Sora Soars Into Super Smash

The last fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has finally been revealed during the “Mr Sakurai Presents” livestream, with the game’s director, Masahiro Sakurai, officially announcing Kingdom Hearts‘ Sora as the final combatant. Sora will be the 82nd playable character added to the game’s roster, and while some fans are mildly annoyed at the inclusion of yet another sword-wielding (key-wielding?) fighter, the overwhelming response on social media has been one of excitement. I’m not even a fan of either Smash Bros or Kingdom Hearts, and I’m still being swept up in the hype! Just look at how cool this reveal trailer is! That single shot of a Disney keychain probably cost more than my house!

Sakurai explained that Sora would be one of the easier fighters to use, making him a perfect choice for beginner players. As one would expect, Sora’s primary attack will involve his iconic Keyblade, with the character build focused on agility, allowing you to get in and out of skirmishes quickly before someone has the chance to send the super light Sora into the stratosphere. Players will also be able to use magic offensively and to taunt others from a distance. I guess you can be cocky when you’re the last-named fighter in a Smash game. 

The game will also introduce a new Kingdom Hearts themed home stage for Sora, the Hollow Bastion, an ominous castle ruled by Maleficent. It’s not yet known if Goofy and Donald will be part of any of Sora’s special attacks, but fingers crossed.

Sora will be available from October 18th and can be obtained via the Fighters Pass Vol. 2, including Min Min from ARMS, Steve and Alex from Minecraft, Sephiroth from Final Fantasy, Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles, and Kazuya from Tekken for $29.99 (USD) or by himself for $5.99 (USD)

The Sora news wasn’t the only exciting announcement made for Smash and Kingdom Hearts fans, though. During the hour-long presentation, we also saw the next batch of Mii Fighters, including Octoling and Judd from Splatoon and DOOM Slayer from, you guessed it, DOOM. For Smash players looking to dive into some Sora-lore, cloud-versions of Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III for the Nintendo Switch were also announced. However, being cloud versions, these releases will require a solid internet connection, which rules out us Aussies getting our hands on it. Thanks, copper wiring!

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