Discussionist: Kingdom’s cast
posted on 07.04.13 at 12:04 PM EDT by (@admeady)
If you were Nomura, what would you do?


You are Tetsuya Nomura, the creative director behind the beloved Kingdom Hearts series. Add characters, add worlds. Remove characters, remove worlds. Or perhaps there’s a particular facet of the Kingdom universe you want to explore. You have complete and total control.

So, what would you do in Kingdom Hearts III?

What characters – from both Final Fantasy and Disney – would you like to see? What worlds? And what would you alter or remove? Who would you love to see make a return in Hearts’ next-generation installment.

Be Nomura below, folks.

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  • Tac-Mex

    I would cancel the Xbone version

    • Raoni Marques

      You can do anything to make the game better or do something you would really like and you do something stupid like this? haha

      I’d like to know what’s the problem with making it possible to a lot of different people. I just don’t understand people who don’t want it to go multiplat. Buy your game for ps4 and enjoy the heck out of it (I’ll do the same, btw) and let people who get the Xbone have their share of fun with the series too.

    • EX+

      Listen, they probably won’t but later on Square won’t bother with the XB1. The PS4 is more powerful and will have a larger install base, meaning making games for the Xbone 2-3 years from now (I’m thinking both KH3 and FFXV will be out by 2015) will be irrelevant for Japanese devs. Don’t forget Square needs the money right now and Sony could pay them to make the games after this (KH4, FFXV-2 and FFXVI and stuff) exclusive. Plus you never know, Sony could yet again troll Microsoft and lock this and FFXV as full exclusives (NO PC, even though I doubt they’ll bring one out with their mass development costs high enough). But hey man I don’t give a damn. I’m gonna play this game sooo much on PS4 as well as FFXV.

    • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

      That’s silly. A likely incredibly cheap port to another platform?

      Now, if you said make a Wii U version, I’d be a LOT more sympathetic.

      • EX+

        Oh no, I’m not saying these games will run like crap on the Xbone. I’m just saying in 2-3 years from now, when games use more RAM and even start going into GDDR5 RAM, the xbone will just not be able to handle them. The games after KH3 and FFXV. Like KH4, KH5 FFXVI, that sorta stuff.

        • Raoni Marques

          Unless it’s exclusive, it’s not gonna happen. Ps3 is way more powerful than 360, and what we saw in this gen was multiplat games running even better on 360 since they were first developed for it first, and then ported. we also saw games that looked pretty much the same on both consoles and another bunch that looked better on ps3.

          If SE can make at least a little profit from Xbox One, they’re gonna keep porting their games, since now that both consoles are pretty much the same aside from the better ram on ps4.

          Third party developers wants to sell their games to a lot of different people on different platforms to make even more money. Deal with it.

          • Adam Meadows

            Hey guys, could we try and keep things focused on Kingdom Hearts III? Who’ll make it if you guys don’t? ;)

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  • Gammer21

    I would focus on ff 15 and get that out ASAP so players can rest easy knowing I’m working only on kh3

  • DesmaX

    Belts World

    I would put a Toy Story world in there

  • DarthBrian

    Star Wars. Duh.

  • OverlordZetta

    I’d get in all of the Pixar movies that (as far as I’m aware) have yet to appear in the franchise.
    Also, definitely throw in a Gyrozetter world. It’s SE too after all.

  • McPoo

    I’d put Jumanji in it

  • FATTmord

    Add the ability to synthesize new outfits for Sora. Like an Organization XIII cloak, Terra’s armor or the outfit Vanitas wears in Birth by Sleep.

    • Raoni Marques

      Wow, that’s an awesome idea!

      • Gilgamesh2025


  • Frii

    Kuja as a new extra Boss
    Star Wars world
    Toys Story world instead of Pooh world
    Aqua returns
    Well maybe a Lightning is fine too
    FFT world is good too

  • EspadaKiller

    Er probably I would want to see Star Wars and Toy Story worlds in it. And I wish the gameplay will be close to the one in XV.

