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  1. Square Enix has announced that a carry-on bag themed around Kingdom Hearts III is available for pre-order via their Japanese digital storefront for ¥18,480 (roughly $158.95). Additionally, it is currently stated to ship on July 30, 2022. Adorned with countless symbols representative of the series, this bag is certainly appealing for those desiring more low-key merchandise. Further, it is being advertised as an extension to the celebratory 20th anniversary suitcases. You can view the official images of this upcoming Kingdom Hearts III Carry-On Bag via our gallery below: We will update this article once the product is available for pre-order via other storefronts. The product is also available to pre-order via digital retailer AmiAmi for a discounted price of ¥17,550 ahead of its July 2022 release. UPDATE (4/28/2022) The product is now available for pre-order via Square Enix North America for $179.99 ahead of a provided November 2022 release window. View full article
  2. Square Enix has listed two new Kingdom Hearts products on its digital North American storefront, them being plushes based on the appearances of Sora and Riku from Kingdom Hearts II. They're both available for pre-order for $44.99, and currently possess November 2022 release windows. You can view officially provided images of these upcoming plushes via our galleries below, as well as respective store page links: Kingdom Hearts II - Sora Plush Kingdom Hearts II - Riku Plush UPDATE: Both plushes are now available for pre-order via the Square Enix Japan Store and AmiAmi. Their respective store page links are listed below: Kingdom Hearts II Sora Plush - Square Enix Japan Store (July 16th, 2022 release for ¥4,180) Kingdom Hearts II Riku Plush - Square Enix Japan Store (July 16th, 2022 release for ¥4,180) Kingdom Hearts II Sora Plush - AmiAmi (July 2022 release for ¥3,550) Kingdom Hearts II Riku Plush - AmiAmi (July 2022 release for ¥3,550)
  3. Bandai Japan has announced that they will be selling Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary-themed wafers in Japan in June 2022. These confectionaries will be available in several 7-Elevens throughout the country. Additionally, purchasers can obtain random metallic cards with their wafers decorated with Kingdom Hearts characters. Further details of this announcement were translated by our team's Ryuji, viewable below: Age rating: 15+ ※Images are merely illustrative and not indicative of the product. Inside each package, you can find a: ● Metallic Card (30 variants) ● Wafer (Cocoa Cream) x1 Images of the wafer and examples of obtainable cards are viewable via our gallery below and the official Bandai Japan website. UPDATE (6/1/2022) : The Bandai website has been updated, revealing that these treats will be made available throughout Japan 7-Elevens on June 21, 2022. Our gallery above has also been updated with additional images. If you're a Kingdom Hearts fan in Japan, you have some sweetness to look forward to in the Summer! Let us know how the wafer tastes if you decide to try it. View full article
  4. Square Enix has listed two new Kingdom Hearts products on its digital North American storefront, them being plushes based on the appearances of Sora and Riku from Kingdom Hearts II. They're both available for pre-order for $44.99, and currently possess November 2022 release windows. You can view officially provided images of these upcoming plushes via our galleries below, as well as respective store page links: Kingdom Hearts II - Sora Plush Kingdom Hearts II - Riku Plush UPDATE: Both plushes are now available for pre-order via the Square Enix Japan Store and AmiAmi. Their respective store page links are listed below: Kingdom Hearts II Sora Plush - Square Enix Japan Store (July 16th, 2022 release for ¥4,180) Kingdom Hearts II Riku Plush - Square Enix Japan Store (July 16th, 2022 release for ¥4,180) Kingdom Hearts II Sora Plush - AmiAmi (July 2022 release for ¥3,550) Kingdom Hearts II Riku Plush - AmiAmi (July 2022 release for ¥3,550) View full article
  5. Square Enix Japan has listed another new piece of Kingdom Hearts-themed merchandise, this time being a monogram glasses case based on Kingdom Hearts III. This leather case's exterior is decorated with iconic symbols from the series, such as the enemy emblems, and its size is 57mm x 160mm x 60mm. Additionally, it is available for pre-order ahead of its June 25th, 2022 release date for ¥3,850 (approximately $33.47). You can view the provided images for this upcoming product via our gallery below: Kingdom Hearts III Monogram Folding Glasses Case As a glasses wearer myself, this case is looking awfully appealing... We will update this article with English store information when it is applicable to do so. UPDATE (5/6/2022) The product is now available to pre-order via Square Enix North America for $34.99 ahead of a provided October 2022 release window.
