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  1. Rumors of Kingdom Hearts being ported to the Nintendo Switch have been making its way around. Imran Khan, Senior Editor at GameInformer, guest-starred on Kinda Funny Games and spoke about the possibility of Kingdom Hearts III being ported onto the Switch. Khan stated that there has been talks between Nintendo and Square Enix regarding the possibility of Kingdom Hearts III on the Switch, but Kingdom Hearts III has been deemed unfeasible and is too demanding of a game. However, Khan believes that there is a higher possibility of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix being ported to the Switch and the remasters are probably where Nintendo and Square Enix settled it, but it hasn't been confirmed. You can watch Kinda Funny Games featuring Imran Khan here. Would you want Kingdom Hearts to be available on the Switch? Let us know below!

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  2. In commemoration of Kingdom Hearts III's release, Disney has added four new Kingdom Hearts tsum tsums to their mobile game! The app's icon has been updated with Kingdom Hearts characters and so has the start menu! Available now are Kingdom Hearts III Sora, Kingdom Hearts II Organization Mickey, Xemnas, and Ansem. Along with the new tsum tsums, a Kingdom Hearts event has taken place in which the player can go through worlds using the gummi ship and complete missions to receive coins, tickets, and a Shadow tsum tsum! At the moment, the Kingdom Hearts event is currently only available in Japan. See the Kingdom Hearts tsum tsum updates in our gallery below! 
     

     

     

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  3. Our spikey-haired hero has returned to continue his fight against the darkness in a brand new and most awaited installment of the 17-year saga, Kingdom Hearts III! Kingdom Hearts III is a masterpiece that flourishes through the cinematic cutscenes, gameplay, and story while retaining bits and pieces from past games. This preliminary review will go over our staff's  takeaways of the game without spoiling the story. An in-depth analysis and video review will also be coming soon! Update [Feb 11, 2019]: Our video review, which includes our rating and a fuller discussion on the game, is now up! Watch it here or scroll down to the bottom of this article!

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    The charm of Kingdom Hearts III lies prominently in the amazing cinematic scenes Square Enix developed working in unison with Disney and Disney Pixar. Compared to the past games in the series, Kingdom Hearts III’s cutscenes are more vibrant and the characters are far more expressive, both in cinematics and in gameplay. No more robot face Sora! Sora blends in smoothly with Pixar characters as if he were originally part of the movies. The scenes transition into battle flawlessly and without delay. Along with the beautiful visuals, Yoko Shimomura’s arrangements amp up the emotion throughout the game and resonate nostalgia, beginning with the new arrangement of Dearly Beloved. Hearing Dearly Beloved brought back many memories and emotions from the years of playing the series. To top it off, the dialogue is delightful; written by director Tetsuya Nomura himself, the scenarios were scripted naturally, with humor scattered throughout that underlined the theme of friendship. You will find yourself chuckling even at the cheesiest lines! The story is an engaging experience with contributions by the player itself but also succeeds in delivering the immersive of the original Disney movies themselves.

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    As expected, Kingdom Heart's storytelling's staple convolution throughout over a dozen different games may hinder new players from grasping the core plot elements - even at a basic level. Actually, it's not even an issue of understanding the plot, which is partly aided by references to past events, flashbacks, and the Memory Archive summary videos; but rather it is an issue of appreciating it. Longtime fans may make jokes regarding the series's plot but we still find ourselves enraptured by plot twists (and holes), tangled dialogue, vague implications, abstract references, and symbolism in the story. For brand new or fairly new players, their inexperience with the "side games" of the story (whose stories can be accessed at once via the 1.5+2.5 and 2.8 collections for PS4) may not hinder the fun of playing Kingdom Hearts III or even understanding the superficial plot points, but can sadly interfere with the delight that comes with both comprehending the underlying plot and characters' personalities or pondering about its mysteries. Despite this, whether Kingdom Hearts III can encourage new players to try out the other games (or at least read multiple wikis on the series) is a question that needs to be asked exclusively to those very players.

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    Before we dive in to discuss battle, let's take a moment to talk about the amazing Gummiphone. The Gummiphone is first introduced as a way to communicate in the Kingdom Hearts universe and as a way for Jiminy Cricket to record your adventures. But as with any smartphone, its main use becomes quickly evident; selfies! Characters will pose when you aim the front or back camera at them, and you can make Sora give a cheesy smile (pun intended). Some characters are more photogenic than others (*cough* Rapunzel *cough*) and you may find yourself taking a few dozen pictures of or with them. The views are also breathtaking, in some worlds more than others, and you can't help but want to record this in photographs. Unfortunately, the maximum number of photographs allowed is 100; but you can easily save your favorite ones externally on social media, and delete some as you go along, such as the Lucky Emblems photos, which are stored in their own separate album. Speaking of Lucky Emblems (just another name for Hidden Mickeys, really), snapping a good picture of them will enable you to unlock the secret ending movie after beating the game upon installing Update 1.03. The requirements are to snap all 90 Emblems in Beginner mode, 60 on Standard, and 30 on Proud, and the movie can be viewed either after the Epilogue or in the Theatre.

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    Now, onto battles. Kingdom Hearts III’s gameplay feels very fluid and has improved from the demo. There are factors that pay homage to past games such as the return of Flowmotion and Shotlock. The game also has many new varieties of mechanics. Formchanges, in which Sora and Keyblades transform into powerful forms with very effective combos, and a mechanic called Attractions, that unveil beautiful cinematic scenes of Sora, Donald, and Goofy riding recognizable Disney rides that release powerful finishers. The detail and time put into the Attractions are amazing, and many, like Splash Run, leave you feeling like you're riding them yourself; but they often feel excessive and overpowered in battle. There are times during battle when I accidentally trigger the Attractions and it feels more in the way than helping. (By the way, you can change between different reaction commands using L2!)

