Ichiban Kuji are making Kingdom Hearts character collection cards which will be on sale starting May 24, 2017. These cards can be purchased from their site for 150 yen (about $1.34 USD) and they will be selling the collections on different periods starting from May 24, 2017 until the last collection to be sold in August 31, 2017.
View two sample images of what the cards look like, as well as an actual photo of the cards, provided by @print1KUJI and @ArikaMiz on Twitter, below:
UPDATE 1: Another photo of the cards has been shown off by @naxkia on Twitter. View this photo with the other photos in the gallery above.
UPDATE 2: Ichiban Kuji have extended the sales period for their Kingdom Hearts card collection to September 22, 2017. Also, more prints have been added to the collection, featuring different characters from Kingdom Hearts. The pricing remains 150 yen (about $1.34) per print. You can view the new character cards in the gallery above.
- Aug 10 2017 08:25 PM
- by Dengojin
Kingdom Hearts Organization XIII 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle by Tenyo coming soon; pre-orders available
An Organization XIII themed Kingdom Hearts jigsaw puzzle by Tenyo is releasing soon. This puzzle consists of 1,000 pieces and is 57 x 73.5cm when assembled. You can pre-order this jigsaw puzzle from AmiAmi for 3,024 yen ($26.60 USD). Pre-orders are offered on a first come, first served basis in case of manufacture stock shortages.
View the picture that the puzzle creates when assembled below:
UPDATE: Pre-orders have since been closed! We'll update you if they open again.
- May 12 2017 12:05 AM
- by Elfdemon_
Kingdom Hearts Plush Shadow & Fenrir/Ultima Weapon Keyblade Keychain now available for pre-order via Square Enix NA store; releasing May 2017
The Square Enix North American online store has updated with new pre-orders for the Kingdom Hearts Plush Shadow, as well as more Keyblade Keychains of the Fenrir and Ultima Weapon. All 3 products have an estimated release of May 2017. The Plush Shadow costs $34.99 USD, and the Keychains each cost $19.99 USD.
Check out a link to each pre-order page below, as well as their corresponding images.
- May 04 2017 08:37 PM
- by Jake
This year's Hall of Fame hosted by Classic FM has come to a close and the results from the polls are in. Kingdom Hearts, including "The Other Promise" composed by Yoko Shimomura, has ranked #119 out of 300 this year. This is still impressive for the Kingdom Hearts series, though its ranking is significantly lower than it had been in previous years. In Hall of Fame 2016 Kingdom Hearts ranked no. 31, while in 2015 the series ranked no. 30.
Other musical compositions that have been showcased in the Kingdom Hearts series have also made it into the top 300 list for Hall of Fame 2017, including the following:
- "A Night on the Bare Mountain" ranked at no. 269
- "Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl" ranked at no. 206
- "Final Fantasy Series (including One-Winged Angel)" ranked at no. 49
- "Nutcracker" ranked at no. 34
- "Symphony no. 6 in F Major Op.68 (Pastoral)" ranked at no. 7
- May 02 2017 05:36 PM
- by Mystics Apprentice
Prototypes of Funko Pop! Vinyl Kingdom Hearts Halloween Town Donald and Goofy figures have been leaked
Prototypes of Funko Pop! Vinyl Kingdom Hearts Halloween Town Donald Duck and Goofy have been leaked by @poncho_pete_ on Instagram. It's currently unknown when Funko will announce these figures. View the image of the prototypes below:
UPDATE: The Halloween Town Donald and Goofy Pop! Vinyl figures have been officially announced and shown off as a part of the Pop! Disney line of Funko vinyl figures. The Halloween Donald and Halloween Goofy figures will be New York Comic Con 2017 exclusives. Check them out here.
- Sep 07 2017 07:57 PM
- by Leamax
Kingdom Hearts shirts and acrylic key rings coming to Japanese clothing store PONEYCOMB for the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary
To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, shirts and acrylic key rings are coming to the Japanese clothing store, PONEYCOMB, located in the shopping mall "109" in Shibuya.
The shirt features Mickey Mouse on the front in his black coat disguise with the word "KING" above him. This shirt comes in a style for women and a style for men. View the shirts below:
There are five different acrylic key rings, each featuring a different character from the series. The characters are Final Form Sora, Roxas in his black coat, Mickey Mouse in his Kingdom Hearts II outfit, Donald Duck, and Goofy. View the key rings below:
UPDATE 1: A release date, as well as prices, for these products have been revealed by Dtimes. These products will be available from PONEYCOMB on April 29, 2017, and the shirts will be available for 3,500 yen ($31.46 USD), while the key rings will be available for 1,500 yen ($13.48 USD).
In case you missed it, limited merchandise is available for pre-order from 7NET in Japan for the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary as well.
Sources: @miikun18 tweet 1, @miikun18 tweet 2, @miikun18 tweet 3, @miikun18 tweet 4, @PONEYCOMB, @aibo_ac7, Dtimes
UPDATE 2: Six more acrylic Kingdom Hearts key rings are coming to PONEYCOMB. They are in the same line as the ones mentioned above. These key rings include the characters: Sora/Data-Sora, Riku in his black coat/Data-Riku, Atlantica Sora, Atlantica Donald Duck, Atlantica Goofy, and Chip & Dale. You can check them out in the article here.
UPDATE 3: Key rings for Sora/Data-Sora and Chip & Dale have been revealed. View them with the other key rings in the photo gallery above. A couple more Kingdom Hearts shirts have also been revealed to be coming to PONEYCOMB. The shirt designs include one that shows off Timeless River Mickey Mouse on the front and one that shows off the Timeless River world icon on the front and Timeless River Sora on the back. View the shirts in the gallery below:
UPDATE 4: A release date, as well as prices, for these products have been revealed by Dtimes. These products will be available from the PONEYCOMB pop-up shop at Kichijoji Parco 5f for a limited time from June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017. The Timeless River Mickey shirts will be available for 3,500 yen ($31.46 USD) and the Timeless River Sora shirts will be available for 4,200 yen ($37.75 USD), while the key rings will be available for 1,500 yen ($13.48 USD).
