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  1. The Video Game Orchestra have announced via their latest Kickstarter that at their ~Live at Symphony Hall~ event in Boston, MA on October 7, 2012, Yoko Shimomura, the composer of the Kingdom Hearts series, will be making a guest appearance. The concert will contain some of her music from the Kingdom Hearts series. You can see the video of this announcement here. Thanks to their official Twitter for sharing the announcement. Update: The Video Game Orchestra's ~Live at Symphony Hall~ event in Boston was today, and as expected, Kingdom Hearts songs were played. Both Dearly Beloved and Hikari were performed. Thanks to GracefulAssassin9 (gelandporn from KHInsider) who attended the event, you can watch a recording of these songs below. Please enjoy if you weren't able to make the event, and be sure to continue to follow their Kickstarter for announcements concerning the event's upcoming official album. VGO have announced that the Kingdom Hearts songs will be included in the album.
  2. 4Gamer.net have published an article about the Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection -Melodies & Memories- soundtrack, which released in Japan today, on September 19, 2012. This article reveals the full and final track listing of the 2-disc album, and this list can be seen below. Disc 1 1 Dearly Beloved (Kingdom Hearts) 2 Hikari -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version- (Kingdom Hearts) 3 Destati (Kingdom Hearts) 4 Traverse Town (Kingdom Hearts) 5 Hand in Hand (Kingdom Hearts) 6 Kairi I (Kingdom Hearts) 7 Hollow Bastion (Kingdom Hearts) 8 Always on My Mind (Kingdom Hearts) 9 Another Side (Kingdom Hearts Final Mix) 10 Naminé (Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories) 11 Lord of the Castle (Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories) 12 Dearly Beloved (Kingdom Hearts II) 13 Passion -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version- (Kingdom Hearts II) 14 Passion ~opening version~ (Kingdom Hearts II) 15 Lazy Afternoons (Kingdom Hearts II) 16 Missing You (Kingdom Hearts II) 17 The 13th Struggle (Kingdom Hearts II) 18 Roxas (Kingdom Hearts II) 19 Sora (Kingdom Hearts II) 20 Organization XIII (Kingdom Hearts II) 21 The 13th Reflection (Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix +) 22 The Other Promise (Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix +) 23 Riku (Kingdom Hearts II) 24 Darkness of the Unknown (Kingdom Hearts II) 25 Rage Awakened (Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix +) 26 Fate of the Unknown (Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix +) Disc 2 1 Dearly Beloved (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days) 2 Musique pour la tristesse de Xion (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days) 3 At Dusk, I Will Think of You… (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days) 4 Vector to the Heavens (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days) 5 Another Side - Battle Ver. - (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days) 6 Dearly Beloved (Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep) 7 Terra (Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep) 8 Ventus (Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep) 9 Enter the Darkness (Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep) 10 Aqua (Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep) 11 Dismiss (Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep) 12 Dark Impetus (Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix) 13 Dearly Beloved (Kingdom Hearts 3D[Dream Drop Distance]) 14 TWISTER -KINGDOM MIX- (Kingdom Hearts 3D[Dream Drop Distance]) 15 L'Oscurità dell'Ignoto (Kingdom Hearts 3D[Dream Drop Distance]) 16 L'Impeto Oscuro (Kingdom Hearts 3D[Dream Drop Distance]) 17 Link to All (Kingdom Hearts 3D[Dream Drop Distance]) 18 Hikari (Kingdom Hearts) 19 Fantasia alla marcia for piano, chorus and orchestra (Kingdom Hearts II) 20 Twinkle Twinkle Holidays (drammatica -The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura-) Previous announcements: - Kingdom Hearts 3D tracks and Shimomura comments - 358/2 Days tracks and Shimomura comments - Box artwork revealed - BBS tracks and Shimomura/Ishimoto comments - KH2 tracks and Shimomura comments - Official website & KH / CoM tracks and Shimomura comments - Cover artwork revealed - Announcement & September 19, 2012 release date
