Category ArchiveKingdom Hearts 2: Final Mix+
Sora on 28 Dec 2008
Sorry for the lack of news recently, you guys, the site was having some problems.
But now we are back and ready to give you everything you missed in the paste 30-odd days!
The first thing that should be noted is the North American Release of Kingdom Hearts Re:Com.
The game will be going for $29.99 in the US and for 34.90 Worldwide
Now some UPCOMING GAME NEWS
The player selects “Traverse Town SPECIAL EDIT VERSION” from the main menu screen. Then they are given the options Load Game and. They select New Game and the opener begins, Jiminy Cricket is narrating.
Jiminy Cricket: “Two remain containing our travel records.”
Jiminy Cricket: “Inside the first book recording our journey, only one line is written.”
Upon the first page, ‘Thank Namine’ is all that is written.
Jiminy Cricket: “A duty…”
Jiminy Cricket: “Was it carried out?”
‘We must return to free them from their torment’ is written.
Jiminy brings the journals to the King and they look over the sentence together.
King Mickey: “Trouble remembering that sentence…”
King Mickey: “There is only one qualified to solve this mystery!”
The footage then switches to Sora running across the bridge on Destiny Island. The screen goes black after that and text appears within a yellow border. It’s too fuzzy to read, but I think it’s probably updating the player on the storyline and what is going on in Coded. After that, Sora is shown being woken up by Pluto in a Traverse Town alleyway. Sora can hear King Mickey talking to him.
Sora: “This place…”
King Mickey: “Sora, are you alright?”
Sora: “King, what is this place? What happened to me?”
King Mickey: “You seem to have landed somewhere. From there, what can you see?”
Sora: “Seems to be some sort of town…”
Sora: “Oh yeah! My island? What happened to my island?”
King Mickey: “Thanks to your actions, seems all the blocks have disappeared.”
Sora: “Is that so…? Seems things have settled for the time being.”
Sora: “But what about this place? This town isn’t familiar…”
Sora: “Is there a disaster happening here too?”
King Mickey: “Yes, seems like it. Sora, could you please check out the town?”
Sora: “Understood! I’ll go look at the state of the town.”
Sora then runs from the alleyway and into the 1st District of Traverse Town. Cid is to his right, standing in from of his shop.
Sora: “Is this the outside world?”
Sora: “I’ll go ask that person over there.”
Cid: “Hey there, haven’t seen your face around here.”
Sora: “I’m Sora! Nice to meet you.”
Cid: “I’m Cid. I’m the keeper of this shop.”
Cid: “So Sora, when you came here, you didn’t happen to see those guys around, did ya?”
Sora: “Those guys?”
Cid: “Three little brothers.”
Cid: “They said they went to check out the disaster going on in town and they haven’t returned.”
Sora: “The disaster going on in town?”
Cid: “Weird blocks been rapidly showing up. Even if you erase them, they’re not gone for long.”
Sora: “Weird blocks huh?”
Sora: (Are they the same thing that appeared on my island?)
Sora: “Which way do I go to see them?”
Cid: “If you follow this street into the next district, you’ll find’em.”
Cid: “Alright! Think you could keep an eye out for those guys for me?”
Sora: “The three brothers right? What are their names?”
Cid: “The one wearing red is Huey, the one in blue is Dewey, and the one in green is Louie.”
Sora: “Huey, Dewey, and Louie, got it! I’ll try and find them!”
Cid: “Alright then. If there’s something you don’t understand, don’t hesitate to ask anyone in town.”
Sora: “Understood! Alright, I’m off!”
The player runs Sora about, and then makes their way to the 2nd District. Before entering, the game asks ‘Go into District 2?’ with the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ options. The player selects ‘Yes’ and enters the 2nd District where Sora says to himself:
Sora: “This is the 2nd District. Better look for those three kids.”
The player runs around the district and fighting some Heartless. When they get to the end of the area, they see Huey stuck on top of some blocks and surrounded by Heartless. Sora then goes to his aide.