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    There are many layers in this game that enable you to vary your strategy from world to world, battle to battle, and within the same battle! As always, you can equip your favorite abilities, but in Kingdom Hearts III it is one of the keys to making gameplay more challenging. In fact, selecting Proud mode is only one way to test one's abilities; for more competitive players, equipping and unequipping certain abilities (such as MP Safety, Zero EXP, or Auto-Finish) is highly recommended. A monumental change has been implemented in the Keyblades in this game; along with formchanges, each with their own gimmicks and abilities, even more variety can be added by switching between 3 Keyblades in a single battle or even during combos! Switching Keyblades also helps in retaining forms by preventing their timer from depleting. And if that isn't enough, you can power up your Keyblades with the help of Moogles, the meisters of synthesis! After formchanging your Keyblade, you can choose to deal powerful finishing attacks; some can leave you with a sense of accomplishments as you knock down enemy after enemy; others... not so much. (Try the Hero's Origin Keyblade finisher for the Counter Shield formchange when you get the time; you will know exactly what I mean!)

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    Among Kingdom Hearts III's plethora of battle elements to use at your disposal, other examples include Links with other Disney Characters (and Dream Eaters) and Team-up Attacks with your allies. It feels refreshing to be able to hear your party members call out to alert you that they are ready to deliver a special move together. Some of these moves can also be used outside of (or exclusively in) battle to overcome barriers in your exploration, such as burning debris with Goofy's shield or tall cliffs with Rapunzel's hair.

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    Variety in combat would mean very little if not accompanied by a variety of battles. Fortunately, in Kingdom Hearts III, the two go hand-in-hand. (Yes, pun intended.) The enemies in the game are quite diverse and therefore push you to choose different combat strategies; this aids even the least creative, most stoic players to come up with their own styles - and enjoy doing so! Almost every fight - from the hordes of Heartless to the small, medium, and big boss fights - has a different fighting experience to offer. The boss fights are always interesting and ask you to change strategies during the battle and relish in figuring your way out of it.

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    The worlds of Kingdom Hearts III also introduce new mini-games for players to enjoy! Each world has its own set of games along with recurring ones. A favorite of mine is the Tangled rhythm mini-game where Sora dances at the festival in Corona. The mechanics are very similar to Atlantica’s mini-game in Kingdom Hearts II, but the music is instrumental and amps the rhythm as you proceed through the different stages. Classic Kingdom mini-games are also accessible through the Gummiphone, inspired by LCD games and themed after classic black and white Disney shorts; these are simple yet addictive, and fun to spend time playing during breaks from grander fights and breaking previous records.

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    Something convenient in Kingdom Hearts III is Remy's restaurant in Twilight Town - which can be accessed through the world map as well! At Remy's Bistro, you can use the ingredients you've collected to cook new recipes through a pleasing mini-game and the outcomes are beneficial! When dishes are consumed, it raises stats for a temporary amount of time (and you get a bonus for a full-course meal). Ingredients can be bought in Moogle Shops but also collected in different worlds; make sure to check every cranny, smash every barrel, hit all the bushes, and swim every way! Even if those broken barrels don't yield anything on your shopping list, they might give you some extra Munny to spend - which is great, because you might find yourself strapped for cash otherwise.

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    Apart from looking for ingredients and Lucky Emblems, another element that rewards the player for exploration comes with the Gummi Ship's "open-world" mode, but let's talk about that within the next section of our review: the return of the Gummi Ship.

    It could not have been imagined in any better way.

    The Gummi Ship element of the gameplay has been completely overhauled in Kingdom Hearts III. You can now explore the universe freely and multi-directionally, leading your own way across asteroids, avoiding enemies, marveling at space lights or venturing to find treasures hidden inside puzzle-like Treasure Spheres while bathed in the light of faraway stars. The stars themselves may represent a constellation that you can take pictures of (yes, you can use your Gummiphone in space) to be rewarded with new blueprints. And then, when you're well rested, you can dash towards enemies of your level of choice and engage in a fight in the Gummi Ship's battle mode. The Gummi Ship can be customized to boost appearance and stats at an even greater level in this game, and can be equipped with auxiliaries such as special weapons and "teeny ships"! It is something I suggest you play yourself to experience the marvel of. Below are some of our favorite Gummi Ship designs!

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    In conclusion, Kingdom Hearts III isn't perfect, but it's definitely a masterpiece. Following the series for years, this game stirs up so many emotions and is a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. It makes you laugh so hard that you can't breathe, it also breaks your heart and makes you cry. It is incredibly fun to play and easy to immerse yourself into as it offers you the freedom to choose your own play style, all this in a gorgeous Disney and Square Enix original settings.

    If you haven't picked up Kingdom Hearts III yet, you should! If you are new to the series, the game offers a memory archive in which you can watch videos recapping the past games, and is not timid in bringing back events from the past to remind old players and recap new ones. If you are Disney fans, all the better experience as it takes you on a nostalgic adventure as you re-experience beloved stories or a new storyline altogether with your favorite Disney characters. But to truly appreciate the charm of its storytelling, we recommend playing Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, both on PS4 and also available as a physical bundle in Kingdom Hearts -The Story So Far- and digitally in the All-In-One Package. If all else fails, there's always fanmade recap videos such as the Kingdom Hearts Timeline series to help you out!

