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Square-Enix details how they chose the songs for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

Tuning up

Square-Enix has shared a new dev blog for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, and it gives some insight into the game's soundtrack. There are literally hundreds of tunes in the Kingdom Hearts series, but all of those can't be crammed into the game. How do you go about selecting the right tracks? See the approach Square-Enix took in the snippet below.

When you’re making a rhythm action game, track selection is one of the first things you have to consider - but deciding which tracks to include in Melody of Memory was a particularly tricky challenge. After all, there’s a genuinely massive amount of music in the KINGDOM HEARTS series - we’re talking 600 tracks, perhaps 700 if you include the latest releases.

Right at the start of development, we made a list of all the different music across all the various games. Then, we collected all kinds of information that we could use to identify the songs that had left a particularly strong impression on players.

For example, we looked at which tracks had been included on the set list of the recent KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World of Tres- tour, and which were voted most popular by fans. We collected all kinds of data, and by studying it, we were able to work out many of the songs we knew would really excite people.

The element of the game that really brought the selection into focus though was the World Tour. The core theme of that mode is for players to relive the KINGDOM HEARTS series (so far) through music, so we made sure to include as many tracks from important and memorable scenes as we could.

These considerations allowed us to whittle the options down to a shorter list, but when it came to the final selection, other factors came into play - some technical and some emotional.

Full blog here

Hot Topic gets a slew of new Epic Mickey shirts

That's pretty epic

Epic Mickey is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and it seems Disney has allowed for the creation of some new Epic Mickey-themed t-shirts in honor of the milestone. A little strange to see all these shirts celebrating a franchise that seems to be done and dusted, but hopefully this is some small glimmer of hope for another installment down the line. You can check out the full catalog of Epic Mickey shirts on Hot Topic's website.

Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

Giant Bomb Quick Look - Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

Play as famililar faces from the KINGDOM HEARTS series, including Disney guest characters who will appear to lend you a hand. Enjoy a massive variety of music from both the KINGDOM HEARTS series and Disney, with a collection of over 140 songs. Dive into rhythm-action gameplay with memorable tunes in this can't-miss musical journey!

IGN Video Review - Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

Play as famililar faces from the KINGDOM HEARTS series, including Disney guest characters who will appear to lend you a hand. Enjoy a massive variety of music from both the KINGDOM HEARTS series and Disney, with a collection of over 140 songs. Dive into rhythm-action gameplay with memorable tunes in this can't-miss musical journey!

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory Now Available

Grab the keys to the kingdom

The Kingdom Hearts franchise finally makes its way to Switch with Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, a musical spin-off. Want to learn more about this trip down Kingdom Hearts memory lane? Check out full details in the press release below.

SQUARE ENIX® and Disney today announced the launch of KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory, the first rhythm action game in the wildly popular video game series. Starting today, players can battle to the beat of legendary composer Yoko Shimomura’s beloved tracks and timeless classics from Disney, including “Let It Go” and “Under the Sea,” on the Nintendo Switch™ system, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X. This celebration of music and adventure marks the KINGDOM HEARTS series’ debut on the Nintendo Switch.

In KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory, players will relive their favorite moments from the series as they journey alongside Sora, Donald and Goofy, along with other familiar KINGDOM HEARTS characters. As players travel through iconic Disney worlds, they will join forces with beloved Disney characters along the way. Players can master more than 140 musical tracks, including favorites like “Destiny Islands,” “Hand in Hand,” and “Working Together” from Yoko Shimomura, as well as classic songs from Disney’s cinematic universes.

Whether alone or with friends and family via local co-op and online multiplayer, players will bounce and bop to the beat of the exhilarating KINGDOM HEARTS soundtrack to defeat tough enemies and bosses. The game offers three different play styles so players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy their magical musical adventure in KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory. Players can casually explore all the worlds and tracks with One Button mode, or really showcase their prowess with the frenetic “Performer” mode for more fast-paced and skillful combo sets. Along the way, players will unlock and collect iconic story scenes from across the entire KINGDOM HEARTS saga, to be enjoyed in the game’s Museum. Competitive Online Battle modes mix up the formula even further, with special tricks to confound your opponents. Players of the Nintendo Switch™ version can also participate in a Free-for-All battle mode with up to seven other players via local play.

Celebrations of the game’s launch continue in the hit mobile game, KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ Dark Road, as fans can obtain the brand-new SN++ - MoM Kairi Medal for a limited time. Full details on how to obtain this new Medal can be found in-game.

