Scott Burns

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Scott Burns in 2006.

Scott Burns is the voice actor who provided the voice of Bowser as well as the Piantas starting with Super Mario Sunshine in 2002 and continuing until Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games in 2007. Nearly a year following this release, Burns stopped voicing Bowser for unknown reasons, but he then returned to the role for Mario Super Sluggers in 2008. Despite no longer being the voice of Bowser, Burns has kept in touch with the series as one of the announcer voices in Mario Tennis Open.

In addition to the Mario series, Scott Burns worked for Nintendo to voice Slippy Toad's father, Beltino Toad, in Star Fox Assault.[1] Aside from Nintendo, Burns has also worked for Microsoft, McDonald's, and Boeing. Scott Burns considers himself most suited for characters between the ages of twenty-nine and forty-nine, but claims to be able to voice young adult, middle aged, and senior male characters.[2]

History with the Mario series

Voicing Bowser

Scott Burns began his career at the suggestion of another voice actor and gained notability through his ability to impersonate people and characters such as Clint Eastwood and Popeye.[2] Nintendo hired Burns first to voice Bowser in Super Mario Sunshine, the first video game in which Bowser was given a speaking role beyond his growls and roars. However, the title's voice acting panned by many, including Gamespot reviewer Jeff Gerstmann, who criticized the title as having "some of the lousiest voice-over work to be found on the GameCube. None of the voices fit particularly well.... [Bowser and Bowser Jr.] are completely miscast and downright disappointing."[3] Despite such criticism, Nintendo continued to hire the voice actors from Super Mario Sunshine. Following this role, Scott began voicing Bowser without fail, giving him a series of throaty grunts, laughs, and exclamations new to the character who had previously simply roared and growled.

Absence and Return

Kenny James took on the role in Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart Wii and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, and now voices him constantly. In 2008, Scott returned to voice Bowser in Mario Super Sluggers. In 2010 he shared the role with fellow Bowser subsitute Kenny James in Super Mario Galaxy 2.




  1. ^ Star Fox Assault (2005) (VG). The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 3, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Character, Offbeat, Dad, Guy Next Door. Voice123. Retrieved March 3, 2009.
  3. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff. Super Mario Sunshine Review. GameSpot. Retrieved March 3, 2009.