    But whether or not this is your first Kingdom Hearts game, it will be an insanely fun ride.

    Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr for more news on Kingdom Hearts, and keep in touch with the latest highlights through our Kingdom Hearts III master coverage!

    UPDATE [Feb 11, 2019]: You can also watch our video review for a fuller discussion by Staff @Toominator and @SeaSaltShelby on what they enjoyed, the most and  the least, about Kingdom Hearts III!

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    Kingdom Hearts III review codes were provided by Square Enix. This review pertains to Version 1.00 played on a standard PlayStation 4. This review was co-written by Erica-Janine Sanguir and Fatima Kaiyum; it been updated with additional comments after Update 1.03. The video review was made by @Toominator and @SeaSaltShelby.

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  4. The wait is finally over! The PS4 trophy list for Kingdom Hearts III is now accessible! View the official trophy list below! 

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    Trophy Type - Trophy Name - Trophy Description

    Platinum - KINGDOM HEARTS III Complete Master - Unlock all other trophies.

    Bronze - A New Journey - Begin your brand new adventure.

    Bronze - Clash of the Gods - Adventure through Olympus and complete the story.

    Bronze - A Wish at Twilight - Adventure through Twilight Town and complete the story.

    Bronze - Inseparable Friends - Adventure through Toy Box and complete the story.

    Bronze - Happily Ever After - Adventure through the Kingdom of Corona and complete the story.

    Bronze - The Power of Laughter - Adventure through Monstropolis and complete the story.

    Bronze - An Act of True Love - Adventure through Arendelle and complete the story.

    Bronze - Way of the Pirate - Adventure through The Caribbean and complete the story.

    Bronze - Making a Difference - Adventure through San Fransokyo and complete the story.

    Bronze - Home Again - Adventure through the Hundred Acre Wood and complete the story.

    Bronze - The Hearts Joined to His - Gather the seven guardians of light.

    Bronze - No Matter What - Reunite with Kairi.

    Silver - The Battle to End All - Begin the final confrontation with Master Xehanort.

    Gold - Another Chapter Closed - Finish the game and view the ending.

    Gold - Hidden Kings - Complete the lucky Emblems section of the Gummiphone.

    Bronze - Know Thine Enemy - Complete the Adversaries section of the Gummiphone.

    Silver - No Stone Unturned - Complete the Treasures section of the Gummiphone.

    Silver - Synthesist - Complete the Synthesis section of the Gummiphone.

    Bronze - One for the Books - Complete the Game Records section of the Gummiphone.

    Bronze - Tall Enough to Ride - use an attraction to defeat enemies for the first time.

    Bronze - Heartbound - Use a link to defeat enemies for the first time.

    Bronze - Grand Mage - Cast grand magic for the first time.

    Bronze - Knight - Defeat 1,000 enemies.

    Bronze - Bishop - Defeat 3,000 enemies.

    Silver - Rook - Defeat 5,000 enemies.

    Silver - Flanmeister - Complete all of the Flantastic Seven missions.

    Bronze - Salvager - Use the gummi ship to obtain 20 unique treasures.

    Bronze - Stargazer - use the gummi ship to find and photograph all of the constellations.

    Gold - Thermosphere - Destroy the Schwarzgeist, menace of the Ocean Between.

    Bronze - Centurion - Score at least 12,000,000 pts. in Verum Rex: Beat of Lead.

    Bronze - Festive Dancer - Score at least 70,000 pts. in the Festival Dance.

    Bronze - Shield Shredder - Score at least 600,000 pts. in Frozen Slider.

    Bronze - Datascraper - Get an A rank on both Flash Tracer courses.

    Silver - Dreadnought - Fully Power up the Leviathan.

    Bronze - True Captain - Sink 200 enemy ships in The Caribbean.

    Bronze - Say Cheese! - Snap your first photo.

    Bronze - Lasting Memories - Hold on to 50 photos.

    Bronze - Cornucopia - Collect every type of ingredient.

    Bronze - Full Course - Earn your first "Excellent" while preparing cuisine.

    Silver - Master Chef - Earn an "Excellent" while preparing every type of cuisine.

    Bronze - Muscle Memory - Get a new high score in one of the Classic Kingdom games.

    Silver - Classically Trained - Get a new high score in every Classic Kingdom game.

    Bronze - Blademaster - Obtain a Keyblade that is fully powered up.

    Silver - Ultima Weapon - Synthesize the Ultima Weapon.

    Silver - Leveled Out - Raise Sora to LV 99.

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  5. GoodSmile has revealed an upcoming Kingdom Hearts nendoroid, Kingdom Hearts II King Mickey! Nendoroid King Mickey is set to release in August 2019 for 4,630 yen ($42.12 USD)The figure is approximately 100mm in height. King Mickey is available for preorder at the GoodSmile Online Shop. Preorders will be open from January 25th, 2019 (Friday) from 12:00JST until February 21st, 2019 (Thursday) at 12:00JST. See the figure in the gallery below! 

     

     


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  6. Kingdom Hearts III has officially released in Japan! First reviews for the most anticipated Kingdom Hearts III have been published worldwide following the release!

    Check out the list below to see different opinions and thoughts on the masterpiece. We will keep this list updated. KH13.com will also be posting our own review of Kingdom Hearts III, along with a video review coming very soon!