Huey: “Help me!”
Sora: “It’s dangerous! Don’t move!”
After rescuing the duckling, Sora and Huey talk, but are interrupted by Heartless again.
Sora: “Are you OK? Um… You’re Huey, right?”
Huey: “Yep, that’s right!”
Huey: “The three of us were looking for the cause of the weird blocks!”
Sora: “What about the other two?”
Huey: “We were separated while examining the blocks, but I said I was looking in the alleyway.”
Sora: “Is that so? Well, let’s look around for them.”
Huey: “I’ll go along with you!”
Sora: “It’s dangerous! Stay back!”
When the Large Body appears, Sora exclaims: “They still keep coming!?”
During the battle with the Large Body we see the player select the Highspeed Debug mode from the command menu. That’s where the screen went green and the music changed, we could see Sora being trailed by ‘himself’ because of the action. Afterwards, Sora receives a Prize from the enemy. The informative text says:
You can obtain Prizes from Heartless and Bug Blocks. HP Balls restore HP and Debug Balls restore the Debug Gauge. From a Prize Box, you can obtain items, fragments, etc. You can use the fragments to synthesis items in the Moogle Shop. (You can’t select potions from the Moogle Shop.)
Again Sora talks with Huey after the battle.
Sora: “This neighborhood has a ton of Heartless.”
Sora: “Since I went looking for them, Dewey and Louie probably returned to Cid’s shop.”
Huey: “Yeah, I understand. Alright!”
Huey: “When I examined the blocks, I found this! Here!”
The screen then says: “You received a mysterious fragment.”
Sora: “What is this?”
Huey: “I found it when I was checking out the blocks! It was shiny and pretty, so I picked it up!”
Sora: “Ah… Um… Thank you.”
Sora: (Hm… Is this… junk?)
Sora: “Ok! Back to looking around the alleyways!”
At this point the player chooses to exit from the command menu and turn off the game. From the menu it says ‘Return to the title screen?’ with the options ‘Yes’ and ‘No’, the player then selects ‘Yes’ and is prompted again. The screen says ‘The game will save up to this point so next time the game will start from here. Is that okay?’ with the options ‘Yes’ and ‘No’, the player then selects ‘Yes’ and finishes playing.
Square Enix NA has made another Kingdom Hearts eCard available on their Members page! Here’s the information listed on their blog. If you’re not a member yet, go sign up and get updates on the latest news coming from Square Enix!
New KINGDOM HEARTS eCard now available
While it might not mean much to fans outside of Japan, for those people who interested, new information of Kingdom Hearts Mobile is now available. The avatar and gaming service is scheduled to begin in the middle of December 2008 with plans raging between 300, 500, 800, and 1000 yen. (That’s roughly $3, $5, $8, and $10.) Thanks again to the Light in Chaos blog for the update.
They shared this comment about the service:
“The mini games, Aerith’s head, and the queen’s dress are really too cute!”
At the moment, the only Kingdom Hearts title among the three new releases mentioned on the Square Enix featured titles list of the Jump Festa website is Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. In the past, all three titles were featured, so this may seem slightly unusual. Since V-Jump, the host of Jump Festa, heavily promotes 358/2 Days over the other titles, it’s understandable why it’s the only one listed.
Does that mean the other titles won’t appear at the event? I wouldn’t be so sure. I think it’s very likely we’ll hear about them anyways, Square Enix rarely misses a chance to promote their titles and with demos at hand, this is a great opportunity for them.
FAMITSU.COM – The boy who appeared in Kingdom Hearts II, Roxas. This time he is the main character of the action RPG, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. This title follows the daily life of Roxas during his time as a member of Organization XIII, at the same time revealing what the Organization was up to. In this article, we take a look at the mission and cut scenes of Halloween Town.
*Dualblade is the name of the enemy Xigbar and Roxas are fighting in the last screenshot.
