PlayStation Japan has updated the file size for Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind on the JP PlayStation Store. The file size is listed at 14.2 GB for the bundle while the concert bundle is listed at 22.6 GB. *PLEASE NOTE that the Japanese Re Mind bundle will include a English Mode, so the file size may vary across different regions*
The North American PlayStation Store has the DLC + Concert bundle listed at 8.4 GB while the regular bundle doesn't have a file size currently listed.
The Australian PlayStation Store reportedly had the DLC + Concert bundle at 8.4 GB as well while the Xbox One version has a smaller file size of 6.41 GB.
Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind will be available on January 23rd on PlayStation 4 and February 25th for Xbox One. Preview videos for the -World of Tres- concert video were uploaded onto Kingdom Hearts' YouTube channel.
Keep up to KH13.com for the latest Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind news and information!
The Kingdom Hearts Youtube Channel have posted 2 preview videos for the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres- Concert video for the Re Mind DLC bundle. You can watch the videos on our Youtube channel or watch below.
Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC Concert Video Preview 1
Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC Concert Video Preview 2
Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind is set to release on January 23rd for PS4 and Xbox One on February 25th on Xbox One. The concert video will include 19 tracks from the -World of Tres- concert.
[UPDATE]: It has recently been observed by some eagle eyes in the community that the ESRB rating in these two concert videos is different than what was seen in previous trailers.
This updated ESRB rating has added "Mild Blood" and "Mild Language". Additionally, it has changed "Alcohol Reference" to "Use of Alcohol". While we are uncertain on whether or not this rating applies to Re Mind as a whole or just the concert video, it is seeming likely that the ESRB rating just had to get updated for Re Mind's upcoming release.
UPDATE [Jan 17th] The concert videos have been reuploaded on Kingdom Hearts Youtube channel with the ESRB rating updated to E10+ for Fantasy Violence and Alcohol References.
What are your thoughts on this development? Let us know in the comments below!
In the latest update of video game sells from The NPD Group, Kingdom Hearts III finished 8th in US sales across all consoles. It is the only Square Enix game that finished in the top 10 this year.
The actual sale numbers for Kingdom Hearts III worldwide has yet to be shown, but the game did ship out 5 million copies worldwide when it was released in January 2019 and has received a Platinum Prize during the 2019 PlayStation Awards for selling 1 million copies (digital and physical) across Asia.
Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC will be releasing on January 23rd for PlayStation 4 and February 25th for Xbox One.
Keep up to date with KH13.com for the latest Kingdom Hearts news and information,
The cover for the western release of Kingdom Hearts III: The Novel Vol. 1: ReStart!! has been revealed on Amazon.
Yen Press will be handling the western adaptation of the novel, which will be available on February 18th digitally and February 25th for paperback. The novel will cost $7.99 for digital and $14.00/$18.50 CAN for paperback.
You can pre-order the digital version from Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo or as a paperback from AAA Anime, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indigo, Indiebound, and RightStuf.
Re:Start was announced back in August to being localized by Yen Press after being released in Japan back in March. Vol. 2: New Seven Hearts has been released on Square Enix E-Store back in July. A western localization for Vol.2 has yet to be announced.
Will you be adding this to your light novel collection? Let us know in the comments below!
Kingdom Hearts III has been given a nomination for Role-Playing Game of the Year at the 23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards as a finalist. The other finalists for this award include Disco Elysium, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, and The Outer Worlds.
The winner of this award will be revealed at the D.I.C.E. Awards, which takes place on Thursday, February 13th at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas. Please stay tuned for more details.
Following maintenance, version 3.5.0 includes:
UI Adjustment: Event Pickup Banner has been implemented on the top.
Increase Storage Improvement: It's customized now so that you can expand the Storage at once.
Auto function of supernova: Supernova auto function has been added. You can turn it on/off through OPTIONS in Quest.
Jewel Box E bonus content will be effective for 31 days after purchase. Instead of making it effective until the end of the month, it will be changed to 31 days after purchase.
*The change will be implemented after purchasing Jewel Box E in the latest 3.5.0 update.
Implemented various bug fixes and adjustments of UI.
Draw Points Deal is now available! Until February 8, convert the medals you're not using to points! Draw medals that are above SN+. You will be able to convert any attack medals tier 2 and over for draw points!