    Critic Excerpt Score
    Gamereactor "Simply put, Kingdom Hearts III is a masterpiece." 100
    PlayStation LifeStyle (Editor's Choice)
    "I never once thought there was a way Square Enix could live up to the hype the company has built up for this game. But bravo, it has done it and then some."
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    Impulsegamer "It’s a great use of the Disney characters and imagining of the locations that should entertain young and old… it does in our house." 98
    XGN "Magical from start to finish." 98
    Famitsu - 97.5 (39/40)
    Hobby Consolas "Its greatest achievement is that, despite the passage of time, it is still an experience that can only be described with one word: magic." 95
    The Games Machine "Kingdom Hearts 3 succeeds in the difficult task of being up to expectations, not distorting anything but raising to the nth degree the strengths of the previous chapters." 95
    Game Informer (Game of the Month)
    "A main attraction worth waiting for."
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    Easy Allies "It may have a been a long time coming, but Kingdom Hearts III delivers on its promises, and it’s easily the best game in the series. " 95
    Meristation "An outstanding adventure that has come to remind us why Sora, Riku and Kairi ... and Donald, Goofy and Mickey Mouse, of course, are living videogame history." 91
    3DJuegos "Its extraordinary fusion of creative worlds reaches a new peak in the history of the franchise, giving rise to playable concepts that surprise from start to finish in a durable video game loaded with content." 90
    US Gamer "Kingdom Hearts 3 ushers a beloved series into a new generation, while wholeheartedly embracing its roots." 90
    Atomix "The wait for KH3 was very long, but believe me when I tell you that it was really worth it." 90
    GamesBeat "Excessive, yet satisfying." 90
    IGN Italia "A game that focuses on spectacularity, coming out head-on. Kingdom Hearts III is the worthy conclusion of a journey begun seventeen years ago." 90
    IGN Germany "Kingdom Hearts 3 is by far the best Disney game, a fun action RPG and the successful completion of the Xehanort saga. Those interested in just one of these three aspects will have fun with the third part of the crossover series." 90
    IGN Spain "It's magic." 90
    Multiplayer.it "It would have been absurd to drastically change a structure that, for better or for worse, has become iconic. So Tetsuya Nomura did not do it." 90
    Press Start Australia "With exhilarating combat, fantastic Disney worlds and a smart approach to an unavoidably convoluted story, it does everything it needs to not only please hardcore fans but anyone up for a solid action JRPG. Against all odds, this might be the perfect Kingdom Hearts game." 90
    Vandal "Kingdom Hearts ends an era with a fantastic game, spectacular, varied and, above all, very fun." 90
    GamePro Germany "A colorful firework of childhood memories, motivating role-playing mechanics, and spectacular boss fights." 90
    Gameblog.fr "A true homage to the fans of the saga, to whom it addresses itself above all, Kingdoms Hearts III retraces the end of Sora's journey through the exploration of new worlds, more beautiful and vast than in the past, with a strong respect for the Disney worlds from which it is inspired. " 90
    Trusted Reviews "Whether you’re a hardcore fan or a hesitant newcomer, there is an undeniable charm to Kingdom Hearts 3 that’s easy to fall in love with." 90
    PushSquare "The fact that Kingdom Hearts III even managed to release could be considered a miracle in of itself, but what’s perhaps even more surprising is that the finished product defies all expectations." 90
    Twinfinite "It’s an unerring tribute to everything Disney and what the Kingdom Hearts series has become, and despite its few flaws creates an interesting blueprint for where the series could go next with gameplay and story." 90
    Shacknews "Kingdom Hearts III is an absolute triumph, conquering the darkness that plagued the series' past and standing firmly in the light." 90
    Worth Playing "Kingdom Hearts III is exactly the sequel it should be." 90
    Hardcore Gamer "From combat to story to graphics, Kingdom Hearts III delivers the magic, gut-punches and grandeur the series is known for." 90
    Game Revolution "When the credits finish rolling, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’ve played a game like no other." 90
    Digital Trends "Kingdom Hearts III plays similarly to its PS2 predecessors while bringing new elements to the gameplay that make it feel incredibly modern." 90
    Power Unlimited "If you have warm feelings for Disney characters and worlds, this is perhaps the best game ever, but even if you do not feel anything for Disney, it is actually mandatory." 90
    LevelUp "Undoubtedly, Kingdom Hearts III is a satisfying chapter in one of the most beloved sagas by fans of the action JRPGs." 88
    4Players.de "Kingdom Hearts 3 is more than the sum of its items, more than a franchise mix of Disney and Square characters. Despite small weaknesses, it is an experience that leads me through a wide range of emotions and will establish itself as one of the most outstanding action-adventure of the year." 88
    IGN "Kingdom Hearts 3 is a fulfilling evolution and resolution of the franchise that shows it’s still full of heart." 87
    App Trigger "Though the plot is a little too reliant on side entries and remembering almost everything in the series, Kingdom Hearts III is a welcome return of the Disney action-RPG epic and the best game in the series to date, making you really want to see the next chapter in the series as soon as possible." 85
    Gamer.ni "Kingdom Hearts 3 is far from perfect, but it is everything the fans hoped for." 85
    GameCrate "Kingdom Hearts III is too much game for its own good." 85
    SpazioGames "Kingdom Hearts III is technically excellent, aesthetically bewitching and in some moments manages to shine and sweep away any limitations it might have." 80
    GamesRadar+ "I'm not sure how I lived without its Mickey Mouse shaped madness in my life." 80
    GameSpot  "In 2002, as Sora, I left Destiny Islands to travel across the universe and make new friends. In 2019 I brought old ones home, and I had so much fun doing it." 80
    Eurogamer Italy "Congestions aside, the combat system is one of the best in the saga for variety and dynamics, and there is no shortage of battles that will challenge the most experienced players." 80
    FANDOM "This magical finale overcomes its storytelling flaws." 80
    Game Rant "You may find yourself googling character names and plot details from 15 years ago, but all of that confusion fades away when you get lost in the moment summoning tea cups or a giant rollercoaster to help attack a big boss with your best friends." 80
    ScreenRant "A sprawling, varied game that is all the better for its wild, confusing moments." 80
    Destructoid "Despite all of the absurd twists and turns, the character missteps and the complete lack of some series-defining cast members, there are very few creations out there that make me smile this often." 80
    PlayStation Universe "Kingdom Hearts 3 has everything a title could want: iconic characters, enthralling and accessible gameplay, and a story that just won’t quit." 80
    CGMagazine "Kingdom Hearts III is the biggest, boldest, flashiest entry in the saga—one that builds upon the gameplay systems of its forebears in a kaleidoscopic carnival of action RPG jubilance." 80
    JeuxActu "Backed up by a enjoyable battle system and a genuine love for the animation films it has adapted, Tetsuya Nomura’s work takes on the big boys and we cannot not suggest it to you." 80
    GameSpace "If you embrace that it’s all nonsense to serve you up a delightful nostalgic romp through some of the greatest and most beloved family films, you’re not going to be disappointed." 80
    The Digital Fix "Kingdom Hearts 3 is a great game that parades itself around in a plethora of showy and colourful clothing and just asks you to watch." 80
    Cultured Vultures "While the game does come with some problems with its plot and big empty worlds, I wouldn’t call them deal breakers, as whatever they lacked for they made up for with energy and, no pun intended, heart." 80
    Jeuxvideos.com "Despite its shortcomings, Kingdom Hearts III remains a very good experience which distils its world brilliantly." 80
    Gamers Heroes "Newcomers to the series will be baffled by the complexity and bizarre nature of Kingdom Hearts III’s story. Despite this, if you like good combat and want to visit Disney World, you can do far worse than this title." 80
    EGM "Is it a game that lives up to a decade of hype, though? Perhaps not. But maybe no game could." 75
    God is a Geek "It may have been challenging at times, and the final flourish of boss fights nearly killed me, but I did enjoy playing the concluding game in Sora’s journey to vanquish evil once and for all." 75
    The Guardian "Kingdom Hearts III plays it extremely safe, ultimately banking on nostalgia and delivering more of the same. Its charm is only skin-deep." 60
    VideoGamer "Kingdom Hearts III is a beautiful hunk of sugary writing, convoluted plotting, and repetitive combat with a reliance on beloved IP that exposes its shallow core." 40
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    Eurogamer "A grand finale that's both torturous and sublime." N/A
    Kotaku "Wow, they filled this game with stuff." N/A
    The Verge "Maybe this is actually the ideal way to play: you’re going to be confused no matter what, so you might as well embrace it." N/A
    Mashable "I love the idea of this game being able to float me back into a time where I could cheer for Mickey Mouse without feeling silly and cry because Naminé was lonely. That feeling alone is worth the box price on Kingdom Hearts III." N/A
    Waypoint "Kingdom Hearts III is an absolute disaster. I loved every minute of it." N/A
    The A.V. Club "Kingdom Hearts III is a cheerful celebration of Disney’s inescapable cultural monopoly." N/A
    Jimquisition "Yes, it’s more total nonsense from a story perspective. As a game? Well, it’s a ton of bloody fun, because it’s a very good game!" N/A
    Polygon "After years of buildup, the story’s conclusion fails to do it justice." N/A

