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Why Kingdom Hearts on Switch Is Cloud Only, Why Fans Are Unhappy

Sora is in Smash, all Kingdom Hearts games are coming to Switch, but there's a catch, not only KH III, the PS2 games as well are Cloud only, with a price.

By Iyane Agossah

October 5, 2021

You heard the news, Sora from the Kingdom Hearts franchise by Disney and Square Enix is the final DLC character of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and all the KH compilation games are coming to Switch – but there’s a catch, not only Kingdom Hearts III, but every KH game on Switch will be Cloud only, with a subscription pass, and no actual ports or physical releases.

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Why Kingdom Hearts on Switch is Cloud only, with a subscription

Nintendo confirmed you’ll need a permanent internet connection to play the Kingdom Hearts compilation games on Switch. That’s obvious seeing it’s Cloud only.

Meanwhile, the Japanese Twitter account for the Kingdom Hearts series explained we’ll be able to pay for the games separately or pay for all three. The games are KINGDOM HEARTS – HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix, KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and KINGDOM HEARTS III.

Lastly, Nintendo France mentioned we’ll be able to play a limited amount of the games before having to pay for a pass to play. Confirming this will be a Cloud gaming subscription. No price was revealed yet.

So yeah, not only Kingdom Hearts III, but all KH compilation games are Cloud only. Personally speaking, and I’m sure I echo the feelings of many, that’s definitely screwed up seeing Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 are PS2 games. It looks like doing actual Switch ports wasn’t interesting enough business-wise, and Cloud is an easy solution.

As for why this is happening, it’s due to the newly HD rendered cinematics included in the compilations. Even if the games are PS2 games, the cinematics technically aren’t, and that might have been too much trouble for a proper Switch port.

Sora will be launching in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on October 18, for $6 USD.

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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