Television gaming icons Christopher Evan Welch and Danny Wells pass away

Christopher welch-wells-obitEvan Welch and Danny Wells, two television actors who made significant marks on the video game world, have both passed away.

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.

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Mario, shmario: 2013 is the year of Luigi

According year-of-luigito the Chinese calendar, 2013 is the year of the snake. But in Kyoto, Japan — the headquarters of Nintendo — it’s officially the year of Luigi.

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.)

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