    You can also keep updated on the latest review on Metacritic by clicking here. Currently, the aggregated critic score on Metacritic is 85/100.

    UPDATE [Jan 25, 2019]: The Japanese publications Famitsu and Game Watch have been added to the table with their reviews of the game. The official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page has also posted an image showing the top 5 reviews for the game, you can view the image below!

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    Kingdom Hearts III will be available on January 29 worldwide. Be sure to follow our coverage of the release of Kingdom Hearts III!

    UPDATE [Jan 31, 2019]: Even more reviews for Kingdom Hearts III have been released! We have updated the list in the table above, as well as updated Metacritic's aggregated score for the game.

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    UPDATE [February 7, 2019]: Famitsu have published their review of Kingdom Hearts III, giving it a score of 39/40!


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  7. Kingdom Hearts III is releasing in eight days and the feeling is still unreal! With the game's release coming up close, the Kingdom Hearts III twitter released a short video showcasing the world Mount OlympusThe beginning of the video has a brief moment of new footage, showing Sora jumping onto what looks like a rail of thunder inside a cloud tunnel, which looks similar to flowmotion from Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. The music playing throughout the video seems to be a new arrangement of Olympus Coliseum's battle theme, Go For It. See the video below!

     

     


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  8. Starting January 16th to January 20th, Square Enix will be hosting a Kingdom Hearts sweepstakes in which you could win a trip to a Disney-inspired destination of your choice! More information regarding the sweepstakes will be on the official Kingdom Hearts website. To enter the sweepstakes, comment #♥♥♥ on the video that was posted on the official Kingdom Hearts twitter. The background music of the sweepstakes videos seems to be a new adaption of Working Together from Kingdom Hearts II. 
     

