Nintendo has revealed the final DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s Sora from Kingdom Hearts. If this is who you wanted, congratulations. If this isn’t who you wanted, at the very least you’ll never have to experience this cycle of disappointment ever again. Unless Nintendo makes another Super Smash Bros. game. And after looking at this ridiculously expansive roster and the herculean task of balancing it, why would anyone in their right mind ever do anything other than port it forward to every system Nintendo makes following the Switch?
The announcement came as part of the final Mr. Sakurai Presents showcase, where Director Masahiro Sakurai revealed and showcased Sora. But first, there were Mii fighter costumes. An Octoling and Judd from Splatoon and Doom Slayer from Doom will be available on October 18.
Next up was the final cinematic trailer announcing Sora, which showed him arriving through a keyhole, which basically signifies the jumping from one world to another in Kingdom Hearts. This was followed by a breakdown of his playstyle, which Sakurai described as more straightforward than other DLC characters in Ultimate. Sora excels in airborne combat, which is in keeping with his fighting style in Kingdom Hearts. But he also is one of the lightest characters in the game, meaning he can be easily knocked off the stage. He also has multiple costume variations based on Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts III, and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. He also has pallet swaps based on his different forms, and a reference to his Timeless River appearance.
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As for his move set, much of his standard attacks and combos are recognizable from his fighting style in Kingdom Hearts. He fights with his keyblade and is very combo-centric, but has a few hard-hitting finishing moves, as well. His special attacks include spells Firaga, Thundaga, and Blizzaga, which will be used in a cycle between the three, but can be reflected by characters with those abilities. His Sonic Blade special move is also good for recovery, and closing or gaining distance. If you’re looking for a mobile character, Sora’s looks like he’s going to deliver that in spades.
Alongside Sora comes a new stage, and it’s Hallow Bastion as it appears in the first Kingdom Hearts. As the stage progresses, it will transition to the Dive to the Heart area, which represents the inner workings of characters’ hearts in the series. It will change to represent multiple characters from the series, from Riku to Aqua.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also getting nine songs from the Kingdom Hearts series. Specifically, original songs original to the series, rather than ones linked to the various Disney worlds Sora explores.
Sora and all his associated content will be available on October 18.
Sakurai also decided to casually announce that all the Kingdom Hearts games are coming to Switch through cloud streaming as part of three packages: the I.5 + II.5 Remix bundle, II.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and Kingdom Hearts III.