Cloud’s Victory Quotes Translated!


Hey, all! Masked Man here.

Bae (Cloud) has finally arrived! Is everyone as in love with him as I am?

Although a majority of you have been testing him out online and in free-for-alls, I’m sure his victory sequences have some people scratching their heads: “What’s he saying?”

Well, ask and ye shall receive! Here are Cloud’s three victory quotes, translated by yours truly (video courtesy of the lovely folks at GameXplain):

Quote 1: No hard feelings. (悪く思うな / Waruku omou na)

Quote 2: Better luck next time. (ついてないな / Tsuite nai na)

Quote 3: I’m out of your league. (お前に俺は倒せない / Omae ni ore ha taosenai)

Hope that helps—happy Smashing!

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    1. Never actually played Final Fantasy, but Nintendo puts a lot of effort in making sure that the characters are true to their native games. Just look at Mega Man’s Arsenal.

      1. Given the poor localization FFVII received, I’m sure the team didn’t want to include a line that will inevitably get overwritten in the remake. (That said, they preserved “Not interested”/興味ないね for the Jump Festa trailer, so maybe we’ll end up moseying after all!)

        1. You guys probably know that Cloud voiced started in kingdom hearts on ps2, and so on. Cloud’s dub voice actor is always is Steve Burton in every appearance. It is strange that Cloud in Smash uses only Japanese while the FF7 Remake uses his dub for the west and I really wonder why.

          If they port smash 4 is to NX, what are the chances of dubbing Cloud?

          1. Part of me feels Cloud was included specifically to appeal to the JRPG “purists,” i.e. those who prefer JP voices over EN dubs. There may have been other factors preventing the team from getting Steve on board for the recording, but I imagine there’s also a substantial number of people happier with his JP voice.

  1. I find it interesting how you chose to translate the third quote. Don’t get me wrong I like it with more attitude as opposed to a direct literal translation like “You can’t defeat me.” Anyway thanks for doing these Masked Man!

    1. Yeah, I felt something with a bit more edge was appropriate. I translate for a living, and 直訳 often feels “flat” to me, so I do what I can to emphasize/bring out flavor in the line while retaining the character of the original text. 🙂

  2. honestly i hope they end up patching in his English VA, because the fact he is in Japanese pretty much is out of place considering that the games he appeared in where cloud was voiced they used his English voice. I’m pretty disappointed that they went with this in smash.

    1. Given Cloud has spoken in English in every other localized title he’s starred in, I’d have to believe some snag came up during development which prevented the devs from including his EN voice.

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