  6. Square Enix Japan has listed another new piece of Kingdom Hearts-themed merchandise, this time being a monogram glasses case based on Kingdom Hearts III. This leather case's exterior is decorated with iconic symbols from the series, such as the enemy emblems, and its size is 57mm x 160mm x 60mm. Additionally, it is available for pre-order ahead of its June 25th, 2022 release date for ¥3,850 (approximately $33.47). You can view the provided images for this upcoming product via our gallery below: Kingdom Hearts III Monogram Folding Glasses Case As a glasses wearer myself, this case is looking awfully appealing... We will update this article with English store information when it is applicable to do so. UPDATE (5/6/2022) The product is now available to pre-order via Square Enix North America for $34.99 ahead of a provided October 2022 release window. View full article
  7. Square Enix has added silver and gold variants of Kingdom Hearts necklaces adorned with the iconic heart and crown imagery onto their Japanese digital storefront. The golden necklaces are ¥85,800 (approximately $746.66), while the silver ones are ¥19,800 (approximately $172.31). Each necklace is stated to release on June 11th, 2022. Additionally, a character representative stone can be chosen alongside a single necklace, with the following characters being options: Sora: Blue Topaz Riku: Blue Sapphire Kairi: Pink Tourmaline Roxas: Orange Sapphire Axel: Red Garnet Xion: Black Diamond Naminé: Diamond Terra: Citrine Aqua: Aquamarine Ventus: Peridot The necklaces' store pages have more info on the material of each stone. And, speaking of the store pages, each one is linked below alongside our own galleries depicting each product. Kingdom Hearts Silver Crown Necklace Kingdom Hearts Gold Crown Necklace Kingdom Hearts Silver Heart Necklace Kingdom Hearts Gold Heart Necklace Do you intend on purchasing any of these necklaces to give your wardrobe some classy Kingdom Hearts flair? Let us know in the comments below! UPDATE: Each of these necklaces are currently available to pre-order from the North American Square Enix store! The silver variants are $179.99 while the gold versions are $779.99. Additionally, each necklace has a July 2022 release window. Their store pages are listed below: Gold Crown Necklace Gold Heart Necklace Silver Crown Necklace Silver Heart Necklace
  8. Square Enix has added silver and gold variants of Kingdom Hearts necklaces adorned with the iconic heart and crown imagery onto their Japanese digital storefront. The golden necklaces are ¥85,800 (approximately $746.66), while the silver ones are ¥19,800 (approximately $172.31). Each necklace is stated to release on June 11th, 2022. Additionally, a character representative stone can be chosen alongside a single necklace, with the following characters being options: Sora: Blue Topaz Riku: Blue Sapphire Kairi: Pink Tourmaline Roxas: Orange Sapphire Axel: Red Garnet Xion: Black Diamond Naminé: Diamond Terra: Citrine Aqua: Aquamarine Ventus: Peridot The necklaces' store pages have more info on the material of each stone. And, speaking of the store pages, each one is linked below alongside our own galleries depicting each product. Kingdom Hearts Silver Crown Necklace Kingdom Hearts Gold Crown Necklace Kingdom Hearts Silver Heart Necklace Kingdom Hearts Gold Heart Necklace Do you intend on purchasing any of these necklaces to give your wardrobe some classy Kingdom Hearts flair? Let us know in the comments below! UPDATE: Each of these necklaces are currently available to pre-order from the North American Square Enix store! The silver variants are $179.99 while the gold versions are $779.99. Additionally, each necklace has a July 2022 release window. Their store pages are listed below: Gold Crown Necklace Gold Heart Necklace Silver Crown Necklace Silver Heart Necklace View full article
  9. Square Enix has added new celebratory Kingdom Hearts merchandise to their Japanese digital storefront; room fragrance mists based on Sora, Kairi, and Riku. The following descriptors for each product are provided and were translated by our team's Ryuji. Sora's fragrance is a fruity and refreshing citrus aroma of green apple, followed by the gentle sweetness of peach and jasmine. You can also smell a pleasant fragrance with a harmonious trace of violet and musk. Riku's fragrance has a cool citrus scent of lime, which gives way to a powerful accord of petitgrain and geranium. Followed musk and tonka bean to give the scent a soapy, clean feeling. Kairi's fragrance has a fresh scent of bergamot and lemon, followed by a lovely accord of peach and rose. You can also smell a sweet but crisp sweetness of vanilla and musk. You can view images of each fragrance mist via our gallery below, as well as links to their respective store pages. All three items are ¥5,940 (approximately $51.72) and will release on March 26th, 2022. Kingdom Hearts Room Fragrance Mist - Sora Kingdom Hearts Room Fragrance Mist - Kairi Kingdom Hearts Room Fragrance Mist - Riku Do you plan on purchasing any or all of these room fragrance mists to, uh, smell like Sora, Kairi, and Riku, I guess? I don't know. Let us know in the comments below! View full article
  10. Square Enix has added new celebratory Kingdom Hearts merchandise to their Japanese digital storefront; room fragrance mists based on Sora, Kairi, and Riku. The following descriptors for each product are provided and were translated by our team's Ryuji. Sora's fragrance is a fruity and refreshing citrus aroma of green apple, followed by the gentle sweetness of peach and jasmine. You can also smell a pleasant fragrance with a harmonious trace of violet and musk. Riku's fragrance has a cool citrus scent of lime, which gives way to a powerful accord of petitgrain and geranium. Followed musk and tonka bean to give the scent a soapy, clean feeling. Kairi's fragrance has a fresh scent of bergamot and lemon, followed by a lovely accord of peach and rose. You can also smell a sweet but crisp sweetness of vanilla and musk. You can view images of each fragrance mist via our gallery below, as well as links to their respective store pages. All three items are ¥5,940 (approximately $51.72) and will release on March 26th, 2022. Kingdom Hearts Room Fragrance Mist - Sora Kingdom Hearts Room Fragrance Mist - Kairi Kingdom Hearts Room Fragrance Mist - Riku Do you plan on purchasing any or all of these room fragrance mists to, uh, smell like Sora, Kairi, and Riku, I guess? I don't know. Let us know in the comments below!