UPDATE 5: Even more Kingdom Hearts shirts and acrylic key rings are coming to PONEYCOMB! Now, the characters Halloween Town Sora, Halloween Town Donald Duck, and Halloween Town Goofy are coming to this line of key rings. There are two new shirts. One of which has a design of Halloween Town Sora and Christmas Town Jack Skellington on the front, and the other shirt has a design of Halloween Town Donald and Goofy on the front. They both come in either black or white.
Both the acrylic key rings and the shirts will be available to pre-order from September 2, 2017 to September 10, 2017. They are planned to ship at the end of September, and regular sales in PONEYCOMB stores are scheduled to begin on September 9, 2017. The key rings will be available to purchase for 1,620 yen ($14.81 USD) each, and the shirts will be available to purchase for 3,780 yen ($34.56 USD) each.
Check out the new shirts and key rings in the gallery below:
- Aug 25 2017 08:51 PM
- by Elfdemon_
To further celebrate the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts this year, 7Net is offering exclusive Kingdom Hearts merchandise from Japan. All items are currently available for pre-order and are releasing on a variety of dates, ranging from June 23 2017 to August 23 2017. You can see some images of the available products for sale below:
A list of release dates and prices of items available from 7Net are as follows:
- Acrylic pen stand sets priced at 4,000 yen, releasing on July 20, 2017
- Keyblade key covers priced at 800 yen, releasing on August 19, 2017
- Muffler towel two-piece set priced at 1,000 yen, releasing on August 23, 2017
- Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Design iPhone 7 hybrid mirror case priced at 2,780 yen, releasing on June 23, 2017
- iPhone 7 cases in an assortment of designs priced at 2,180 yen, releasing on June 23, 2017
- iPhone 7 Plus cases in an assortment of designs, priced at 2,280 yen, releasing on June 23, 2017
- iPhone 6/6s cases in an assortment of designs priced at 2,180 yen, releasing on June 23, 2017
- Two-stage lunchbox priced at 3,000 yen, releasing on July 13, 2017
- Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary Design mugs priced at 1,800 yen, releasing on July 13, 2017
- Noodle pots priced at 1,800 yen, releasing on July 13, 2017
Kingdom Hearts shirts and acrylic key rings are coming to the Japanese clothing store PONEYCOMB for the Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary as well.
UPDATE: Even more merch has been announced to be coming to 7net for the Kingdom Hearts series' 15th Anniversary. Key rings, necklaces, memo pads, smartphone stands, tumbler glasses, small plates, and stainless steel bottles will be made available for sale later this year.
The leather key rings are being manufactured by Nakagawa Corporation and will be available starting September 16, 2017. You can buy them here:
- Sora stained glass leather key ring (Black); 4,000 yen ($35.84 USD)
- Sora stained glass leather key ring (White); 4,000 yen ($35.84 USD)
The gold and silver necklaces are manufactured by K.uno and will be available starting September 28, 2017. You can buy them here:
- Sora Crown necklace (Gold); 23,148 yen ($207.41 USD)
- Sora Crown necklace (Silver); 9,259 yen ($82.96 USD)
- Heart necklace (Gold); 23,148 yen ($207.41 USD)
- Heart necklace (Silver); 9,259 yen ($82.96 USD)
- Kingdom Key Keyblade necklace (Gold & Silver); 29,630 yen ($265.49 USD)
- Kingdom Key Keyblade necklace (Silver); 13,889 yen ($124.45 USD)
- Kingdom Key D Keyblade necklace (Gold & Silver); 29,630 yen ($265.49 USD)
- Kingdom Key D Keyblade necklace (Silver); 13,889 yen ($124.45 USD)
- Oathkeeper Keyblade necklace (Silver); 11,111 yen ($99.56 USD)
- Oblivion Keyblade necklace (Silver); 11,111 yen ($99.56 USD)
The A7 size memo pads are manufactured by Ingrem and will be available starting August 27, 2017. You can buy them here:
- 15th Anniversary A7 memo pad; 2,480 yen ($22.21 USD)
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep A7 memo pad; 1,980 yen ($17.73 USD)
The smartphone stands are manufactured by Ingrem and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy them here:
- 15th Anniversary smartphone stand; 1,980 yen ($17.73 USD)
- Kingdom Hearts II smartphone stand; 1,480 yen ($13.26 USD)
- Red stained glass smartphone stand; 1,480 yen ($13.26 USD)
The pair of tumbler glasses comes in a wooden box, are manufactured by Maebata, and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy them here:
The set of nine small plates comes in a box, are manufactured by Maebata, and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy them here:
The stainless steel bottle is manufactured by Maebata, and will be available starting August 23, 2017. You can buy it here:
Thanks to @aibo_ac7 on Twitter for the tips!
- Jun 20 2017 04:16 AM
- by Mystics Apprentice
The first series of Diamond Select Toys' Kingdom Hearts figures shown off at C2E2 2017; releasing holiday 2017; pre-orders now available
Earlier this year, Diamond Select Toys revealed prototypes of their Kingdom Hearts figures at New York Toy Fair 2017.
Now, Diamond Select Toys have shown off improved versions of these figures at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017. Last time they were shown, figures of Sora, Roxas, Axel, Mickey Mouse, Maleficent, Jafar, Iago, Abu, a Dusk Nobody, a Shadow Heartless, and a Creeper Plant Heartless were shown. This time, figures of Sora, Axel, Mickey Mouse, a Dusk Nobody, a Shadow Heartless, and a Soldier Heartless were shown. A Vinimate Sora can be seen in the back as well.
