Monthly ArchiveJanuary 2009
Square Enix Member blog updated with a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain Of Memories. If you haven’t bought the game yet and need that one extra push, this might be it:
Are we in an update rut? No way! Trailers for everyone!
We’re sure this is old hat for all you die-hard KHers out there, but if you still haven’t gotten your oversized, white gloves on KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Chain of Memories, there’s a brand new trailer up over at the official site. Check it out!
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And now the really exciting news for you Nintendo DS owners:
- Price: $39.99
Summary: KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days revolves around Roxas, the “other” hero from KINGDOM HEARTS II, and his days as a member of Organization XIII. Follow Roxas and the rest of Organization XIII across the various Disney Worlds, and discover the connection between him, Sora, and the mysterious 14th member, and the reasons behind his eventual departure from the organization. KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days also features a multiplayer mode for the first time, allowing players to control their favorite Organization XIII members!
Well it’s up to you if you want to pre-order through GameStop but just remember that Gamestop has published a ship date of August 31, 2009.
Thanks to forum user Twilight_Riku for the tip off
EDIT: I added [Rumor-ish] to the title because without an official statement from Square Enix I don’t want to state that this is the final release date. Sorry for the confusion.
Sorry for the late update. I’m rather broken at the moment.
First off, Kingdom Hearts Insider translated an interview with Tetsuya Nomura in the Re:Riplai book.
KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep
Q. Why does Maleficent know about “Kingdom Hearts”?
A. She is influenced by contact with a certain person. It’s a main part of the story to look forward to.
Q. Sora and company appear too!?
A. Though he is unrelated directly, please wait to see how the story leads to where Sora and company follow it up.
Q. The person wearing the full-faced helmet, have they appeared in the previous games?
A. Have they appeared… Have they not appeared… I can’t yet reveal their true character.
KINGDOM HEARTS coded
Q. It’s a matter of concern whether or not it’ll be released on a platform other than the mobile phone.
A. There are no plans to release it off the mobile at this stage. Since I want to continue introducing this specialized system on the mobile phones more in the future, I think that’s something to consider after the distribution of this title is finished.
Q. It look like it’d be fun even if you haven’t played Kingdom Hearts…
A. With this game as a start, people will become interested in the other Kingdom Hearts games.
Q. Isn’t it difficult to play an action game on the mobile phone?
A. It’s been tuned to be played by a simpler input method compared to the that of the normal Kingdom Hearts games. Additionally, this game comes preinstalled on the P-01A mobile phone, which can connect to a television with the appropriate cable, so it can be enjoyed on the big screen as well.
Q. Like with Before Crisis FFVII, can you communicate and play with other people?
A. This is different from BC, there are plans to play by an interesting communication.
KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days
Q. I’ve never played a Kingdom Hearts game before, so it’d be best to start from the first game?
A. This time it’s a new main character in a new story. If you’re not familiar with Kingdom Hearts, I think you can enjoy it from this main character’s point of view. Additionally, it’s full of content fans of the series will enjoy.
Q. I was interested in the system introduced in the demos.
A. I regret I can’t reveal all the details of it yet. Please expect more information to be revealed about it in the future.
Q. What kind of mode is multiplayer?
A. The multipart is basically pulled out of standalone gameplay and become missions on a higher degree of difficulty. Even playing on your own, you could choose whatever character you wanted and play.
Q. When playing as the various characters, do you gain experience points?
A. It’s not the sort of system where what you do in one play mode only influences that mode, but it’s the sort which shares levels and items mutually.
Q. Since it covers only a year of Roxas’s time, I worry that the volume of the single player mode will be small.
A. Most of the time the plot is taking place between the previous games. Since this story is independent and is elaborating from the time of Kingdom Hearts II, I think that after clearing all the missions you won’t feel that the contents were short lived.
Also, Famitsu added some new screens. Roxas has a new keyblade! The Wind Maker!
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Kingdom Hearts 3 Sora on 22 Jan 2009
In a recent scan from Nintendo Power, it was CONFIRMED by Square Enix that 358/2 Days will be released in North America around mid-2009!
Here is the scan:
For those with trouble reading it, here is what the article says:
Fans of Disney-Crossover series Kingdom Hearts can finally rest easy: publisher Square Enix has confirmed that the DS installment of their hit-action RPG franchise will be coming to North America in mid-2009.
Developed by h.a.n.d. (maker of Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon) and titled Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, the saga’s latest chapter takes place following the events of 2004 GBA Game Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and star Roxas (essentially a clone of seires protagonist Sora) and his cohorts in the mysterious Organization XIII. Despite the change in heroes, the gameplay remains essentially the same as in the main Kingdom Hearts titles: you’ll still travel to worlds based on various Disney movies (such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Hercules, and the Nightmare Before Christmas) and use physical attacks and magic spells to fight evil Heartless in real-time battle.
For the first time in the series, you’ll also be able to team up with friends in a four player co-op mode that lets you each control a different member of Organization XIII. Additionally, you can expect extragavant cut-scenes, quality voice work, and a plot that reveals what happened between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2.
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Kingdom Hearts 3 Sora on 18 Jan 2009
Anime Matsuri is celebrating its third year this spring in Houston, Texas April 10th-12th.
Quinton Flynn, who voices Axel in Kingdom Hearts II, is going to be one of the guests there this year along with Crispin Freeman, who voiced Will Turner.
Houston, TX, January 16th, 2009: On April 10th-12th, Anime Matsuri celebrates its third year anniversary with an exciting lineup of guests, panels and events. Anime Matsuri is proud to announce our 2009 guest list which includes Crispin Freeman, Quinton Flynn, Stephanie Young, Luci Christian, Chris Patton, Blake Shepard, Cynthia Rothrock, DJ Heavygrinder, Misako Rocks!, Matt Miller, Lillyxandra, Binkx, and Gren. The final round of guests will be announced shortly including the anticipated unveiling of our main events act.
In addition to all the voice talents, industry guests and artists, the legendary Cynthia Rothrock makes her first appearance at a Texas convention hosting various panels on martial arts and asian movies. DJ Heavygrinder is hosting Club AM, the ultimate anime rave party.