Credit to KHINSIDER for Translation
In other news, in a press report released by Square-Enix announcing the arrival of Re:CoM today, they also made the official announcement that Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days will be releasing in North America. While this may not be much of a shock to a lot of you, it certainly is good to finally have an official confirmation. Read the excerpt of the press release below:
About KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days
Uncover the events that took place during the year Sora was asleep regaining his lost memories. 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!
The Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days Japanese Official Site has updated with some new content. A new section entitled “Events” has been added. In the event section, there are currently three events, each event – when clicked on – plays a short video clips followed by two. Each event contains some information on what is taking place. The three events up now are: Roxas’ entering the Org, Roxas and Axel atop of the Clock Tower and Mickey meeting a Cloaked man in the Twilight Town forest. Under the “Characters” section, a profile for Xion has been added.
We plan on having the translations for all new content up shortly, until then, be sure to check out the site Here.
She is introduced as member No.14 into Organization XIII. Similar to Roxas, she is one of the few wielders of the Keyblade. Probably since it’s a common feature between them, she seems to get along with Roxas well, and opportunities to hang out with both Roxas and Axel increase. Triggered by events during missions, she comes to gradually doubt her own existence.
SECRET PROFILE – ROXAS
Xemnas: “Do you desire significance?”
The boy with no memories and no name
appeared in front of the haunted mansion
of the dusk city, Twilight Town.
Xemnas: “You are a new person.”
Appearing in front of that boy
was the one called Xemnas, the leader of Organization XIII.
He bestowed the name “Roxas” to the boy.
Roxas: “Again, a dream of that guy.”
Then about 1 year later—
KINGDOM HEARTS II
Roxas awakens inside his room in Twilight Town.
For the past few days, he’s been having mysterious dreams.
He is spending the remainder of his summer vacation
with his friends. Then mysterious events surrounding
Roxas begin to occur one after another.
Axel: “The wielder chosen by the Keyblade.”
Axel, a member of Organization XIII,
appears before Roxas.
He approaches him,
incessantly trying to make Roxas remember something,
but he is unable to remember anything.
Roxas: “Am I feeling Sora…?”
As such things continue,
Roxas comes to have doubt about his own existence.
Roxas: “What will happen to me after this?”
And so Roxas is lead to arrive at the mansion,
where he would come to know the truth about his existence…
Axel: “So… Are you already Marluxia’s puppet?”
CHAIN OF MEMORIES
A member of Organization XIII,
Axel is the life of the Organization.
He often goes to Castle Oblivion,
a place controlled by the Organization.
There he comes to meet the Keyblade
wielder Sora and his fellow companions.
Axel: “If Sora disappears,
it could be dangerous for the Organization’s plans too.”
The plans of Marluxia,
the person in charge of Castle Oblivion,
were thwarted by Sora and company.
Axel alone returns from Castle Oblivion
to the other Organization members,
having harvested some kind of feelings from Sora.
Axel: “The wielder chosen by the Keyblade.”
KINGDOM HEARTS II
Axel left Organization XIII to recapture his close friend Roxas,
so he entered into the virtual Twilight Town and
urged Roxas to recall his memories.
Axel: “I’ll meet you in the next life.”
However, the memories of Roxas won’t return,
and in the end Axel has received commands
from the Organization to erase Roxas.
INTERVIEW WITH NOMURA
—How do you express “KH Birth by Sleep” in a word?
Nomura: It’s Kingdom Hearts, evolved.
Yasue: It’s like a wonderful course made up of unexpected spices. To take in everything, from the unprecedented presentation, and every little bit of technology; it combines to complete a three star game.
Yoshimoto: It’s gonna be fun for the PSP.
—What does “KH Birth by Sleep” mean for you?
Nomura: Since the concept was “inevitable fate”, I wonder now if making this game was inevitable?
