Kingdom Hearts has been around for two decades now, giving us plenty of interesting anecdotes and history surrounding its creation and characters. With the news that the entire series will be coming to Nintendo Switch Cloud Streaming, I couldn’t help but think back on some of the more obscure facts surrounding the franchise. See if you knew these already or if they’re new to you.
1. Lance Bass from NSYNC voiced Sephiroth
2. Kingdom Hearts was the last Squaresoft game
3. It’s all thanks to elevator talk
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“It just so happened that our executive producer, Mr. Shinji Hashimoto, and a Disney executive rode the elevator together.”
“They would have conversations saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice for us to do something collaborative?’ So rather than having either Square or Disney approach the other with a formal business plan, it was all down to being in the same building!”
Considering what huge companies were involved at the time, it’s kind of crazy that no formal proposals were ever made. I guess networking really does work.
4. Kingdom Hearts 3 is the 11th game in the series
Source: Square Enix
- Kingdom Hearts (PS2)
- Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (DS)
- Kingdom Hearts 2 (PS2)
- Kingdom Hearts Coded (DS)
- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS)
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (PSP)
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (3DS)
- Kingdom Hearts X (PC)
- Kingdom Hearts: Unchained X (Android, iOS)
- Kingdom Hearts Dark Road (Android, iOS)
- Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4, Xbox One)
- Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memories (Switch, PS4, Xbox One)
It’s a lot, right? Fortunately, the versions of these games coming to Nintendo Switch Cloud Streaming are all the latest with updated characters and added plots. If the list seems a bit daunting, feel better knowing that only five Kingdom Hearts games are absolutely necessary to play in order to understand the story.
5. Square Enix and Disney are both represented in the game
As any Fantasia or Disney buffs might know, if you spell Yen Sid backward, the sorcerer Mickey is apprenticed to, it spells Disney. Meanwhile, Terra, Aqua, and Ventus’ teacher, Master Eraqus is an anagram for Square.
6. Tarzan only appears in the first game
7. Celebrities everywhere!
Source: Square Enix
- Sean Astin – Hercules (KH1)
- Mark Hamill – Eraqus (BBS, KH3)
- Lance Bass – Sephiroth (KH1)
- James Earl Jones – Mufasa (KH2)
- Pat Morita – The Emperor (KH2)
- Haley Joel Osment – Sora (All)
- Hayden Panettiere – Kairi (KH, KH2, BBS)
- Billy Zane – Ansem (KH1)
- David Boreanaz – Squall/Leon (KH2)
- Mandy Moore – Aerith (KH1) / Rapunzel (KH3)
- Zackary Levi – Flynn Rider (KH3)
- Idina Menzel – Elsa (KH3)
- Kristen Bell – Anna (KH3)
- Leonard Nimoy – Master Xehanort (BBS, KH3D)
- Christopher Lloyd – Master Xehanort (KH3, ReMind, MOM)
Believe me, there are plenty more big names among Kingdom Hearts voice actor veterans. Dive in some time to see who else voices your favorite characters.
8. Sora’s fashion sense comes from Mickey Mouse
Source: Square Enix
After some time, Nomura reworked the character in order to appease both Disney and Square. This led to the creation of Sora, his Keyblade, and the Mickey-Mouse-inspired clothes. It’s honestly hard to imagine Kingdom Hearts without Sora. If Mickey or Donald had been the leads this game would have felt very different, indeed.
9. Masahiro Sakurai thought it would be “impossible” to bring Sora to SSBU
“As I think some can imagine, the barriers for Sora entering the battle were quite high. Even though players’ expectations were great, I honestly thought it was impossible.” – Masahiro Sakurai
However, much like the chance conversation in the elevator that made Kingdom Hearts happen in the first place, Sakurai explained that he happened to meet a higher-up at a Disney awards show. It was a good thing he did. Not only did Sakurai mention how much he’d love for Sora to come to the game but the person from Disney also expressed interest in the idea. Disney, Square Enix, and Nintendo entered discussions on the matter and the rest is history.
While Disney characters don’t appear in Smash, Sora does use many of his iconic moves, and of course there is the Mickey Mouse keychain on the Keyblade. Every Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter is getting an amiibo, so we’re excited to see what Sora’s looks like.
10. A Kingdom Hearts/Star Wars crossover was cancelled
A whole new Kingdom on Switch
There are plenty of other interesting facts surrounding Kingdom Hearts, its characters, and its creation, but these are the most interesting ones. Now that Kingdom Hearts on Nintendo Switch is a reality, you can play through these classic games again.