Nintendo has finalized the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster with the announcement of their last DLC fighter. Sora from Kingdom Hearts is joining the ranks of iconic characters like Mario, Joker from Persona 5, Steve from Minecraft, Banjo, and Kazooie, according to director Masahiro Sakurai. Since the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch system in 2018, players have spent over 2.2 billion hours playing the game’s various modes, which include 11.7 billion offline matches and 7.8 billion online multiplayer matches.
Masahiro Sakurai, the Super Smash Bros. series director, revealed in a video that Sora from the KINGDOM HEARTS series will be the final DLC fighter added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Oct. 18, closing a nearly three-year journey of new fighters from all over video game history joining the game’s roster. But there’s a catch: he won’t be joined by his Disney pals Donald, Goofy, or Mickey. In reality, it appears like Nintendo removed nearly all Disney elements from Sora’s look in the platform fighting game.
Kingdom Hearts is a crossover franchise between Disney and Final Fantasy, following Sora’s journey through the different worlds of Disney as he looks and searches for his friends, Kairi and Riku, while battling various evils that threatens all the worlds out there.
This results in a glaring omission in the Super Smash Bros. universe. When a character from another franchise joins the cast, it’s not uncommon for supporting characters from that universe to appear in various ways. Waluigi, for example, appears as an assist trophy in the game. Other figures appear in the background as stage guests.
Sora is accompanied by stained glass windows from the Kingdom Hearts series on the Dive to the Heart stage. Sora appears in one of them, leaning against other game characters. While Sora’s buddies Riku and Kairi appear in the window in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Goofy and Donald Duck are absent. Fans immediately noticed that instead of the Disney characters’ faces, a boat and a star had appeared in their place. Even a seemingly large Nintendo property like Super Smash Bros. — which has included characters from a wide range of genres and games, from Minecraft to Sonic the Hedgehog — has its limits. The only real in-game indication that Sora has anything to do with Disney is the Mickey head medallion that hangs from his Keyblade.
Nintendo appears to be in on the joke as well though. One of the official screenshots given by the creators for Sora’s reveal (seen at the top of this post) shows the spiky-haired protagonist with a shocked expression beside the Duck Hunt pair. A duck with a dog. Is that clear? Even though they don’t have a shield or a wand, you have to give credit to whomever put this scene together.
The presentation also included a surprise announcement that several KINGDOM HEARTS games, including KINGDOM HEARTS – HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX – Cloud Version, KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Cloud Version, and KINGDOM HEARTS III + Re Mind Cloud Version, will be coming to the Nintendo Switch system as cloud titles. More details regarding these titles, including their Nintendo Switch release dates, will be revealed at a later date.
Since the release of Super Smash Bros Ultimate back in December 2018, Sora has become the 89th playable character (depending on how you count them). Other characters included in the $30 Fighters Pass Vol. 2 package include Arms’ Min Min, Minecraft’s Steve and Alex, Final Fantasy 7’s Sephiroth, Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Pyra and Mythra, and Tekken’s Kazuya Mishima.