A Kingdom Hearts III exhibition is currently underway at the Shibuya and Shinjuku stations in Tokyo, Japan. Amongst the exhibits are a showcase of framed screenshots and quotes from the worlds in the game.
Thanks to fan @yuuna_kisaragi, who attended the Shibuya Station exhibit, we were able to compile these pictures - some of which are new and never seen before - and quotes from each world. You can see them below!
Kingdom of Corona
Hundred Acre Wood
Check out our album more more pictures from the exhibit!
Today marks another day down on Kingdom Hearts III's countdown! Each day until January 25, director Tetsuya Nomura is making an announcement. Today, he said that this announcement was difficult but was eventually decided by the staff: a Kingdom Hearts III launch campaign will be held at Square Enix Cafe Tokyo and Osaka and ARTNIA! He accompanied this announcement with an animated short of Frozen, which you can view below. The background music sounds to be the field music for Arendelle.
You can see the translation by Goldpanner below.
For screenshots from the short Frozen video, click here.
The Kingdom Hearts III cafe release celebration campaigns will be divided into three periods:
February 2 - February 24
February 25 - March 19
March 20 - April 12
During this time, the cafes' menus will be replaced with a Kingdom Hearts themes one! They are currently finalizing the menu. Exclusive merchandise will also be available for purchase.
Diners will receive a themed luncheon mat as a gift, and if you order a drink, you can also receive a themed coaster; these are both parts of the overall Kingdom Hearts interior theme of the cafes. You can view the samples in the album below:
Online reservations for the first phase of the campaign will start on January 26, 2019, at 12 PM JST. Square Enix Cafe Tokyo will accept reservations here; click here for the Osaka branch event page.
ARTNIA will take reservations via a lottery system and will be available exclusively to Square Enix Members (free registration) from January 23, 2019. Reservations via the lottery will take place twice for the first phase, and once for the second and third phases each. They will begin at 12 PM on the lottery start days to 11:59 PM JST on the last days. The dates are as listed below:
1st phase (February 2 - February 8): lottery will take place between January 23 - January 27. Winners will be notified on January 31.
1st phase (February 9 - February 24): lottery will take place between January 23 - January 28. Winners will be notified on February 5.
2nd phase: lottery will take place between February 7 - February 12. Winners will be notified on February 20.
3rd phase: lottery will take place between March 1 - March 7. Winners will be notified on March 15.
Back in 2017, a Kingdom Hearts 15th Anniversary campaign was held at the Square Enix Cafe Tokyo and Osaka and ARTNIA. Tetsuya Nomura, along with other members of the Kingdom Hearts III production team, were also present. For a blast from the past, take a look at it here!
YouTube user Keytotruth has found several unused cutscenes for Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance within the game files of Birth By Sleep. You can view the playlist below.
These cutscenes show off footage that was seen in the first trailer for Dream Drop Distance, containing elements such as Heartless that didn't make it into the final game.
Keytotruth used areas such as Radiant Garden and the Keyblade Graveyard as substitutes for Twilight Town, as it is technically using Birth By Sleep's data.
Regarding the process of finding these cutscenes, Keytotruth said:
It's interesting to get a look at what Dream Drop Distance could have originally been, even if it never came to pass.
What parts of Kingdom Hearts history are you most interested in? Let us know in the comments below!
You might remember that back in the Ultimania for Dream Drop Distance, Masashi Nakamichi the Sub-Lead Programmer for the game, revealed a fun secret about how one of the cutscenes was made. This is what he said back in 2012:
Thanks to long time Kingdom Hearts fan and dataminer, 13th Vessel, we can now see what Nakamichi was talking about! Check it out the video below. (Make sure you watch till the very end!)
In order to have the first person angle for Xehanort within the cutscene, the developers had to edit his body proportions and move the camera around, resulting in him having a tiny head! Similar tricks were previously found in Kingdom Hearts II by Boundary Break, revealing scenes where models were messed around with to achieve certain angles in cutscenes.
13th Vessel has contribute to a number of discoveries within the code in the Kingdom Hearts games, including the deleted world of Monsters, Inc. in Kingdom Hearts II and assets from Kingdom Hearts 2.8. Check out his YouTube channel for more interesting discoveries (and clips of him playing around the worlds on Kingdom Hearts games!)
What hidden camera tricks have you seen in Kingdom Hearts? Let us know in the comments below!
