Kingdom Hearts' Sora reportedly was a top candidate for Super Smash Bros. but Disney turned it down

That doesn't mean he still couldn't show up in Ultimate though

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • February 8, 2020 at 7:06 a.m. PST

Since Super Smash Bros. first began adding third-party characters to the series with Brawl back in 2008, Square Enix titles had been near the top of that list for many players around the world.

Now going into 2020, we've seen both Final Fantasy and more recently Dragon Quest join the fray though there's still one of the main three trio that's been left out despite fan requests — Kingdom Hearts. That doesn't mean there haven't been talks about the subject between the companies, however.

During a recent podcast, Game Informer's former senior editor Imran Khan claimed that Nintendo had indeed asked to use Sora in Smash at some point though they were turned away by Disney.

"Yeah, no, [Nintendo] absolutely approached Disney about it once," said Khan on the Kinda Funny Gamescast in their discussion on the biggest potential Smash additions.

One of the other co-hosts then followed it up by asking if it was Disney that was holding up the deal to put Sora in to which Khan replied in the affirmative — and even specifically put the denial on the shoulders of Disney Japan.

While Kingdom Hearts had started as a literal elevator pitch between Square and Disney, the mouse house of cards apparently retains the IP and therefore has final say over what happens with the series on a broader scale.

Things may not be all doom and gloom for fans of Sora and the gang, however, as Khan goes on to say that he still feels the warrior of light still has a good shot of making it into Ultimate's Fighter Pass 2 — perhaps implying that this initial discussion took place before the newest game's development / release.

Khan is generally regarded as a knowledgeable industry insider though he does not go into anymore detail about the alleged meeting or provided any updates or clarifications to his statements on the podcast.

Other publications like DualShockers have found some oddities in this story including the fact that neither the Walt Disney Company nor Disney Interactive have corporate offices in the region, so it's unclear how Disney Japan could step in to veto this decision.

What we do know is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighter Pass two will contain six new fighters to release over the next two years, and all of their picks have already been decided upon by Nintendo.

The first Fighter Pass featured four new third-party characters hailing from series like Persona, Dragon Quest, Fatal Fury and Banjo-Kazooie, so pretty much anything still seems possible at this point.

You can check out the relevant discussion in the YouTube video below linked to around 28 minutes into the podcast.

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