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Raxaimus

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#1978321 Impressions of the "Musical Farmer" minigame from the Kingdom Hearts...

Posted by Raxaimus on 17 April 2018 - 10:35 PM

On April 15th, Square Enix hosted the first ever Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross] Dandelion Meeting, where fans could participate in various activities and meet fellow fans. One of the featured activities was called “Classics”, and was a demo for the Game & Watch-style minigames that would be featured in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III, collectively titled “Classic Kingdom”. The demo lineup consisted of four available games; Giantland, The Barnyard Battle, Musical Farmer, and The Karnival Kid. In addition, each game was played on a tablet, foreshadowing the later announcement that a selection of the Classic Kingdom minigames would be playable within Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cross].

Due to being one of the attendees of the Dandelion Meeting, I am able to give a written summary on the gameplay of the demo I played, as well as my personal impressions of the demo. Since attendees were lined up to play, we were directed to quickly take our seats, unfortunately giving us little to no choice as to the game each attendee was playing. The game I happened to be seated at was Musical Farmer, and I was given five minutes to play.

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The Musical Farmer minigame is loosely based on the 1932 Mickey Mouse cartoon of the same name. Within the game, six hens are laying numerous eggs which fall slowly through six pipes. Several of the pipes are joined by a segment that Sora can rotate to complete a given pipe’s path, at the expense of another pipe being blocked off. At the bottom of the three ending pipes, there are three boxes which can each accept up to six eggs. Sora can then descend the ladder and pass the egg boxes to the left or right. If a box is passed to another box’s position, the two boxes swap places.

The goal of the game is to pass egg-filled boxes to Mickey and Minnie on either edge of the screen, increasing the player’s score. After a given number of eggs is reached, the round ends and a new round begins, with a higher amount of eggs needed to complete the next round. If an egg hits one of the aforementioned intersections and cannot continue through the pipe (see pipes 2 and 6 in the above image), the egg breaks and Sora loses one of three lives. The board is cleared, and the player begins again, keeping the same score and amount of eggs collected in the round. A similar situation happens if an egg hits the ground as Sora is passing a box to Mickey or Minnie, or if an egg falls onto a box that already has six eggs. Upon losing all three lives, the game is over, and the player’s score is presumably recorded. (Unfortunately, I can not confirm this last point, as neither I nor the two players adjacent to me lost all of our lives in the time allotted.)

Overall, I enjoyed Musical Farmer quite a lot! While the game is indeed simple in its mechanics, I found it genuinely addictive, and several other attendees I talked to were enamored during their play sessions, as well. The art style is both a faithful recreation of the classic Musical Farmer cartoon (complete with the Timeless River rendition of Sora), and an exact match to the Game & Watch handhelds and others like them. Unfortunately, the venue was quite loud, so I could not hear any music from the game itself, but I would not be surprised if Square Enix decided to use a chiptune version of the music from the cartoon itself, which audibly complements both of the above aspects of the visuals. Hearing something like that would absolutely complete the experience for me! I look forward to playing Musical Farmer again, along with trying the rest of the Classic Kingdom collection!

What do you think of Musical Farmer? Did you get to try one of the Classic Kingdom games at the Dandelion Meeting? Which one do you think will be your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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#1975052 Kingdom Hearts rubber badge clips, masking tape, and notebook available for p...

Posted by Raxaimus on 28 February 2018 - 05:57 AM

A large portion of the Kingdom Hearts merchandise which was previously revealed and sold exclusively at D23 Expo Japan 2018 is now available for general pre-order through the independent seller Aitai☆Kuji. Each of these items is available to international customers, and all are being released in April 2018. All of these items will also be available to Japanese customers through AmiAmi, though there are no product listings as of the release of this article.

The masking tape is being sold for $9.00/800 yen, and is available in two styles: character portraits on a white background, or full-body character art on a black, checkered background. Each of the two backgrounds is adorned with the various symbols seen throughout the series.

The rubber badge clips are being sold in three different package sizes: A blind pack containing a single random character, ($7.00), a pack of two pre-selected characters ($12.00, with the choice of Sora & Goofy, Riku & Mickey, Roxas & Donald, or Axel & Kairi), or the entire collection of all eight characters ($50.00).

In addition, a notebook featuring the iconic symbols of the series on a black, checkered background is being sold for $10.00/1,000 yen.

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Thanks to KH13 staff member Mio-chan for the translations.

Will you be purchasing any of these items? Which do you like best? Let us know in the comments below!

UPDATE: Rubber badge clips now available for pre-order at AmiAmi!

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#1972898 Gummi Ship gameplay in Kingdom Hearts III will feature open world-like explor...