Yasue: Working on this thing was like competing in an Olympic event with a mix of an 100m race, an obstacle competition, a marathon, and wrestling! I ran my hardest at full speed, flew over the obstacles, used pinning techniques, made decisions, became annoyed, and after it all, I couldn’t even decide on a guts pose.
Yoshimoto: It was a mountain with invisible giants atop it. The climb is steep and difficult.
—How is “KH Birth by Sleep” different than other games?
Nomura: There probably isn’t another portable game with the same volume and feeling of variety as this.
Yasue: Times three is a big characteristic! There is three main characters, three stories to follow, and three game systems that are directionally totally different from each other. That’s three times the excitement!
Yoshimoto: The scenarios of the three main characters is the main feature! The image display challenges the limits of the PSP, it’s gritty but gorgeous! And the Disney characters are surprisingly luxurious! This is KH Birth by Sleep, it’s what everyone is anticipating.
KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days
—How do you express “KH 358/2 Days” in a word?
Nomura: A painfully sad story and bold system.
Hasegawa: A Kingdom Hearts everyone can play together.
Yamamoto: Careful scenarios! Crisp action! A cool collection!
—What does “KH 358/2 Days” mean for you?
Nomura: Day after day of trial and error.
Hasegawa: An encounter with new friends.
Yamamoto: Because of the new experiment with the multiplayer interaction, it was about keeping the action itself in mind and sustaining a conventional feeling on the DS hardware
—How is “KH 358/2 Days” different than other games?
Nomura: I think with the stand alone story characteristics and the systematic nature of the multiplayer, the ways people will enjoy the game differ depending on the player.
Hasegawa: You can play as members of Organization XIII!
Yamamoto: In multiplayer mode, everyone will run about and play together, it’s a fresh idea!
KINGDOM HEARTS coded & mobile
—How do you express “KH coded” in a word?
Nomura: The components were carefully selected simply throughout it.
Tabata: Anyone can play it at their own pace, it’s the Kingdom Hearts game that continues and expands on the story people are looking forward to.
—What does “KH coded” mean for you?
Nomura: Including the portal site, it’s a compilation of information on the mobile phone.
Tabata: The portal site becomes a compilation of know how through the mobile game.
—How is “KH coded” different than other games?
Nomura: It’s the front for linking to the Mobile portal site. Also, I want to hype it up as a place for communication for fans of Kingdom Hearts.
Tabata: Linking not only through KH coded, but also through the Mobile portal site, all the players of Kingdom Hearts can come together in the Mobile world and enjoy it together.
COMPLETE JUMP FESTA COVERAGE
KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days
- The Japanese release date for 358/2 Days has changed from February 2009 to Spring 2009.
- A new illustration featuring Roxas, Axel, Xion, Riku, and Mickey was displayed.
- Luxord and Demyx were introduced as playable in the multiplayer demo.
|Arika-san from the Light in Chaos blog has played as both Luxord and Demyx in the 358/2 Days multiplayer demo.The first time she wanted to play as Demyx, but another player stole him. So she played as Luxord. He reportedly fights by scattering around cards which gives a wide attack range. He has high magic stats but low mobility, also doesn’t jump very high. She came in first.
When she played as Demyx, she reported that he had strong magic attacks and that using skills like Thunder was very helpful. But since the number of spells a person can cast is limited, she had to be cautious not to run out. When Demyx was idle and not fighting, he sings and dances with his sitar. She regrets that she could not here his voice during the demo.
- The single player missions were the same as at Tokyo Game Show 2008.
- Axel in Twilight Town
- Xaldin in Beast’s Castle
- Xigbar in Halloween Town
- 358/2 Days was the only Kingdom Hearts game to feature a new trailer.
|358/2 Days Trailer Impressions from The Light in Chaos & FF&KH Online:BGM: Passion -after the battle-
Xion: Who the heck am I…?
Roxas is standing on the shore and picks up a shell.
In the pod room Sora sleeps.
Namine: If it’s connected to another memory, surely she can’t endure it
It looks like it immediately follows the DKS3713 scene.