Tier 2 ⇒ Receive 2 points!
Tier 10 ⇒ Receive 10 points!
Regarding the draw itself. You can draw once with 100 points! Boosted acquired along with SN+ and SN++ medals!
SN++ KH3 Terra, SN++ KH3 Aqua, and SN++ KH3 Ventus deal is available until January 20th along with a new SN Renew medal! Each Medal is guaranteed within 10 draws from their corresponding banners!
SN Renew medals give you the ability to revive SN and use it again. However, Upright/Reversed and different traits are specific requirements for reviving SN. Note that an SN that has SN renew will not revive.
There will be no Upright Medals with Power attribute SN renew after SN++ - KH III Terra.
There will be no Upright Medals with Magic attribute SN renew after SN++ - KH III Aqua.
There will be no Upright Medals with Speed attribute SN renew after SN++ - KH III Ventus.
SN++ - KH III Terra (7★)
[Maximum STR:40049 ]
[Target: All] Deals 5 hits. 1 turn: self [↑ STR, U- & P-STR 15], targets [↓ DEF, U- & P-DEF 15], SP ATK B +220%. Damage+: 1 enemy or 0 parts left.
[Target: All] [Mastery] P Medal: SN Renew. 1 turn: SP ATK B +300%.
Triggers before slot 6 is activated when defending in PVP.
× 69.89 - 76.19
SN++ - KH III Ventus (7★)
[Maximum STR:40029 ]
[Target: All] Deals 5 hits. 1 turn: self [↑ STR, U- & S-STR 15], targets [↓ DEF, U- & S-DEF 15], SP ATK B +220%. Damage+: 1 enemy or 0 parts left.
[Target: All] [Mastery] S Medal: SN Renew. 1 turn: SP ATK B +300%.
Triggers before slot 6 is activated when defending in PVP.
× 69.89 - 76.19
SN++ - KH III Aqua (7★)
[Maximum STR:40016 ]
[Target: All] Deals 5 hits. 1 turn: self [↑ STR, U- & M-STR 15], targets [↓ DEF, U- & M-DEF 15], SP ATK B +220%. Damage+: 1 enemy or 0 parts left.
[Target: All] [Mastery] M Medal: SN Renew. 1 turn: SP ATK B +300%.
Triggers before slot 6 is activated when defending in PVP.
× 69.89 - 76.19
SN++ - Terra, Ven, Aqua(7★)
[Maximum STR:41243 ]
[Target: Single] Deals 7 hits. 1 turn: U-Medal STR +1500, self [↑ STR, U- & PSM-STR 15], target [↓ DEF, U- & PSM-DEF 15], SP ATK B +220%. Damage+: 1 enemy or 0 parts left.
[Target: All] [Mastery] U Medal: SN Renew. 1 turn: U-Medal STR +2500, SP ATK B +300%.
Triggers before slot 6 is activated when defending in PVP.
× 71.99 - 78.29
Complete all of the challenges by January 20th to receive every type of 1 Tier 10 Subslot Medals! Rewards will be distributed sometimes around 1/22 - 1/23 PST.
Until January 21st, Earn gems by taking on the challenge every day! You will receive Sun Gem x 4, Moon Gem x 4, Power Gem x 34, Speed Gem x 34, and Magic Gem x 32!
Gangan Online have posted Chapter 7 for the Kingdom Hearts III manga. You can check out the manga either on their site or in the gallery below.
Chapter 8 will be available in early February.
You can also check out the articles for the previous chapters by clicking on the links below!
Chapter 0 Prologue (Japanese)
Chapter 0 Prologue (English)
Chapter 1 A New Journey (Japanese)
Chapter 1 A New Journey (English)
Chapter 2 Olympus Coliseum  (Japanese)
Chapter 2 Olympus Coliseum  (English)
Chapter 3 Olympus Coliseum  (Japanese)
Chapter 3 Olympus Coliseum  (English)
Chapter 4 Olympus Coliseum  (Japanese)
Chapter 4 Olympus Coliseum  (English)
Chapter 5 Olympus Coliseum  (Japanese)
Chapter 5 Olympus Coliseum  (English)
Chapter 6 Olympus Coliseum  (Japanese)
Chapter 6 Olympus Coliseum  (English)
Yoko Shimomura, the well-renowned music composer of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, was recently interviewed by Hatalabo, a Japanese website made to help inspire others in their careers. In this interview, she talked about how her passion for composing music for the Kingdom Hearts series pushed her into the spotlight. This helped pave the way for her to start working on other Square Enix soundtracks.