In the image, you can see some of the articulation of the figures. Not all of the figures will have the same amount of articulation, due to the size of the figures and due to how easy it is to hide the articulation in the sculpt. Expect to see 8 - 12 in the character figures, and little or none in the Heartless figures.
UPDATE 1: More detailed photos have been added of the Sora, Axel, Mickey Mouse, and the Soldier Heartless figures by Diamond Select Toys, which were featured about booth #817 at C2E2. You can view these images above.
UPDATE 2: The official Diamond Select Toys Twitter account has released an image of their Vinimates display at C2E2 2017 at their booth #817. In this display, you can see the Sora Vinimate and get a better look at him than in the previous photo. Sora can be seen on the third shelf down and to the right. View the image of the display below:
UPDATE 3: Thanks to @JayCochran on Twitter, we now have a new photo of the Sora figure and a new photo of the Mickey figure. View these images with the other images above.
UPDATE 4: New images of these figures and new information on these figures has been released. It's now known that these figures will be released in two packs which each contain three figures. The first pack will have Axel, Mickey Mouse, and a Shadow Heartless in it, while the other pack will have Sora, a Soldier Heartless, and a Dusk Nobody in it. The figures are between four and seven inches tall. They will be released Fall 2017, and both packs will be $25.00 USD. The figures are sculpted by Oluf Hartvigson, who's also done some work for one of the Star Wars lines at Sideshow Collectibles.
View the new images in the gallery below:
UPDATE 6: Pre-orders for these two sets of figures are now available on Ami Ami. Pre-order the Sora, Soldier, and Dusk pack here, and pre-order the Mickey, Axel, and Shadow pack here.
They can each be pre-ordered for 3,500 yen ($31.44 USD). In case you missed it, they will be released in Fall 2017.
UPDATE 7: Pre-orders for these two sets of figures are now available for the United States. Pre-order the Sora, Soldier, and Dusk pack from BigBadToyStore here, pre-order the Mickey, Axel, and Shadow pack from BigBadToyStore here, and pre-order both packs from BigBadToyStore here. You can also pre-order both packs from Entertainment Earth here. Each pack can be pre-ordered for $22.99 USD, and the double pack can be pre-ordered for $44.99 USD.
Read the product description for the single packs below:
A Diamond Select Toys release! Just in time for the 15th anniversary of the Select action figure line, one of the world's most popular video game franchises is getting the Select treatment! Based on the popular Kingdom Hearts II chapter, these action figure multi-packs include some of the franchise's most popular characters. Each figure measures between 4 and 7 inches tall and features up to 16 points of articulation, as well as character-appropriate accessories including Keyblades. Each figure set comes packaged in the display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!
Read the product description for the double pack below:
A Diamond Select Toys release! Just in time for the 15th anniversary of the Select action figure line, one of the world's most popular video game franchises is getting the Select treatment! Based on the popular Kingdom Hearts II chapter, these action figure multi-packs include some of the franchise's most popular characters: Mickey Mouse comes with Axel and Shadow, and Sora comes with Dusk and a soldier. Each figure measures between 4 and 7 inches tall and features up to 16 points of articulation, as well as character-appropriate accessories including Keyblades. Each figure set comes packaged in the display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!
Thanks to KHInsider for the tip!
UPDATE 8: Diamond Select Toys' Kingdom Hearts figures have been shown off at SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) 2017. The Mickey, Sora, Axel, Dusk Nobody, Shadow Heartless, and Soldier Heartless figures were shown off there, as well as new Pluto, Valor Form Sora, and Wisdom Form Sora. A Master Form Sora was announced too. The Pluto figure will be $9.99 USD at Walgreens, the Valor Form Sora will be $19.99 USD only at GameStop, the Wisdom Form Sora will be $19.99 USD only at Target, and the Master Form Sora will be $19.99 USD only at Toys "R" Us. Check out photos of the figures at SDCC 2017, provided by @churroz on Twitter, below:
UPDATE 9: Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira, also known as DSTChuck, answered various fan questions about their figures and upcoming figures, which include things like Star Trek, Kill Bill, and of course, Kingdom Hearts, as a part of their Ask DST series. He has confirmed that their plan now is to have the one series out for holiday 2017, instead of the previous goal for fall 2017.
UPDATE 10: Series 1 of the Diamond Select Toys' Kingdom Hearts figures are now available to purchase at Walgreens. Walgreens also has a Mickey Mouse and Pluto pack as an exclusive. Check out images of the Series 1 figures in their store packaging, as well as a photo of the Sora figure posed in a field shown off by the official Diamond Select Toys Twitter account, below:
UPDATE 11: Diamond Select Toys have posted a few photos of the Axel figure on their Twitter account, as well as a few photos of the Sora and Dusk Nobody figures. View them in the gallery with the other photos in UPDATE 10 above.
UPDATE 12: The Kingdom Hearts figures by Diamond Select Toys were shown off at NYCC 2017 (New York Comic Con 2017). Check out tons of photos of the figures at the Diamond Select Toys booth at the convention, shared by the official Diamond Select Toys Twitter account, The Toyark, Toy News International, and Toy Hype USA, below:
- Oct 09 2017 05:01 PM
- by Elfdemon_
The Japanese website DTimes has announced that Kingdom Hearts themed iPad cases are now available to purchase. These cases come in four varieties, each with a Kingdom Hearts image on its corner.
The first case features Sora's Station of Awakening. The second case features the Kingdom Hearts II cover art. The third, a red case, features the "Awakening" image from Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix. Finally, the fourth case does not feature an image like the others, but instead features the heart, crown, Keyblade, and Mickey head symbols commonly associated with the series, emblazoned upon the entirety of the front side of the case. Each case also features the Kingdom Hearts logo on its rear side, but does not have a design on its interior. All four of these cases can be viewed in the album below:
These iPad cases can be purchased from the Japanese website Gain Garage for ¥5,162, but it is unknown if these cases are able to be shipped internationally.