Riku defeats Xion, she is fallen over, the keyblade that left her hand disappears.
Xion: You say this keyblade is a fake…? Don’t say such a selfish thing!
Xion moves to grab the abandoned keyblade.
Riku avoids her attack and deals a blow to her side.
Riku: Here’s some friendly advice, get away from those guy’s base immediately
Riku: If you do, you can be together with those two people
Riku starts to walk away.
Riku and Xion are talking beside the paopu tree.
Xion: Do you hate me for taking away your friends?
Riku: No… But I’m sad
Xion: I’m sorry, but I can’t disappear now
The King and Riku (as Ansem) appear in the forest.
Riku puts on the blindfold and regains his original appearance.
Axel, Roxas, and Xion are together by the paopu tree.
Xion: Do I not exist?
Axel: What are you going to do, Xion?
Xion: I… I want to be together with the two of you
Roxas: Well, then come back
Xion: But… I can’t return as it is now
Xion: How can two people be the same?
Twilight Town forest outskirts.
Xion is being detained by Axel.
Axel: Xion! … What are you doing?
Xion: I’m… I’m going back to where I belong
Axel: At first, I thought that was the best thing to do too…
Axel: But… I couldn’t accept that. There had to be something else
I assume these lines are in the same scene, but the bloggers weren’t specific.
Axel: Even if I become a dusk, it’s fine
Xion: At any rate, I’ll still be erased
The World That Never Was.
Saix: Your worthless friendship or the annihilation of Roxas
Saix: Which one is more important to you?
Castle Oblivion (Destiny Island world)
Zexion: Surely you knew this would happen
Riku: Why would I know that!?
Riku is standing behind Roxas.
It’s very similar to the scene in Chain of memories, except that Roxas is present.
Twilight Town, the clocktower.
Axel and Roxas are waiting for Xion.
Axel plops himself down beside Roxas.
Roxas: Still… It’s getting late
After Roxas mutters, Axel stands up.
Twilight Town, open tram space.
Roxas is on his own and Xion turns the keyblade on him, then Axel enters.
Xion points the keyblade toward him.
As they are about to fight, a chakram flies out and Axel appears.
Then Axel and Xion begin fighting.
Roxas: Cut it out!
Xion: Hya–! Ha–!
She fights back against Axel, they don’t hear Roxas’s voice at all.
By the way, Axel fights in complete silence.
Roxas looks to the sky.
Roxas: Stop it!
Also, Roxas does not have his keyblade.
Twilight Town clocktower.
Roxas and Xion are there, she is wearing her hood.
Xion stands up.
Xion removes her hood, Roxas looks surprised.
Xion: My power, it’s going to be fulfilled very soon. Like a vessel overflowing with water, now my memory is full of memories of Roxas. To Roxas… How do I appear now?
The title appears, coming this Spring.
|Not voiced scenes, not in any particular order.Beast’s Castle.
Xaldin (So it seems): The master turned into a monster?
(It’s probably part of the mission in Beast’s Castle)
Blogger forgot where.
Xion finds a seashell.
Xion: This, it was put here for me.
She puts the shell to her ear.
Xion: I can hear it… Yeah, I can hear the sound of the waves.
Roxas: Xion can use the keyblade too.
Axel: There’s nothing here.
Xion: Lies! My secret is here
Blogger forgot where.
Roxas: If Xion and I are special Nobodies, (blogger forgot)
Blogger forgot where.
Roxas and Xemnas are talking.
Roxas: What’s wrong with ___?*
Xemnas: It’s an important Organization member, I’m going to take a rest now.
*Blogger just lists ??? for the person
The World That Never Was Castle.
Xion is alone in a room and appears to be crying on a bed.
Xion is sitting with her knee pulled up.
Xion: What should I do…Riku?
Blogger forgot where.
Axel (So it seems): Recently it’s Xion who has escaped.
