Language is an option found in the Options menu of Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the PAL version of Super Smash Bros., and determined by system settings in Super Smash Bros. 4 and the PAL version of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. As the name suggests, the player can adjust the language of their copy of the game.
Main article: List of regional version differences (SSB)
In the European PAL version of SSB (uniquely, SSB has separate European and Australian PAL versions), the language can be set to English, French, or German through an extra section on the options menu. When the player hovers over a menu item with the language set to either French or German, a white box with its corresponding translation will display at the bottom of the screen.
Main article: List of regional version differences (SSBM)
In the NTSC versions of Melee, the player can switch between Japanese and American English for their languages. Changing the languages has little to no effect on actual gameplay; almost all changes in the game are cosmetic when languages are switched.
Interestingly, when the English language setting is active, the "Language" option is written in Japanese. The opposite occurs if Japanese is set as the language instead.
List of differences in the Japanese version versus the American English version
In PAL versions of Melee, the player can choose between five different languages in the game, reflecting the multiple areas of the European Union. They are:
The quality of the European localization is questionable; while most of the "simple" text is translated, a majority of the game's text, notably of game modes and menu options, remain in English. Furthermore, despite the presence of the British flag on the English option, the text is unchanged compared to the NTSC's English language setting, and does not take into account for regional differences, such as the use of "color" over "colour".
Similar to the NTSC version, changing the language causes some minor changes in the game.
Main article: List of regional version differences (SSBB)
Players no longer have the option to choose between Japanese and American English in Brawl.
In PAL versions of Brawl, the player can choose between five different languages, like in Melee. The choices remain the same, and like before, aspects of the game can change. However, the language cannot be changed in-game, as the language for Wii games is decided based on what language the console is set to.
Compared to Melee, all text is translated to the language of choice.
Main article: List of regional version differences (SSB4)
The NTSC version can be set to English, French, or Spanish. However, like the PAL version of Brawl, this is dependent on the console's set language.
The PAL version now supports eight languages, with the additions being Dutch, Portuguese, and Russian. As with Brawl, the language is dependent on the console's set language and cannot be changed in-game. While the five languages from Melee and Brawl continue to localize the announcer and a small number of character voices, the three new languages use the same voices as the PAL English version.
Ultimate supports eleven languages regardless of region: Japanese, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Korean. Portuguese, which SSB4 was available in, is not present as a language in Ultimate.
For the first time since Melee, language selection is available from an in-game menu rather than being automatically selected based on the system's region and language settings. Some regional differences are still present, such as the name "Duck Hunt Duo" for Duck Hunt in PAL English, while other former differences such as Boxing Ring character titles have been standardized between regional versions.
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