Will you be purchasing one of these iPad cases? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
- Apr 18 2017 06:21 PM
- by Raxaimus
Keyblade paperweights based off of the Way to the Dawn and Kingdom Key D Keyblades are coming soon. They come in a two piece set on a display stand.
View the paperweights on the display stand below:
View concept art of the paperweights in the box they would come with below:
Thanks to @churroz on Twitter for the tip!
- Apr 05 2017 10:06 PM
- by Elfdemon_
One of the UK's leading games retailer, GAME, has partnered up with Square Enix to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts franchise. GAME is hosting a giveaway where they are offering a Kingdom Hearts framed art print, featuring many beloved characters in various moments throughout the series.
To enter the giveaway you can visit GAME's Twitter (@GAMEdigital) and tweet your favorite Kingdom Hearts moment. Be sure to include #MyKHMoment in your entry!
UPDATE: The winner for the giveaway has been selected! Congratulations to @Halestorm_EU on Twitter!
- Apr 07 2017 10:20 AM
- by Mystics Apprentice
Kingdom Hearts II Riku Static Arts Gallery now available for pre-order on Square Enix NA store; releasing end of September for $49.99 USD
The Kingdom Hearts II Riku Static Arts Gallery figure is now up for pre-order on the North American Square Enix Online Store for $49.99, with a release scheduled for end of September 2017. The figure's prototype was previously showcased at the New York Comic Con 2016.
This news comes a day after Square Enix (Japan) e-Store started accepting pre-orders for the figure, with a Japanese release date of July 29, 2017.
You can view pictures of the figure below. A description of the product follows.
The Static Arts Gallery series is focused on pursuing the faithful depiction of characters within its 6-inch size limitation. Now Riku as he appears in KINGDOM HEARTS II will be the latest to join the lineup!
Despite its small scale, this figure’s exquisite paintwork is applied down to the fine details. Furthermore, the delicate and intricate design of the sculpt will surely surprise those that pick up the figure with all the details in its hair and clothes.
The star and shadow at his feet are created with translucent material to appear as though the star is casting light at Riku’s feet.
The presentation is a vivid reminder of the theme of light and darkness that is rooted in KINGDOM HEARTS, and so carefully expressed in the character of Riku.
Product Size (inches): Approx. W 2.91” x D 2.91" x H 5.6”
Release scheduled for end of September 2017
Limit two (2) per customer.
Will you be pre-ordering this figure? Let us know in the comments below!
- Apr 05 2017 02:10 PM
- by Raxaimus
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- Aqua PAK now available for pre-order on Square Enix NA store; releasing end of August for $129.99 USD
The Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- Play Arts Kai Aqua showcased at various events this year is now up for pre-order on the North American Square Enix Online Store. The release date is listed as end of August 2017, with a price of $129.99.
This comes only a day after the figure's listing on the Square Enix (Japan) e-Store and AmiAmi, which list the Japanese release date of the figure to be July 8, 2017.
You can view images of the figure below. The Square Enix Online Store description follows.
Aqua, the first female protagonist in the KINGDOM HEARTS series, has the inner fortitude to withstand adversity. This Play Arts -KAI- figure is sure to please as it showcases her unwavering spirit in its expression.
The various included accessory parts allow for a multitude of action poses. The paintwork, varying calculated intensities of light and shadow, gives her a realistic presence, all while taking great care to show off of her signature blue color. We also aimed to give her armor and keyblade a heavy feel through the paint-applied metal textures.
Whether she is charging gallantly into battle with Rainfell or showing her softer side in scenes with Terra and Ventus, we have condensed every bit of her charm into this figure to make it quintessentially Aqua.
Figure includes display stand.
Figure Size (inches): W 3.62” x D 1.9” x H 9.1”
Will you be pre-ordering this figure? Let us know in the comments!
- Apr 06 2017 12:21 AM
- by Raxaimus
It has been announced on the Tempo SEGA website that a Kingdom Hearts premium jumbo bath towel will be offered in a total of 34 stores in Japan. The scheduled arrival of these towels is set to Friday, April 14, 2017. The towel features a variant of the original cover art for Kingdom Hearts II. You can view a sample of the towel below.
- Apr 05 2017 11:51 AM
- by Mystics Apprentice
At the end of March the Kingdom Hearts series celebrated its 15th anniversary, and so Famitsu have commemorated this event by featuring the franchise in their magazine yet again. This time, Kingdom Hearts dominates the very front cover of the magazine, and is featured in a 15-pages spread.
Both Tetsuya Nomura (series director) and Masahiro Sakurai (Super Smash Bros. creator) have discussed the series. In addition, several of the Japanese voice actors for the series were interviewed. There are also results from questionnaires answered by Kingdom Hearts fans.
The issue seems to contain an overall look at all the games in the series so far, how they fit in the Kingdom Hearts timeline, and how they lead up to Kingdom Hearts III, including information on the game that have been revealed so far.
The article also features various top 5 and top 10 lists based on fan preferences and expectations. Some of the lists are summarized below.
Favorite games from the series:
- Kingdom Hearts II Final mix
- Kingdom Hearts II
- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
- Kingdom Hearts
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
- Axel (Lea)
- "Looks like my summer vacations are over."
- Xion revealing her true identity to Roxas at the end of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
- Sora's time as a Heartless
- The ending of Kingdom Hearts
- The secret ending of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
- Kingdom Key
- Ultima Weapon
- Two Become One
- Dearly Beloved
- Vector to the Heavens
- The Other Promise
Other lists include favorite boss battles, the most wanted Final Fantasy characters in future Kingdom Hearts installments, and more.