Thanks to KH13's Ryuji for the translation! Part of the interview is below!
We will provide translations for the rest of the interview later. Be sure to follow KH13 on social media to stay informed!
Two new Kingdom Hearts pins from the Disney Parks Collection are now available to buy at Disneyland Parks for $12.95 each! You can see them in the pictures below.
Fans tifachu13 and disneypinlover28 report finding these pins at the Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Churro has reported that these can be bought at the Main Street Pin Shop inside the park.
Square Enix E-Store have begun accepting pre-orders for Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Xion figurine. The figurine will cost ¥8,580 (about $80.00) and will be available on April 25th, 2020. Aitai Kuji have also started accepting pre-orders for ¥7,700 (about $71.00).
You can view the figure in our gallery below.
Xion was revealed alongside Roxas during San Diego Comic Con back in July. Bring Arts Roxas has been available since September.
UPDATE [January 6, 2020]: Kingdom Hearts III Bring Arts Xion can be pre-ordered on Ami Ami for ¥7,100 (about $65.00). The figure is also available at the Square Enix North America store for $71.99 with a 10% discount with a release date of June 2020.
A description on the Square Enix NA store reads:
Thanks to @aibo_ac7 for the tip!
Will you be buying Xion for you collection? Let us know in the comments below!
A Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy concert is being performed in Ludwigshafen, Germany on April 29th, 2020. This concert is featuring Final Fantasy VII music from Nobuo Uematsu alongside Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts music from Yoko Shimomura. The music chosen is specifically from the Final Symphony and Symphonic Fantasies performances.
You can purchase tickets for this performance here.
These songs will be performed by the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz which is a well known German symphonic orchestra based in Ludwigshafen.
Do any of you German Kingdom Hearts fans have any interest in this upcoming concert? Let us know!
As the decade ends, we look back at many of the biggest moments in the Kingdom Hearts series. From games to merchandise, there was something for every Kingdom Hearts fan to enjoy. Here is a recap of what has happened over the past 10 years in the Kingdom Hearts series.
Let The Games Begin!
It’s been an incredible decade for Kingdom Hearts in the realm of gaming, but that alone should be obvious. Between the releases of the HD remasters as well as the release of Kingdom Hearts III, this decade has introduced so many more fans to the series.
This decade kicked off with a fan favorite, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep on the PSP. Releasing in Japan on January 9th, 2010 as well as North America and PAL regions on September 7th and September 10th, 2010, respectively, this title dove into the series’ past, 10 years before the first game in fact. Detailing the heartbreaking journeys of Terra, Aqua and Ventus, Birth by Sleep didn’t pull any punches and showed the world just how cruel the Kingdom Hearts franchise could be. This game was beloved during its initial release and while it has certainly picked up its fair share of criticism over the decade, it still remains a precious title in many fans’ hearts. This title introduced several key parts of the series such as the command deck and shotlocks. Also, with its Final Mix release on January 20th, 2011, it remains one of the Kingdom Hearts titles to have some of the most postgame content. The Mirage Arena, command board and the variety of minigames encouraged players to go beyond the realm of the main story. Some of this optional content has even grown somewhat infamous amongst the community with the Mysterious Figure being a prime example. Despite whatever mixed reception Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep may receive nowadays, there’s no doubt that it will remain a pivotal game in this franchise.
