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Raxaimus

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Impressions of the "Musical Farmer" minigame from the Kingdom Hearts Union χ[cr...

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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Kingdom Hearts rubber badge clips, masking tape, and notebook available for pre-order t...

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.

KH Masking TapeKH Rubber ClipsKH Notebook


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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Gummi Ship gameplay in Kingdom Hearts III will feature open world-like exploration and...

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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King Mickey's Kingdom Hearts III outfit revealed and featured in a new Kingdom Hear...

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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Kingdom Hearts III theme song, "Chikai/Don't Think Twice", revealed at D23...

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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