After over a decade of waiting, Kingdom Hearts 3 has turned out to be everything we hoped. Well, almost everything. The game satisfyingly closes the door on the “Dark Seeker Saga,” but it also leaves the door open for future entries, which is good since several good Disney movies and shows have yet to be touched.
If series directer Tetsuya Nomura wants to continue the franchise, I suggest including some of these properties in future games.
Worlds That Deserve to Be in Future Kingdom Hearts Games
The Emperor’s New Groove
While many Disney movies are remembered for their timelessness, most of us remember The Emperor’s New Groove for its comedy and meme-able moments.
The villainous duo of Yzma and Kronk are some of Disney’s funniest characters, and the studio took a risk by portraying the main character as a schmuck who undergoes a redemption arc. But Disney struck gold with The Emperor’s New Groove. Incan gold.
A level based on The Emperor’s New Groove would probably be the funniest Kingdom Hearts world ever and could feature plenty of callbacks, a few new jokes, and more Yzma and Kronk. Heck, given Kingdom Hearts’ reputation for being narratively unapproachable, a The Emperor’s New Groove world would let the game’s writers cut loose and forget the convoluted story.
No Organization XIII, no flowery script that mentions Darkness every five seconds, nothing but the comedic styling of Yzma and Kronk. And plenty of Incan-themed Heartless to bash.