    And I want more character development between Sora, Riku and Kairi. Oh and I would want to see Terra, Aqua and Ventus back in action to assist Sora too.

  • disneyanime91

    Wreck-it Ralph – that movie is just begging for representation in Kingdom Hearts.
    I mean, everything is in place already: action-oriented segments in Hero’s Duty, light-hearted mini-games in Sugar Rush and Fix-it Felix, and even a central hub area for your standard RPG Town in Game Central Station. I can see Ralph and Calhoun as some pretty badass party members, not to mention Felix as one hell of a healer.
    Bonus points if you get AKB48 on board to contribute more songs other than Sugar Rush.

  • EX+

    I would bring back drive forms, enhance the battle system a lot, make Kairi, Riku, Ventus, Roxas, Aqua, Terra and even King Mickey playable and make the story 100 hours long. LOL.

  • Guest

    Include a “Nobody” and “Dream Eater” equivalent of Drive form,

    Allow ability to activate Limit Breaks from characters even when not in the party,

    implement “Insane” Difficulty above Critical mode.
    Permanent Synch-Blade ability,
    Party Drive Forms for Donald and Goofy,

    Secret playable/unlockable characters beside Riku and Kairi, like Roxas, Ventus, Terra, Aqua, Mickey, Axel (Keyblade and Chakrams), Eraqus.
    Level cap goes *beyond* 99.
    (TWEWY Characters also included as Party Members and Limit breaks, albeit not part of the story.)

    Include Toy Story, The Incredibles, Treasure Planet*, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Jungle Book, The Rescuers, Robin Hood*, Meet the Robinsons, The Great Mouse Detective, Pocahontas, The Emperor’s New Groove, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Wreck it-Ralph*, Tangled, Brave, Brother Bear, as new worlds,
    (*potential for FF Characters as cameos, example; Zidane Tribal for Treasure Planet, working for John Silver.)

    Combination of worlds from last two games for reprise.

    Expand on Mirage Arena to make it a sort of “Dissidia” type of Online multiplayer, (customizability may vary)

    FFXV Cross-save or Critical mode bonus; Noctis as a party Member.

  • LastBoss

    Star Wars
    Sword in the Stone
    Treasure Planet
    Robin Hood
    More Aladdin w/ Mozenwrath

    • GetOffMy_Lawn

      Mozenwrath YES!!! and Evil Manta from The Little Mermaid TV show in Atlantica!

  • LordKaiser
  • McPoo

    Definitely want more of the Steamboat Willie world. My favourite place in the entire series, without a doubt.

  • xMCXx

    I don’t even know.
    I kinda want it to be KH1 + KH2. xD

  • wolverine2099

    give sora the ability to switch between 2 keyblades or just one. without drive forms

    • Adam Meadows

      Makes me think of Dark Souls. Actually, it would be nice if you could leave messages in each world that will filter through to other players’ worlds, like Dark Souls. Or how I act in my world effects another player’s version of that same world.

  • Erick Jahzeel Maradiaga Mairen

    I want to see caius and noctis from final fantasy 13-2 and 15, also the return of sephiroth and the world of pulse from 13 saga !!!

  • GetOffMy_Lawn

    No Star Wars World. No Marvel World. Easter Eggs or optional sidequests for those franchises would be cool though, like maybe a prize from a tournament in Olympus Colliseum would be a Lightsaber Keyblade, or Goofy gets Captain America’s shield. But keep the worlds traditional Disney+Final Fantasy.
    Add some worlds from classic Disney TV shows like a Darkwing Duck World (PLEASE) and a Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers World (PLEASE).
    A Lone Ranger World would make sense, since that looks like Disney’s next big live-action franchise, ala Pirates of the Carribean.
    Mix up the stories in returning worlds like Agrabah and Atlantica. I would LOVE to battle Mozenwrath from the Aladdin TV show, Morgana from The Little Mermaid 2, or Evil Manta from Little Mermaid TV show.
    Introduce Pixar Worlds like Toy Story. Since I think they’ll release this game between 2015-2016, They’ll probably put Finding Nemo in there since “Finding Dory” would have been the most recent Pixar movie.
    Also I personally would LOVE a Bug’s Life world. It would make sense since “A Bug’s Life” is one of the few Pixar Movies with a “purely” evil villian (Hopper).

