Kingdom Hearts 3: Lessons in Friendship

A major theme that was present in the Disney worlds in Kingdom Hearts 3 was love. In my case, I wanted to apply this concept to friendship since this series allowed me to get closer to one of my closest friends! There will be spoilers for some of the Disney world plots of Kingdom Hearts 3!

Tox Box

Buzz, Andy, and the toys have been separated from Andy and are trying to find him. Sora, Donald, and Goofy team up to help them.

The first point about friendship comes from when Buzz almost get turned to darkness by Young Xenahort. Woody’s strong bond to Buzz allows him to save Buzz from being consumed by darkness. This reminds me of how friends are there for you during hard times. Friends provide comfort when times are tough and the love of a friendship can keep your heart strong! When I get anxious , I talk to my friend and the comfort of having that friendship always makes me feel better!

The second point about friendship comes from the end of the plot. Buzz and Woody are still far away from Andy, but they point out that Andy is in their hearts. My friend and I live a few hours away from each other, but we still have that close connection that we had when we were in college together!

Arendelle

This world revolves around the plot of Frozen. Sora, Donald, and Goofy meet Elsa who has run away to isolate herself from others and they team up with Anna, Sven, Olaf, and Kristoff to help Elsa.

At the end of the story, Anna is turned to ice, but she is saved by Elsa’s love. This relates to the saying that love can heal a frozen heart. When I got to this scene, I loved that it was not romantic love that saved Anna, but the love of a sister. This scene made me think that all love is an amazing thing to have in your life. I have not experience romantic love either, but I have experienced the love of friends and family and that is a really great gift to have in my life!

Hundred Acre Woods

This was mainly comprised of helping Rabbit with his garden so he could give honey to Pooh. What struck me was the ending. Whinnie the Pooh says that at one point he felt separated from Sora and that he did not want to lose Sora again. He realizes that Sora will stay in his heart.

When I was about to leave college, I worried that my friend and I would lose how close we were over time. But we are still really close and my friend sometimes comes up to visit. We are still close in each other’s hearts no matter how far away we are!

What Kingdom Hearts 3 Teaches About Love and Friendship

  • Bonds between close friends remain close no matter how far the distance
  • A strong bond like friendship is comforting
  • Love is a strong force that can be healing

What do you think of Kingdom Heart 3‘s themes? There will be one more post on Kingdom Hearts 3 coming up! I wanted to write a post on this because I kept talking about this with my friend when we were both playing through the game. Next up will be a full review highlighting the pros and cons of this game and then you can finally stop hearing me ranting about Kingdom Hearts 3! 

 

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Fun with Friends and Challenging!

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I started playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  on the Nintendo Switch around Christmas. I enjoy this game! I started playing through the World of Light and unlocked some characters and then unlocked the rest by playing Classic Mode and spending a weekend playing the game with my friend!

World of Light

The single player story mode is fun, but challenging even on easy! But, that’s because this is actually my first Smash Bros. game so I am very new to the series. It is also challenging because you need to choose the right Spirits to make the battles easier. I managed to unlock a lot of characters, but I eventually decided to switch things up by trying out different modes.

Classic Mode

I really love this mode! It was so fun doing a short succession of battles to unlock characters. I used this to unlock most of the characters in this game. I loved getting to fight a final boss at the end of each character’s short story!

Spending Time with my Best Friend

This is what made the game become instantly special to me! By the time my friend had come over for the weekend, I had managed to unlock most of the characters with around maybe 20 left, including some characters that I was struggling to unlock! My friend came over and we played together. We played so many rounds that weekend that we unlocked all of the characters!

My friend also taught me how to play the game better since he grew up with Smash Bros. We took turns fighting to unlock the characters when they would appear for us to fight them. We also made each other laugh like when Snake appeared as a boss while we were playing the Smash mode and my friend won the round so he had to fight to unlock Snake as Jigglypuff and lost!  I think that the best way to unlock the characters was just playing together with a friend! It made the game special because my friend and I spend hours laughing and we were both really happy when we got the notification that we had unlocked all of the characters!

A Good Time Especially with Friends

I love fighting against Nintendo characters! My favorite characters to fight as are Bayonetta, Pikachu, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, and Link! I also really enjoyed that I was able to spend a week playing together with my friend and that we worked together to unlock the last 20 characters!

This game is fun if you like fighting games or just went to spend fun times with your friends and family! But, it will take some time to unlock all the characters in the game!

What do you think of Super Smash Bros, Ultimate? What are your favorite characters to play as?

 

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX and Friendship

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Kingdom Hearts was introduced to me by my best friend in college because he had Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2 on his PlayStation 2. It seemed like a game that I would like because I would get to experience Disney worlds with Disney characters. When I picked up the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX for the PlayStation 4 on my final year at college, I managed to find a comforting game about friendship that I was able to bond with my friend over.

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5

Friendship is an important part of the Kingdom Hearts series. The series begins with three friends: Sora, Kairi, and Riku. The friends become separated when their world is taken by darkness and then Sora becomes friends with Donald and Goofy to save his friends and the other worlds from darkness.

You also make friends with various Disney characters such as Winnie the Pooh and even help Pooh learn about how friends remain together even when they are far apart. The Winnie the Pooh goodbye scene in Kingdom Hearts 2.5 always makes me cry because when I graduated my college best friend moved to another state but we still remain close friends.

When I played Kingdom Heats 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX, the friendship themes stuck with me since I would always tell my friend when I was playing and ask for hints. We would laugh over characters such as Donald Duck’s inability to heal Sora properly or how hard I thought the first game’s final boss was even on easy while he plays on the hardest difficulty. We would discuss our favorite worlds and our least favorite worlds in the games. I loved The Nightmare Before Christmas world in both games and we both didn’t like the swimming mechanics in The Little Mermaid world in Kingdom Hearts 1.5.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

On the day of my college graduation, my friend told me to watch the Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days movie included in the PS4 version when I asked what that game was about. The three friends becoming so close and bonding together over ice cream reminded me of how my friendship formed with my friend over eating at a restaurant and how we would visit that restaurant pretty much every week together. As I watched the three hour movie, I cried remembering my friendship and how close we had become over four years.

How Kingdom Hearts Still Keeps Us Close

Whenever I play Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX I talk to my friend when I am playing it and I cry over all the friendship scenes. The scenes remind me of how much my friend and I bonded over the games and also about the story of our friendship.

When my friend got a PS4, I bought him this game telling him that he had introduced me to the series and I wanted him to have the game on the PS4 because it was a symbol of friendship to us. I think that this game is a great game to experience with a friend and it is a fun game to play if you have ever wanted to explore Disney worlds.

Now that I have made myself cry while writing this I want to know, what video games helped you bond with your friends?