The feature also mentions the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -.
You can view the scans of the feature section below. English translations will be available as soon as possible.
UPDATE: In the magazine, creator of Super Smash Bros., Masahiro Sakurai, shared his thoughts on the Kingdom Hearts series and its 15th anniversary. View his thoughts, translated by @KamennoOtoko on Twitter and provided by @AllSourceGaming on Twitter below:
Sakurai: Congratulations on your 15-year anniversary! (The Kirby series turns 25 this year, as it were.)
Although the nature of our respective games may differ, as someone who has also worked on several collaborative titles, I understand all too well how difficult they can be.
My hat goes off to Nomura and his staff for putting together a tale jam-packed with content every single time.
I look forward to another entry to the series!
- Apr 06 2017 02:10 PM
- by The 13th Kenpachi
The Kingdom Hearts series recently celebrated its 15th anniversary with a bang, as renowned RPG developer Square Enix has paved the way to the series' long-awaited climax with a massive compilation. Released for Sony's PlayStation 4, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX offers some of the best experiences that Kingdom Hearts has presented to date, and consists of the first six works in the series. For the uninitiated, these six titles are:
- Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, an enhanced re-release of the original game
- Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, a console-oriented overhaul of the Game Boy Advance interquel
- HD cutscenes of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, the series' first Nintendo DS outing
- Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, an enhanced re-release of the second numbered entry
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, an enhanced re-release of the series' prequel
- HD cutscenes of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, the series' second Nintendo DS outing
When considering the perspective of newcomers, it's no secret that Kingdom Hearts has historically had a reputation for having a confusing plot, due in large part to having its titles spread thin across many platforms. However, in recent years, series director Tetsuya Nomura expressed his desire to remedy this stigma by releasing every Kingdom Hearts title on a single platform. Through both this collection and the recently-released Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Nomura's wishes have been fulfilled; nearly every game in the series is available on the PlayStation 4, with the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III set to continue this trend.
As seen above, the newest iteration of the Kingdom Hearts timeline features only four overall releases. The two aforementioned collections and Kingdom Hearts III all have a simple, numerically-ascending order which highlights the intended play order. Meanwhile, while the series' mobile installment, Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross], is presented as being first in the timeline, it is meant to be played late into the series, as it relies heavily on knowledge learned throughout most of the other games. In summary, with just a PlayStation 4 and a smartphone or tablet, the entirety of the Kingdom Hearts series can be easily understood and enjoyed by newer fans!
For returning Kingdom Hearts diehards, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX unfortunately offers little in the way of completely new experiences. While the Final Mix-exclusive additions and revamped HD cutscenes are carried over from the PlayStation 3 releases of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, there is no sign of any additional content which is exclusive to this PlayStation 4 release. Instead, much of the incentive for veterans to purchase this compilation comes in the form of technical improvements.
Kingdom Hearts speedrunner Bizkit047 outlines both the technical improvements and problems within Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.
In the PlayStation 3 releases, load times were unusually long, and the included games all ran at 720p and 30 frames per second. In the PlayStation 4 version, by contrast, the load times have all but vanished, the resolution has been increased to 1080p, and the playable titles run at 60 frames per second, resulting in a clearer and more fluid image. The option to play at 4k resolution is even available to PlayStation 4 Pro owners, further increasing the collection's visual quality. Unfortunately, the framerate increase does not apply to any of the cutscenes present in the collection; this is only applicable to gameplay, as the cutscenes are strictly programmed to run at 30 frames per second.
While these improvements have been widely praised by players, the games are not without their own problems. Several players, including prominent speedrunners Bl00dyBizkitz and Bizkit047, have pointed out several glaring issues with the PlayStation 4 versions of each game. Several crashes and bugs which were present in the PlayStation 3 releases have been carried over, some new crashes have been reported, and the transition to 60 frames per second has introduced several inconsistencies regarding game physics and timings. Thankfully, Square Enix has already begun to roll out updates and patches to lessen or eliminate many of the offending issues.
Overall, while Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is by no means a perfect product, and still has a great deal of technical hurdles to overcome, the collection provides an excellent starting point for new players, a large amount of nostalgia for returning players, and a great deal of improvement under-the-hood for those who seek a good-looking, smooth experience. If you've hesitated at the thought of playing the series, or simply want to experience the games in higher detail than ever before, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will not disappoint.
- Apr 05 2017 12:16 PM
- by Raxaimus
Kingdom Hearts II Riku Static Arts Gallery will be released on July 29th, 2017; pre-orders available now
Pre-orders for the Kingdom Hearts II Riku Static Arts Gallery figure will be starting soon at AmiAmi on April 5, 2017, 12am JST. Its listed price is 5,184 yen, with AmiAmi offering a 29% discount.
A prototype for this figure was previously in display at New York Comic Con 2016.
The figure is due for release on July 2017 in Japan.
UPDATE: Square Enix is now accepting pre-orders in the Square Enix Japan store for 4,940 yen (about $45 USD) and the figure is set to be released on July 29th, 2017. It's currently unknown when it will be available in the North American store.
You can view pictures of it below:
- Apr 05 2017 12:18 PM
- by Aquaberry
This week's issue of Famitsu will feature a 15th anniversary special for the Kingdom Hearts series! This issue, releasing on April 6, 2017, will contain a commemorative feature celebrating this special milestone for the franchise. In addition to explaining the outline of the series in chronological order, both Tetsuya Nomura and Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai, as well as some of the voice actors from Kingdom Hearts, will discuss the franchise. Results from a questionnaire for the series' fans conducted by Famitsu will also be included. Nomura states that he cannot disclose when more Kingdom Hearts III news will be available.
You can view three teaser scans from the issue below:
Stay tuned for more news after the release of this issue!
