During the “Mr. Sakurai presents an ARMS fighter” that ultimately unveiled Min Min to be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s 81st challenger and first new character of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2, Masahiro Sakurai stated that the development team invited Ryō Horikawa, the voice actor for Captain Falcon in the Super Smash Bros. series, to… make slurping noises for Min Min’s reveal trailer.
Funnily enough, Sakurai also mentioned that Captain Falcon is the only fighter from the Nintendo 64 entry of Super Smash Bros. that hasn’t had their lines re-recorded (when characters like Yoshi are excluded as they just use pre-recorded assets). Ryō Horikawa recently commented on this in a recent video upload and a translated synopsis was provided by PushDust1n.
“When he was called to the recording studio, he thought he would re-record his lines, but instead, he recorded slurping sounds,” said PushDust1n. Captain Falcon and Kirby were both seen enjoying bowls of ramen prepared by Min Min during the trailer.
Despite being a Japanese man, Captain Falcon is only voiced in English in all versions of Super Smash Bros. Familiar phrases like “Falcon Punch” aren’t actually voiced in Japanese even if you change Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s language in the menus.
There is apparently a reason why Captain Falcon only speaks English during the Super Smash Bros. series. Ryō Horikawa went on to explain this in his video.
“He says when recording ‘Falcon Punch,’ he was told that it would be the voice used all over the world as well,” continued PushDust1n. “So they figured Captain Falcon should speak in English in the original Smash 64. So Horikawa worked on saying his line in English and not with a Japanese accent.”
Since Captain Falcon’s voices have been recycled since Super Smash Bros. 64, this means this tradition of having Captain Falcon speak exclusively in English has carried over to later entries in the series.
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