Posted by Raxaimus on 10 February 2018 - 04:45 AM

After the conclusion of the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event at D23 Expo Japan 2018, Japanese Twitter user and D23 Expo attendee Usamasuku confirmed that Kingdom Hearts III will feature open-world Gummi Ship gameplay, complete with a "search" function for exploration and a "battle" function. In addition, the Gummi Ship remains customizable, just like it did in its previous incarnations! The attendee in question compared the Gummi Ship's battles to those seen in the Star Wars franchise!

GameSpot adds that combat has been augmented, and will have more enemies that in the preceding games in the series. PlayStation Access reported that over 30 types of enemies will be available to battle against.

IGN details that the customization factor of Gummi Ships will be richer in this game. The exploration phase will involve directing the Gummi Ship freely in any direction, at 360°, on a field much like an open world.

Thanks to KH13 Staff Mio-chan for the translations!
Kingdom Hearts III releases in 2018, and you can view the new trailers for the game here.

What do you think of the Gummi Ship's improvements? Are you looking forward to high-intensity open-world Gummi Ship battles? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to catch up with all the news with our coverage article for D23 Expo Japan 2018 and the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event!

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#1972878 King Mickey's Kingdom Hearts III outfit revealed and featured in a new Ki...

Posted by Raxaimus on 10 February 2018 - 03:47 AM

King Mickey's Kingdom Hearts III outfit has been revealed through a new medal design for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]. This design is very reminiscent of Sora's own Kingdom Hearts III outfit. This new EX medal is being released tomorrow (from the time of this article's publishing) as a login bonus for the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]! You can view this new medal, complete with the new design, below.


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What do you think of this new design? Do you like that Mickey's new design is similar to Sora's? Are you going to be obtaining this new medal in-game? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to follow our coverage article for D23 Expo Japan 2018 and the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event!

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#1972870 Kingdom Hearts III theme song, "Chikai/Don't Think Twice", reveal...

Posted by Raxaimus on 10 February 2018 - 03:27 AM

The new Kingdom Hearts III theme song by Utada Hikaru, titled “Chikai”, meaning "Oath" in Japanese, was revealed at the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event at D23 Expo Japan 2018. The English version of this song is titled "Don't Think Twice". "Chikai" played during Kingdom Hearts III Theme Song Trailer revealed at the event; you can watch and listen to both songs below.

"Chikai" will be included in Utada Hikaru's seventh studio album, due to release this year.

You can also watch and listen to the Kingdom Hearts III Theme Song Trailer with English subtitles and "Don't Think Twice" playing in the background.

What are your thoughts on this new song? Do you think it will suit the opening to Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to watch the Monsters Inc. Trailer and catch up with our coverage of D23 Expo Japan 2018!

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#1972868 Two Kingdom Hearts III trailers relevealed at D23 Expo Japan 2018

Posted by Raxaimus on 10 February 2018 - 03:19 AM

During the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event at D23 Japan 2018, a pair of new Kingdom Hearts III trailers were revealed. You can view both Japanese trailers, and those with English subtitles, below.

Kingdom Hearts III – D23 Expo Japan 2018 Monsters, Inc. Trailer [English Subtitles]

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Kingdom Hearts III – D23 Expo Japan 2018 Monsters, Inc. Trailer [Japanese]

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Kingdom Hearts III Theme Song Trailer – “Don’t Think Twice” by Utada Hikaru

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Kingdom Hearts III Theme Song Trailer – “Chikai” by Utada Hikaru

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What do you think of the trailers? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to catch up with our coverage of D23 Expo Japan 2018 and the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event!

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#1972865 Sora and Riku appear in Final Fantasy Record Keeper

Posted by Raxaimus on 10 February 2018 - 03:01 AM

During the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event at D23 Japan 2018, Square Enix showcased a trailer for the hit mobile game Final Fantasy Record Keeper. This trailer confirmed that Sora and Riku will be making an appearance as playable characters! You can view this trailer below!



In addition to this trailer, the Japanese Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] Twitter account confirmed that the so-called "Gummi Ship Campaign" is commemorating a crossover for both games. Depending on each game's total number of players, the games' respective login bonuses will increase, culminating in a Kingdom Key weapon for FFRK players, and a pair of Illustrated Cloud and Illustrated Sephiroth medals for KHUx players!


What do you think of this news? Are you excited for this crossover? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to follow our coverage article to keep up on everything related to D23 Expo Japan 2018 and the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event!

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#1972862 New Kingdom Hearts III world, Monsters, Inc. revealed at D23 Japan 2018

Posted by Raxaimus on 10 February 2018 - 02:49 AM

During the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event at D23 Japan 2018, Square Enix revealed a new world for Kingdom Hearts III. Monsters, Inc. assets were previously leaked, but the world is now confirmed to appear in Kingdom Hearts III. This news has been highly anticipated amongst the Kingdom Hearts community, and should be a welcome addition to the series in the upcoming title as a result.