- Apr 05 2017 12:20 PM
- by The 13th Kenpachi
In celebration of the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, Snapchat has a special geofilter with Riku, Kairi, Donald, and Goofy huddled around Sora in the bottom right corner and the logo in the top left corner that you can use to take selfies.
The filters are only available while you are inside Disneyland Parks and possibly Disney World as well, although no word if they will be available for the other Disney Parks worldwide. It was mentioned during the live stream of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX yesterday. It's possible that the filters will only be at the Disney Parks for a limited time.
Thanks to @churroz for the tip and thanks to @elizabethapeck_, and @Sheltered_One, for the snaps of the filter.
- Mar 29 2017 10:25 PM
- by Leamax
Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, which was celebrated by Square Enix by announcing special Tsum Tsum events for the Japanese version ofKingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]. It was later revealed that Kingdom Hearts would be joining in the Japanese version of the Disney Tsum Tsum Android and iOS game that's connected to the Japanese social network, LINE. You can view their appearances and stats from the game below:
Other LINE stickers have been offered in the past, including those for LINE instant messaging. Currently the Sora and Riku Tsum Tsums are only available in Japan.
UPDATE 1: Sora and Riku have been released for the Disney Tsum Tsum LINE Android and iOS game in Japan! They'll be available until April 30, 2017 for the random Premium Box, which is 30,000 coins. Until April 18, 2017 at 10:59 JST, there will be a higher chance of getting Sora and Riku.
Both of their skills clear surrounding Tsums, but Sora auto clears them for a brief moment of time, while Riku clears them from a fixed number of taps. When they're activated, you can hear their them say their iconic catchphrases. Sora will say his famous line "My friends are my power!" ("繋がる心が俺の力だ！") and Riku will say "I'm not afraid of the darkness!" ("闇を恐れる事はないんだ！") View images of Sora and Riku in the mobile game, provided by @differem7 on Twitter, below:
View a video of Riku's skill being activated, provided by @ninomiy on Twitter, here.
Thanks to KHInsider for the tip!
UPDATE 2: An official trailer for Sora and Riku's appearance in the LINE Disney Tsum Tsum Japanese iOS and Android game has been released! This trailer shows off both Sora and Riku's skills being activated. View it, provided by the official Japanese Disney Twitter account, below:
UPDATE 3: Sora and Riku are coming to the international version of the LINE game Disney Tsum Tsum in the month of September. They will be available on September 14-17 and September 25-28. You can only obtain them with the Premium box, which can be purchased for 30,000 coins each.
Thanks to jutcdeenc and KHInsider for the tip!
- Aug 29 2017 01:56 PM
- by Mystics Apprentice
Square Enix has released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on March 28, 2017. the trailer is titled Familiar Faces and Places. It's also available and is available in English UK with French, German, Italian, and Spanish subtitles.
You can watch the trailer in English below:
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is now available in North America, and will release on March 31, 2017 in Europe.
UPDATE: A new 60 second long version of the Familiar Faces and Places trailer has been released by the official Kingdom Hearts YouTube channel. View this 60 second trailer below:
At the same time as this 60 second long trailer's release, they also released a 60 second long version of the Fight the Darkness trailer as well. You can view that trailer here.
- Mar 31 2017 03:41 AM
- by Leamax
Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series, has released a new official artwork to celebrate the series' 15th anniversary. This can be seen below.
Interesting notes and observations:
Comparing with previous images with Sora sitting on a throne, for the first time he is sitting with a different attire than from his original Kingdom Hearts one (this time it’s his Kingdom Hearts III outfit). His right leg is crossed over his left, just like in the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX one. The crown is also rather different than in the previous instances, reminiscing an actual king’s.
Now let's check the hidden details from the artwork. You can notice all the blurry effects added to the image and the intentional placement of the anniversary date and number to hide what looks to be 3 paintings and another element:
· In the first painting (upper left corner), you see a mysterious figure smiling mischievously. Does this look familiar to you?
· Next, in the upper right corner, we have the most difficult painting to decipher.
· Then, in the third painting, we have this:
It has the clearest element from all three paintings: a musical note. Maybe just a tiny Easter Egg for the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - that we have been experiencing as a 15th Anniversary celebration?
· Finally, we can see Sora is holding an animal on his lap, one that resembles a canid. As an interesting note, next year is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar.
Feel free to leave your speculation and other observations about what all this could mean in the comment section below!
- Mar 30 2017 06:41 AM
- by DChiuch
Disney Tsum Tsum event coming to Kingdom Hearts Union χ to celebrate the Kingdom Hearts 15th anniversary
Today marks the 15h anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series. To celebrate this occasion, Square Enix has announced special Tsum Tsum events for the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] which will feature the following bonuses for these events.
Special login bonus avatar
People who log in during this event period, will receive a Tsum Tsum headband!
Login Period : April 14 - May 1
Raid boss event & The Union χ Multiplayer event
New raid event quest "The Heartless Tsum stack" will be featured during the event and players can collect Raid Coins and Cross Coins to exchange them for Tsum Tsum avatar items from the Multiplayer event.
Event Period : From April 17 - April 23
New 10 medal draws
New raid event quest "The Heartless Tsum stack" will be featured during the event and players can collect Raid Coins and Cross Coins to exchange them for Tsum Tsum avatar items from the Multiplayer event!
These 10 draws will offer 4 Tsum Tsum medals: each draw will give you a guaranteed Tsum Tsum medal. The first draw is free.
Event Period : April 16 - April 30
- Mar 28 2017 03:09 AM
- by Dengojin
Last year, Yen Press announced that they will be releasing the final volume to the English Kingdom Hearts II manga series by Shiro Amano, Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 on May 23, 2017. Thanks to Yen Press again, we now have a look at the front cover for this final volume. View the cover below:
The Kingdom Hearts II manga series finished in Japan in 2015, and now it is finally being finished in English as well. The Japanese Kingdom Hearts II manga series had ten volumes, but for the English series, they've decided to combine them all together to create four large volumes. Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 contains volumes 8 - 10 of the original Japanese series.