The next title to release for this decade is possibly the most underrated title in the series, Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded. This title is similar to Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories in the sense that it is a remake of an older title, but the origins of Re:Coded are a bit more obscure. Originally called Kingdom Hearts Coded in Japan, this title released on mobile phones on November 18, 2008. It was divided up into eight episodes but the game was remade as Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded and released for the DS for the sake of accessibility. It would release on October 7th, 2010 in Japan and January 2011 for the rest of the world. What is rather astonishing is how this game came out in the west only 4 months after Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep! While this title flew under the radar, and is still one of the least played games in the franchise, it introduced a variety of mechanics that made it stand out from the rest of the series. Between the Matrix upgrade system reminiscent of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XIII, the return of the Command Deck and the constant shifts in game genres, Re:Coded was stark and bold with its gameplay decisions. On-rail shooting segments, turn based RPG battles, and stealth were some of the incredibly unprecedented genres used in this game. Unfortunately, Re:Coded’s narrative left much to be desired by the fans and it’s still overlooked for its relatively filler nature. However, it has picked up some appreciation over the years due to its unique gameplay. Some fans refer to it as a “comfort food” of sorts. Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded may lack the deep, emotional story that many fans are used to experiencing, but its lack of this can also be seen as a reprieve and rest from what the future of the series had to offer.
The next title is one of the more controversial games in the series. Releasing in Japan on March 9th, 2012, and in the United States on July 31st, 2012, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance arrived on the 3DS. Clever naming convention aside, this game introduced several story concepts that shook the foundation of the series to core and it caused extreme divisiveness amongst the fanbase during its initial release. In fact, some of that contention and controversy still linger to this day. However, in spite of that, Dream Drop Distance is heralded for initializing the flowmotion mechanic which became a fan favorite. Its allowance of vast exploration was a facet that fans thought previous games lacked. The spirit system was also brand new and only remained in this game, but it found a soft spot in some players. The cast from The World Ends with You making their debut in the series was also a pleasant surprise for many. This game’s release being over 7 years ago is also somewhat mind boggling, considering that it began the true wait for Kingdom Hearts III which would release this year.
The next step into the franchise would take yet another bold direction. Kingdom Hearts χ[Chi] released in Japan on July 18th, 2013 on browsers, and to this day remains a Japanese exclusive title. While the game ended up concluding its service after a meager 2 years, it had a narrative that still ties directly to the future of Kingdom Hearts as a whole with certain plot threads still not fully delved into. However, Chi’s sequel/prequel, Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ [Chi] (now known as Kingdom Hearts Union Cross) released on September 2nd, 2015 on Android and iOS devices in Japan and then for the rest of the world on April 6th, 2016. While this title’s gacha mechanics and platform of choice still conflict with the desires of many in the fandom, there is no doubt that it united many together. Several fan community events and official ones prompted by Square brought many Kingdom Hearts fans closer in a way that would have been impossible before this game’s release. Despite the controversy this game brought and still brings to the table, the fandom has certainly grown from it.
Speaking of the community growing, the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX on the PlayStation 3 in Japan on March 14th 2013, and the rest of the world on September of the same year enticed a brand new generation of fans. This title would also mark the first ever time that Kingdom Hearts Final Mix would ever be localized! Featuring not only Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, but also Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and cinematics of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, this rich package provided a mountain of content for prospective new fans and longtime ones.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX released on the PlayStation 3 just a year later and featured Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix for the first time in west. Alongside those games were HD cinematics of Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded which featured a new secret ending that served to foreshadow to the next title. While this collection would be disdained by fans for its lackluster performance, it made Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix more accessible for a wider audience which mattered greatly due to those two titles being particular fan favorites.
The final new unique collection of games that came out was Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for the PlayStation 4 on January 12th, 2017 in Japan and January 24th across the world. While lacking gameplay content in comparison to the past two collections, 2.8 did feature some brand new content overall. Alongside the collection containing an HD port of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, there were also the releases of Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 A Fragmentary Passage. The former is an hour long cinematic covering some of the events in Kingdom Hearts χ [Chi] from the foretellers' perspective, while the latter served as a demo of sorts for Kingdom Hearts III. 0.2 also bridged the gap between Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts I even more which help clarified some confusing elements of the timeline.
Afterwards, releasing in Japan on March 8th, 2017 was Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 +2.5 ReMIX on the PlayStation 4. This title combined both 1.5 and 2.5, and officially made every single Kingdom Hearts title available on the PS4. While this game’s release was littered with game breaking bugs, they got cleaned up over time and playing them on PlayStation 4 is now considered to be the definitive experience. Then, releasing on October 30th, 2018 only in the United States was Kingdom Hearts The Story so Far which was explicitly made in order to make catching up on the series even easier. Being priced at $39.99 also made this an incredible bargain for anyone who felt reluctant on buying two separate, fully priced collections.
