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Super Smash Bros. Announcer Sings Pokemon Anime Theme

For many, the announcer for Super Smash Bros. For 3DS is little more than a voice without a face. He doesn’t have the same presence as Mario, Pikachu, or the rest of the Nintendo crew, but the announcer is a booming, commanding voice that will gladly get players pumped up for the upcoming match.

Xander Mobus, who fills this epic role (as well as that of antagonist Master Hand), recently granted a fan’s offbeat, yet incredibly entertaining request by performing the first Pokémon TV series theme song.

After kicking off his attempt with a cheerful “This is going to suck!”, Mobus belts out the first verse from the iconic theme.

And, contrary to Mobus’s initial proclamations, it doesn’t suck.

For comparison, we’ve provided the original version of the song below.

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Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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