  11. Following the announcement of 5 types of Kingdom Hearts III suitcases being in development to commemorate the franchise's 20th anniversary, Square Enix has now launched the store pages for each variation. Each suitcase is priced at ¥52,800 (approximately $461.85), and they are based on Sora, Kairi, Riku, Axel, and King Mickey. Additionally, they all have a release date of June 25th, 2022. Further, each suitcase can be viewed via our galleries below alongside links to their respective Square Enix E-store pages: Kingdom Hearts III - Sora Suitcase Kingdom Hearts III - Kairi Suitcase Kingdom Hearts III - Riku Suitcase Kingdom Hearts III - Axel Suitcase Kingdom Hearts III - King Mickey Suitcase Do you see yourself purchasing any of these suitcases for some fancy traveling? Let us know in the comments below! UPDATE: Each of the aforementioned suitcases are currently available to pre-order via Square Enix's North American digital storefront for $549.99. Further, they all possess September 2022 release windows. The suitcase store links are listed below: King Mickey Axel Riku Sora Kairi
  12. Following the announcement of 5 types of Kingdom Hearts III suitcases being in development to commemorate the franchise's 20th anniversary, Square Enix has now launched the store pages for each variation. Each suitcase is priced at ¥52,800 (approximately $461.85), and they are based on Sora, Kairi, Riku, Axel, and King Mickey. Additionally, they all have a release date of June 25th, 2022. Further, each suitcase can be viewed via our galleries below alongside links to their respective Square Enix E-store pages: Kingdom Hearts III - Sora Suitcase Kingdom Hearts III - Kairi Suitcase Kingdom Hearts III - Riku Suitcase Kingdom Hearts III - Axel Suitcase Kingdom Hearts III - King Mickey Suitcase Do you see yourself purchasing any of these suitcases for some fancy traveling? Let us know in the comments below! UPDATE: Each of the aforementioned suitcases are currently available to pre-order via Square Enix's North American digital storefront for $549.99. Further, they all possess September 2022 release windows. The suitcase store links are listed below: King Mickey Axel Riku Sora Kairi View full article
  13. Square Enix has revealed that the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts chess set, titled "Alba & Ater," meaning white and black, is now available to pre-order from their North American, European, and Japan digital stores. This product is a recreation of the chessboard and pieces Young Eraqus and Young Xehanort were seen playing with during the opening hours of Kingdom Hearts III. You can view the officially revealed images of the Kingdom Hearts III Alba & Ater Chess Set below: Additionally, the Chess Set has varying release dates and prices dependent on the region: North American store - $699.99 - July 2022 release window European store - €749.99 - July 29, 2022 release date specifically provided Japan store - ¥77,000 ($690.10 as a rough, unofficial conversion) - April 30, 2022 release date Do you intend on pre-ordering this impressive chess set despite its astounding price? Let us know in the comments below!
  14. This has certainly been a hectic week, huh? From the reveal of Sora joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as its final DLC fighter to the trailer dropping for the Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary next year, there is an unprecedented degree of content for fans to look forward to. However, it's easy to have forgotten or passed by the intricacies of all the news due to everything that was announced. Therefore, we have compiled and detailed every bit of information fans should be aware of from this week. Sora Joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate So, first thing's first; Sora's inclusion as the final DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This is obviously the most significant fraction of news, and every fan is undoubtedly aware of it by now. Still, for those who haven't yet dived into the specifics, let's break down his fighting style, the content arriving with his inclusion, his release date, and more. Before discussing Sora's moveset, Sakurai revealed that Sora was the top requested fighter from the fighter ballot for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. After talking to former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, though, they decided not to disclose these results to the public to avoid needless harassment aimed towards the involved developmental parties. Thankfully, Sora has managed to make his way into the series regardless, even if it was a game later. Sakurai repeatedly emphasized that immense cooperation was needed to make this impossibility occur, which genuinely is a miracle. Further, Sora's Japanese and English voices will be implemented during release. Sora's introduction trailer misled at least most of us, I think. It begins where the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate first started, the stage of indescribable darkness with the series logo hanging in the sky with every character present. However, the fire burning from the logo quickly burns out, leading to a single flame remaining on the ground. Afterward, each of the characters reverts to their statue forms, devoid of life. Though perhaps invigorated with life by the remaining flame, Mario steps off his statue stand and walks toward the remaining light. After some notable hesitation, he shoves his arm into the fire and throws what seems to be an enkindled blade into the air. Suddenly, the flames vanish, and the identity of the blade becomes apparent; the Keyblade. It shoots out a beam of light, causing an enormous keyhole to appear. As Simple and Clean Orchestral begins to play, Sora slowly arrives in a familiar sleeping posture before opening his eyes. The rest of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cast finally regains their life, their statue forms dissipating. They each turn back and gaze at the figure engulfed by this shining light. Sora, now awake, begins to soar through the air in delight as each character stares in wonder. Finally, Sora lands on his feet, and after summoning the Kingdom Key, Sora is Finally Here! appears on the screen. It was a truly magical trailer that perfectly encapsulates how when Sora sees the heart in something; it becomes real. As a playable character, Sora was designed to be approachable and easy to play as, unlike other DLC members of the roster who require exceptional dedication to use feasibly. He is an airborne and, community memes aside, floaty fighter. Additionally, his weight is among the lowest of the playable cast, being lighter than even the likes of Isabelle and Young Link. When it comes to cosmetic alterations, Sora can change into various outfits representing different Kingdom Hearts games. However, it is only his attire that alters, not his actual character model. This means that this is