On January 24th, 2019 for Japan and January 29th, 2019 for the rest of the world, Kingdom Hearts III was finally released! This was the game every fan was waiting for and despite some expected controversy and distaste, this title earned loving praise from many. The Disney worlds on a scale never before seen in the series before, incredible detail in environments and long awaited character resolutions coming to fruition made this game an incredibly emotional journey for many. Despite facing some criticism for its gameplay faults and story telling choices, Kingdom Hearts III is undeniably a beloved title that will be remembered fondly over the years to come. Over the course of 2019, this game has received a few updates to improve upon the experience and the release of the Re Mind DLC in January 2020 is still making fans’ eyes glued to the game.
An oddball of sorts, the Kingdom Hearts: VR Experience released in Japan on January 22nd, 2019 and on February 27th, 2019 for the rest of the world. This VR experience is not exactly bursting to the seams with content, but the fact that it was free and that it was going to receive continual updates mildly engaged some fans who owned VR devices. This title is meant for seeing certain characters and scenes in a different way thanks to VR technology and regardless of the brevity of this title, it still is a fun experience that many have had.
This decade saw plenty of incredible and major announcements for the Kingdom Hearts series, from the highly anticipated end of the saga to the beginning of many crossover events, and a series of accomplishments of all kinds. As the series prepares to continue growing into the next ten years, let’s take a moment to look back at some of our favorite announcements of this decade.
The Beginning of the End of the Dark Seeker Saga
The decade had just barely begun when Tetsuya Nomura announced the end of the ongoing series of Kingdom Hearts titles we now know as the Dark Seeker Saga. In the Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Ultimania, released in 2012, the series director revealed that the story of Xehanort would finally come to a conclusion with the eventual release of Kingdom Hearts III. Nomura also announced that that while the long-running story would end soon, the story of Sora and the Keyblade would not end there, but continue forward.
The following year, Nomura would go on to announce the highly anticipated conclusion, the Kingdom Hearts title of the decade, Kingdom Hearts III. The announcement, made during PlayStation’s E3 conference at E3 2013 on June 11, 2013, featured a short teaser that highlighted the entire series up to that point, before revealing the incredible new graphics that the game was being developed in. The wonder continued with a series first: the game would be released on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, making it the first title to release simultaneously on two consoles, and the first to release on one of Microsoft’s Xbox consoles. The short teaser captivated fans, new and old, and has led to a flurry of epic announcements throughout the game’s development cycle.
During D23 Expo 2015, Square Enix and Disney announced the first new world for Kingdom Hearts III, a world based upon the 2014 movie Big Hero 6. Concept artwork from series director Tetsuya Nomura of Sora riding Baymax facing Dark Baymax was also shown during the event.
One of our favorite announcements came at D23 Expo 2017, when Square Enix revealed a brand new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III. The trailer, which began with a montage of gameplay featuring the worlds of Olympus and Twilight Town, announced what would later be known as Toy Box, a world based on Disney/Pixar’s acclaimed animated film franchise, Toy Story. The trailer featured a large chunk of the world’s opening scenes, and was the first time a film from Pixar, which had been fully-acquired by Disney in 2006, was included in the series. Toy Story was also one of the most-requested films to be featured in the Kingdom Hearts series by fans, and even Nomura later revealed that he had pushed early on for the film’s inclusion in the game before moving forward.
During E3 2018 is when Square Enix really stole the show, showing not one, but two new trailers during both Xbox's and PlayStation's conferences. The Xbox conference revealed that Frozen would indeed be featured in Kingdom Hearts III as a world. During the PlayStation conference, Sora, Donald, and Goofy returned to the Caribbean for more adventures with Captain Jack Sparrow during Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and At World's End.
In August 2018, several fans found that Square Enix was intending to feature a new theme song for Kingdom Hearts III that was to be performed by both Utada Hikaru and Skrillex. Square Enix later announced at Tokyo Game Show 2018 in September that the song was in fact coming, the first theme song with two artists in series’ history, making Kingdom Hearts III the first title in the series with two different new theme songs. When the song was finally featured in a trailer showcasing parts of the game’s opening movie on December 9, 2018VERIFY, that trailer became the number 1 trending video on YouTube for most of the remainder of the day.
