How did Kingdom Hearts -- a formula that everyone thought would be ridiculously bad -- turn out to be ridiculously good in execution? By fitting traditional archetypes together in powerful and resonating ways.
Kingdom Hearts succeeds for the same reason Dragon Quest works (at least for me): It's charming.
I haven't played a KH game since the first one. I really liked it, though.
Kingdom Hearts works because I wuvs it.
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