  3. Square Enix have completed their official website for the Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection -Melodies & Memories- soundtrack. This update is an update to the track listing page, which now includes a comment from Yoko Shimomura, as well as "Fantasia alla marcia for piano, chorus and orchestra" and the bonus track of the disc-- Twinkle Twinkle Holidays from Drammatica: The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura. Official Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection -Melodies & Memories- website Our translator goldpanner has translated each of the new comments, and these translations can be read below. “Well, thank you so much for following along and reading my drawn-out poor writing for this long. Writing detailed individual comments isn’t my usual attitude, but your voices saying you wanted to read stories of memories from during production and explanations of the compositions and such reached me, so I challenged myself to do it this way this time. When I first started writing I did feel lost for a bit, but as the updates increased, I heard many happy voices of people who were looking forward to it, and people who wanted to read more, and such. Thank you so much! Thanks to you, even though this is later than we first planned (sweatmark), I was able to finish writing these right to the end. It’s after release, and I hear that sales are going well. To everyone who pre-ordered or purchased it without delay, and to everyone who voted in the poll, I am so very grateful. Thank you so much. If I get the chance, I would like to try writing comments like these again. Next is... the 20th anniversary!? Well, we’ll just have to go that long (haha). Lastly, to the people who have helped me with such powerful, warm support these ten years, Square Enix’s Mr Kawamori, Mr Noda, Mr Yamazaki, Mr Ishimoto, Mr Sekito, and, Mr Tetsu, all the project managers, everyone in the team, all the production staff, everyone in PR, and, and, there are too many to write here, so many so many many many people who have supported me and made me able to write as many songs as I have. Thank you so, so, soooooooooo much! And, to you, looking at this comment now, here is love and gratitude from my heart. Thanks for 10th Anniversary!!" Fantasia alla marcia for piano, chorus and orchestra: As the music used during the credits for KHII, this song is march-style + melody made from phrases from various themes-style. Just as with the credits music from the first title, the 'march-style' part was a request from Mr Tetsu. Actually, at first, when I heard "do a march", I thought, "Huh? Why a march!??". But, when you really think about what 'march' means, there is this bright cheery imagery of '(all the staff together) moving ahead, moving onwards'. I feel that is very fitting for the credits for Kingdom Hearts. Onwards, onwards, believing there is definitely a bright future ahead. --Yoko Shimomura Twinke Twinkle Holidays: Finally, the last comment I will write (that's a bit lonely... ; This last track is a bonus track taken from 'drammatica -The Very best of Yoko Shimomura-', released in 2008. On this album were four tracks from the Kingdom Hearts series, but the other three made the ranking, and apart from parts of songs used in the medley, had already been recorded as original songs. And so, by process of elimination (haha), we went with this song, which had not been recorded as an original song. The track is a medley of the battle theme for Christmas Town in 'Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix +', and the theme for the flying part in the Neverland stage in 'Kingdom Hearts'. Game-wise there isn't any connection. However, when we were choosing the tracks for the 'drammatica' compilation, I decided, let's go with these two tracks as a medley! These two tracks are, to me, the 'symbol of happiness in Kingdom Hearts'. Exciting! Fun! Happy!! Don't those feelings come through in these songs~~?? They do, right~!? Tell me they do~~~!! (haha.) I wanted to end this 'Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary FAN SELECTION' CD with not a dark song, but a bright song. So, rank not-withstanding, isn't it perfect!? --Yoko Shimomura Previous announcements: - Unboxing - Complete track list revealed - Kingdom Hearts 3D tracks and Shimomura comments - 358/2 Days tracks and Shimomura comments - Box artwork revealed - BBS tracks and Shimomura/Ishimoto comments - KH2 tracks and Shimomura comments - Official website & KH / CoM tracks and Shimomura comments - Cover artwork revealed - Announcement & September 19, 2012 release date