KH13's Kingdom Hearts Datascape – a collaborative database of Kingdom Hearts media, information, and guides
We're happy to announce the launch of the Kingdom Hearts Datascape, a collaborative wiki-style database of Kingdom Hearts media, information and guides. We're adding to the collection of great Kingdom Hearts content available online (including both the Kingdom Hearts Wiki and the KHUX Wiki – by providing a whole new thing, with a big focus on media and community. All KH13 members are able to contribute to the Datascape – add and edit pages.
The Datascape will make use of KH13's extensive gallery, video archive, and forums to provide extra content on each wiki page. As pages get filled out, other pages will automatically be updated with information. For example, by creating a character page and selecting Kingdom Hearts III as the game that the character appears in, the character will automatically appear on the Kingdom Hearts III page.
We have also set up a forum here where people can plan and discuss contributing to the Datascape, creating and managing new projects, and keep up with our progress. In particular, check out this FAQ for how to contribute:
So how do I enter the competition?
Entering the competition is easy! Simply start contributing to the Datascape, in particular, to any of the databases below the "Wikis" section. This includes Abilities, Characters, Commands, Games, Guides, Keyblades, Weapons & Worlds – as well as any future databases that are created.
The more you contribute, the more likely you are to win.
How is the winner selected?
7 days from now (on January 27, 4pm GMT) we will put all Datascape pages into a random draw, and one random page will be selected. The person who has made the most contributions to this page will be declared as the winner – so it pays to create & contribute to as many pages as possible!
If you're the winner and you live in North America, you have the option of choosing between a Kingdom Hearts III pre-order (on PS4 or Xbox One, your choice), or if you've already pre-ordered the game, you can receive US$60 as a PayPal transfer.
If you're the winner and you live outside of North America, you'll receive US$60 as a PayPal transfer to go towards your Kingdom Hearts III pre-order.
And that's everything. If you have any questions, please ask below. Good luck!
Today marks another day down on Kingdom Hearts III's countdown! Each day until January 25, director Tetsuya Nomura is making an announcement. Today, he reminded fans that the Walkman they announced earlier this month is now being exhibited at the Sony Store Ginza. He reminded everyone that it's designed after Kingdom Hearts III and both Face my Fears and Chikai are pre-installed on the device. You can video the tweet from Nomura below.
You can view screenshots of the animated short below!
We have also provided Goldpanner's translation!
BoxLunch is now selling Funko 5 Star vinyl figures of Kingdom Hearts III Sora, Goofy, and Heartless Soldier, Mickey , and Donald for $10.90.
Their site is also offering the code BLGIFTS to take 20% off your order.
Thanks to @Churroz for the tip!
Are you interested in these figures let us know!
KH13's "The Road to Kingdom Hearts III" is out now on KH13's Youtube channel. Make sure to check it out!
Organized by KH13 and in collaboration with content creators KeybladeSarah, KZXcellent, and more, this 48 minute long film will take you on a trip through the history of Kingdom Hearts leading up to the release of the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III. Starting with the first game's inception, then moving over to how the franchise director Tetsuya Nomura got involved, the famous elevator story, character licensing, voice actors, the announcement of Kingdom Hearts III at E3 2013, and much much more.
Each topic will feature various content creators known within the Kingdom Hearts community, where they will talk about their experiences with the franchise and how it has affected them.
The film features a bunch of amazing content creators:
Aaron Elliott - co-host at Blind Wave Productions
Toominator & SeaSaltShelby - Hosts of KH13's podcast "The Usual Spot"
Samurai Kibiji, KHCentral, Lost in Adventures, Frustrated Jacob and OfficialMoChocolate
Today marks another day down on Kingdom Hearts III's countdown! Each day until January 25, director Tetsuya Nomura is making an announcement. Today, he started the first out-of-house video countdown that features Monsters, Inc. It's a short animated video that shows Sully and Mike in front of the door hangers. The music playing is the new Monstropolis battle theme that was originally shown in the yo-yo pre-order bonus video! He reminded everyone that he has more announcements next week. You can view the tweet and screenshots from the animated short below!
Welcome to KH13’s trailer analysis for the CM 120 Japanese trailer!
This trailer is two minutes exactly with a unique introduction and is faster paced than previous normal trailers, due to the quick cuts it has. Old and new footage is shown and giving us new bits of information regarding gameplay and story, especially Rage Form being shown and the epilogue of the trailer that shows us a brand new direct interaction of Sora and Xehanort.
Now, let’s dive in!
