“His addition required more coordination than other fighters,” Sakurai said, adding that the Smash team could not reveal the survey results for six years. Kingdom Hearts is a franchise made and owned by Square Enix and Disney, not Nintendo. Sakurai joked that Sora is the same name as his company, Sora Ltd., which is a coincidence.
Sora is getting multiple outfits, including a Timeless River design based on the Kingdom Hearts world of the same name that takes Sora back into black-and-white graphics. “Of all of our DLC characters, Sora might be the most elaborate,” said Sakurai.
In a demo, Sakurai played as Sora, fighting against famed Nintendo characters like Mario, Donkey Kong, Yoshi and Kirby, and showing off moves like a three-hit combo with his keyblade. “Please bear with me,” Sakurai joked about turning Nintendo characters into enemies. “I don’t know who I said ‘bear with me’ to, honestly. I wonder if I can make it to the end.”
The nearly half million concurrent viewers who tuned in expressed excitement over Sora getting added to the game, with some spamming the chat with lyrics to Utada Hikaru’s “Simple and Clean,” a song from the franchise.
Since Sora is the last fighter to be added to “Ultimate,” as a last hurrah, Nintendo showed Sora facing off against all previously introduced “Ultimate” fighters and demolishing most of them. The developers designed Sora with similar controls to that of the original Kingdom Hearts franchise, and he also retains magical powers like Firaga (Fire), Blizzaga (Blizzard) and Thundaga (Thunder). Alongside his character, Nintendo also introduced a new battle stage based on Hollow Bastion, the home of Maleficent’s castle in the original “Kingdom Hearts,” a world that later was rebuilt into Radiant Garden in the second game.
“All the fighters in the game should have made an appearance by now," said Sakurai. At the end of the presentation, Nintendo showed some all-time statistics about the game, noting that players had fought 11.7 billion offline battles.
Earlier in the virtual Nintendo event, Sakurai announced new Mii Fighter costumes, including looks from the Splatoon franchise, a cat outfit and a getup from “Doom.” Each costs $0.75 and will be available on Oct. 18. Doom Slayer is another premium Mii Fighter costume that transforms the shape of the Mii Fighter. Only a few Mii Fighter costumes have this feature, like Sans from “Undertale,” Cuphead and Vault Boy from the Fallout series.