  4. Square Enix have launched their official website for the Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection -Melodies & Memories- soundtrack. The soundtrack will be released on September 19, 2012, contains 2 discs, will be sold for the price of ¥3,500 (approximately US$44.73), and features the most popular Kingdom Hearts tracks, as voted on earlier by the public. Official Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection -Melodies & Memories- website The website reveals the Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories tracks which will be included in the soundtrack. These can be seen below. Kingdom Hearts 1. Dearly Beloved 2. Hikari -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version- 3. Destati 4. Traverse Town 5. Hand in Hand 6. Kairi I 7. Hollow Bastion 8. Always on My Mind 9. Hikari 10. Another Side Chain of Memories 1. Naminé 2. Lord of the Castle The website also includes a new background, the soundtrack cover artwork, alternate cover artworks, and images relating to the games. All of these images can be seen below, in our gallery. Each track on the track listing page contains a comment from the composer of the soundtrack, and the Kingdom Hearts series, Yoko Shimomura. Our translator goldpanner has translated each of these comments, and they can all be read below. Dearly Beloved: Of course, this is the track I wanted to begin with. I composed this melody in the image of waves lapping in and out on the shore. I made it just thinking it would be nice to use for some kind of scene someday, and then it went and ended up with the huge position of title song! I decided on the name 'Dearly Beloved' in a flash, I was really happy with it. -Yoko Shimomura Hikari ('Light') -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version- : As music with the image of Kingdom Hearts goes, you cannot leave out this song. I love this melody and I love this arrangement of it. In the first meeting with Mr Kaoru Wada, who I asked to do the arrangement and orchestration, I asked him to "please compose to your liking a grand arrangement that gives the feel of a huge drama." --Yoko Shimomura Destati: Now, this piece is the first I made and included that represented the Darkside (ha ha) of the Kingdom Hearts project. The musical phrase is incorporated in every title, including the latest one, Dream Drop Distance. But, in the games, it does not actually exist as a song as it is~ Because of that, I worried to the last moment over where to place this track. --Yoko Shimomura Traverse Town: When originally directed to create something that felt like a stroll through a fun town, this is what I made. It's quite a short tune, and I wish I'd made it slightly longer... I do regret that a tiny bit, haha. But, well, when I think about ways it could be lengthened, adding any more to the melody would feel redundant, so I guess maybe it is fine the way it is after all~ that's what I end up thinking! --Yoko Shimomura Hand in Hand: For the first half of Traverse Town, the battle theme was the same as on the darkened islands, and I thought, I want to fight battles that are as bright as I can make them! I went and made this additional song without being directed to do so. I was told that "if the song is good, then we'll think about it," and so when they listened and gave me the OK, I remember being incredibly happy. --Yoko Shimomura Kairi I: For some reason, Kairi is the only one who has had a theme from the first title. On top of that, there were three versions of it, haha. Between I and II, only the first chord is different. Even just that changes the feel of the song significantly~ I made three versions to fit the cutscenes properly. I'm glad I wasn't told to make three versions for all the themes from then on, haha! --Yoko Shimomura Hollow Bastion: Before I had started composing this song, I was playing through the game myself, and the moment I arrived in Hollow Bastion I thought, "Ahh, I've made it this far, then. The last dungeon feels close..." I put that impression straight into the song. Even now when I listen, I am reminded of falling willy-nilly down traps and get sad, haha. --Yoko Shimomura Always on My Mind: I have deep memories of this song. I recorded and made a movie file of the cutscene myself, and to make the song match the events in the scene, I adjusted it over