When it comes to the Super Smash Bros genre, the moment that 3rd party characters started to appear via Brawl (specifically Snake and Sonic), fans from all over were clamoring for even MORE 3rd party characters to show up. And they got their wish over the years. As ones like Mega Man, Simon Belmont, Banjo-Kazooie, Pac-Man and more appeared. But in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, the final DLC character was none other than Sora from Kingdom Hearts, and the world rejoiced. Except for the haters, but they don’t count.
An interesting piece of information has come out about that via Kingdom Hearts’ creator Tetsuya Nomura. He noted that while Disney was the one to get it through (after Masahiro Sakurai’s suggestion), it was he (Nomura) that almost didn’t get it to happen because of how “picky” he was on the topic:
“Obviously, I was very happy that we were able to have Sora make an appearance in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Most of the feedback when Sora was [announced] for Smash Bros. Ultimate was, ‘I can’t believe Disney okayed for him to be in this game.’ Behind the scenes, I was actually the one being very picky about his appearance in Smash Bros. Disney was the one that was like, ‘Go ahead! This is a great opportunity.’ I thought it would be tough to pull off because it might clash with the established lore in Kingdom Hearts and the Disney worlds, so it was an opportunity I had to consider very carefully. After seeing how happy everybody was in welcoming Sora to Smash Bros., I feel like the end result was really great.”
Indeed it was, Sora is beloved in Super Smash Bros Ultimate and fans hope that if there is another Smash Bros game (not guaranteed currently) that Sora will return once more.
Source: Game Informer