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Is ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ On Nintendo Switch? Fans Hoping for Console Port

Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally out after over a decade of time spent in the development oven. For the first time since the PlayStation 2, players can control Sora on a console (without playing a remake or remaster.) The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game are gorgeous and fully capture the vision of series director Tetsuya Nomura. We know that the game could potentially be ported to the PC, but will the Nintendo Switch get the same treatment? Or is the handheld console just not powerful enough?

Will Kingdom Hearts 3 Come to Nintendo Switch?

In an interview with Famitsu, Nomura said that it is “possible to release” the game on the Nintendo Switch. “Other hardware is not limited to the Nintendo switch, and we will consider all of them after the release of the  PS4 and Xbox one versions,” he said. Now that the game is out and slowly being completed by the Kingdom Hearts fan base, it only makes sense to start thinking about what could come next, and where new fans can be found.

is kingdom hearts 3 on nintendo switch kh3 Is Kingdom hearts 3 coming to the Nintendo Switch? Square Enix

The Kingdom Hearts franchise loves longevity The first game in the series was originally released in 2002 and has been reworked and remastered for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Multiple other entrants in the series, like Birth By Sleep and Dream Drop Distance, have all been ported to newer consoles. They got a major graphical upgrade, moving past the limitations created for them by the Nintendo 3DS and PSP.

The Nintendo Switch is a powerful console, but it has nowhere near the horsepower of an Xbox One or PS Pro. While playing through Kingdom Hearts 3, I encountered multiple graphical hiccups while in the middle of some of the larger fights. When too many enemies are on screen at once, the game slows down just a bit and there isn’t much you can do but watch and hope not to die. If they just brought the game’s Unreal Engine 4 code over to the Switch, the game would regularly crash.

If (and that’s a super strong if) we ever see Kingdom Hearts 3 on the Nintendo Switch, it isn’t going to look as pretty. Still, being able to play with Sora and the gang on the go might be worth whatever limitations the Switch has.

Do you want to see Kingdom Hearts 3 on the Nintendo Switch? Tell us in the comments.

 

Correction: A previous version of this story stated KH3 runs in Unreal Engine 3. It runs in Unreal Engine 4. Newsweek regrets the error.

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