Crossovers and Collaborations
The decade also saw the beginning of several different crossovers and collaborations with other Disney and Square Enix games.
During D23 Expo 2015, Disney announced the Keyblade would be the Ultimate Unlock for Disney Infinity 3.0. Special medals featuring a code for Kingdom Hearts attire Mickey Mouse were also given out to attendees of the event.
The series regularly collaborated with several of Square Enix’s own mobile games. On October 27, 2016, Square Enix announced that Sora would be arriving in World of Final Fantasy as a free downloadable content add-on for the game. It released on January 12, 2017, in commemoration of the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. On December 2, 2018, Square Enix announced that Sora would be joining the mobile game Final Fantasy Brave Exvius as part of that game’s third anniversary. When Sora finally released in the mobile game, he was accompanied by the Kingdom Hearts version of Cloud. As part of D23 Japan 2018, on February 13, 2018, Square Enix announced a crossover between Kingdom Hearts Union χ and Final Fantasy Record Keeper. Sora and Riku would be arriving in the Final Fantasy mobile title, while medals with the Record Keeper appearances of Cloud and Sephiroth would arrive in Union χ, along with several challenges, battles, and avatar parts.
On March 29, 2017, the Square Enix announced that Sora and Riku would be joining Disney’s LINE Tsum Tsum mobile game. At the same time, there would be special Tsum Tsum-themed events within Square Enix’s own Kingdom Hearts Union χ. Later on, Square Enix and Disney would announce additional crossovers with the LINE Tsum Tsum title, including characters like Aqua and Kairi.
The Kingdom Hearts series also saw the announcement of several major accomplishments as it continued to grow and particularly following the release of Kingdom Hearts III.
Within a month of the release of Kingdom Hearts III, the title became the fastest selling title in Kingdom Hearts history. It sold over 5 million copies just in the first week. On April 24, the SPD group announced that sales of Kingdom Hearts III had exceeded those of any other title in the series in North America, making it the best-selling Kingdom Hearts game in North America. The title would hold on to the best-selling game of the year for most of the first half of 2019, and as of November 2019, is still among the top ten best-selling titles of the year.
On August 10, 2019, Guinness World Records announced it would be featuring Sora in its Guinness World Record: Gamer’s Edition 2020 book. Sora had won at the time the record for most appearances as the hero in a Square Enix role-playing game, the number being 6.
Events were far in between during the past decade, but each one brought their own special joy of Kingdom Hearts. Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance had launch events as well as Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX also had a casting call for North America and Europe fans to be part of for the launch events.
For Kingdom Hearts III, a special invitational premiere was held in California in 2018 to showcase a demo featuring Olympus and Toy Box to all that were invited to the event. In addition, a special Kingdom Hearts Pop-Up Experience was held at Disney Springs to celebrate the release of Kingdom Hearts III as well as a Light and Darkness event at the Tokyo Skytree.
In 2016, Square Enix announced a orchestra tour to showcase the music of the Kingdom Hearts series. The first tour -First Breath- was held in 2017 exclusively for Japan. The second tour, -World Tour-, began in June of 2018 and made 18 stops across North America, Europe, and Australia. A third tour, -World of Tres- began in April of 2019 and featured 17 stops across United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Many of the performances included a performance with Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura along with a meet and greet with her. A few of the shows also had a special appearance by Tetsuya Nomura.
A special Dandelion Meeting was held in California in 2018 to celebrate Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]. The event featured new games from the new Classic Kingdom feature for Kingdom Hearts III and began the "Make Your Mark" campaign where 300 fans were chosen to be a part of a sequence in Kingdom Hearts III.
Some events were done not by Square Enix or Disney, but fans of the series itself. Both Disney World and Disneyland have seen special Kingdom Hearts fan-organized events over the past couple of years. Disneyland of Departure (now known as the Keybearers' Alliance) has been holding their annual Gatherings at Disneyland since 2013. Disney World has had a few gatherings as well through Project Magic: Kingdom Hearts in 2013 and 2014 with a return in 2019. These gatherings usually happen during Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween, which allows park goes to wear costumes in the parks so fans that attend the gatherings can wear their favorite Kingdom Hearts cosplay.