still the original Kingdom Hearts version of Sora wearing these outfits. Moreover, aside from main outfits from several of the Kingdom Hearts games being present, specific forms have also made their way into the title. Sora's 8 costumes are listed in their respective P1-P8 order below: The original Kingdom Hearts design Kingdom Hearts II main outfit Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance design Kingdom Hearts III main outfit Kingdom Hearts II Timeless River design (Has dedicated facial expressions) Kingdom Hearts II Valor Form Kingdom Hearts II Wisdom Form Kingdom Hearts III Ultimate Form The outfits from P1-P4 have wonderfully recreated artwork of Sora from the respective games. In addition, there are also 5 Spirits reflective of the designs from P1-P5. The Wisdom Form outfit has the Recusant's Sigil on its chest from the Dream Drop Distance design because P7 is an alternate skin of P3. So, while not a pure representation of Wisdom Form, the point comes across, and this can also be seen as a new take on the design, even if that wasn't the intended case. You can view each of Sora's official renders across his 8 outfits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via our gallery below: Generally speaking, Sora's moveset is pulled from how he plays as from Kingdom Hearts. For example, his standard 3-hit combo has several variations depending on how long the attack button is held, and the swings are reminiscent of his swordplay in the games themselves. Some abilities from the source material have arrived, too, like Hurricane Blast being Sora's down-air, Sonic Blade being his side-special, and Counterattack being his down-special. Magic is Sora's netural special, and it cycles through Firaga, Thundaga, and Blizzaga in that order when used. Each spell has neat unique effects dependent on situational contexts, so there is an undeniably deep mental game players will have to be cognizant of on the fly. Speaking of cycles, Sora's taunts also do just that. While not providing any beneficial effects, Sora's taunt cycles through castings of Stopga, Aeroga, and Curaga. Personally speaking, I find this to be a terrific way to feature some of the spells that didn't make their way into the moveset proper. Pay respects to Graviga, though. Due to how he excels in the air, Sora's edge guarding game is top-notch, boasting ludicrously adept recovery. Even though his weight is relatively light and his attacks are stated to be moderate in speed, it's clear that this iteration of Sora can more than hold his own. In the presentation, Sakurai forgot to detail Sora's dash and dash attack, leading him to briefly tweeting about them afterward. The stage that arrives with Sora is the beloved Hollow Bastion, specifically its original Kingdom Hearts version, which makes sense given how Sora's default design and his abilities are based on the franchise's first entry. Combatants stand on a moving platform that begins from Rising Falls before soaring and giving players detailed views of this lovingly recreated world. Additionally, when players are on their last stocks or when the match is running low on time, the stage transforms and becomes a Dive to the Heart station that depicts the imagery of a character's heart. The Dive to the Heart stations that can appear are as follows: Sora Riku Roxas Xion Terra Ventus Aqua Official screenshots of the Hollow Bastion + Dive to the Heart stage can be viewed via our gallery below: Oddly enough, even though Sakurai stated earlier in the presentation that he will forgo the details of Sora's Final Smash, wanting us to see for ourselves, and only providing the name, "Sealing the Keyhole," he then showed it in the middle of Sora's real-time combat demonstration. "Sealing the Keyhole" consists of literally sealing opponents within a keyhole and then within a door emblazoned with the iconic Super Smash Bros. logo. Afterward, Sora performs the keyhole sealing maneuver from the original Kingdom Hearts before the door explodes, severely damaging its occupants. It's a novel original Final Smash that captures the essence of Sora's tasked actions throughout the first game. Moreover, as revealed during the end of this combat showcase, when Sora defeats a foe at the end of a Stamina Battle, the game slows down, referencing the same effect that occurred when prevailing in key battles in the original Kingdom Hearts. Sora has 2 victory poses as shown below: There are 10 songs included with purchasing Sora, and each track is from the first game. Unfortunately, none of these tracks have been arranged and are instead simply their original versions. These songs are listed below: Night of Fate Destiny's Force Shrouding Dark Cloud Hand in Hand Blast Away! -Gummi Ship II- Hollow Bastion Scherzo Di Notte Fragments of Sorrow Destati Dearly Beloved -Swing Version- (If the player has save data of Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory on their Nintendo Switch) Also, while not a track that can be played during battles, Sora's victory fanfare is an arrangement of Hand in Hand composed by Yoko Shimomura! The Spirit Board contains 8 obtainable Spirits who can be viewed below: Kairi (1 Star - Novice) Ventus (2 Stars - Advanced) Aqua (3 Stars - Ace) Terra (2 Stars - Advanced) Riku (3 Stars - Ace) Xion (2 Stars - Advanced) Axel (2 Stars - Advanced) Roxas (5 Stars - Legend) In the Japanese version specifically, Aqua's and Axel's names will be denoted with the "KINGDOM HEARTS series" because their names match with other spirits. It is also worth noting that there are no direct references to Disney outside of the Mickey keychain on Sora's Keyblade. This was certainly done for copyright reasons, and it was even taken so far as to alter the characters' Dive to the Heart stations to remove any connotative Disney imagery. Sora will be released for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on October 18th, 2021. His character bundle, which consists of him, the music tracks, spirits, and the Hollow Bastion stage, costs $5.99. Alternatively, he is included in the Fighter's Pass 2 bundle. For a more in-depth look at Sora's fighting prowess, check out Sakurai's overview of him below (timestamped): You can view Sora on the legendary Super Smash Bros. Ultimate banner artwork via our gallery below: You can view the full Sora character trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate below: Yoko Shimomura and Tetsuya Nomura shared personal comments regarding Sora's inclusion in this hallmark fighting game, which you can view below: Official screenshots of Sora in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can be viewed via our galleries below: The Rest of the Kingdom Hearts Games Are Coming to Nintendo Switch While technically part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation, this is a separate matter. Sakurai announced that Kingdom Hearts - HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX-, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind will be playable on the Nintendo Switch via Cloud Gaming. For those unaware, Cloud Gaming is a service where games are streamed from an online source. Therefore, a high-speed internet connection is recommended when utilizing this service. No release dates or prices for any of these Cloud versions have been revealed yet. The name of this collection is the Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece for Cloud, though the titles can be bought individually. As a neat bit of trivia, the Integrum Masterpiece part of the title was the name for the All-in-One collection in Japan. Kingdom Hearts Dark Road Ending This Winter Soon after the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation for Sora concluded, Square Enix shared the 20th Anniversary trailer for the Kingdom Hearts franchise. The most notable new announcement in this trailer is that Kingdom Hearts Dark Road will be concluding this Winter. All of the remaining content, including the ending, will be released at once. In addition, the Kingdom Hearts Dark Road game will also be receiving its offline mode version 5.0 update. No specific date on when this content will drop has been provided. However, since it simply states Winter, I believe it's safe to assume it to be releasing sometime from January 2022 to March 2022 since, even though late December is when Winter initiates, they would have likely stated that month specifically in the trailer if it were releasing then. Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Event At the very end of the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary trailer, Square Enix revealed that a Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Event is planned. No details on when this will occur or the like have been provided yet, though. This is just a guess on my part, but since the original Kingdom Hearts was released in March 2002, I think this Anniversary event will be held in March 2022. Check out the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary trailer below if you haven't already: Merchandise Of course, it can't be a celebration without merchandise. So the final bit of news in the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary trailer is that there is a plethora of planned, celebratory merchandise. The 2 products shown off during the trailer were the highly anticipated chess set, which is now available for pre-order, and Kingdom Hearts III suitcases currently in development. Also, while not all necessarily anniversary items, several other Kingdom Hearts-themed products were revealed this week. You can view each of the items revealed below: Kingdom Hearts ~20th Anniversary~ Ichiban Kuji Sora and Kairi Figures Kingdom Hearts III Alba & Ater Chess Set Kingdom Hearts Keyblade Silicon Ice Tray Kingdom Hearts Mouse Pad 20th Anniversary Kingdom Hearts III suitcases Lastly, while not merchandise, the announcement of Kingdom Hearts-themed guest rooms returning to the Disney ambassador hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort this Winter is noteworthy. And that is all of the essential information that all fans should know of from this wild week of immense news drops. The 20th Anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts franchise has not even truly begun yet, and we're already being provided staggering news that will surely amplify once we hit 2022. What are you looking forward to from the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary and what types of celebratory occurences would you like to see? Additionally, how thrilled are you to finally play as Sora in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Let us know in the comments below!
  15. No, you did not misread this article's title! In a co-sponsorship with ALFHEIM NORDIC AS, we are giving away to one lucky winner the Kingdom Hearts Chess Set, valued at US$700! In order to enter the giveaway, you must be following KH13 on Twitter, and retweet the giveaway post. The winner must also have PayPal, as we wil transfer the funds to cover the board + shipping fees for the winner. You must make the pre-order yourself through Square Enix's store website. So what are you waiting for? Participate now to get a chance at winning this exquisite piece of décor! We will be picking the winner on Monday, October 18th. In case you wish to take a closer look at the chess set itself, you can view them on our Gallery below:
  16. This has certainly been a hectic week, huh? From the reveal of Sora joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as its final DLC fighter to the trailer dropping for the Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary next year, there is an unprecedented degree of content for fans to look forward to. However, it's easy to have forgotten or passed by the intricacies of all the news due to everything that was announced. Therefore, we have compiled and detailed every bit of information fans should be aware of from this week. Sora Joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate So, first thing's first; Sora's inclusion as the final DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This is obviously the most significant fraction of news, and every fan is undoubtedly aware of it by now. Still, for those who haven't yet dived into the specifics, let's break down his fighting style, the content arriving with his inclusion, his release date, and more. Before discussing Sora's moveset, Sakurai revealed that Sora was the top requested fighter from the fighter ballot for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. After talking to former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, though, they decided not to disclose these results to the public to avoid needless harassment aimed towards the involved developmental parties. Thankfully, Sora has managed to make his way into the series regardless, even if it was a game later. Sakurai repeatedly emphasized that immense cooperation was needed to make this impossibility occur, which genuinely is a miracle. Further, Sora's Japanese and English voices will be implemented during release. Sora's introduction trailer misled at least most of us, I think. It begins where the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate first started, the stage of indescribable darkness with the series logo hanging in the sky with every character present. However, the fire burning from the logo quickly burns out, leading to a single flame remaining on the ground. Afterward, each of the characters reverts to their statue forms, devoid of life. Though perhaps invigorated with life by the remaining flame, Mario steps off his statue stand and walks toward the remaining light. After some notable hesitation, he shoves his arm into the fire and throws what seems to be an enkindled blade into the air. Suddenly, the flames vanish, and the identity of the blade becomes apparent; the Keyblade. It shoots out a beam