     

     
    EDIT [17/01/2019]:
    The official rules for the sweepstake on the Kingdom Hearts website lists what destinations can be chosen if won. The five prizes are;
    Sweden - 4 nights plus airfare, travel to the hotel and activities,
    Tokyo - 5 nights plus airfare and activities,
    Italy - 3 nights plus airfare, activities and a check for $1,500 USD,
    Cayman Islands - 6 nights plus airfare, activities and a check for $1,500 USD,
    Greece - 4 nights plus airfare, activities and a check for $600 USD.
     
    As well as this, the Kingdom Hearts Twitter tweeted out two new tweets for the sweepstake, which you can find below:

     


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  9. Square Enix Store Japan is currently taking pre-orders for their newest addition to the Kingdom Hearts novels, Kingdom Hearts III Vol.1 Re:Start! Written by Tomoco Kanemaki and illustrated by Shiro Amano, the novel is scheduled to be released on March 28th, 2019 and will be 258 pages long retailing for 800 yen ($7.41 USD). At the moment, the cover of the novel is to be announced. 
     

     

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  10. The Kingdom Hearts III trophy list has been leaked on Reddit. The user was able to access the information through PS4 servers. PS4 trophy lists are set to be out before a games' release, but the list itself is not currently accessible to those with Kingdom Hearts III digital pre-orders. The list can be seen below.

    Due to our spoiler policy, this information will not be reported on the front page and will only be available, here, in the Kingdom Hearts III spoilers sub-forum.

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    Trophy Type - Trophy Name - Trophy Description

     

    Platinum - KINGDOM HEARTS III Complete Master - Unlock all other trophies.

    Bronze - A New Journey - Begin your brand new adventure.

    Bronze - Clash of the Gods - Adventure through Olympus and complete the story.

    Bronze - A Wish at Twilight - Adventure through Twilight Town and complete the story.

    Bronze - Inseparable Friends - Adventure through Toy Box and complete the story.

    Bronze - Happily Ever After - Adventure through the Kingdom of Corona and complete the story.

    Bronze - The Power of Laughter - Adventure through Monstropolis and complete the story.

    Bronze - An Act of True Love - Adventure through Arendelle and complete the story.

    Bronze - Way of the Pirate - Adventure through The Caribbean and complete the story.

    Bronze - Making a Difference - Adventure through San Fransokyo and complete the story.

    Bronze - Home Again - Adventure through the Hundred Acre Wood and complete the story.

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    Bronze - The Hearts Joined to His - Gather the seven guardians of light.

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    Bronze - No Matter What - Reunite with Kairi.

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    Silver - The Battle to End All - Begin the final confrontation with Master Xehanort.

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    Gold - Another Chapter Closed - Finish the game and view the ending.

    Gold - Hidden Kings - Complete the lucky Emblems section of the Gummiphone.

    Bronze - Know Thine Enemy - Complete the Adversaries section of the Gummiphone.

    Silver - No Stone Unturned - Complete the Treasures section of the Gummiphone.

    Silver - Synthesist - Complete the Synthesis section of the Gummiphone.

    Bronze - One for the Books - Complete the Game Records section of the Gummiphone.

    Bronze - Tall Enough to Ride - use an attraction to defeat enemies for the first time.

    Bronze - Heartbound - Use a link to defeat enemies for the first time.

    Bronze - Grand Mage - Cast grand magic for the first time.

    Bronze - Knight - Defeat 1,000 enemies.

    Bronze - Bishop - Defeat 3,000 enemies.

    Silver - Rook - Defeat 5,000 enemies.

    Silver - Flanmeister - Complete all of the Flantastic Seven missions.

    Bronze - Salvager - Use the gummi ship to obtain 20 unique treasures.

    Bronze - Stargazer - use the gummi ship to find and photograph all of the constellations.

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    Gold - Thermosphere - Destroy the Schwarzgeist, menace of the Ocean Between.

    Bronze - Centurion - Score at least 12,000,000 pts. in Verum Rex: Beat of Lead.

    Bronze - Festive Dancer - Score at least 70,000 pts. in the Festival Dance.

    Bronze - Shield Shredder - Score at least 600,000 pts. in Frozen Slider.

    Bronze - Datascraper - Get an A rank on both Flash Tracer courses.

    Silver - Dreadnought - Fully Power up the Leviathan.

    Bronze - True Captain - Sink 200 enemy ships in The Caribbean.

    Bronze - Say Cheese! - Snap your first photo.

    Bronze - Lasting Memories - Hold on to 50 photos.

    Bronze - Cornucopia - Collect every type of ingredient.

    Bronze - Full Course - Earn your first "Excellent" while preparing cuisine.

    Silver - Master Chef - Earn an "Excellent" while preparing every type of cuisine.

    Bronze - Muscle Memory - Get a new high score in one of the Classic Kingdom games.

    Silver - Classically Trained - Get a new high score in every Classic Kingdom game.

    Bronze - Blademaster - Obtain a Keyblade that is fully powered up.

    Silver - Ultima Weapon - Synthesize the Ultima Weapon.

    Silver - Leveled Out - Raise Sora to LV 99.

     


  11. Disney's mobile game, Disney Emoji Blitz, will be hosting a Kingdom Hearts III clear event from January 17th, 2019 to January 20th, 2019! The announcement by Disney Emoji Blitzwhich can be seen below, features SoraAquaShadows, and many other Disney characters. It is still unclear which Kingdom Hearts characters will be available in the game.

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    From December 26, 2018 ~ December 31, 2018, collect cross coins from Union Cross to unlock the Balloon Snowman avatar board! The Balloon Snowman (M/F) avatar part has a Rare Enemy Perk +2.

