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Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl just got voice acting

The original actors behind SpongeBob, Shredder, and more reprise their roles

Sandy Cheeks and Patrick Star from Spongebob SquarePants in the video game Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl Image: Ludosity and Fair Play Labs/GameMill Entertainment
Ana Diaz (she/her) is a culture writer at Polygon, covering internet culture, fandom, and video games. Her work has previously appeared at NPR, Wired, and The Verge.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is about to become a lot more lively. Developers Ludosity and Fair Play Labs announced that the game is getting a free new update that will add voice acting on Monday. The update includes the original actors behind headliners SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star and is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC platforms simultaneously. The Nintendo Switch update will be released “soon,” a tweet from the official account said.

Thomas James Kenny reprises his role as SpongeBob, while Bill Fagerbakke also performs as Patrick. Janet Varney will return as Korra from The Legend of Korra series. They’re joined by the legendary Jim Cummings, who portrays Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Felinius “Feline Cat” Caticus (CatDog). You can view the full cast list on Twitter.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a Super Smash Bros-like fighting game that stars a cast of Nickelodeon characters from beloved franchises and television series. Prior to this announcement, the game did not have any voice acting. The lack of voice acting behind the cartoony characters felt off, and was a point of criticism for both fans and critics when the game initially released last year.

In May, the developers announced DLC for three new characters heading to the game: Hugh Neutron from Jimmy Neutron, Jenny from My Life as a Teenage Robot, and Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life.

Correction (June 7): A previous version of this article misstated that Dustin Sardella played Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender in the television show. Sardella is voicing Aang in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. We’ve edited the article to reflect this.