Yesterday, it was revealed that lots of Kingdom Hearts goodness is headed to Nintendo Switch in celebration of Sora's arrival in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We now have more details on the games headed our way, and there's an awful lot to unpack.
The three titles announced yesterday – Kingdom Hearts - HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III – technically contain ten 'games' altogether, which Square Enix notes is "the full saga of Sora’s exploits so far." Wrapping up all of this content will be the 'Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece' collection, an all-in-one digital package.
By purchasing that collection, you'll get all three of those bundles in one, meaning ten 'experiences' in total (358/2 Days and Re:Coded will only be a collection of cutscenes here, plus χ Back Cover is also a movie). The entire collection will be cloud-based on Switch so we're sure plenty of fans will have their reservations, but seeing an entire series appear on a new system overnight really is something.
To explain a little better, here's a full rundown of how you can play the full set:
KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX CLOUD VERSION
The first collection includes the following:
KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX - The action RPG that first introduced gamers to Sora and the worlds of KINGDOM HEARTS. It’s been enhanced with remastered HD visuals, improved controls, a remade soundtrack and more!
KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Chain of Memories - After the dramatic events of the first game, Sora, Donald and Goofy stumble into the mysterious Castle Oblivion and an adventure that threatens one of their most precious treasures - their memories. This game augmented the original’s action RPG gameplay of the series with an innovative card battling system - it’s one of the most unique games in the series.
KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days (HD Remastered Cinematics) - This story centers on Roxas, a young man with a very special connection to Sora. This release features cinematics from the original game, enhanced with additional text and remastered in HD.
KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX - Sora, Donald and Goofy reunite in an epic action RPG romp that takes them into some incredibly memorable - and unexpected - Disney worlds.
KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX - This one’s a real fan favorite. It’s a prequel that focuses on three new playable characters: Terra, Ventus, and Aqua. The story of these three friends is heartfelt, emotional and has major implications on the KINGDOM HEARTS saga.
KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Coded (HD Remastered Cinematics) - This story takes a virtual Sora, appropriately named Data Sora, into a digital world to find answers to a mysterious message. The collection features enhanced cinematics only.
KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue CLOUD VERSION
The Second Collection gives you:
KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD - Sora and his best friend Riku take their Mark of Mastery exams to become true keyblade wielders. It does… not go as planned.
KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- - This brilliantly bite-sized action RPG puts you in the pointy shoes of Aqua, who debuted in KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep. It’s a must play because the events of the game lead directly into KINGDOM HEARTS III.
KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover (movie) - This special movie takes you way back in the series timeline to tell the story of the Foretellers.
KINGDOM HEARTS III + Re Mind (DLC) CLOUD VERSION
The third collection includes the following:
Sora’s battle against the forces of Darkness reaches its unforgettable climax in this beautiful adventure that takes Sora, Donald and Goofy to brand new Disney and Pixar worlds. They’ll explore a toy store with Buzz and Woody, untangle a sinister plot with Rapunzel, help Sully and Mike Wazowski show the forces of evil the door, and much more.
The Switch version also includes the Re Mind DLC as standard, giving you extra story content, new boss battles and loads of additional features as part of your purchase.
If you've been looking for a way to get stuck into the franchise, or perhaps learn more about it since discovering Sora through yesterday's Smash reveal, this could be a great way to do it. If only it wasn't all cloud-based, huh?