Kingdom Hearts Trends as Fans Debate Which Shortcut Cure Should Go On

Recently, Twitter has been abuzz with Kingdom Hearts fans debating a classically contentious subject matter, shortcut commands. For those unaware, most Kingdom Hearts games have functionality allowing players to shortcut magic and items to any of the four face buttons (with only magic possible in the first game).

For reason(s) I don’t understand but am admittedly part of, everyone gets defensive over what their shortcut layout comprises, especially regarding Cure. Kingdom Hearts content creator RegularPat polled people on Twitter, asking about the button they prefer shortcutting Cure on, which is probably where the rampant discussion is rooted this time around.

As a result, countless people have been sharing their two cents and differing opinions despite X (thankfully) winning the poll, with a notable point being brought up by many. In Kingdom Hearts III and Re Mind, you cannot open the menu to alter anything, including shortcuts, when playing as characters other than Sora.

So, a preset layout is given, with Cure being put on…Triangle of all options. This placement has caused no shortage of deaths for many players, me included, but it also brings up the question of whether the development team uses this particular shortcut layout. Granted, it’s not like it really matters, but considering that it’s always seemed like X was the dominant spot for Cure by fans, seeing it officially elsewhere raises a few eyebrows.

Then again, I’m unsure of the Japanese community’s general consensus regarding shortcuts. Maybe they don’t care; honestly, good on them if so. This whole thing is kind of stupid.

Personally, my shortcuts tend to consist of the following:

  • Square – Fire or Blizzard/Reflect (KH2)
  • Triangle – Thunder or Aero
  • Circle – Item
  • X – Cure

My shortcuts are probably some of the least controversial ones, but who really knows at this point?

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I beat every Kingdom Hearts III Limit Cut Data Fight and Yozora on Critical Mode via the Nintendo Switch Cloud port.

In Kingdom Hearts IV, Sora is in Quadratum with Strelitzia, a prominent character from Kingdom Hearts Union χ. This setting is an afterworld for the two characters following their tragic fates. Additionally, this new saga has been titled the Lost Master Arc. Further, some combat footage was showcased, with Sora performing Keyblade transformations against a giant entity that seems to be a Heartless? We don’t know for sure.

“The heart resides within the soul, which in turn is guided by fate to its rightful place” is a crucial phrase used at the start of this trailer for the upcoming mainline game.


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Orpheus Joshua

Random gamer equally confused by the mainstream and the unusual. Fan of JRPGs, Action, Platformers, Rhythm, and Adventure titles.