Jason is still not entirely sure how this series managed to become a reality. Before 2002, if you were to ask anyone what franchises they thought should do a crossover, no one would’ve said Final Fantasy and Disney. Turns out neither would Square, as the concept was loosely strung together in an unplanned meeting between Shinji Hashimoto, Hironobu Sakaguchi, and Tetsuya Nomura. In fact, the initial announcement was so shockingly offbeat that several people thought it was a late April Fool’s joke.
Despite the game’s contrived beginnings, Kingdom Hearts was met with both critical and commercial acclaim, leading to the beloved (albeit frustrating) franchise we know today. But is it worthy of such praise?
Short answer is yes. But Jason wrote a breakdown, so you might as well stick around.