and over, I really mean it, over and over and over and over and over and over!!!!! (to be repetitive! haha.) It incorporates many musical phrases. Actually, from KH2 onwards, the title themes (apart from BbS) all incorporate the first part of the melody of this song. --Yoko Shimomura Hikari: And now we're finally at the theme song for the first title, Hikari. I've heard the demo track from before this song was finished. I'm really proud of that, haha. Even the demo track had an indescribable strength to it and I felt a premonition that it would be a famous song, but even so, when I heard the master track I was still surprised at what an amazing song it had turned out to be. This song, which Ms Hikaru Utada said had the first title she'd written in kanji, and that she had taken it from her own name, is a hugely impressive famous song. When I'm down town, even now, no matter where I am around (ha ha), for an instant I slip back in time. --Yoko Shimomura Another Side: Pardon me for taking a moment to speak of personal things, but this was actually the last song I wrote as an employee of Square. At the time, I wrote this not knowing what was happening regarding a sequel, and with the chance this would be the last song I'd write. I remember going home feeling as exhausted as a mere shell (ha ha). Ten years has passed, and the fact that I still have the privilege of being in charge like this, and the fact that this song is still regarded so highly among you, makes me so very happy. --Yoko Shimomura Naminé: The source of these sounds is Re:Chain of Memories, the version for the PS2, but the song actually first appeared in Chain of Memories for the GBA. It comes before KH2, so it's the second theme song for a person, after Kairi. Heroines being treated a bit too well, haha. I composed the song with images I got from the name 'Naminé', of gentle rolling waves drifting, and of the underwater movement of water. --Yoko Shimomura Lord of the Castle: This is a final boss theme added to the Re:Chain of Memories version. The two final boss themes I originally had were relatively plain, none in a fiery vein, so I wanted to make a super fiery theme, I decided! And so I made it! But... the truth is, when I presented the demo, I was told I had to re-do it, and to 'pump it up more'. More? More?? MORE~??? RAAAAGHH~!! I pumped up just like that, and it turned into a pretty grand theme, haha. --Yoko Shimomura
  5. The Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection -Melodies & Memories- soundtrack is a 2-disc set containing the best music from the Kingdom Hearts series, chosen by fans, releasing on September 19, 2012. You may have seen the recent news about the cover art reveal, or maybe the article revealing some of the tracklist. Today, we have an image of the box it comes in! Yoko Shimomura Tweeted a photo of the box, and this photo can be seen below. Update 1: Takeharu Ishimoto has uploaded another photo of the box to Instagram. This photo can be seen below. Update 2: The Square Enix e-STORE's official Facebook have uploaded 7 photos of the soundtrack. These show, for the first time, the CDs inside the box. You can see these below.
  6. The international street date for various pieces of Kingdom Hearts merchandise has been released. Firstly, the Meow Wow plush toy that was expected to release on August 30, 2012 appears to have been delayed. AAA Anime's listing for the item now lists the product's date as "TBA", while Forbidden Planet (a United Kingdom store)'s page lists it as "September 2012". Secondly, AAA Anime has revealed (scroll down to the "Other products" section) that various pieces of Kingdom Hearts merchandise have a North American street date of November 28, 2012. These items are as follows: Sticker: Kingdom Hearts II Sheet, Sticker: Kingdom Hearts Sheet, & Kingdom Hearts 3D: Cover Art Wall Scroll. Enjoy!
  7. Amazon.co.jp have created a pre-order page for the upcoming 10th anniversary soundtrack, Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection -Melodies & Memories. The pre-order page confirms that the soundtrack will release on September 19, 2012, and will be available for a price of ¥3,500 (approximately US$44.51). This page has also revealed the cover artwork of the soundtrack, and this can be seen below. Thanks to tothecikpah from KH13 for the find. Update: The officieal Facebook page for the Square Enix e-STORE have uploaded a higher quality version of the cover artwork. This can be seen below.
