
19 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! North American Localization Management
20 Mario Party 5 Localization Management
21 Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga North American Localization Management
22 Mario vs. Donkey Kong Voice Recording Coordinator
23 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Localization Management
24 WarioWare: Twisted! Localization Management
Voice actress: Mona
25 Mario Power Tennis North American Localization Management
26 Mario Party 6 Localization Management
27 Super Mario 64 DS North American Localization
Voice actress: Princess Peach
28 WarioWare: Touched! Localization Management
Voice actress: Mona
29 Yoshi Topsy-Turvy Localization Management
30 Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Localization Management
31 Mario Party Advance Localization Management
32 Yoshi Touch & Go Localization Management
33 DK: King of Swing Localization Management
34 Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix Localization Management
35 Mario Superstar Baseball North American Localization Management
36 Mario Tennis: Power Tour Localization Management
37 Dr. Mario & Puzzle League Localization Management
38 Super Princess Peach NOA Localization Management
39 Mario Party 7 Localization Management
40 Mario Kart DS NOA Localization Management
41 Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time NOA Localization Management
42 Tetris DS Localization Managerment
43 New Super Mario Bros. Localization Management
44 Mario Hoops 3-on-3 North American Localization Management
45 Yoshi's Island DS Localization Management
46 WarioWare: Smooth Moves Localization Management
Voice actress: Mona
47 Wario: Master of Disguise NOA Localization Management
48 Super Paper Mario Localization Management
Voice actress: Princess Peach
49 Mario Party 8 Localization Management
50 Donkey Kong Barrel Blast North American Localization Management
51 DK: Jungle Climber North American Localization Management
52 Super Mario Galaxy North American Localization Management
53 Mario Party DS Localization Management
54 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Localization
55 Mario Kart Wii NOA Localization Management
56 Mario Super Sluggers North American Localization Management
57 Wario Land: Shake It! NOA Localization Management
58 New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat NOA Localization Management
59 Paper Plane Localization Management
60 Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story North American Localization Management
61 WarioWare: D.I.Y. NOA Localization Management
Voice actress: Mona
62 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Localization Management
63 Super Mario Galaxy 2 North American Localization Management
64 Donkey Kong Country Returns Localization
65 Super Mario 3D Land Localization
66 Mario Kart 7 North American Localization Management
67 Mario Party 9 North American Localization Management
68 New Super Mario Bros. 2 North American Localization Management
69 Paper Mario: Sticker Star North American Localization Management
70 New Super Mario Bros. U North American Localization Management
71 Super Mario 3D World Localization
72 Mario Golf: World Tour North American Localization Management
73 Mario Kart 8 North American Localization Management
74 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U North American Localization Management
75 Mario Party 10 North American Localization Management
76 Yoshi's Woolly World North American Localization Management
77 Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World North American Localization Management

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berghammer, Billy. (2005-3-15) I Am Mario: The Charles Martinet Interview (archived). GameInformer. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
  2. ^ Leslie Swan (II). The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  3. ^ "Super Mario 64". Nintendo Power (Nintendo) (89): 67. October 1996.
  4. ^ Leslie Swan. N-Sider.com. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  5. ^ Animal Crossing. N-Sider.com. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
  6. ^ Leslie Swan - LinkedIn. Retrieved June 16, 2017.