KH13.com has also held some events during the past decade. KH13 Meetups have been held during Kingdom Hearts -World Tour- concerts in Los Angeles, California (2018, 2019), Chicago, Illinois (2018), New York City, New York (2018), and in London, England (2018, 2019). All of these events, with the exception of the Chicago meetup, attendees got a chance to sign a card for Yoko Shimomura as each card was presented by one of KH13.com's staff members.
During this past decade, Kingdom Hearts has celebrated its 10th year anniversary in 2012 and its 15th year in 2017. In addition, KH13.com has celebrated its 5th year anniversary in 2013 and its 10th year in 2018.
While the Kingdom Hearts series has thrived on gameplay and story, the games wouldn't be the same without the talented voice actors that give their voice to the characters. Sadly, we have lost many of these voice over the past 10 years. Let us remember the ones that have fallen.
Eddie Carroll - Jiminy Cricket [English] (Sept 5, 1933 – Apr 6, 2010)
Nachi Nozawa -Vexen [Japanese] (Jan 13, 1938 – Oct 30, 2010)
Kenneth Mars - King Triton [English] (Apr 4, 1935 – Feb 12, 2011)
Ken Sansom - Rabbit [English] (Apr 2, 1927 – Oct 8, 2012)
Chikao Ohtsuka - Master Xehanort [Japanese] (July 5, 1929 – Jan 15, 2015)
Leonard Nimoy - Master Xehanort [English] (Mar 26, 1931 – Feb 27, 2015)
Christopher Lee - Ansem the Wise, DiZ [English] (May 27, 1922 – June 7, 2015)
Tôru Ôhira - Pete [Japanese] (Sept 24, 1929 – Apr 12, 2016)
Yuko Mizutani - Minnie [Japanese] (Nov 4, 1964 – May 17, 2016)
Alan Young - Scrooge McDuck [English] Nov 19, 1919 – May 19, 2016)
Kaneta Kimotsuki - Jiminy Cricket [Japanese] (Nov 15, 1935 – Oct 20, 2016)
Robert Guillaume - Rafiki [English] (Nov 30, 1927 – Oct 24, 2017)
David Ogden Stiers - Cogsworth, Doc, Dr. Jumba Jookiba [English] (Oct 31, 1942 – Mar 3, 2018)
Rutger Hauer - Master Xehanort (KHIII) [English] (Jan 23, 1944 –July 19, 2019)
Russi Taylor - Minnie, Huey, Dewey, Louie [English] (May 4, 1944 – July 26, 2019)
Yuu Shimaka - Goofy [Japanese] (May 6, 1949 – July 28, 2019)
Makio Inoue - Master Eraqus [Japanese] (Nov 30, 1938 – Nov 29, 2019)
Besides the games themselves, Square Enix and Disney really went after our hearts (and wallets) with all kinds of merchandise. We can't mention them all here or this article would take a decade to finish reading, so here are some of the hottest ones.
One of the things that Kingdom Hearts fans would love to have is a Play Arts Kai or a Bring Arts figure of their favorite character. From Roxas and Riku to Aqua and Sora and more in between, these figurines have given us so much flair for our every growing collections (and even some ideas for Snapchat adventures).
There are cheaper alternatives for the Play Art/Bring Arts figures. One of the bigger ones was the Diamond Select Toys selection. While these figures didn't have the detail, they did have more of a selection. Vinimates figures were also available from DST as well.
One of the biggest toy lines for Kingdom Hearts was of course the Funko Pop!. Each one gave us a chance to collect our favorite character and keep adding when needed. There are dozens of Pop!s to choose from, including almost 13 different versions of Sora alone, along with store exclusive Pop!s like Dark Aqua and Final Form Sora.
Looking for something cuter than the Pop!s? Well, Good Smile had you covered with their small line of Sora and Riku Nendoroids figurines. These adorable figures could put a smile upon any face. Maybe in the future we will get more of them?
