The Kingdom Hearts games are headed to Nintendo Switch! Square Enix and Nintendo previously announced that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and Kingdom Hearts 3 + Re Mind were coming to the Nintendo Switch via cloud streaming. This means they aren't available as native downloads but instead, they're streamed, meaning you'll need a steady internet connection.
For those that are unfamiliar with these new names, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 is a compilation of the first and second games, complete with remastered cinematics. Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a prologue set before the events of the third game. Kingdom Hearts 3 + Re Mind is the third game, with a big DLC story pack bundled in.
If you want to try the games out before buying them — to see how they play streamed over the internet — you're in luck. Demos are available for all three games right now. Here's how you can play them.
How to play the Kingdom Hearts demos on Nintendo Switch
You can add the free demos to your account through the Nintendo eShop or through your internet browser. If you're using your internet browser, it's a simple process.
- First, check your Nintendo Switch storage, as you'll need at least 54 MB free space per game you want to try.
- Next, go to the page for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5.
- Make sure you sign into your Nintendo account.
- Click on Download Demo.
- You can then repeat this process for Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.
- Finally, there's the page for Kingdom Hearts 3 + Re Mind.
- The demos will now automatically be added to your account on your Nintendo Switch.
It's important to note that these demos are extremely time limited, as they're only meant to give you a quick taste of the games and make sure your internet connection is stable enough for playing. For Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts 3 + Re Mind, you'll be allowed to explore both games twice for about 10 minutes each time. For Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5, this time is extended to around 15 minutes.
Unfortunately, Nintendo hasn't detailed any recommendations or requirements for Nintendo Switch Cloud Streaming, but from our own testing, you'll want to have a steady internet connection of around 15 Mbs down or higher. If your internet speed is any lower, or if there are frequent interruptions, you may experience heavy input lag and stuttering, in which case we recommend not buying these games.
Once you've tried the demos and you're sure you want to buy the games, you can buy them individually or in one big bundle altogether. All the Kingdom Hearts games are currently slated to arrive on Nintendo Switch on Feb. 10, 2022.
A safe trial option
While it's somewhat disappointing that you don't have a lot of time to try these games, it's enough to ensure that your internet is solid and you really want to grab them. The list of Nintendo Switch Cloud Streaming games available is small but steadily growing, with a handful of titles that wouldn't run well natively available to stream instead.
Gaming on-the-go or at home
Grab a Nintendo Switch eShop gift card and you'll be good to go. Stock up now and you can purchase new games as they drop, so you're always prepared.
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