Kingdom Hearts creator was ‘very picky’ about Sora’s inclusion in Smash

Kingdom Hearts creator was 'very picky' about Sora's inclusion in Smash

Kingdom Hearts creator Tetsuya Nomura, despite Disney’s support, was “very demanding” when it came to including Sora in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

the cast of Super Smash Bros Ultimate it is often cited as one of the most diverse and legendary, with various faces and companies from the gaming industry represented. There aren’t many games that include so many iconic characters under one title, especially ones that not only belong to Nintendo’s library, but also to various third-party companies. Late last year, the latest DLC character was added to the game’s roster, with a huge amount of anticipation behind it as well. When it was confirmed that Sora from Square Enix’s kingdom hearts the franchise would come to Super Smash Bros Ultimatefans were overwhelmingly happy.


For many fans, Sora was a highly requested character for the game for a long time. This was even confirmed by Super Smash Bros Ultimate‘s director, Masahiro Sakurai, noting that during the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS Ballot, Sora was the one who got the most votes. It was widely believed that including Sora would involve tons of legal work due to the fact that he was technically a Disney character and needed the green light from the media giant to add him, but that apparently wasn’t the case, according to a recent interview with kingdom heartscreator

RELATED: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Roxas Mod Gets Updated With Iconic Outfit

In a recent interview with GameInformer, series creator Tetsuya Nomura was asked about a variety of topics related to the state of kingdom hearts. One of these questions was Nomura’s feelings about Sora’s inclusion in Smash. She was obviously quite happy, although he noted that most of the comments online were something like “I can’t believe Disney allowed this” among others. In reality, Nomura was incredibly picky about Sora’s inclusion in the crossover, while Disney was totally supportive.

The reason Nomura was so demanding was because it could possibly “bump into” the established tradition of kingdom hearts and the Disney worlds that were part of the game. Despite Nomura’s initial hesitation, Sora managed to enter Super Smash Bros Ultimatewith him stating that the end result was excellent, especially with the warm welcome fans gave Sora.

Many fans who saw the interview passage noted that there was a possibility that Nomura was seriously considering how to do Super Smash Bros Ultimate canonical to kingdom hearts, especially how much consideration was taken before inclusion. Some fans even joked that if the game is canon to the series now, future games would include worlds for other Nintendo franchises like Super Mario Bros. Y Sonic the Hedgehog. Others were surprised to see that it was Nomura and not Disney who were the biggest obstacles to Sora getting into the crossover.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is now available exclusively on Nintendo Switch

MORE: Kingdom Hearts: 10 More Impractical Keyblades

See also  Legends: Arceus - Every Pokémon Catchable In Obsidian Fieldlands