of light, causing an enormous keyhole to appear. As Simple and Clean Orchestral begins to play, Sora slowly arrives in a familiar sleeping posture before opening his eyes. The rest of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cast finally regains their life, their statue forms dissipating. They each turn back and gaze at the figure engulfed by this shining light. Sora, now awake, begins to soar through the air in delight as each character stares in wonder. Finally, Sora lands on his feet, and after summoning the Kingdom Key, Sora is Finally Here! appears on the screen. It was a truly magical trailer that perfectly encapsulates how when Sora sees the heart in something; it becomes real. As a playable character, Sora was designed to be approachable and easy to play as, unlike other DLC members of the roster who require exceptional dedication to use feasibly. He is an airborne and, community memes aside, floaty fighter. Additionally, his weight is among the lowest of the playable cast, being lighter than even the likes of Isabelle and Young Link. When it comes to cosmetic alterations, Sora can change into various outfits representing different Kingdom Hearts games. However, it is only his attire that alters, not his actual character model. This means that this is still the original Kingdom Hearts version of Sora wearing these outfits. Moreover, aside from main outfits from several of the Kingdom Hearts games being present, specific forms have also made their way into the title. Sora's 8 costumes are listed in their respective P1-P8 order below: The original Kingdom Hearts design Kingdom Hearts II main outfit Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance design Kingdom Hearts III main outfit Kingdom Hearts II Timeless River design (Has dedicated facial expressions) Kingdom Hearts II Valor Form Kingdom Hearts II Wisdom Form Kingdom Hearts III Ultimate Form The outfits from P1-P4 have wonderfully recreated artwork of Sora from the respective games. In addition, there are also 5 Spirits reflective of the designs from P1-P5. The Wisdom Form outfit has the Recusant's Sigil on its chest from the Dream Drop Distance design because P7 is an alternate skin of P3. So, while not a pure representation of Wisdom Form, the point comes across, and this can also be seen as a new take on the design, even if that wasn't the intended case. You can view each of Sora's official renders across his 8 outfits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via our gallery below: Generally speaking, Sora's moveset is pulled from how he plays as from Kingdom Hearts. For example, his standard 3-hit combo has several variations depending on how long the attack button is held, and the swings are reminiscent of his swordplay in the games themselves. Some abilities from the source material have arrived, too, like Hurricane Blast being Sora's down-air, Sonic Blade being his side-special, and Counterattack being his down-special. Magic is Sora's netural special, and it cycles through Firaga, Thundaga, and Blizzaga in that order when used. Each spell has neat unique effects dependent on situational contexts, so there is an undeniably deep mental game players will have to be cognizant of on the fly. Speaking of cycles, Sora's taunts also do just that. While not providing any beneficial effects, Sora's taunt cycles through castings of Stopga, Aeroga, and Curaga. Personally speaking, I find this to be a terrific way to feature some of the spells that didn't make their way into the moveset proper. Pay respects to Graviga, though. Due to how he excels in the air, Sora's edge guarding game is top-notch, boasting ludicrously adept recovery. Even though his weight is relatively light and his attacks are stated to be moderate in speed, it's clear that this iteration of Sora can more than hold his own. In the presentation, Sakurai forgot to detail Sora's dash and dash attack, leading him to briefly tweeting about them afterward. The stage that arrives with Sora is the beloved Hollow Bastion, specifically its original Kingdom Hearts version, which makes sense given how Sora's default design and his abilities are based on the franchise's first entry. Combatants stand on a moving platform that begins from Rising Falls before soaring and giving players detailed views of this lovingly recreated world. Additionally, when players are on their last stocks or when the match is running low on time, the stage transforms and becomes a Dive to the Heart station that depicts the imagery of a character's heart. The Dive to the Heart stations that can appear are as follows: Sora Riku Roxas Xion Terra Ventus Aqua Official screenshots of the Hollow Bastion + Dive to the Heart stage can be viewed via our gallery below: Oddly enough, even though Sakurai stated earlier in the presentation that he will forgo the details of Sora's Final Smash, wanting us to see for ourselves, and only providing the name, "Sealing the Keyhole," he then showed it in the middle of Sora's real-time combat demonstration. "Sealing the Keyhole" consists of literally sealing opponents within a keyhole and then within a door emblazoned with the iconic Super Smash Bros. logo. Afterward, Sora performs the keyhole sealing maneuver from the original Kingdom Hearts before the door explodes, severely damaging its occupants. It's a novel original Final Smash that captures the essence of Sora's tasked actions throughout the first game. Moreover, as revealed during the end of this combat showcase, when Sora defeats a foe at the end of a Stamina Battle, the game slows down, referencing the same effect that occurred when prevailing in key battles in the original Kingdom Hearts. Sora has 2 victory poses as shown below: There are 10 songs included with purchasing Sora, and each track is from the first game. Unfortunately, none of these tracks have been arranged and are instead simply their original versions. These songs are listed below: Night of Fate Destiny's Force Shrouding Dark Cloud Hand in Hand Blast Away! -Gummi Ship II- Hollow Bastion Scherzo Di Notte Fragments of Sorrow Destati Dearly Beloved -Swing Version- (If the player has save data of Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory on their Nintendo Switch) Also, while not a track that can be played during battles, Sora's victory fanfare is an arrangement of Hand in Hand composed by Yoko Shimomura! The Spirit Board contains 8 obtainable Spirits who can be viewed below: Kairi (1 Star - Novice) Ventus (2 Stars - Advanced) Aqua (3 Stars - Ace) Terra (2 Stars - Advanced) Riku (3 Stars - Ace) Xion (2 Stars - Advanced) Axel (2 Stars - Advanced) Roxas (5 Stars - Legend) In the Japanese version specifically, Aqua's and Axel's names will be denoted with the "KINGDOM HEARTS series" because their names match with other spirits. It is also worth noting that there are no direct references to Disney outside of the Mickey keychain on Sora's Keyblade. This was certainly done