Taryn on 29 May 2012
Taking a moment to sift into the past, has anyone ever wondered where the idea of Kingdom Hearts — combining a Final Fantasy-like world with Disney, of all things — came about? Nomura explained to Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, that when the possibility of Disney working together to create a game with Square came about, he offered himself to the challenge; it wasn’t a smooth start at first, for when Nomura introduced to Disney his image of the main character, Sora, they were somewhat appalled. Rather than the keyblade we have become accustomed to Sora wielding today, the original weapon Nomura had in mind was a chainsaw.
See the pictures below for some of the ideas Nomura had for Sora.
On the left is Sora with his chainsaw; of course the idea of a character massacring enemies with a saw wasn’t going to fare well with Dinsey.
Going on to speak of Kingdom Hearts 3D, Nomura delved into the details of where the Dream Eaters derived from. As it turns out, Nomura was inspired by two things: pets he had as a child and Nintendogs. That’s right, Nintendogs – apparently, though the concept on virtual pets itself was amiable to Nomura, in the back of his mind he always wished his pets could battle with others they met.
Taryn on 25 Feb 2012
In xVentus’s last update, he told us about the world for Tron Legacy. To add to that, I’m bringing along some Famitsu Weekly scans of the Tron Legacy world with Sora, Riku, and some other characters we’re happy to see returning!
Axel, or Lea, has returned to the game in his human form, no longer a Nobody here. Although they aren’t pictured in these scans, apparently Xaldin, Lexaeus, Vexen, and Zexion have also come back as Dilan, Aeleus, Even, and Lenzo, respectively.
In these scans, we see Sora and Riku as they are introduced to Sam Flynn, Kevin Flynn, and Quorra, the heroes of Tron Legacy, the movie. Clu seems to have taken to the powers of the Keyblade (as did many of the villains in the past games) which greatly foreshadows the turmoil that shall be aroused in this world; Sora is battling Rinzler in one scan and we can see Riku is taking on another boss as well. Then, of course, there’s the colorful intrusion of Spirits and Dream Eaters!
Sora on 26 Jan 2009
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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Sora on 08 Nov 2008
Sorry for the inactivity. I have had various problems with personal hard drives as well as Trojans (the sneaky things they are) completely ruin the registries of my brand new laptop.
I fixed the problem with the laptop but not the hard drive and now another computer of mine is infected with Trojans. It’s been a horrible couple of days.
And, before anyone has the chance to mention this or bring this up, I do not mean Trojan, the company that makes condoms.
ANYWAY, Gamestop has revealed their hands-on preview of Kingdom Hearts: Re:Chain Of Memories and has added numerous images of the English release. Gamestop also confirmed that the cards of the Organization members- that, previously, could only be gained when playing Re:CoM with a Final Mix+ save- will be in the NA version of the game. Make sure you read Gamestop’s preview of the game as well as check out the images they released.
Creating an entirely new franchise using popular characters from the Final Fantasy series mixed in with Disney’s animated musical cast was a move that made some fans skeptical, but the end result was one that paid off well. The Kingdom Hearts series has been met with much success, enough to warrant a new game, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which is on the horizon for next year. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories originally appeared on the Game Boy Advance and bridged the story gap between the first Kingdom Hearts and the second. In March of last year, the Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix + included a second disc, which was a remake of Chain of Memories on the PlayStation 2. It now, finally comes to North America, where Disney and Final Fantasy fans alike can relive this tale in full 3D, or play it for the first time.
Read the full review here
Sora on 25 Oct 2008
The ESRB has released the official rating for KH Re:COM. THe game will be rated E10+.
The previous CoM released on the Game Boy Advance was rated E for
Fantasy Violence, Mild Language
Does this mean that the Kingdom Hearts series will be aimed towards an “older” audience?
Whether or not this is true will be determined when the game is released.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the Square Enix Members For North America, then you are missing out. The Members blog has this to say:
Alright, we’ve heard you clamoring for it, so we couldn’t keep you waiting forever. To celebrate the upcoming release of KINGDOM HEARTS Re: Chain of Memories, not to mention Halloween, we’ve got a creepy Halloween Town themed e-card to send to all your friends.
We’ll be rolling out additional cards over the next few months, so remember to check back. Of course we’ll mention it in the blog when new ones come out, but you’ve still got to keep an eye on us.