    For 30 minutes each day during the following times, there will be an increased chance for rare enemies to appear! 
    ● 4:00 a.m. - 4:29 a.m. (PT) / 12:00 to 12:29 (UTC) 
    ● 10:00 a.m. - 10:29 a.m. (PT) / 18:00 to 18:29 (UTC) 
    ● 2:00 p.m. - 2:29 p.m. (PT) / 22:00 to 22:29 (UTC) 
    ● 7:00 p.m. - 7:29 p.m. (PT) / 3:00 to 3:29 (UTC) 
    ● 11:00 p.m. - 11:29 p.m. (PT) / 7:00 to 7:29 (UTC)

    For 30 minutes each day during the following times, the Extra Hard Boss will be extra difficult and yield bonus coins! 
    ● 4:00 a.m. - 4:29 a.m. (PT) / 12:00 to 12:29 (UTC) 
    ● 10:00 a.m. - 10:29 a.m. (PT) / 18:00 to 18:29 (UTC) 
    ● 2:00 p.m. - 2:29 p.m. (PT) / 22:00 to 22:29 (UTC) 
    ● 7:00 p.m. - 7:29 p.m. (PT) / 3:00 to 3:29 (UTC) 
    ● 11:00 p.m. - 11:29 p.m. (PT) / 7:00 to 7:29 (UTC)

     


  13. Santa's coming on his sleigh gifting all keyblade wielders Sven Dolls for Christmas! As a special log-in bonus for Christmas, from December 25, 2018 (4 AM PT) ~ December 26, 2018 (3:59 AM PT), receive a Sven Doll avatar part with a Raid Boss perk +5! This gift is only available during the period of the log-in bonus, so don't miss out! 

    From December 25, 2018 ~ January 7, 2019, seven avatar boards will be returning! The avatar boards returning for this period will be KHIII Sora, KHIII Kairi, KHII Hayner, KHII Pence, KHII Olette, Gallant Starlight, and Gorgeous Starlight! These boards will be back for a limited time and will be 1500 Jewels each! Perks included in the avatar boards listed:

    • KH III Sora: Gloves (Skill Perk +8) 
    • KH III Kairi: Bracelets (Skill Perk +8) 
    • KH II Hayner: Wristband & Bat (Skill Perk +8) 
    • KH II Pence: Camera (Skill Perk +4) 
    • KH II Olette: Necklace (Skill Perk +7) 
    • Gallant Starlight: Hat (Skill Perk +9)
    • Gorgeous Starlight: Hat (Skill Perk +9) 

    The final PVP ranking event of the year is here and the rewards have been announced for December 25, 2018~December 31 2018! Increase your number of tries by purchasing the Weekly Jewels Extravaganza! 

     

    RANKING REWARDS
    1st 10,000 Jewels
    &
    Title: 2018 Champ
    2nd ~ 10th 6,000 Jewels
    &
    Title: 2018 Top 10
    11th ~ 50th 5,000 Jewels
    &
    Title: 2018 Top 100
    51st ~ 100th 4,500 Jewels
    &
    Title: 2018 Top 100
    101st ~ 500th 4,000 Jewels
    501st ~ 1,000th 3,500 Jewels
    1,001st ~ 1,500th 3,400 Jewels
    1,501st ~ 2,000th 3,300 Jewels
    2,001st ~ 2,500th 3,200 Jewels
    2,501st ~ 3,000th 3,100 Jewels
    3,001st ~ 4,000th 3,000 Jewels
    4,001st ~ 5,000th 2,500 Jewels
    5,001st ~ 7,000th 2,000 Jewels
    7,001st ~ 10,000th 1,000 Jewels
    10,001st ~ 15,000th 500 Jewels
    15,001st ~ 20,000th 300 Jewels

     

     

     


  14. Kingdom Hearts III has made an appearance in the newest issue of Disney Japan's magazine, Disney FAN. The small article gives a brief explanation of Kingdom Hearts. The magazine also comes with a Disney Parks 2019 calendar and a Kingdom Hearts III poster, featuring Tetsuya Nomura's illustration for the game cover. The February 2019 issue of Disney Fan is now available for purchase for 815 yen ($7.35 USD)! Translations of the article by xionskeyblade can be seen below! Photos are taken by Hanadawanyan on twitter!

     

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    The latest chapter of the hit series, Kingdom Hearts, is finally released! Sora, the main character in Kingdom Hearts III, has grown through the past years. With his Disney companions, Donald and Goofy, they make their way through the many different Disney worlds. The battle scene in the trailer, which is said to be the climax of the series, will complete the story that can be traced back to the first game that was released in March 2002. It will be a sight to see!

    (photo credit: hanadawanyan)

     

     

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  15. A book titled, KINGDOM HEARTS: PERFECT BOOK, will be releasing on December 28th, 2018 in commemoration of Kingdom Hearts III's release. The book will feature recaps of the previous games, new illustrations by Tetsuya Nomura, and interviews with the Kingdom Hearts cast of voice actors! The book will be partnered with a special item, a Kingdom Hearts themed leather pouch. The pouch's design was developed through a collaboration by BLACK HONEY CHILI COOKIE and FInal Fantasy costume designer, Hiromu TakaharaKINGDOM HEARTS: PERFECT BOOK, with the special item, can be pre-ordered through Amazon for 1,944 yen ($17.47 USD)! 