for copyright reasons, and it was even taken so far as to alter the characters' Dive to the Heart stations to remove any connotative Disney imagery. Sora will be released for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on October 18th, 2021. His character bundle, which consists of him, the music tracks, spirits, and the Hollow Bastion stage, costs $5.99. Alternatively, he is included in the Fighter's Pass 2 bundle. For a more in-depth look at Sora's fighting prowess, check out Sakurai's overview of him below (timestamped): You can view Sora on the legendary Super Smash Bros. Ultimate banner artwork via our gallery below: You can view the full Sora character trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate below: Yoko Shimomura and Tetsuya Nomura shared personal comments regarding Sora's inclusion in this hallmark fighting game, which you can view below: Official screenshots of Sora in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can be viewed via our galleries below: The Rest of the Kingdom Hearts Games Are Coming to Nintendo Switch While technically part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation, this is a separate matter. Sakurai announced that Kingdom Hearts - HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX-, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind will be playable on the Nintendo Switch via Cloud Gaming. For those unaware, Cloud Gaming is a service where games are streamed from an online source. Therefore, a high-speed internet connection is recommended when utilizing this service. No release dates or prices for any of these Cloud versions have been revealed yet. The name of this collection is the Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece for Cloud, though the titles can be bought individually. As a neat bit of trivia, the Integrum Masterpiece part of the title was the name for the All-in-One collection in Japan. Kingdom Hearts Dark Road Ending This Winter Soon after the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation for Sora concluded, Square Enix shared the 20th Anniversary trailer for the Kingdom Hearts franchise. The most notable new announcement in this trailer is that Kingdom Hearts Dark Road will be concluding this Winter. All of the remaining content, including the ending, will be released at once. In addition, the Kingdom Hearts Dark Road game will also be receiving its offline mode version 5.0 update. No specific date on when this content will drop has been provided. However, since it simply states Winter, I believe it's safe to assume it to be releasing sometime from January 2022 to March 2022 since, even though late December is when Winter initiates, they would have likely stated that month specifically in the trailer if it were releasing then. Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Event At the very end of the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary trailer, Square Enix revealed that a Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Event is planned. No details on when this will occur or the like have been provided yet, though. This is just a guess on my part, but since the original Kingdom Hearts was released in March 2002, I think this Anniversary event will be held in March 2022. Check out the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary trailer below if you haven't already: Merchandise Of course, it can't be a celebration without merchandise. So the final bit of news in the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary trailer is that there is a plethora of planned, celebratory merchandise. The 2 products shown off during the trailer were the highly anticipated chess set, which is now available for pre-order, and Kingdom Hearts III suitcases currently in development. Also, while not all necessarily anniversary items, several other Kingdom Hearts-themed products were revealed this week. You can view each of the items revealed below: Kingdom Hearts ~20th Anniversary~ Ichiban Kuji Sora and Kairi Figures Kingdom Hearts III Alba & Ater Chess Set Kingdom Hearts Keyblade Silicon Ice Tray Kingdom Hearts Mouse Pad 20th Anniversary Kingdom Hearts III suitcases Lastly, while not merchandise, the announcement of Kingdom Hearts-themed guest rooms returning to the Disney ambassador hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort this Winter is noteworthy. And that is all of the essential information that all fans should know of from this wild week of immense news drops. The 20th Anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts franchise has not even truly begun yet, and we're already being provided staggering news that will surely amplify once we hit 2022. What are you looking forward to from the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary and what types of celebratory occurences would you like to see? Additionally, how thrilled are you to finally play as Sora in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Let us know in the comments below! 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  17. No, you did not misread this article's title! In a co-sponsorship with ALFHEIM NORDIC AS, we are giving away to one lucky winner the Kingdom Hearts Chess Set, valued at US$700! In order to enter the giveaway, you must be following KH13 on Twitter, and retweet the giveaway post. The winner must also have PayPal, as we wil transfer the funds to cover the board + shipping fees for the winner. You must make the pre-order yourself through Square Enix's store website. So what are you waiting for? Participate now to get a chance at winning this exquisite piece of décor! We will be picking the winner on Monday, October 18th. In case you wish to take a closer look at the chess set itself, you can view them on our Gallery below: View full article
  18. U-Treasure has announced that pre-orders are currently open for the Kingdom Hearts Trinity Ring Necklaces. These products are rather unique as they can be customized with unique gems and character-related quotes and symbols. The pre-order period for this product ends on November 1st, 2022, and shipment is expected to occur on February 1st, 2022. Additionally, they come in gold and silver variants. The former costs ¥66,000 (approximately $583) and the latter costs ¥22,000 (approximately $195). You can view the Trinity Ring Necklaces, their respective store pages, and the character-specific options via our galleries below: Kingdom Hearts Trinity Ring Necklace (Silver) Kingdom Hearts Trinity Ring Necklace (Gold) Sora:Blue Topaz Riku:Blue Sapphire Kairi:Pink Tourmaline Roxas:Orange Sapphire Axel:Red Garnet Xion:Black Diamond Naminé:Diamond Terra:Citrine Aqua:Aquamarine Ventus:Peridot These are undoubtedly standout pieces of merchandise, and their customization factors make them readily more appealing. Are you considering purchasing one of these necklaces, and if so, what character options will you pick? Let us know in the comments below!