  • DragonSix

    Starwars, Pixar Movies and Marvel Universes.

  • shogunknight

    I would end Kingdom Hearts with KHIII, i would introduce rapunzels world (tangled) and in that world, place zidane (FF9) and vaan (FF12) to spice up a little comedy, planet atlantis placing tidus (FFX) and balthier (FF12) in there….focus on the originators of the keyblade history (ventus, terra and aqua), make Sora, Kairi and Riku older (not too old XD, doubt that would happen). For extra content and secret missions, make a star wars planet and place gabranth (FF12) or warrior of light (FF1) in it. I would also allow the player to use the characters Riku and Kairi at some points to get a full grasp of the story. Ahh, wishful thinking :)

  • McPoo

    Maybe Oswald the Rabbit too?

  • Tetsu

    Disney Worlds
    – The Great Mouse Detective
    – The Rescuers
    – Duckburg
    – Toy Story
    – Jungle Book
    – The Sword In The Stone
    – Wreck It Ralph

    Final Fantasy
    – Cids – All of them as Inventors you have to find to customize your various equipment in the game.
    – Chocobos
    – FF Monsters
    – SNES FFs World – Use the Kingdom Shader for 3D-2D Pixel Art.
    – Nobuo Uematsu collaborations

    New Game Plus – Play as any of the Keyblade wielders.

  • Budgiecat

    Ability to switch between characters in battle like FF XV is doing (no more “just playing as Sora” nonsense)
    The Bouncer world
    Racing Lagoon world
    Tangled World
    Wreck it Ralph world
    Marvel world (fight Dr. Doom boss)
    Star Wars world (Darth Vader boss fight)
    Cancel Xbone version

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    First off, Have enough characters for a variety of gameplay, such as Sora and Riku have a special combo. Magic attacks combined with keyblade attacks by Donald and Sora.

    Combine Worlds to make the experience even more better, albeit using appropriate parties, Pinocchio and Mickey Mouse’s world combined would be a great idea.

    Lastly, Bring in the best FF characters to fight with/against!

  • London

    Travel as Sora, Riku and Kairi in an interlocking story to save Kingdom Hearts.


    Sora, Goofy and Donald

    Kairi, Axel and Aqua

    Riku, Ventus and Max (Goofy Son.)

    Star Wars World- Should take place during the Return of the Jedi. Have Darth Maul as an extra boss would be legit.

    Oz the Great and Powerful- Very If’y on this one but it was an origin story non the less.

    Dark Wing Duck- I would have him in the world of Marvel as he is the last hero to protect the world against one of Marvels baddies.

    Pixar World(s)- Should allow you to play through the first Toy Story. I could see them including Cars, which I personally dread. Bugs Life would be cool as well and the space center civilization of Wall-E.

    Treasure Planet- Enough said.

    Final Fantasy World(s)-I would love to see Final Fantasy Advent Children and Quick thought have Dissidia as the new tournament instead of Olympus.

    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

      So glad someone said Dark Wing Duck, heck let’s go visit all the worlds from Disney TV from the 90’s while we’re ahead, Gargoyles world would be amazing!

      • LordKaiser

        I fully agree! Let’s get Dangerous!

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Make healing magic doesn’t cosume all of the user’s MP in one casting!

  • http://sora4tsuki.blogspot.com/ Sora Tsuki

    Give us Kairi with a goddamn Keyblade , then I accept everything you want.

    • mylesuncharted

      i 2nd that for damn sure.

