An announcer, also referred as a narrator, is a voice that plays the role of a referee in a game, such as every game of the Super Smash Bros. series. Being a series of non-profit fan games based on the Super Smash Bros. series, an announcer is also present in both games in the Super Smash Flash series, in addition to Fraymakers.
In order to provide the first game of the series, Super Smash Flash, an extra twist, Gregory McLeod opted to use a female announcer, Kira Buckland, who goes by the alias of Kagome, very different to those of the official Super Smash Bros. games that made use of a male announcer. Another reason he specified doing so was that audio files would not be consistent, claiming Super Smash Bros. Melee's announcer's voice did not rip very well, plus Kagome's voice was much clearer. The choice of using a female announcer received a mixed reactions from many players. Some found her voice unfitting for a fighting game based on a Super Smash Bros. game, comparing it with the official game's announcers. On the other hand, some thought, indeed, a female announcer gave SSF a special feeling not seen in the original Super Smash Bros. games and was comparably unique to the game.
For the reboot, Super Smash Flash 2, Cleod9 opted for the use of a male announcer like in the official games. The decision for this change is unknown. The man responsible for the announcer's voice is Joshua Tomar, who goes by the alias TomaMoto. The announcer feature was first incorporated in v0.5a of the demo and, as new things are added into the game, new voice clips for the announcer are added when a new demo is released.
It has been confirmed that the upcoming game Fraymakers will feature Kira Buckland as its announcer, reprising her previous role in Super Smash Flash. It is currently unknown what she will announce.
Despite the common tradition that the English announcers' voice actors also voice Master Hand and Crazy Hand in the official Super Smash Bros. games, neither Buckland nor Tomar voice them in their respective games, instead, voice samples from the official installments are reused with Dean Harrington's voice samples being used for SSF and Xander Mobus' samples for SSF2.
Prior to Beta 1.2, Pat Cashman's voice samples were used in SSF2.
In Super Smash Flash, aside the announcer work, Buckland also did the voiceover for Naruto.