In all Super Smash Bros. games, the match officially starts when the narrative ring announcer says "GO!"

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 versions, 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

Xander 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 and K. Rool.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Xander Mobus reprises his role as the announcer in the series.


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!"
  • "INCREDIBLE!!!!"
  • "(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.)
  • "Melee!"
  • "Decision!"
  • "Multi-Man Melee!"
  • "Grab the coins!"
  • "WOW! Incredible!"

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Voice: Pat Cashman)

  • "Free-for-All!"
  • "Multi-Man Brawl!"
  • "Basic Brawl!"
  • "Rotation!"
  • "Tourney!"
  • "Special Brawl!"
  • "Team Battle!"
  • "Spectate!"
  • "WOW! Incredible!"

Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U and Ultimate (Voice: Xander Mobus)

  • "Master Orders!"
  • "Final Results!"
  • "Victory!"
  • "For Glory!"
  • "8-Player Smash!"

Returning Quotes

  • "Ready, GO!" (Single Player Matches) (from Super Smash Bros. Melee)
  • "3, 2, 1... GO!" (VS. Matches) (from Super Smash Bros.)


  • "Race to the Finish!"
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    Super Smash bros for. Wii U NTSC-U Language Differences- Announcer

    NTSC-U Version


  • "Home-run Contest!"
  • "Grab the Coins!"
  • Super Smash bros for

    Super Smash bros for. Wii U PAL Language Differences- Announcer

    PAL Version



  • "8-Player Smash!" (Wii U only)
  • "Special Smash!" (Wii U only)
  • "Smash Tour!" (Wii U only)
  • "Trophy Rush!" (3DS/Wii U)
  • "Multi-Man Smash!"
  • "Master Orders!" (Wii U only)
  • "Crazy Orders!" (Wii U only)
  • "Fighting Mii Team!" (3DS/Wii U)
  • "For Glory!"
  • "For Fun!"
  • "Choose a Mii!"
  • "Ticket selection!"
  • "Replay channel!"
  • "Target Blast!"


  • "Spirit Board!"
  • "Victory!"
  • "Defeat."
  • "(Fighter) Wins!"

All 5 Games

The following quotes are from the Japanese and English versions of all 4 games.

Both Versions

  • "A New Record!"
  • "Choose your character/fighter."
  • "(Character Name)!"
  • "Sudden Death!"
  • "Vs. (Character or Team)!"
  • "Break the Targets!"
  • "Continue?"
  • "Complete!"
  • "No contest."
  • "Failure."
  • "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.)
  • "Purin!"
  • "Zenigame!"
  • "Fushigisou!"
  • "Lizardon!"
  • "Koopa!"
  • "Ice Climber!"
  • "Rosetta and Chiko!"
  • "Pikmin and Olimar/Alph!"
  • "Koopa Jr.!"
  • "Reflet!"
  • "Gekkouga!"
  • "Robot!"
  • "Murabito!"
  • "Rockman!"
  • "Gaogaen!"
  • "King Krool!"
  • "Dedede!"
  • "Black Pit!"
  • "Richter!"
  • "Simon!"
  • "Packun Flower!"
  • "Lucina!"
  • "Kamui!"
  • "Shizue!"
  • "Time Up!" (Also in the English version of Super Smash Bros.)

USA/PAL Version Only

  • "Game!"
  • "Jigglypuff!"
  • "Squirtle!"
  • "Ivysaur!"
  • "Charizard!"
  • "Bowser!"
  • "Ice Climbers!"
  • "Rosalina and Luma!"
  • "Olimar!"
  • "Bowser Jr.!"
  • "Robin!"
  • "Greninja!"
  • "Duck Hunt Duo!" (Only in the PAL version of Super Smash Bros 3DS/Wii U, and Ultimate, 'Duck Hunt' in the USA and Japanese version)
  • "R.O.B!"
  • "Villager!"
  • "Mega Man!"
  • "Time!"
  • "Incineroar!"
  • "King K. Rool!"
  • "King Dedede!"
  • "Dark Pit!"
  • "Richter!"
  • "Simon!"
  • "Piranha Plant!"
  • "Lucina!"
  • "Corrin!"
  • "Isabelle!"


  • 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, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, 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..."
      • In Ultimate, he now says "[Fighter] wins!"
  • The announcer's phrases "Success" and "Failure" has become an internet meme, often used at the end of videos featuring characters KO'd by the Falcon Punch or the Knee Smash. And when characters miss...
  • Xander Mobus, the 3DS/Wii U and Ultimate 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.
    • He also hosted an overview on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • 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, Alpharad‘s Challenge Mode, and Did You Know Gaming? on YouTube.
  • Xander Mobus is the only person to voice the announcer twice.
  • The announcer in Smash 4 and Ultimate sounds similar to Stan Smith from the TV Show "American Dad" despite being voiced by a different actor.
  • Xander Mobus also voices Joker in Persona 5 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • The phrase of the current announcer, "3,2,1, GO!" has been used in one Roblox game called Eat or Die, and again, when the Announcer says Go, the match starts.
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