    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

      Play Dream Drop Distance my friend and don’t ask any further questions of me till then ;D

      • http://sora4tsuki.blogspot.com/ Sora Tsuki

        Haha I already know she can wield a keyblade but now I want to play with her so much !

        • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

          Soon my friend, soon (so do I but then as a girl, it’s nice to play as a girl xD even if Sora’s adorable <3)

  • Awnye

    Interchangeable playable characters between Sora/Riku/Kairi/Lea. Completely customizable parties.

    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

      With 3P co-op local and online, let’s do this!

      • Awnye

        I wish! If the story from beginning to finish involved two or more playable characters, then co-op would be entirely possible. But unfortunately, I’m guessing huge portions of the game will just be Sora/Donald/Goofy. :'(

        • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

          That’s not bad at all, Sora/Donald/Goofy is still 3 characters, meaning 3P co-op is still fair game =3 Plus make sure it’s Drop-In/Out with options to turn it off so the AI takes over and you’ve got yourself a good little ARPG.

  • MrRobbyM

    I would add every Final Fantasy character ever made and add this

    • xMCXx

      Belts and Zippers are a given.

    • Nice Boat

      Pants must be really unconfortable with so many of these

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Put in Square characters such as Chrono,Fei Fong Wong an Rue from Threads of Fate.

    • MrRobbyM


    • LastBoss

      I want Magus, baby!!!

  • Calvin Chikelue

    Pulling for Game Central Station (Wreck-it Ralph). A real opportunity for meta gaming humor.

  • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

    Expand Port Royal and add FFXII characters to it (Vaan, Balthier, etc) that’d be an awesome integration but I’m far from done. Game Central Station for sure, featuring Caith Sith. Tangled World with with Terra, Sabin, and Lock. Jungle Book finally. Princess and the Frog world, for kicks Noctics shows up there as part of a wider reaching storyline involving searching for something related to his heritage. Original world with Lightning showing up there. Expand Destiny Island so that the main island is seen with some of the Type-0 cast in the school uniform that Kairi and co had, plus showing Tidus/Wakka/Selphie as well. Think of going back there as that reassurance to save the world type thing. Um are we out of Disney movies yet D=? Nope, Rescuers world as well, with…I dunno I’m out of FF characters to sprinkle around xD So instead, how about Frog from Chrono Trigger being there?! Yeah, let’s open up the IP a bit more xD and a chocobo while we’re at it. Should be fun and exciting.

  • Willgaea

    Merge all the worlds into one seamless open world journey. Maybe the cause of this could be caused by Aqua trying to escape the Realm of Darkness. Aqua has to be doing something important, right? More than likely they are going to add Noctis in there so I’m not going to talk about it.

    • Nice Boat

      I wonder what could Noctis do. When I read info about his role in XV it seems really outofplace for Kingdom Hearts.

      • Willgaea

        True, but the whole game is so random with characters that anyone would technically fit somehow.

  • Nice Boat

    Seems interesting:

    *Put Serah and Noel from FF13-2 as time travellers who find Sora’s group in each world they visit. After finishing all those encounters you unlock Caius as super boss.

    *Bring Rinoa from FF8 as hinted in KH2’s credits. Of course her design would be different from FF8.

    *Don’t go around making cameos for nothing just like it happened with the Gullwings. If the FF guys are appearing their apperances need to be more than two dialogues. For some reason the Gullwings were incredibly naive (even more than in FF10-2)

    *Give the BBS’ trio some redemption after how KH3D trashed them as puppets as if this were Bleach. Maybe Terra is already free from Xehanort’s control but wants to test us like Riku in KH2. Ventus and Aqua could join the party or something.

    *Maybe conclude Cloud’s storyline? Were Sephiroth and Tifa real? Is Sephiroth ever going to feel defeated? What happened with Zack?

