The Announcer is an unseen character in the Super Smash Bros series. All of his voice lines serve as an auditory indicator for multiple events, such as announcing the start of the match or various game modes. Different voice actors fill this role in different games in the Smash Bros series, but the primary voice actor is the English voice actor, and is used by default in the NTSC verisions, as well as Japan.
Super Smash Bros.
Jeff Manning is the first announcer in the series. He established many of the trends that would be seen in the later games, such as his booming style, various exclamations, and the trend of the Announcer and Master Hand being voiced by the same character. Manning's voice was significantly filtered, which causes an echo, though his actual delivery is rather calm.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Dean Harrington serves as the second announcer in the series. His voice acting is similar to an emcee, where he draws out phrases and speaks with more intensity. Dean Harrington would also establish the trend of the Announcer voicing Crazy Hand as well. Harrington's voice was filtered to echo similarly to Manning's voice, but is much more muffled; because of this effect, Harrington's voice had drawn criticism from fans for being too quiet and indistinct.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Pat Cashman is the third announcer in the series. His voice acting is more akin to Manning's due to being calmer and no longer being similar to an emcee. Cashman's voice acting is distinct for many reasons: it has a cleaner sound quality due to not being modified to the extent of the previous two announcers', it is much deeper than the previous announcers, and has more personality, such as his quizzical inflection when Luigi is selected.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Xandar Mobus is the fourth announcer in the series. Much of his voice acting is similar to Cashman's, being much deeper and cleaner due to less filters. However, it is less relaxed, though not as intense as Harrington's. Mobus also incorporates personality in his acting, such as his inflection when announcing Bayonetta.
Super Smash Bros. (Voice: Jeff Manning)
- "Super Smash Brothers!"
- "3, 2, 1... GO!" (Note: Brawl's Versus Mode works the same way.)
- "Board the platforms!"
- "(Character) Vs. (Character or Team)!"
- "Free for all!"
Super Smash Bros. Melee (Voice: Dean Harrington)
- "Super Smash Bros. Melee!"
- "Ready? GO!" (Note: Brawl's Single Player Modes work the same way.)
- "Multi-Man Melee!"
- "Grab the coins!"
- "WOW! Incredible!"
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Voice: Pat Cashman)
- "Multi-Man Brawl!"
- "Basic Brawl!"
- "Special Brawl!"
- "Team Battle!"
- "WOW! Incredible!"
Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U (Voice: Xander Mobus)
- "Master Orders!"
- "Final Results!"
- "For Glory!"
- "8-Player Smash!"
- "Ready, GO!" (Single Player Matches) (from Super Smash Bros. Melee)
- "3, 2, 1... GO!" (VS. Matches) (from Super Smash Bros.)
SSB & SSBM
SSBM & SSBB
- "Home-run Contest!"
- "Grab the Coins!"
SSB 3DS/Wii U
- "8-Player Smash!" (Wii U only)
- "Special Smash!" (Wii U only)
- "Smash Tour!" (Wii U only)
- "Trophy Rush!"
- "Multi-Man Smash!"
- "Master Orders!" (Wii U only)
- "Crazy Orders!" (Wii U only)
- "Fighting Mii Team!"
- "For Glory!"
- "For Fun!"
- "Choose a Mii!"
- "Ticket selection!"
- "Replay channel!"
- "Target Blast!"
All 4 Games
The following quotes are from the Japanese and English versions of all 4 games.
- "A New Record!"
- "Choose your character/fighter."
- "(Character Name)!"
- "Sudden Death!"
- "Vs. (Character or Team)!"
- "Break the Targets!"
- "No contest."
- "Game Over."
- "Player/Computer Player Defeated!"
- "The Winner is..."/"This game's winner is: (Character)!"
- "(Red/Blue/Green) Team wins!"
- "Wow! Incredible!"
Japanese Version Only
- "Game Set!" (Also in the English version of Super Smash Bros.)
- "Ice Climber!"
- "Rosetta and Chiko!"
- "Pikmin and Olimar!"
- "Koopa Jr.!"
- "Time Up!"
USA/PAL Version Only
- "Ice Climbers!"
- "Rosalina and Luma!"
- "Bowser Jr.!"
- "Duck Hunt Duo!" (Only in the PAL version of Super Smash Bros 3DS/Wii U, 'Duck Hunt' in the USA and Japanese version)
- Master Hand is voiced by the same person as the announcer, regardless of game. This has led to theories that they may in fact be the same person. This may also be backed up by the fact the announcer has no dialogue during the fight with the Master Hand, unlike in other Classic Mode and VS. matches, where the announcer will shout out "Go!", "Game!", etc.
- However, one piece of evidence that is against this is the fact that the Announcer addresses the Hands by name in the 50-Fact Extravaganza.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, the same "Ready? Go!" quote that the announcer says is also used in Donkey Kong's Final Smash, Konga Beat.
- The announcer doesn't shout out the game's title in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U.
- The announcer also says "The winner is..." instead of " This game's winner is..."
- The announcer's phrase "Success" has become an internet meme, often used at the end of videos featuring characters KO'd by the Falcon Punch or the Knee Smash.
- Xander Mobus, the 3DS/Wii U announcer, presented the Super Smash Bros. Wii U 50-Fact Extravaganza Direct on October 23 2014. He also did the voice overs for the 3DS/Wii U commercials.
- Pat Cashman, the Brawl announcer, is also the off-screen voice on the TV Show Bill Nye: The Science Guy
- Xander Mobus will use his Announcer voice in some non-Smash material, such as when he used it in an episode of The Completionist and Did You Know Gaming? on YouTube.