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Kingdom Hearts Trilogy Comes To Switch Via Cloud Streaming

Nintendo announced the news in an unveiling for the final Smash Bros. character

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Sora and some other characters from Kingdom Hearts on Nintendo Switch.
Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

Sora might be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate later this month, but that won’t be the spiky-haired hero’s only foray on the Nintendo Switch. The Kingdom Hearts trilogy is coming to the popular hybrid console via cloud streaming, Nintendo announced in a digital showcase today.

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Three games from the popular crossover franchise will be available: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and the comparatively simple-named Kingdom Hearts III, plus the game’s ReMind DLC. These three titles package a number of releases from the Kingdom Hearts series, which were initially spread across various platforms. Nintendo did not announce a release date.

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Traditionally, high-definition third-party games either don’t come out on Switch or do so out way down the line, in a less-optimized state (see: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt). More recently, Nintendo has opted to allow publishers to make visually demanding games available via the cloud. To wit, you can play games like Hitman 3, A Plague Tale: Innocence, and Control: Ultimate Edition via cloud streaming. It goes without saying, but you need an internet connection to play. However, you do not need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

The option is also a workaround in lieu of a true 4K model of the Switch. For ages, observers believed Nintendo would release a beefed-up Switch to compete with the likes of Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S. Instead, Nintendo will soon release an OLED model—basically the same exact thing as the core Switch but with a bigger, better screen for the handheld mode. But in the absence of a 4K model, despite recent reports suggesting that such a thing is in the works, streaming functionality allows players to access games that are otherwise only playable on PC or traditional consoles.

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Today’s announcement about Kingdom Hearts was buried in the final minutes of a stream introducing Sora, the trilogy’s protagonist, to the now fully-ballooned roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He’ll be available—either piecemeal or as the final character of the second Fighter’s Pass—on October 18. Fans are split.