    *Give us the reason to make us pleased that Sora is the main character rather than all the other guys (I like Sora but there are people who prefer others as heroes). Maybe he could wear Eraqus’ armor and look cooler than ever while he unleashes one new move.

    *Add Disney Worlds with huge possibilities of fights. That’s the easiest way to have a guy from FF.

    *If you can put Spiderman in the game trash on the One More Day storyline by making him the most mature character. (I’m a little bias in this XD)

  • Jenny Cordova

    a keyblade lightsaber!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Martian Wong

    I would like to be in the world of Wall-E and Toy Story….and secret boss is Noctis?

  • Carlos Luis Ayala

    Bring in Pixar characters

  • LastBoss

    Now that I also think about it, I would kill for:

    Princess Mononoke
    Spirited Away
    Howls Moving Castle
    Kiki’s Delivery Service

    Worlds, considering Disney publishes, Miyazaki productions.

  • new_tradition

    It’s kind of superficial, but I’d want there to be a new theme song created for KH3. If Utada Hikaru doesn’t wanna do a new song, then try to find someone else. I love “Simple and Clean” and the themes created around it, but it’s been the opening in almost all the games now. Heck, at least try to switch it up and use “Sanctuary”. I love the orchestra version, and I don’t think it was used past KH2 xD

    In terms of FF cameos, I’d kind of like a return of an older Zack Fair. My inner fangirl wants to see him and Aerith meet. They’re together in death in the FFVII universe so why not find happiness together in life in another universe? :3

    On a related note, I almost don’t want a Sephiroth boss fight, but it’s sort of tradition, so I dunno…

    I’d love for some characters from the older FF games. Kain would make me happy ^^

    Story wise, unless KH3 is going to be a long, massive POV game, I would create one more KH game before KH3. A Vita game just to branch out onto the likely system (and to continue the tradition of frustrating gamers with more consoles to buy, lol ;A;). Although full disclosure: I personally would buy the Vita for a KH game.

    My Vita fantasy game involves Lea figuring something out about Xehanort’s plan, maybe a POV that takes place during the 10 years to clue in on events, insight on all the Organization XIII members, etc. If there’s a way to involve Xion and Roxas, that would be kewl. Maybe Lea confronts Isa and discovers why his ex BFF is on Xehanort’s side (hopefully I’d want it to be something more sad, like Isa forced against his will, but Isa/Saix is still shrouded in mystery, so who knows.)

    I also like the idea of having Kairi with her own POV. I mean, it’s hinted very strongly she’ll have an active role. I’d like for her to be able to save Aqua. Toss in her memories of Radiant Garden returning to her, and I think there’s something tangible here. It wouldn’t correlate with Lea’s story, but it would be important to complete both stories to unlock some secret episode to lead into KH3. I’m basically imagining a PS2 level game for the Vita, so there would still be cameos from Sora and Riku.

    Oh, and no more disparity between game versions. Release Final Mix versions worldwide, or just put everything in the first game release. Though they make money off releasing FM versions, so I don’t see that stopping. But again, release them worldwide xD

    (I got more things, but it’s a pain typing so much on a smartphone >_>)

  • BlackArmZephyr

    I would make the world Midgar or Nibelheim from Fantasy VII to see what happend between Cloud & Sephiroth because in KH2 they dissapeard in nothing. It would be very interessting for me^^

  • 4KHFangel

    I would put a Final Fantasy World in the game. Probably Cocoon from FFXIII. I know FFXIII wasn’t a success but it takes place in a beautiful and it would be interesting to visit it in KH. The world’s story would be about Sora, Donald and Goofy arriving in Cocoon during the attack of Pulse and realizing they are l’cie. They’d go with the FFXIII cast to destroy the fal’cies and get rid of their brands. I would also add flowmotion in the game and I’d make Kairi playable for a really short part of the game. I would put multiplayer in KH3. Finally, I would change Kairi’s outfit to the one I created.

  • SOLOmio

    Vaan redemption. More of square soft and enix game character from back in the day and Musashi return.