Popular Title Is Coming to Nintendo Switch but There’s More to It Than What Meets the Eye

Published 10/06/2021, 9:48 AM EDT


Kingdom Hearts fans received some major shockers earlier this week with the revelation of Sora’s arrival in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The protagonist of the Square Enix franchise was announced by Masahiro Sakurai as the 86th and final character for the popular Nintendo Switch title. However, the fun doesn’t stop there for fans of the series.

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The franchise will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2022, and the developers have a ton of surprises for the fans. To honor the impeccable 20 year run so far, Square Enix will release some of the classic titles for the Switch. But, it isn’t as straightforward as it sounds.

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Kingdom Hearts titles to join the Nintendo Switch lineup

Sora’s arrival in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a massive step for the franchise. However, it seems like players will have more to experience as Square Enix will release three titles for the Nintendo Switch. This includes Kingdom Heart HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III.

Fans of the Disney + Square Enix franchise have loved these titles. All of them arrived between 2013 and 2019 on various consoles. This is the first time players can experience them on the popular Nintendo console. However, fans will need to know that there’s a major catch, which might put off some of them from buying.

Kingdom Hearts games to arrive as Cloud title

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The three Kingdom Hearts games on the Nintendo Switch will arrive as a Cloud title. Players won’t be playing a native port, and instead of downloading them, they will have to stream it on the cloud. This might require fans to have a stable internet connection for them to not experience any issues. This includes input lag, frame stuttering and many more.

Many platforms like PlayStation and Xbox have their own streaming platform like xCloud and PS Now. However, to avail these services, players will need a fast internet connection, which can put many of them at a disadvantage. Fans mostly used these services to play old titles which didn’t have any backward compatibility support. Along with that, this would be the first time an iconic franchise has arrived on the Nintendo Switch as a streaming title.

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It will be interesting to see how these games perform on cloud streaming. Many fans have already displayed their displeasure towards Nintendo and Square Enix. However, others are quite excited at the prospects of these titles on the Switch, and they can’t wait to try them out.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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