You can pre-order Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and RightStuf.
UPDATE 1: The English Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 manga has been delayed from May 23, 2017 to May 30, 2017.
UPDATE 2: The English Kingdom Hearts II Volume 4 manga has released today, on May 30, 2017! You can purchase it from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and RightStuf.
- May 30 2017 04:23 PM
- by Elfdemon_
It is now the 28th of March, which means that the Kingdom Hearts franchise has officially turned 15 years old! KH13.com have comprised this article to commemorate this wonderful series that has brought us together today. Originally released in Japan on March 28th 2002, Kingdom Hearts is arguably one of the most bizarre video games ever released due to the unlikely collaboration between Disney and Square Soft (now Square Enix). Throughout the article we will be discussing the origins of the series and how it has brought many different people together.
The ConceptThe very first idea that lead to the creation of Kingdom Hearts was a conversation between Shinji Hashimoto (now the series executive producer) and Hironobu Sakaguchi (creator of Final Fantasy). The two wanted to create a game that rivalled Super Mario 64 in terms of the way players could move around in the game. The only characters as popular as Mario at the time were in fact Disney characters. Tetsuya Nomura, the lead character designer for Final Fantasy at the time, happened to hear the conversation and asked if he could direct such a project, which the two agreed to. Through pure chance, Disney and Square were working in the same building at the time and eventually Hashimoto encountered a Disney executive in an elevator. The pitch from Square Soft to Disney was somehow a success and hence, development for the first Kingdom Hearts began in February 2000.
The DevelopmentTetsuya Nomura strived for his own original concepts for a protagonist rather than using famous Disney characters. There was a time when Sora was envisioned as a hybrid of a lion and a young boy, who wielded a chainsaw blade. Disney even considered the idea of Donald Duck being the protagonist. There were even restrictions in what Square could do with the Disney properties at the time. Kingdom Hearts was extremely ambitious and in the eyes of many, a huge risk for the company due to its peculiar nature. Square did not want to create a product that would disrespect Disney and Tetsuya Nomura did not consider the idea of a sequel to Kingdom Hearts because of his doubt in the project.
Sora as a lion boy wielding his chainsaw blade.
Hironobu Sakaguchi (working as the executive producer) told Nomura that if Kingdom Hearts did not aim for the same level of quality as the Final Fantasy series, it would fail. Hence, the original Kingdom Hearts went through many drastic changes in its development cycle. Thanks to Sakaguchi’s advice, the story of Kingdom Hearts matured into something similar that you’d find in a Final Fantasy game. The main villain-Ansem Seeker Of Darkness did not appear until towards the end of the game which is similar to how villains appeared in retro Final Fantasy games. His personality is also similar to Sephiroth (FFVII). As a consequence of many of these drastic changes, there was a significant amount of cut content in the first Kingdom Hearts. Some of these include Final Fantasy VII’s Tifa Lockhart as an optional boss battle, Final Fantasy’s Bahamut as a summon and The Lion King as a playable world. However, due to time constraints and hardware limitations, these were not included in the first Kingdom Hearts game. One of the earliest trailers for Kingdom Hearts heavily implied the ability to control Donald and Goofy. Nomura eventually featured this mechanic of controlling party members in another game he would go on to direct-Final Fantasy Versus XIII.
Ansem, Seeker Of Darkness, drawn by Tetsuya Nomura.
The ReceptionFor many Kingdom Hearts fans, their first game in the franchise was the original Kingdom Hearts. With its first title released on March 28th 2002 for Japan, September 17th 2002 for North America and November 15th 2002 for Europe, the Kingdom Hearts series has now sold over 20 million copies worldwide as of October 2013. The first Kingdom Hearts was met with critical acclaim and high praise, receiving a 9.5 from GameInformer, a 36/40 from Famitsu and a 9/10 from IGN! Many critics praised the graphics of the CG opening and ending. Kingdom Hearts was released during a time when voice acting in video games was fairly new, and when compared to Square’s Final Fantasy X (released in 2001), the voice acting was a huge step forward. Yoko Shimomura’s musical score was also highly praised at the time, and the Kingdom Hearts series is now widely respected for its amazing soundtrack. Not all reception was positive of course, with complaints against the tediousness of the Gummi Ship missions, the poor platforming sections and bad camera angles. In spite of all of this, critical reception was still very positive, and this is reflected in the popularity of the series today.
The GamesKingdom Hearts drew heavy inspiration from its older “brother”, Final Fantasy. The lighter themes of Final Fantasy games are drawn from things such as friendship, destiny and good versus evil. Tetsuya Nomura is also a huge fan of Star Wars, hence the themes of light and darkness may be considered as inspired by those films. To his delight, Mark Hamil was eventually cast to voice Master Eraqus in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep!
The story of the Kingdom Hearts series has evolved in a dramatic way that no one would have ever imagined. The original game was extremely straightforward and a tale of good versus evil; a young boy must find his friends and restore peace to the worlds. However, even the first game left a staggering number of questions at the end. Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II helped answer these questions, but also introduced the Organization XIII and the concepts of Nobodies, which to some were confusing. Since KH1, themes of time travel (Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance) and alternate dimensions (χ [Chi/Cross] series) have been introduced. Every Kingdom Hearts game has left fans wondering if their questions will be answered in the next instalment. As a result, Kingdom Hearts III is now one of the most anticipated video games of the decade.
A screenshot taken from the footage shown at Jump Festa 2016
Kingdom Hearts II was released in 2006, and since then, many handheld games and side projects have been released to fill in the story gaps as well as introduce new lore. In a sense, they have created and built up the story for Kingdom Hearts III.