  8. Square Enix have announced that a new Kingdom Hearts soundtrack is to be released. The soundtrack, called the Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection -Melodies & Memories-, will be released in Japan on September 19, 2012 for a price of ¥3,500 (approximately US$43.65). Square Enix have also created a page for the soundtrack on their e-STORE. The track listing of the soundtrack will be decided by fans! In order to vote for what songs you want to appear on the soundtrack, you can visit the soundtrack's official website and select the song there. The voting period is between June 22, 2012 and July 8, 2012. You can actually have a listen to a sample of every single Kingdom Hearts song from the website, so we highly recommend that you check it out and vote! Update 1: SQEX.INFO have translated Yoko Shimomura's comments regarding the soundtrack, and these comments can be read below. Hello, this is Yoko Shimomura, I’m in charge of the series’ music. For always playing the Kingdom Hearts games, and then listening to the soundtracks, thank you so much. So! To commemorate the 10th anniversary, this project will contain the best tracks of the Kingdom Hearts series. Plus, we’ll be recording the songs chosen by you guys! I’m happy about it, but I’m also super nervous. Which songs will be chosen? Which songs will unfortunately be chosen? Lol. To everyone who has played every game up until now, to those who own all the existing soundtracks, and to those who are thinking about buying this soundtrack, now is you chance to recommend which songs you want to hear. Each and every one of your voices is important to me, this project was implemented with you in mind. I’d be overjoyed if you can find time to participate in the voting. I’m really, already overfilled with emotions about this. Thank you everyone, for always supporting me! Update 2: Amazon.co.jp have created a pre-order page for the soundtrack. Update 3: The official website for the soundtrack has been updated with the voting results so far. Currently, the following 10 songs are leading. Voting will remain open until July 8. 1. Roxas (Kingdom Hearts II) 2. Hikari/Simple and Clean -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version- (Kingdom Hearts) 3. Musique pour la tristesse de Xion (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days) 4. Vector to the Heavens (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days) 5. The Other Promise (Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix) 6. Ventus (Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep) 7. Dearly Beloved (Kingdom Hearts) 8. Passion/Sanctuary -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version- (Kingdom Hearts II) 9. Fate of the Unknown (Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix) 10. The 13th Struggle (Kingdom Hearts II) Update 4: Yoko Shimomura has Tweeted to announce that the master recording for the 10th anniversary soundtrack is complete. Our translator goldpanner has translated these Tweets, and they can be read below. Master recording for KH Best Album complete ヽ(´▽`)ノ Thank you to everyone who voted. Please wait a little before we make the track list public~ I'm all filled up on listening to it (laughs) I agonised over the track order this time (´Д` The silence between tracks, too... Anyway, 'Dearly Beloved' ranked 5th lol it's a tune blessed with so much love, truly (;▽;)
  9. Square Enix have released a new wallpaper for the tenth anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series. The wallpaper is illustrated by Shiro Amano, the creator of the Kingdom Hearts manga. You can see the wallpaper in various sizes in our gallery, below.
  10. San Diego Comic Con 2012 is a gaming event that will be running from July 12 to July 15, 2012. It is unknown if Kingdom Hearts games will see coverage during the event, but we have just learned that Square Enix will be showing new Kingdom Hearts Play Arts (Kingdom Hearts figurines) on display. This announcement comes from hidemi_mad_dog, the person responsible for working on the Play Arts. Update: Details regarding the new Kingdom Hearts Play Arts at Comic Con have been revealed. The set will contain Mickey, Goofy, Sora and Donald, be available for a price of US$90, and be limited to only 200 pieces. A photo of the set can be seen below, thanks to Final Fantasy Merchandise.
  11. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a rhythm-style Final Fantasy title for the Nintendo 3DS. The producer of the title, Ichiro Hazama, has participated in an interview with Siliconera where they mention an interest in making a Kingdom Hearts title of the same genre, and also explain how Theatrhythm Final Fantasy's art style draws inspiration from Kingdom Hearts Mobile. You can read these parts of the interview below. --Did you always settle on the Kingdom Hearts Mobile art style or did you test other designs for the Final Fantasy characters before choosing the cutesy art style? From the beginning, we were discussing how to present characters from the entire Final Fantasy franchise. When we saw the designs of the Final Fantasy guest characters in Kingdom Hearts Mobile we thought this is going to work. --Do you view Theatrhythm as a series now? What series would you want to work with… Manarhythm? Theatrhythm… Hitman? [Laughs.] Personally, I hope this will be come a series, but Theatrhythm Hitman will probably be really far off. There are many series that I would want to work on for Theatrhythm. Dragon Quest has a lot of music and Kingdom Hearts would be wonderful to do if it’s possible. I’m not to familiar with the Eidos collection, but Tomb Raider has a long history so it must have a great collection of songs. That might be fun.