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Kingdom Hearts III releases for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2018.

UPDATE [Feb 12, 2018]: According to @tashasounart, the Monsters Inc. world will have its own storyline. It's possible that this could be a retelling of Monsters Inc with the inclusion of Sora or it's completely separate from the movies.

What do you think of this news? Are you excited for Monsters Inc’s inclusion, or are you hesitant toward this reveal? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to follow our coverage article to keep up on everything related to D23 Expo Japan 2018 and the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event!

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#1972842 Exclusive Kingdom Hearts merchandise sighted at D23 Expo Japan 2018

Posted by Raxaimus on 09 February 2018 - 09:55 PM

Thanks for informing us about this, Raxaimus!
 
As for what I'd get, if I had enough money, I'd get everything! The mugs, the t-shirts, the art prints, everything! It's all too glorious! :')


Even the butts?


#1972822 Exclusive Kingdom Hearts merchandise sighted at D23 Expo Japan 2018

Posted by Raxaimus on 09 February 2018 - 07:54 PM

A variety of Kingdom Hearts merchandise has been spotted at D23 Expo Japan 2018! While some of this merchandise has been sold at other events or through Square Enix's various online stores, a large portion of it has never been seen before! These exclusive items include mugs, tote bags, posters, T-shirts, bean plates, masking tape, a King Mickey-themed washcloth, KH-themed rubber grips and three different types of art prints! You can view photos of these items below, courtesy of Twitter user 124Shuya, with the image of the washcloth courtesy of Twitter user Naxkia, and the image of the art prints courtesy of Twitter user Aros_evoL.



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Which of these items would you buy if you were at D23 Expo Japan 2018? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to follow our coverage article to keep up on everything related to D23 Expo Japan 2018 and the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event!

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#1960517 Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] teases new information for...

Posted by Raxaimus on 26 August 2017 - 01:40 PM

The second anniversary for the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] is almost here! Currently, the game is featuring "countdown quests" to prepare for the celebration, and during these quests, a new pet feature was teased. While there isn't much information currently available for this new feature, a variety of pets will be available starting in mid-September! Thanks to Mio-chan and Lady Aleister for helping out with the translations.

It isn't currently known how these pets will be obtained, nor if they will be purely cosmetic or provide in-game benefits.

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Update 8/27 PT: The second countdown quest teases that a "2nd Anniversary Commemoration Cup" will be held starting September 18th JST, and with it the Union Armor sets last seen in Kingdom Hearts χ[chi]'s 3rd Anniversary event will arrive!

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Update 8/28 PT: Players will be able to customize and strengthen their pets! Options shown include Head, Ears, Body, Feet, Tail, and Accessories.

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Update 8/29 PT: Also coming in September, players will be able to increase their level past the previous level cap of 300!

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Update 8/30 PT: Coming 9/1 is a new EX Medal? Who will it be?

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This feature is one of many "large-scale updates" coming to the game in the weeks ahead. Be sure to follow our coverage of Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] to find out what will be included next!

Are you excited to have pets accompany you on your adventures? What other features do you want to see added to the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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#1958563 (8/9/2017) New story quests, new proud quests feat. Darkgnaw

Posted by Raxaimus on 09 August 2017 - 10:22 PM

A new batch of fifteen new story quests is arriving at midnight! These quests will take place in Castle of Dreams, and will focus on Cinderella's stepmother!

 

Additionally, 25 new Proud Mode quests have been added! Players can obtain the Darkgnaw Keyblade, which primarily boosts reverse medals and exclusively boosts power medals! You will need to clear challenge objectives to obtain the Dark Matter materials necessary to upgrade this Keyblade.

 

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Are you excited for the continuation of the story or the Darkgnaw Keyblade? Let us know in the comments below!




#1955899 KH 0.2 Kairi Banner, Chernabog Damage Contest (7/20)

Posted by Raxaimus on 20 July 2017 - 11:26 PM

Tonight's banner is sure to catch everyone's attention! Starting on July 21st at 12 AM (PT), players can obtain the highly-anticipated KH 0.2 Kairi medal! This incredible medal raises general strength by 6 tiers for 1 turn, lowers general defense of all targets by 1 tier for 1 turn, raises attack of all attributes by 1 tier for 1 turn, and lowers defense against ALL attributes for all targets by 1 tier for 1 turn, and greatly heals the player. To sum that up, that's +6 GAU, -1 GDD, +1 PSM ATK, -1 PSM DEF, and Curaga. This astonishing buff costs 2 gauges to execute, and the medal is Guilt tier 5 (100-150%)! Finally, the KH 0.2 Kairi medal is guaranteed within 5 pulls, making it an excellent and affordable upgrade for struggling players. If you do not end up getting a KH 0.2 Kairi in any particular draw, each draw will include a Guilt tier 4 or higher medal, with 1 to 3 special attack dots pre-filled! Be sure not to miss this offer! 
 

