Just to add:
During the years 91-94 Nintendo had many plans for different SNES-CD add-ons. One with Sony and one with Philips. After a while they abandoned both projects and Sony continued with their PlayStation for the SNES. They developed the project further and some years later they released it as a stand-alone console.
The idea was that Sony were going to develop their own console, in partnership with Nintendo, called the Playstation which would have a cartridge port and a CD drive to play both SNES carts and new 'SNES CD' games. The SNES would also get its own CD add-on, so that the Playstation and the SNES with the add-on would both play the same games. But Sony demanded that they kept the rights to all the SNES CD games, which Nintendo couldn't agree to, and thats why the deal ended - Sony then re-worked the Playstation, made it more powerful and without the cartridge port, essentially becoming what was released as the Playstation. Initially they renamed it Playstation-X, which is why the original Playstation was sometimes abbreviated as PSX (until Sony released another system called PSX). I think thats how it all happened, at least.
Heh, I knew most of them, didn't know about Mario's voice...though I have no idea who Charles Martinet is anyway...
He's best known as the voice of Mario, as well as several other Nintendo characters, I don't think he's done much else so you wouldn't know him as anything else. Another 'useless fact', his first game wasn't Mario 64 like many people say, but Mario Teaches Typing released on PC a few months earlier (sadly enough). Until then Mario never spoke (except in Hotel Mario on CD-i, and in the Mario Bros film if you're being picky but he sounded totally different).
( Edited on 01.12.2006 10:03 by beamrider2600 )