  12. Japan Expo is an event taking place in Paris, France, this year between July 5 and July 8, 2012. Square Enix have confirmed that Kingdom Hearts will appear at the event with a 10th anniversary celebration. The full paragraph of text (translated into English) regarding this can be read below. Square Enix and Nintendo Conference: “10th Anniversary of Kingdom Hearts” - Shinji Hashimoto, executive producer, and Yoko Shimomura, composer of the series, will celebrate ten years of the Kingdom Hearts series on Saturday, July 7 at 14:00 on the Video Games stage. Both will then be at a signing session in the Nintendo booth at 16:30. Update: Square Enix France have released a graphic to advertise the upcoming event. You can see this below.
  13. Square Enix have updated their official goods online shop with a page for an upcoming piece of official Kingdom Hearts merchandise-- a Kingdom Hearts mug. The mug will be available in "late June", for a price of ¥1,600 (approximately US$20.16). You can see a picture of this mug below.
  14. Update: Square Enix have again Tweeted about the Keyblade keychains announced in January. While these Keychains were announced on January 20, 2012, and originally set for a March 31, 2012 release date, Square Enix have changed their mind and started selling the keychains today. Thanks to KHInsider, we're aware of a few websites that are now selling the keychains internationally. You are able to purchase the keychains from Amazon.co.jp (gold and silver), HobbyLink Japan (gold and silver), or CDJapan (gold and silver). While the last two are not yet aware of the changed release date (and are still using the information from January 20), Amazon.co.jp has updated with a new release date of March 16, 2012. Square Enix have updated the Square Enix Shop with two new official pieces of Kingdom Hearts merchandise. Both of these these are Keyblade-shaped keychains, available at a price of ¥1,900 (approximately US$24.64). There is a gold one available, as well as a silver one available. Both release on March 31, 2012. You can see both of these items below, in our gallery. Photos → Square Enix Online Shop
  15. Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition, which is out now, has included a section on the "top 50 video game endings of all time". Not surprisingly, both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II have made the list! Kingdom Hearts II was awarded 31st place, and Kingdom Hearts was awarded 22nd. You can see the complete list at our forum. Thanks to Nikolasvanitas from KH13 for the tip.
  16. Every so often, we make a news post telling you what we've added to the KH13.com Gallery. This update will deal with everything we've added to the gallery since the last update, which was early October (and will only list things that weren't featured in the news). The gallery has over 10,000 Kingdom Hearts-related images, so it's a must see for any Kingdom Hearts fan! Anyway, this is what we've been adding behind the scenes: New photos have been added to: - Tokyo Game Show 2011 - Japan Expo 2011 - Tokyo Game Show 2008 - E3 2010 - Next Generation World Hobby 2009 Winter - Ikspiari Tokyo Disney Resort - DKΣ3713 Many past online articles added to: - Famitsu.com Magazine articles: - Various issues of Game Informer - Various issues of K-Zone magazine - The November 2011 issue of Nintendo Power - The October 2002 issue of Super GamePower - Various issues of Electronic Gaming Monthly Brasil - The December 31, 2011 issue of Comic Weekly
  17. Square Enix have completely redesigned their Piano Collections Series portal website. This, of course, contains links to websites for both Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts and Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts Field & Battle. There's not much else to say, apart from that the website looks pretty, and that it's good to see Square Enix updating their portal websites. Enjoy.
