Sora Spells the End for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The final character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was announced today. It’s good news for Kingdom Hearts fans, as Sora, the protagonist in that franchise, joins the Nintendo fighting game. However, it’s a bittersweet announcement, as this officially marks the end of new content for the game. First released in 2018, this final character marks the end for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Yes, after months of teases and anticipation, we finally know the final fighter to join Ultimate’s roster. It’s Sora, the Kingdom Hearts protagonist best known for teaming up with Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters. Sora was first introduced in Square Enix’s original Kingdom Hearts in 2002.

Sora’s arrival in Smash Bros. marks quite a unique situation, with Nintendo teaming up with a third-party developer to introduce a non-Nintendo character to the game’s wildly varied roster. Of course, it isn’t the first time, as other characters like Sonic the Hedgehog and Pac-Man are also in the game. However, Kingdom Hearts isn’t a series traditionally linked with Nintendo, so it’s certainly an interesting development. It might even pave the way for more Disney and Nintendo crossovers in future games.

Yet despite the potential progress, there’s a tinge of sadness to the news. With Sora officially confirmed, it marks the definitive end of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lifecycle, with no new DLC expected. In the three years since its release, Ultimate has become the best-selling fighting game of all time. It’s introduced countless new players to the genre, and given long-term fans a nostalgic boost, too.

While the curtain may be closing on Ultimate, you can guarantee this isn’t the last we’ll see of Super Smash Bros. The gap between Ultimate and the 3DS and Wii U Smash games was four years. By that logic, a new Smash game would arrive next year – but considering Ultimate’s support has only just ended, it could be a while.

The next Smash game might not even come out on Switch – but considering how beloved the franchise is, it’ll be worth the wait.

Luke Hinton

Luke Hinton

Luke Hinton is a freelance culture journalist living in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism, Media and Communications, and currently balances his freelancing work with postgraduate studies. He specialises in film, TV and entertainment writing.