Olympus Coliseum, Xigbar and Roxas.
Xigbar: We’re also entering the tournament
Roxas: Huh? I’m entering too!?
Continuance of the Coliseum conversation?
Roxas: Demyx! What are you doing here?
Demyx: What, I’m here to help you out! Anyways, that Xigbar guy sure is strong!
Xemnas and Saix stand over Roxas sleeping in a bed.
Saix: As I thought it seems to be the influence of Namine
Xemnas: Is he waking up?
Xemnas: Axel, Xion, Roxas. They have shifted again (???)
Roxas gathered up seashells and brought them to Xion.
The World That Never Was Castle.
Xion: I… It wasn’t me?
Xion looks downward in sadness.
Roxas: Xion uses the keyblade too.
Xion: Roxas too?
Twilight Town white room.
Namine and Xion are together.
Xion: What should I do?
A mission where Xion is wearing her hood is shown.
The first appearance of multiplayer mode with Demyx and Luxord is also shown.
As Roxas fights on his own, Sora seems to bear the damage he takes too.
On the top screen Roxas fighting Heartless and this HP display is shown.
On the bottom screen, Sora is shown without the HP display and Heartless.
In the battle scene where Roxas and Sora overlap, there
was a Shadow heartless with Sora. However, since his movements don’t match Roxas’s exactly the same, so he often misses the Shadow.
??? (Facing Roxas): Xion is different from you
Roxas: The members in Castle Oblivion are being annihilated–
Axel: It’s because I’m strong
- The playable demo was the same as at Tokyo Game Show 2008.
- The trailer shown was also the same one shown at Tokyo Game Show 2008.
KINGDOM HEARTS Coded
-The demo and trailer was also the same as shown at Tokyo Game Show 2008.
-The demo and trailer was also the same as at Tokyo Game Show 2008.
- Players received a clear file and postcards after completing it.
- There were also promotional cards with info to add Tetsuya Nomura to your Mobile friends list.
A HUGE thanks to RXS from the forums for putting this together in about 30 minutes!
That’s all for now, check back later!
Sora on 11 Sep 2008
The GameStop Expo is full of rumors this year. Another announcement was made by 1up.com about Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories being released on the Playstation 2.
For Sony fans, it looks like the Game Boy Advance title Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories will be receiving a surprise port to the PlayStation 2 this fall. The new title is rumored to feature “all new 3D bosses and cut scenes,” and should retail for $29.99.
Keep in mind that this is, once again, still a rumor until an official announcement from Square. Since there is a set price, it seems very unlikely that this will remain a rumor for long.
Sora on 10 Sep 2008
A rumor is going around that during Square Enix’s presentation at the GameStop Expo, yesterday, KH CoM was mentioned being released on the PS2. But that’s not all! There’s a good chance it could be released outside of Japan!
Once Square-Enix was up, there was a small mention of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. When asked if it was the one that was included with Final Mix II in Japan, they confirmed it with a nod. There hasn’t been any official announcement through Square, just a small mention…
This is congruent with the rumor in July that an English voice cast audition was held, which means that there is a good chance that this rumor is true. However, until an official announcement from Square Enix has been made, this will also run under the category of Rumor.
Source : Kotaku
Sora on 31 Jan 2008
Xaldin from KHV created this along with his own composition “One Last Stand” as the music:
Sourced from KHV
To clear up some confusion, Coded is currently only planned for release in Japan on Mobile Phone (Cellphone)
Sora on 20 Dec 2007
Someone finally got a cheat code to access any “room” in Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ (Edit: AND the original Kingdom Hearts II), including the hidden area in Hollow Bastion! You can now see it in full including the full spiral staircase, corridor, and the Room of Sleep itself – It starts at 5:30, but it’s worth watching the rest:
Edit: Not that this is relevant, but I’ve just noticed there are 20 caged rooms in the corridor and 20 chains from the centre of the Room of Sleep to 20 Nobody Symbols on the wall.