  18. Update 2: We've updated the bottom of the article with all screenshots and character boxes that appear in the game sub-sections of the portal. Enjoy. Update 1: The translation below has been updated with a complete translation of the website's "about" section. This reveals that as of March 31, 2011, the Kingdom Hearts series had sold 17 million copies worldwide. Square Enix's official portal website for the Kingdom Hearts series has been completely redesigned. The portal website links to all the Kingdom Hearts games' official Japanese websites, including Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, with each game having a new, pretty button to go along with it. You can see these below, in our gallery. Two new pages have been added to the Kingdom Hearts portal website: An about page, and a chronology page. A characters page and a glossary page are said to be coming soon. Translations can be seen below, thanks to sqexgal and goldpanner. A translation of the about page, as well as an alternate translation of the chronology page, is also below in text format, thanks to Oishii from KH13, goldpanner and the KH13 Translation Project. About Kingdom Hearts is series of role-playing games born from Disney and Square Enix’s dream of appearing in a work together. Since the first title ‘Kingdom Hearts’ (released on PlayStation 2) went on sale in March 2002, it has been a popular series, with six titles released so far, and a cumulative total of over 17 million copies shipped worldwide (current as of 31 March 2011). It is the story of those who wield the legendary weapon known as the ‘Keyblade’, and their friends, as they adventure through various Disney worlds, experiencing new hellos and goodbyes, and growing along the way. With the universal themes of darkness and light and the heart serving as the axis, a story with many hidden mysteries unfolds. Countless numbers of charming and fascinating personalities appear, chiefly from a range of Disney works, and also including Final Fantasy and original Kingdom Hearts characters. Also, the battle, enjoyed through simple button input, is innundatingly refreshing and exhilarating, and throughout the series has received a favourable reputation. Chronology Keyblade War Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep begins - Terra, Ventus, and Aqua travel to other worlds to search for the cause of a strange phenomenon - At battle’s end, Terra, Ventus, and Aqua disappear from the realm of light. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep finishes Kingdom Hearts begins - Sora wakes up a Keyblade wielder. Sora, Riku, and Kairi are separated. - Sora, Donald, and Goofy meet, and set off to search for Kairi, Riku, and the King. - Sora and Kairi reunite, but Sora temporarily becomes a heartless. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days begins - Roxas is born. He becomes No. 13 in Organization XIII. - Together, Sora and his friends battle and win against Ansem. - Sora, Donald and Goofy are finally reunited with Riku and the King. However, to close the door to darkness, the two stay in the realm of darkness. - Sora, Donald, and Goofy once again set off to find Riku and the King. Kingdom Hearts finishes Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories begins - Sora, Donald, and Goofy arrive at Castle Oblivion. - Riku arrives at Castle Oblivion. - Sora and Riku each fight the Organization XIII members in Castle Oblivion, and triumph. - To regain the memories that they lost, Sora, Donald, and Goofy fall asleep inside pods. To fight against the darkness inside him, Riku sets off together with the king. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories finishes - Roxas abandons Organization XIII, and is captured by DIZ. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days finishes Kingdom Hearts II begins - After having a 7 day vacation, Roxas falls asleep. - Sora, Donald, and Goofy wake up from their sleep, and once more venture off. - Sora, Donald, and Goofy are once again reunited with Riku and the King. - Sora and his friends face off with Organization XIII in one final battle, and win. Kingdom Hearts II finishes Kingdom Hearts coded begins - The King, Donald, and Goofy perform and analysis on the strange occurence in Jimminy’s Journal. - A letter arrives to Sora from the King. Kingdom Hearts coded finishes Kingdom Hearts 3D begins - To be continued. Lastly, the portal contains a sub-section for each game in the Kingdom Hearts series. These sections contain a brief summary of the game (basically what you'd find on the back of the game box), and also some neat screenshots and character boxes. You can see these below, in our gallery. Screenshots → Kingdom Hearts series, Japanese website → Kingdom Hearts Screenshots → Kingdom Hearts series, Japanese website → Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Screenshots → Kingdom Hearts series, Japanese website → Chain of Memories Screenshots → Kingdom Hearts series, Japanese website → Kingdom Hearts II Screenshots → Kingdom Hearts series, Japanese website → Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ Screenshots → Kingdom Hearts series, Japanese website → coded Screenshots → Kingdom Hearts series, Japanese website → 358/2 Days Screenshots → Kingdom Hearts series, Japanese website → Birth by Sleep Screenshots → Kingdom Hearts series, Japanese website → Re:coded Screenshots → Kingdom Hearts series, Japanese website → Birth by Sleep Final Mix
  19. bittermeat from Kingdom Hearts Insider has translated the interviews with Tetsuya Nomura that appeared in the book "Re: Riplai". Click "Discussion" to read a full translation of the interview.
