The losses are a blow to fans of kitschy gaming tie-ins. Welch was the original voice actor for Miles “Tails” Prower in the “Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” animated TV series. Wells portrayed Luigi on “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show,” another Saturday morning staple.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata made the announcement in a direct broadcast to fans, even going so far as to wear Luigi’s trademark hat throughout his segment of the broadcast. (Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, it should be noted, declined to wear the headgear, denying Luigi some Valentine’s love.)