     

     

     


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  16. Available to the US and Europe, the Square Enix Store will be distributing an exclusive set of Kingdom Hearts III stickers with any physical copy of Kingdom Hearts III that was pre-ordered through Square's website. The exclusive sticker set features five worlds from Kingdom Hearts III. If you have already pre-ordered a physical copy of Kingdom Hearts III on from the Square Enix Store website, the exclusive sticker pack will be automatically updated to your order. See the set below!
     

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  17. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) will be an exhibitor at the Next Generation World Hobby Fair on January 19th, 2019 at the Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, Japan. Sony will be showcasing Kingdom Hearts III on the PS4 at their booth, along with photo-ops available and keyblades on display! 

     

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  18. Kingdom Hearts Director Tetsuya Nomura has released an official statement regarding the recent leak of Kingdom Hearts III copies that were being sold illegally. You can read his official statement below.

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    We're aware that a small portion of KINGDOM HEARTS III has been circulating online before its official release. We are also aware as to how this has all happened. We're sorry to see this caused concern amongst our fans who are excited for the release.

    The whole team has been working together since yesterday night (Japan time) to investigate what we can do to better this situation, but first we would like to ask that you do not share these videos.

    The game's epilogue and secret movie, which are the biggest spoilers in this game, are planned to be released at a later date just in case, so they will not be shown before the game's release.

    We want everyone to be able to equally experience the full game after its release, so we ask for your continued support on this matter.

    We're also very grateful that our fans have been warning each other already about the spoilers. Thank you very much.

    We're one month out from the release. Let's enjoy the game together when it releases on January 29, 2019.

    -Director Tetsuya Nomura

     

    In addition to this statement, Nomura posted the following tweet (translated by Goldpanner) on the Japanese Twitter account for Kingdom Hearts. Translations have been provided by Goldpanner .

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  19. The Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III Playstation PS4 Pro bundle has been announced for the United States, Canada, and Europe, and will be releasing on January 29, 2019!

    The bundle includes a 1TB PS4 Pro System featuring a special design of Kingdom Hearts icons, a matching PS4 DualShock 4 controller, and access to exclusive digital Kingdom Hearts III content! The Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III PlayStation 4 Pro bundle will be available exclusively at GameStop in the U.S. for $399.99 USD and at EB Games in Canada for $499.99 CAD. Pre-orders start today, December 14th, 2018! Place your pre-order on PlayStation and at GameStop!

    In the UK, you can also pre-order the Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III PlayStation 4 Pro at GAME.

    See the gallery for the PS4 Pro bundle below! 

     

    Will you be pre-ordering the Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro Bundle? Let us know in the comments! 

    UPDATE [Dec 15]: PlayStation Australia have revealed that the Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro Bundle will also be coming to Australia! As the bundle is a GameStop exclusive in the United States and an EBGames exclusive in Canada, this might be coming to EBGames Australia. 

    UPDATE [Dec 16th]: The Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro Bundle will also be coming to New Zealand! Mighty Ape is accepting pre-orders for the bundle. The bundle will cost $754.00 and will be available on January 29th

    UPDATE [Dec 16th]: The Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Bundle is available for pre-order for Austrailia! JB Hi-Fi is accepting pre-order on their site. The console will cost $659 + $9.95 shipping. Stock is limited.

    UPDATE [Dec 18th]: The Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Bundle is available for pre-order at GameStop for Germany (469,99 €), Italy (€479,98), Ireland (€469.99), and Switzerland (CHF489.90) and will be released January 29th, 2019!

    UPDATE [Dec 23rd]: The Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Bundle has been announced for the Middle East by the PlayStation Mid East Twitter account to be coming soon. The list of countries that are under Sony Middle East can be found here

    UPDATE [Dec 23rd]: The Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Bundle is available for pre-order at GameStop in Austria (469.99 €), Denmark (3,799.00 KR), Norway (4,999.00 KR), Sweden (5,399.00 KR), and Finland (499.95 €)! The bundle will be available on January 29th.


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  20. The Kingdom Hearts III pop-up event at Disney Springs will be having it's grand opening tomorrow,  December 14th, 2018. Pictures of the Kingdom Hearts III pop-up venue have already surfaced taken by Disney Cast Members, along with the Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition on display at Disney Springs! See the tweet by Cory_Cee below showcasing the Kingdom Hearts III deluxe edition! 

    You can also watch a short video of the Disney Cast Member preview of the event below!

    More photos of the venue can be seen in the gallery below!

    UPDATE [Dec 14, 2018]: The event has officially begun! Check out the gallery below and featured updates to keep in touch with the promotional campaign at Disney Springs!

     
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  21. The Kingdom Hearts Tsum Tsums that were shown at D23 Expo Japan 2018 will now be available for purchase at the Disney Store in Japan! The Kingdom Hearts Tsum Tsums are set to release on December 18th, 2018 at 10:00 JST and will be retailing for 5,400 yen ($47.59 USD). The Tsum Tsum set comes with eight Tsum Tsums; Sora, Riku, Kairi, Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and two heartless, Shadow and Solider heartless. The Tsum Tsums can be seen in the gallery below!
     

     

     

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  22. AmiAmi is currently taking pre-orders for a 1000 piece Kingdom Hearts III jigsaw puzzle, by Tenyo. The jigsaw puzzle's design features the Kingdom Hearts III box illustration and will be 51 x 73.5cm in size once completed. The puzzle is set to release late February 2019! The puzzle originally retails for 3,240 yen ($28.65 USD), but AmiAmi is selling the puzzle at a discounted price of 2,750 yen ($24.33 USD). 

     

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