Hello everyone! I saw the post by Later Levels about the Question of the Month and I immediately had an answer for it. The question is set by fellow blogger and gamer Hundstrasse and it is What is the best video game crossover and why?
My answer –
Kingdom Hearts is one of my favourite video game series and it has one of the most unlikely crossovers regardless in video games, Disney and Final Fantasy. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during the planning and pitching of Kingdom Hearts because the combination of Disney and Final Fantasy is so weird and unexpected. I think the best thing about the crossover is that it worked and worked phenomenally. The Kingdom Hearts series is extremely successful. The series has several games with the long-awaited third mainline instalment coming later this year. (I can’t wait for it).
Aside from the things I stated above, there is another reason why I think that Kingdom Hearts is the best crossover and that is the fateful meeting that happened between series producer Shinji Hashimoto and a Disney executive. The meeting happened in an elevator in an office building that both Disney and at Squaresoft (now Square Enix) occupied. During that elevator ride, Hashimoto pitched an idea to the executive and that idea was Kingdom Hearts.
Looking at Kingdom Hearts now, it is hard to think that a pitch for the series happened during the duration of an elevator ride given how convoluted the narrative is now (it gives Metal Gear a run for its money).
I’ve written about Kingdom Hearts a few times here on my site. (Yes I am shilling my pieces. *Cue Game of Thrones* Shame. Shame.)
What do you think is the best video game crossover? You have until the end of March to give your answer.
Also what do you think about the Kingdom Hearts series? I’m curious to hear everyone’s opinions about the series.