For many, Sora from Kingdom Hearts was a dream addition to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster and the perfect way to cap off the game. Sora was one of the most requested characters, but many thought it wouldn't be possible as Disney own the rights to the Kingdom Hearts series.
However, in an interview with Game Informer around the upcoming Kingdom Hearts IV, series creator Tetsuya Nomura, has revealed that it wasn't Disney that was particular about Sora's appearance in Nintendo's brawler, but rather himself!
When asked about how he felt having Sora involved in the hugely popular Smash Ultimate, Nomura revealed that he had concerns about adding this much-requested character to the game and that he was the one being "picky" about his appearance as he was concerned that it may "clash with the established lore in Kingdom Hearts":
Obviously, I was very happy that we were able to have Sora make an appearance in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Most of the feedback when Sora was [announced] for Smash Bros. Ultimate was, ‘I can’t believe Disney okayed for him to be in this game.’ Behind the scenes, I was actually the one being very picky about his appearance in Smash Bros. Disney was the one that was like, ‘Go ahead! This is a great opportunity.’ I thought it would be tough to pull off because it might clash with the established lore in Kingdom Hearts and the Disney worlds, so it was an opportunity I had to consider very carefully. After seeing how happy everybody was in welcoming Sora to Smash Bros., I feel like the end result was really great.
Kingdom Hearts itself crosses over with multiple Disney and Pixar films, but it's also featured many Final Fantasy and The World Ends With You characters. So given the nature of this — and, amusingly, many a fan joke about how every single game and crossover might matter — Smash disrupting Kingdom Hearts lore is a possibility. But given Kingdom Hearts IV's existence, we think Smash hasn't disrupted the balance of Kingdom Hearts' story.
And, after everything, the fan reaction is what made Nomura happy that he decided to let Sora join the fight. Many of us welcomed the Keyblade wielder with open arms, and we're glad Nomura was able to let him square off against others in the Smash arena.
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