Despite Kingdom Hearts making its way to Nintendo Switch for the first time, don’t expect past entries to come to the platform anytime soon.
Many publications including yours truly recently released interviews with Kingdom Hearts Series Creator and Director Tetsuya Nomura as well as Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory Masanobu Suzui and Producer Ichirou Hazama regarding details of the upcoming title as well as the series at large moving forward. Melody of Memory will be the first game in the franchise making its way to the Nintendo Switch and, according to Nomura, we likely won’t see any previous entries making their way to the platform.
In an interview with Nintendo Enthusiast, Nomura explained that there are no plans in motion to getting any older titles to the Switch. In the past, developer Square Enix looked into porting them to the Nintendo console but decided against it because they found too many technical hurdles. With Kingdom Hearts being my favorite video game franchise this is disappointing to hear, but it does make sense to a degree. While we don’t know the specific difficulties it is a possibility that the issue is memory storage, specifically on the Nintendo Switch cartridge.
Each cartridge can have 8, 16, or 32GB. We’ve only seen a few titles use the 32GB cartridge as those are notoriously expensive compared to the other two options. The Witcher 3 and L.A. Noire are two of these games known for utilizing 32GB cartridges. Even so, only 29.8GB can be used, and based on the PlayStation listing of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, it could take almost 48GB to get the collection on Switch. There would likely be some cutbacks that would lower the storage size but seemingly not low enough to get to the required amount.
Again there is no confirmation as to whether or not that is the specific problem, but based on what we know, memory could play a factor. At the very least the Kingdom Hearts franchise is available on both PlayStation and Xbox giving players numerous options to jump into the series for the first time.
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