The trailer begins with a 29-second introduction with footage of the HD 2.5 ReMIX launch event. "Inside the Kingdom, with Heart” from 2014. It showed multiple groups of fans explaining their history with Kingdom Hearts and the emotional significance it had in their lives.
After that, a new cutscene is immediately shown afterward, showing Hercules riding Pegasus into Mount Olympus to meet up Sora who is next to a mini tower of sorts made up dried lava and ice, most likely created by the Lava and Ice Titans.
Hercules then flies to destroy chains that are placed upon the Greek gods, Apollo and Athena.
Monstropolis footage is shown as the factory is being exploded.
The following sequence is from Toy Box and it shows Buzz Lightyear, with a strange facial expression, suddenly aiming his laser at Woody. Goofy suddenly jumps in front of Woody and blocks Buzz’s multiple laser shots. A quick cut then shows Sora and Donald looking back at the situation along with Young Xehanort. These scenes may imply that the story in Toy Box may evolve saving Buzz, as another trailer showed Buzz being enveloped and whisked away by darkness seen here.
San Fransokyo footage is shown with a Dinosaur Heartless attacking the city, with then Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Baymax running to a scene where chaos is happening.
At this point, mostly formally shown footage is used beginning with The Caribbean footage with Jack Sparrow commanding the ship while Sora is taking the helm. After that, the duel between Jack and Davy Jones is shown.
Arendelle footage of the beginning sequence of “Let it Go,” along with a scene of Elsa doing an icy blast in front of Anna.
Mickey is talking to Sora in The Mysterious Tower. They are both in their KH3 attire suggesting that the scene is past the introduction of the game.
Sora talking to Pooh in 100 Acre Woods
Remy and Sora in Twilight Town.
Rapunzel and Flynn Rider/Eugene on the lake with their lanterns.
Gameplay begins to be shown starting with Sora wall running in the Rock Titan fight.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy sledding in Arendelle collecting munny
Sora, Woody, and Buzz using the Rodeo Rocket attack against the Spaceship Heartless, then Ralph being summoned.
Sora using the Twin Yo-Yo’s in Monstropolis against while Heartless while Boo’s Laugh Power meter is in the upper left corner.
The Stitch limit being used to cause electrical attacks with triangles. It looks like they may be player created.
The cutscene portion of Rapunzel's limit attack in the Kingdom of Corona is shown.
Gameplay in The Caribbean is shown starting with Ariel’s Limit Summon cutscene, the Storm Flag Keyblade Transformation being used on the deck of the Black Pearl, Sora underwater launching a magic projectile against a big Heartless, and Sora controlling a flying Heartless and using it in combat.
A quick snippet of the Gummi Ship shooting asteroids.
Two clips of Arendelle gameplay, one showing Sora using Blizzard Blade against a group of Heartless and Sora atop of Marshmallow fighting a giant snow wolf Heartless.
The next sequence is brand new footage showing Rage Form in use against the previously seen dinosaur Heartless in San Fransokyo, Rage Form strongly looks and acts similarly to Anti Form in Kingdom Hearts II with the exception that now Sora is still wielding a Keyblade. Rage Form Sora will have to fight against the Heartless with armor as well. A situation command also appears on the tree on the right. It was not used in the trailer.
After that, the Evil Baymax battle is shown then the Heartless battle in the Golden Gate Bridge.
The end of the trailer is marked by events in the Keyblade Graveyard as shown in the Final Battle Trailer. Click here to see our analysis on that trailer.
After the Kingdom Hearts III logo appears, the trailer’s epilogue begins with Sora jumping to attack Xehanort but being blocked, assumingly after the events of the Final Battle Trailer as the sky is darkened and Sora challenging Xehanort on his own. Interesting to note that Xehanort is surrounded by identical copies of his Keyblade, No Name.
Sora exchanges a few words with Xehanort but then is thrown off by him. Xehanort gives the fallen Sora a smug look as Sora looks at him with angry tears down his face, that being the final shot of the trailer.
Overall, the trailer provided new brief new glimpses from both story and gameplay perspectives, with that being Buzz Lightyear’s heel turn/possible mind control, Rage Form being shown, and the confrontation in the epilogue, while mostly reusing previously shown footage. A nice trailer to reinforce that the number of days Kingdom Hearts III will release can be counted with two hands!
Thank you for reading the KH13 analysis of the CM 120 trailer!
You can watch the full trailer below.
Did you happen to see something we didn’t? Let us know in the comments below!