…And in the event that he somehow does, I will - as I’ve promised elsewhere before, and I quote - eat my shoe.
In all seriousness, as a Smash fan with ridiculously high personal standards for what I want to see in the future, this is really the one common suggestion of a new third-party franchise (which is basically all I want to see going forward) that gets me irrationally annoyed for a few reasons; rant incoming:
1. It’s just not legally feasible; Nintendo would have to reach out to make an unprecedented cross-licensing agreement with Disney, who are of course notoriously protective of their properties, such that it’s honestly an anomalous miracle that Kingdom Hearts itself exists as is.
2. In the event of Square Enix contributing again, what they need to add is, without question, more Final Fantasy content, as it’s the most underutilized franchise currently playable in SSB by a glaringly massive margin, and the original elements of Kingdom Hearts comprise what is, for all intents and purposes, a Final Fantasy storyline, which raises the question of why someone would choose to vouch for an iteration of the franchise that’s tied up with all kinds of licensing issues from Disney over the dozen-plus other iconic Final Fantasies that have no such legal complications and frankly have far better stories and characters much more often than not.
3. I find it hypocritical that the fandom which is generally so vehement against the inclusion of any content not specifically from video games, such as exemplified by the image from which most of the composite text shown here is taken (I’ll trust you probably know the one, provided you’re an invested fan who pays attention to memes such as this), would present such high demand for a property that comes inextricably bundled with such content.
4. Regarding anyone and everyone who is suggesting that Kingdom Hearts be used without any Disney elements whatsoever, my oft-repeated analogy is that doing so would be like adding a character from Guitar Hero and including no music whatsoever.