Kingdom Hearts Director Was “Very Difficult” About Adding Sora To Smash Bros. Ultimate

Kingdom Hearts Director Was "Very Difficult" About Adding Sora To Smash Bros.  Ultimate
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A screenshot from Super Smash Bros.  Ultimate showing Sora, the protagonist of Kingdom Hearts, cheese-making with his Key to the Kingdom slung over his right shoulder.

Sora, the hero of Square Enix Kingdom Hearts series, was added to Nintendo’s mash-up fighting game Super Smash Bros Ultimate last octoberearning the distinction of being the latest addition to the game’s massive roster. It was a heartwarming announcement for a fighter who is pretty cool to play. While many thought it was surprising that Disney approved the crossover, it was actually Nomura, not the House of Mouse, that had reservations about Sora’s inclusion. Maybe those feet big ass were cold.

In a game informant interviewNomura talked about Square Enix Kingdom Hearts IVthe lack of Final Fantasy personalities in the game, the popularity of the original Kingdom Hearts characters, and how Sora ended up in Ultimate.

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Nomura was asked about his feelings on Kingdom Hearts‘ rise in popularity after adding Sora to Super Smash Bros Ultimate Last year. Nomura said that while he was “really happy” that the big-shoe hero would make an appearance in the fights game, he had actually been “very picky” about Sora’s inclusion.

“Obviously, I was very happy that we were able to have Sora appear in Smash Bros Ultimate“, Nomura said. “Most comebacks when Sora was [announced] for Smash Bros Ultimate was, ‘I can’t believe Disney agreed to him being in this game.’ Behind the scenes, I was actually the one who was very picky about his appearance in Smash Bros.. Disney was the one saying ‘Go! This is a great opportunity.’ I thought it would be difficult to achieve as it might conflict with established tradition in Kingdom Hearts and Disney Worlds, so it was an opportunity that I had to consider very carefully. After seeing how happy everyone was to welcome Sora to Smash Bros UltimateI feel like the end result was really awesome.

This goes against what many suspectedbeen the biggest roadblock in getting Sora to smash: Disney itself. Many assumed that because Disney had a hold on its IP address, there would be no way for the Keyblade wielder to fight alongside Nintendo icons like Bowser and Mario. Same Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai said in an October 2021 edition of its Weekly familiarization column that the obstacles to get Sora in the brawler were “pretty high”. Yet here we are. Sora is there and consistently ranks among the best from the list of levels.

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Nomura also discussed other aspects of Kingdom Hearts in the long interview. He admitted he was blown away by the popularity of entry characters like 358/2 days and Birth by sleep were, saying it’s possible their stories will continue “in future opportunities.” But not now, since Sora is the main protagonist of both Kingdom Hearts IV and the franchise as a whole. He also denounced the lack of Final Fantasy recent personalities Kingdom Hearts games, explaining that those Final Fantasy the characters were mainly included in previous entries because they helped fans get to know and understand the original Kingdom Hearts the characters better.

“Now there are so many original characters from Kingdom Hearts who are so beloved, and people want to see more of those characters,” Nomura said. “With Kingdom Hearts 3since we had so much original Kingdom Hearts characters, it was hard to find room to include more Final Fantasy characters. We try to find a good balance for that. I know some fans were worried about this and weren’t too happy and wanted to see more Final Fantasy characters. It’s something we certainly think about. But just with the sheer number of original characters we have now, it’s hard to say what the exact balance will be and how it will play out in Kingdom Hearts IV.”

There were a few other details Nomura shared about Kingdom Hearts IVincluding seeing Sora’s “daily routines”, the ability to Kingdom Hearts 2the return of ‘s Reaction Command System, the confirmation that “there will be Disney Worlds” in the next game, and his favorite cliffhangers. (It’s OG Kingdom Hearts‘ ending and the revelation of Luxu in Kingdom Hearts 3.) Nomura also said that if fans want to know more about Kingdom Hearts IVthey should consider discovering mobile gaming Kingdom Hearts missing linkwhich will receive a closed beta for Android and iOS this year.

“The easiest way to get more information and clues about Kingdom Hearts IV would be the first to play Missing link“, Nomura said. “There will also be other mysteries, unrelated to Kingdom Hearts IV specifically, but just throughout the series in it. Also, some figures that appear in Missing link are related to Kingdom Hearts IV. That’s all I can really say now.

If you are a fan of Kingdom Hearts and want to know what happens with the next entry, you should read it game informant interview. It’s quite fascinating.

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