While he may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Kingdom Hearts’ Sora is officially coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But there’s a catch: He won’t be accompanied by Disney buddies like Donald, Goofy, and Mickey. In fact, it seems as if Nintendo scrubbed Sora’s appearance in the platform fighting game of Disney references almost entirely.
That’s not to say I expected to, like, be able to play as Ariel and Hercules. It just feels weird that not even Sora’s closest Disney allies show up in, say, his Final Smash attack, or the new Kingdom Hearts-themed stage. I can’t think of a better opportunity to pay homage to the rest of the series, something we’ve already seen done with distinctly non-Nintendo franchises like Mega Man and King of Fighters.
As pointed out by Twitter user zonic, Sora’s stage—which fluctuates between iconic Kingdom Hearts locations Hallow Bastion and Dive to the Heart depending on battle conditions—is probably the biggest offender. Upon transforming to its secondary aesthetics, the stage’s background is filled by iconic pieces of Kingdom Hearts artwork that have been altered to remove Donald and Goofy’s faces. Numerous references to Square Enix’s original characters remain.