  20. Update: This event starts today, and with all seats sold out, it looks to be a great concert if you're interested in music from Kingdom Hearts. We will update here with any videos of the event that appear (if they do). Symphonic Fantasies - music from Square Enix was a video game music concert that took place in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall on September 11 and September 12, 2009. At this event, music from various Square Enix franchises were featured, including music from the Kingdom Hearts series-- specifically, Dearly Beloved, The Other Promise, Happy Holidays!, A Fight to the Death and Hand in Hand. On January 7 and January 8, 2012 the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus will perform Symphonic Fantasies again under the leadership of Eckehard Stier. On July 5 and July 6, 2012 the WDR Radio Orchestra and the WDR Radio Choir will also perform Symphonic Fantasies again, conducted by Niklas Willén. Thanks to FF-Reunion for the tip. You can also visit Square Enix's official site for the event, where you can hear a snippet of Hand in Hand.
  21. Symphonic Fantasies - music from Square Enix was a video game music concert that took place in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall on September 11 and September 12, 2009. At this event, music from various Square Enix franchises were featured, including music from the Kingdom Hearts series-- specifically, Dearly Beloved, The Other Promise, Happy Holidays!, A Fight to the Death and Hand in Hand. On January 7 and January 8, 2012 the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus will perform Symphonic Fantasies again under the leadership of Eckehard Stier. On July 5 and July 6, 2012 the WDR Radio Orchestra and the WDR Radio Choir will also perform Symphonic Fantasies again, conducted by Niklas Willén. Thanks to FF-Reunion for the tip. You can also visit Square Enix's official site for the event, where you can hear a snippet of Hand in Hand.
  22. Many of you will know, since the release of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, the community has been speculating about a new Kingdom Hearts title. This title is, of course, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep -Volume Two-. Cutscenes from the Secret Episode of Birth by Sleep Final Mix heavily hinted at a future title of the Kingdom Hearts series with that given name. However, the question remains. On what console will this game release, and when? Click here to get a comprehensive answer, and of course, share your ideas by voting!
  23. Since the Kingdom Hearts series begun in 2002, starting with a PlayStation 2 game made by Square Enix in collaboration with Disney, the series has expanded to not only multiple platforms of video games, but also other areas such as music soundtracks, manga, novels and figurines. One area however that hasn't been explored is the idea of a Kingdom Hearts movie. So, we'd like to ask people to contribute. Would you want a Kingdom Hearts movie? Vote in the poll and leave a comment at our forum, explaining how you think it could be done. The best result will be featured, so make sure to participate.
  24. The National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp (NAViGaTR) have released a "Best of Decade 2001-2009" list for video games, outlining what they believe to be the best games in various categories. Kingdom Hearts has won various awards on the list, and these are listed below. - Costume Design of the Decade - Original Musical Score of the Decade - Original Role Playing Game of the Decade Thanks to FuzzyJello from GameFAQs and The Silent Chief for the tip. Also, in other news, Tetsuya Nomura has been named by the Official PlayStation Magazine as #5 of the most influential PlayStation developers. (Should we cover Tetsuya Nomura news, or just stick to KH news?) Thanks to Kingdom Hearts Insider for the tip.
  25. Remember to view/download yesterday's KH3D footage in HQ. Sony held a "pre-Tokyo Game Show" event, and this event was live-streamed online. Although Kingdom Hearts did not appear, Square Enix announced a Final Fantasy X remake for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Could the same later happen for Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II?
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