Also making its debut is the Damage Contest event, which starts on July 21st at 12 AM (PT)! This new type of event functions similarly to a High Score Challenge; players will have two turns to rack up as much damage as possible on a single enemy before it flees. Those who place high enough on the leaderboards will earn the new Chernabog medal as well as other rewards when the event concludes!

Chernabog: Reverse/Power // Tier 5 Guilt // Single-Target // 6 SP Cost // enemy def-3 for one attack, 4 powerful hits

 

KH 0.2 Kairi Banner, Chernabog Damage Contest 0.2 Kairi Chernabog

 

Are you excited for the debut of the Damage Contest or the introduction of KH 0.2 Kairi? Let us know in the comments!




#1954187 Premium King & Queen of Hearts Avatar Boards, Saix EV, Falling Price Deal...

Posted by Raxaimus on 13 July 2017 - 05:52 PM

A new set of premium avatar boards has been made available! From July 13th at 12:00 AM (PT) to July 24th at 11:59 PM (PT), players can purchase the King of Hearts and Queen of Hearts avatar boards for 2500 jewels each. These boards each include a Magic Gem, four Magic Mirrors, Attack Boost IV, Second Chance II, ATK B III Max & SP GA I, and other valuable rewards! Be sure not to miss out!
 
Additionally, the 13th of July also marks the start of the next XIII Event, featuring the Saix B medal and Saix hairstyle! The thirteen quests associated with this event will be available from July 13th at 12:00 AM (PT) until July 24th at 11:59 PM (PT). Make sure to complete these quests soon, as the final few are surely going to pose a challenge!

 

[7/14 PT Update]

A Falling Price Deal featuring 0.2 Riku, Illustrated Terra B, and SP Vanitas has gone live and will remain open until July 20th at 23:59 PT! The Jewel cost of this pull will decrease with each pull: 3000 → 2500 → 2200 → 2000 → 1900 Jewels. After the 5th pull, the Jewel cost will remain at 1900 Jewels.

Additionally, each pull guarantees medals of 5* rarity and at least one Tier 4 or 5 medal with one to three ability dots already filled! Though there is no guarantee for them, if 0.2 Riku, Illustrated Terra B, or SP Vanitas are pulled, they will come with 3 ability dots already filled. 

0.2 Riku // Upright/Power // Guilt Tier 5 // 3 SP Cost // AoE // atk+2 and P atk+2 for two turns, stronger with more HP, 5 hits

Illust Terra B // Upright/Power // Guilt Tier 5 // 4 SP Cost // Single-Target // P atk+3 for one turn, enemy def-1 for one turn, 3 hits

SP Vanitas // Reverse/Power // Guilt Tier 5 // 6 SP Cost // AoE // restores 3 SP, 9 powerful hits

 

These medals, along with the Axel EX and Illustrated Vivi medals, are also bonus medals for the Armored Ventus HSC, which also runs until July 20th at 23:59 PT. Rank high for the Armored Ventus medal!

Armored Ventus // Upright/Speed // Guilt Tier 5 // 4 SP Cost // AoE // atk+3 for one turn, stronger the lower the slot number, 5 hits
 

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Are you excited for the debut of the Saix B medal? Let us know in the comments below!




#1953440 Illus. Vivi VIP Challenge, Flotsam & Jetsam Union Cross, Daily Challenge...

Posted by Raxaimus on 09 July 2017 - 10:25 PM

This week brings a new set of VIP quests! Starting on July 10th at 12:00 AM (PT) and lasting until July 16th at 11:59 PM (PT), players who purchase the Weekly Jewel Extravaganza will gain access to the first half of the new VIP event, where they can obtain four copies of the new Illustrated Vivi medal, as well as 1400 jewels! This event will be replaced by the second half of the VIP event, where four more copies and 1400 more jewels will be available, so act fast if you are seeking to Guilt this medal!

 

A new Union Cross event has begun! Starting on July 10th at 12:00 AM (PT) and lasting until July 16th at 11:59 PM (PT), Union Cross quests to earn Flotsam & Jetsam avatar parts will be available. Extra hard bosses will also appear at 7:00 PM (PT) and 11:00 PM (PT), and will drop additional rewards, so participation during those times is encouraged.

 

Finally, a new Daily Challenge Event is running this week! Starting on July 10th at 12:00 AM (PT) and lasting until July 16th at 11:59 PM (PT), players can participate in challenge quests to earn up to 200 jewels per day, as well as a variety of other rewards such as Magic Mirrors! Be sure to log in every day to complete each quest!

 

Illus. Vivi Challenge, Union Cross, Daily Challenge Event

 

What are you most excited for this week? Will you be obtaining the new Illustrated Vivi medals? Let us know in the comments below!