Enough talking about the figurines, let's talk about fashion. Over the past couple of years, new clothing have appeared in many stores like Hot Topic and GameStop. 2018 alone had over 100 different pieces of clothing from hats and shirts to bed spreads and even backpacks. If there is something you want to wear to show off your Kingdom Hearts pride, there is probably clothing for that. One of the biggest pieces of clothing announced were the SuperGroupies. This clothing line gave some flair for Sora, Roxas, Riku, Kairi, and Axel. If these characters were in our world, then they would be rocking with these outfits.
Need a Keyblade for your outfit? Bandai released a Kingdom Key Keyblade Proplica back in 2017. This Proplica could look like something you can buy for a couple of dollars at your local comic con, but the main difference is it can light up when you swing it and has sound as well as showing a keyhole by pointing it at the wall.
One of the most expensive Kingdom Hearts-related items to be available was the Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III PlayStation 4 Pro. The console was announced during the Sony Showcase at E3 2018. This console was a must have for fans and was included in a special Kingdom Hearts III bundle set and sold out quickly.
Lastly, let's talk about some books. Light Novels have been appearing recently for our favorite games, giving their own take of the structure of events taking place in the series. So far, every major game in the series has a light novel with a Kingdom Hearts III version on the way in 2020. Speaking of Kingdom Hearts III, Shiro Amano announced his return to the Kingdom Hearts manga series in early 2019 and has begun on the Kingdom Hearts III manga series on Gangan Online and Yen Press.
The End of this Saga and the Beginning of the Next
This marks the end of the decade. 2010 through 2019 gave us some memories, difficult times, and lots of waiting, but this video game series has thrived and has become a big part of our lives. We patiently wait for what's in store in the next decade, including the upcoming story updates in Union χ [Cross], the release of Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind, and the next saga of games. What has been your favorite moment(s) over the past decade? Let us know in the comments below!
From all of us at KH13.com, we wish you a Happy New Year and may your heart be you guiding key.
The Roxas and Xion music boxes that were recently available at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World of Tres- in Yokohama are being sold by Aitaikuji for ¥7,400 ($67.34) each!
You can pre-order both the Roxas music box and Xion music box off of their site right now! A more concrete release date will become apparent the closer we get to Spring.
Thanks to Churro for the tip!
UPDATE [Dec 31, 2019]: Instagram user knzo025 was kind enough to give us close up pictures of the music boxes from the recent concert in Yokohama. You can view them in the gallery below.
The official Square Enix Japan website has updated their Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind portal with images from all of the DLC trailers we have seen so far!
However, something of note to mention is that there are several image slots on this page simply labeled "Coming Soon....". These slots are "Greeting Mode", "Slideshow Function" and "Premium Menu"; all features that have been confirmed to appear in the upcoming DLC. These three features were shown off at the Kingdom Hearts Osaka Orchestra in November but were never shown to the public. Perhaps these preview images will release closer to January 23rd.
We covered these additions via translated drawings courtesy of our team's @Mio and @Ryuji_Shiryu, with the original drawings being drawn by @sonzaisinaimono
Additionally, there are also "Secret Episode and Boss", and "English Mode" sections that do not seem to have any planned preview images. The "English Mode" is an exclusive feature coming to the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind. This mode will give Japanese players the option to play the game with the English dub. This has been a known feature to appear in the Final Mix versions of the games in Japan ever since Kingdom Hearts I Final Mix. No word on a "Japanese Mode" has been confirmed for global versions of the game.
The bottom of the page also features the promotional theme that one receives when purchasing the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC by February 24th, 2020. This theme contains the Kingdom Hearts III title screen art on the top part of the HUD, but there is also a brand new illustration from Tetsuya Nomura that is set to appear on the bottom section of the theme. This theme is exclusive to Japan as the rest of the world has a different theme entirely.
This new site update has not revealed a variety of new info, but the potential is there with preview images promoting the "Greeting Mode", "Slideshow Function", and "Premium Menu" coming at a later date.
We will update as soon as this site updates once more! Be sure to follow the KH13 Twitter to be immediately notified on any Kingdom Hearts related news!
The Japanese Square Enix store have revealed three book storage boxes featuring the 100 Acre Woods worlds from Kingdom Hearts I, Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts III! All of these book storage boxes are now available for pre-order and all release on April 25th, 2020.
The Kingdom Hearts I, Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts III book storage boxes are all sold individually on the store.
Thanks to Churro for the tip!