Although there may be a lack of concrete plot details, and many things have been retconned, there are many emotional and character-driven moments that have caused fans to fall in love with the series. A small few include - Xion’s death (358/2 Days), the endings of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II and Birth by Sleep, Riku’s redemption and the battle between Sora and Roxas (KHII). The confusing nature of the plot led to Square Enix slowly bringing every Kingdom Hearts game to home consoles, beginning with the HD ReMIXes on PS3 and ending with both collections being available on PS4 this week.
Kingdom Hearts as a series has managed to reach a very wide audience; for example, KH13’s own staff and forum members come from a variety of age groups, cultures and countries! The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in London had fans travelling from Germany, Italy, Greece and even Canada! This is because the story deals with a wide range of different emotions that any person can feel, such as empathy, hatred, sorrow and happiness, regardless of their personal backgrounds. Many different people can relate to having these feelings. We feel this diversity makes the fanbase one of the most interesting in the community of video gamers. The fact that such a incredible story can appeal to so many different people is very peculiar!
A photo taken from the KH13MeetUp at the London concert.
The GameplayIn terms of its hack and slash combat, the series has seen many changes due to the switch in development teams after Kingdom Hearts II was released. Both KH and KHII focused on using the command menu, with more of a priority given to combo attacks. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Dream Drop Distance and Re:coded made use of a command deck, where players could stack a deck of abilities and would each recharge after being executed. Kingdom Hearts fans refer to the handhelds production team as the Osaka team, and the original team as the Tokyo team; with the Osaka team directing Kingdom Hearts III, many fans are anticipating how the game will feel after experiencing Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep -A fragmentary passage-. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix is highly respected by many speed runners due to its in depth game mechanics, and to many fans, it is the best Kingdom Hearts game.
The box art for the western version of Kingdom Hearts II, drawn by Tetsuya Nomura.
Many people have become fans of the series due to the Disney elements such as the various characters and worlds. Exploring worlds based on famous Disney films has always been a delight for players, with continuous discussions about which Disney worlds, characters and cameos should be featured in the next games! The games have always featured some form of treasure hunting: sticker collecting, collecting Ansem reports, finding the 101 Dalmatians and completing Jiminy Cricket’s journal. The platforming mechanics have improved over the last 15 years, with Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance allowing the player to use flowmotion and launch themselves off of walls. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- has a refined version of flowmotion that enables players to better interact with surroundings, something that has many times been addressed as one of the main developments in the gameplay of the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III. Many players have criticised the series for not including enough NPCs in the Disney worlds, which can make the worlds feel like hallways and rooms rather than actual worlds. Kingdom Hearts III is believed to be changing this aspect for the better! Throughout Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-, this feeling of emptiness is not present despite the player being alone in the Realm of Darkness, primarily because of the high level of detail in world design, enhanced by lighting and textures that the Unreal Engine 4 is using.
A screenshot from the Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep -A fragmentary passage- opening.
Allies in each Kingdom Hearts game can be interacted with in a very unique fashion and teamwork attacks. Kingdom Hearts did this through summons; Kingdom Hearts II through Drive Forms, Limit Breaks and summons; Re:COM allowed the player to call for Donald and Goofy’s help; Dream Drop Distance included Spirit Links; and D Links were a main feature in Birth by Sleep!
The gameplay in the Kingdom Hearts series has always varied from one instalment to another, and Kingdom Hearts III seems to be taking the best mechanics from each and implementing them in its own unique way. The game will feature Shotlocks, Drive Forms, Summons, the evolution of Magic, Flowmotion, Attraction Flow, Keyblade transformations and possibly other methods of defeating enemies that we are not yet aware of! Gameplay has always been something that fans of the series have loved because each instalment introduces a new feature.
The KH13.com ExperienceDuring the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - opening night show in London, KH13.com had the pleasure to meet Miss Yoko Shimomura, the composer who has been making unforgettable and heart-wrenching music that reduced us to tears during the concert; music that made everyone in the concert hall rise up simultaneously for a loud standing ovation after the final performance!
The 15 years we individually spent adoring this series, the 8 years KH13.com dedicated to bring out the best in its fandom and the weeks we spent planning our #KH13MeetUp were rewarded in a single moment on Friday the 24th of March. Our “Thank You” booklet containing messages from fans, a KH13 exclusive journal and KH13 stickers were only a small token of our gratitude to her and those who made the World Tour a reality. Her delight when receiving our gift and briefly hearing about our meet-up was more than worth the wait! At that time it was past 1AM, but we persevered!
KH13 social media team leader Andrew Hankinson with Kingdom Hearts series composer Yoko Shimomura.
The video of our KH13MeetUp for the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in London.
During the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - Paris and London concerts, we put out constant live coverage of the two events, and are planning on doing the same for the future concerts to come. Check out our live coverage on the Paris concert here, and check out our live coverage on the London concert here.
KH13.com is now looking forward to meeting with the passionate fans of the Kingdom Hearts series at other events this year, such as E3 and the other Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - concerts!
If it weren’t for the amount of care, work, and trust Square Enix and Disney put into this series for the past 15 years, we would not be where we are now. The series has inspired countless people like KH13.com who dedicate their time to cover Kingdom Hearts news, discuss lore, make video skits, and produce amazing fan art, music covers, crafts, cosplay and more. The wait for Kingdom Hearts III has united Kingdom Hearts fans of all shapes and sizes. There is a light deep down that will never go out, and we would like to thank Tetsuya Nomura and everyone who has been involved in the process of making, distributing and promoting these games for bringing us all together under the same sky.
The crew from the first Kingdom Hearts, drawn by Tetsuya Nomura.
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- Mar 28 2017 03:56 AM
- by The 13th Kenpachi