  19. U-Treasure has announced that pre-orders are currently open for the Kingdom Hearts Trinity Ring Necklaces. These products are rather unique as they can be customized with unique gems and character-related quotes and symbols. The pre-order period for this product ends on November 1st, 2022, and shipment is expected to occur on February 1st, 2022. Additionally, they come in gold and silver variants. The former costs ¥66,000 (approximately $583) and the latter costs ¥22,000 (approximately $195). You can view the Trinity Ring Necklaces, their respective store pages, and the character-specific options via our galleries below: Kingdom Hearts Trinity Ring Necklace (Silver) Kingdom Hearts Trinity Ring Necklace (Gold) Sora:Blue Topaz Riku:Blue Sapphire Kairi:Pink Tourmaline Roxas:Orange Sapphire Axel:Red Garnet Xion:Black Diamond Naminé:Diamond Terra:Citrine Aqua:Aquamarine Ventus:Peridot These are undoubtedly standout pieces of merchandise, and their customization factors make them readily more appealing. Are you considering purchasing one of these necklaces, and if so, what character options will you pick? Let us know in the comments below! View full article
  20. During the Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary trailer, Square revealed that numerous pieces of merchandise are in development, such as the chess set and suitcases! The suitcases currently lack a store page, but based on an article by the Japanese website Gamer, there will be 5 variations of this product. The only type that has been revealed so far is themed after Sora. You can view the revealed images for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III suitcase via our gallery below: We will keep you up to date on when this product receives more information and is added to stores.
  21. During the Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary trailer, Square revealed that numerous pieces of merchandise are in development, such as the chess set and suitcases! The suitcases currently lack a store page, but based on an article by the Japanese website Gamer, there will be 5 variations of this product. The only type that has been revealed so far is themed after Sora. You can view the revealed images for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III suitcase via our gallery below: We will keep you up to date on when this product receives more information and is added to stores. View full article
  22. Square Enix Japan has announced a new item available for pre-order for their E-Store, a silicon ice cube tray in the shape of the Kingdom Key from Kingdom Hearts! The Kingdom Hearts Silicon Ice Tray will be releasing on December 25, 2021, and is priced at ¥2,200, which converted to USD is roughly $19.71. This is not an official price however, it's just a converted one. You can view the Kingdom Hearts Silicon Ice Tray through our gallery below: You can view the store page for this item on Square Enix Japan's official E-Store. UDPATE: This item is now available to pre-order from the North American store! Its provided release window is July 2022 and it's priced at $19.99.
  23. Following the announcement of Sora joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the official Square Enix Youtube channel shared the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Announcement trailer. This trailer reiterates that the games are coming to Nintendo Switch, but also reveals that Dark Road will be concluding this Winter. No details on whether this will affect the English version too were provided. Celebratory merchandise has been announced to be arriving too, including the highly anticipated chess set! Lastly, a 20th Anniversary Event was announced! Details regarding this event will revealed at a later date. You can view the 20th Anniversary trailer below: You can view the English version of the announcement trailer below: View full article
  24. Square Enix Japan has announced a new item available for pre-order for their E-Store, a silicon ice cube tray in the shape of the Kingdom Key from Kingdom Hearts! The Kingdom Hearts Silicon Ice Tray will be releasing on December 25, 2021, and is priced at ¥2,200, which converted to USD is roughly $19.71. This is not an official price however, it's just a converted one. You can view the Kingdom Hearts Silicon Ice Tray through our gallery below: You can view the store page for this item on Square Enix Japan's official E-Store. UDPATE: This item is now available to pre-order from the North American store! Its provided release window is July 2022 and it's priced at $19.99. View full article
  25. Square Enix has revealed that the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts chess set, titled "Alba & Ater," meaning white and black, is now available to pre-order from their North American, European, and Japan digital stores. This product is a recreation of the chessboard and pieces Young Eraqus and Young Xehanort were seen playing with during the opening hours of Kingdom Hearts III. You can view the officially revealed images of the Kingdom Hearts III Alba & Ater Chess Set below: Additionally, the Chess Set has varying release dates and prices dependent on the region: North American store - $699.99 - July 2022 release window European store - €749.99 - July 29, 2022 release date specifically provided Japan store - ¥77,000 ($690.10 as a rough, unofficial conversion) - April 30, 2022 release date Do you intend on pre-ordering this impressive chess set despite its astounding price? Let us know in the comments below! View full article
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