SN++ - MoM Kairi Medal

In addition, for those eager for even more musical KINGDOM HEARTS content, the official KINGDOM HEARTS III soundtrack is now available worldwide digitally. The soundtrack features ten hours and over 160 songs from the critically acclaimed KINGDOM HEARTS III and a curated selection of recent KINGDOM HEARTS-related titles composed by Yoko Shimomura, Takeharu Ishimoto and Tsuyoshi Sekito.

Fans can also look forward to the release of KINGDOM HEARTS Ultimania: The Story Before KINGDOM HEARTS III, the long-awaited English translation of the fan-favorite reference guide. This gorgeous oversized hardcover containing a collection of KINGDOM HEARTS art and trivia will release on June 15, 2021, and can be pre-ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other select retailers now.

KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory is rated E10+ by the ESRB and is now available for $59.99 on the SQUARE ENIX store, the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation®Store, Microsoft Store and other select retailers. For a limited time, those who purchase for the PlayStation®4 system from the PlayStation®Store before December 31st, 2020 will also receive the KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory theme. The KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory free demo is also available to download now on all three platforms. For more information, visit: www.kingdomhearts.com/mm

New tracks revealed for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

More Disney classics added

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is supposed to feature over 140 tracks, and many of those are yet-to-be revealed. Today we at least get a better look at the track list, as another handful of tunes has been revealed. Check out the updated list below.

KINGDOM HEARTS

- An Adventure in Atlantica
- End of the World
- Pirate’s Gigue
- Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship
- Fragments of Sorrow
- Guardando nel buio
- Hollow Bastion
- Monstrous Monstro
- Spooks of Halloween Town

KINGDOM HEARTS II

- Dance of the Daring
- Fields of Honor
- Old Friends, Old Rivals
- Rowdy Rumble
- Sacred Moon
- Byte Bashing
- Desire for All That Is Lost
- Monochrome Dreams
- What Lies Beneath

KINGDOM HEARTS II Final Mix

- What A Surprise?!
- Happy Holidays!
- 358/2 Days
- Crossing to Neverland
- Birth by Sleep
- Black Garden
- Castle Escapade
- Makaukau?
- Neverland’s Scherzo
- The Secret Whispers
- The Tumbling
- Daydream upon Neverland
- Radiant Garden
- Risky Romp
- Dream Drop Distance
- Access the Grid
- Digital Domination
- La Cloche
- Prankster’s Party
- Le Sanctuaire
- Sacred Distance

Piano Collections KINGDOM HEARTS

- Sora – Allegro con brio

Piano Collections KINGDOM HEARTS FIELD & BATTLE

- Medley of Conflict

Other Titles

- Circle of Life
- A Whole New World
- Beauty and the Beast

Another batch of screens and art released for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

A week out from launch, Square-Enix has shared new screens and art for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory. These assets feature Mickey in action, as he can join your party if you use the Summoning Star item before heading into Field Battle stages. Along with that, we get some new art for Kairi, who's gotten a bit of a rework. Check out the gallery for yourself here.

Fortnite will see "many years of Marvel integration," current storyline is "just the beginning," says Epic

Marvelous news!

The current season in Fortnite is all about Marvel, and its seen a ton of integration with the comic brand through skins, storylines, and more. While the season may be coming to an end somewhat soon, don't expect the Marvel tie-ins to disappear. According to Fortnite boss Donald Mustard, things are just getting started.

Mustard shared some insight into future Marvel collabs on the This Week in Marvel podcast. You can see his full comments below.

"The reason we called this season Nexus War is that this is just the start of lots of stuff we have planned for many years of Marvel integration. This is not the end, this is the beginning. We thought a really good POV-style character which could set this up [earlier this year] was Deadpool, kind of fourth-wall breaking. And then Cap in July, building up to this moment...

We had this moment in Fortnite which happened around a year ago where... the Zero Point reorganised all the matter around the island and kind of created this new island. That's the moment that attracted Galactus. [He] felt this re-organising of reality and was like 'huh, there's this energy source at the centre of everything and if I can consume that, I can consume not just the Marvel reality but I can consume everything.'

What if instead of treating [Fortnite's story] like a normal narrative, I'm going to create a world where the island is the main character - so I'm going to treat the island like that traditional arc. And we've planned it that way. Like, I have the story and the narrative structure planned out for many, many, many years. And we're only three years in to an arc we have way planned out - like, the big beats of how that'll work.

Over the years, players will understand why when they embody or inhabit a character like Wolverine or Iron Man this season.
There are some really big hints on the mythology of Fortnite in this season right now, as players start to understand why Thor is losing his abilities... that stuff is going to be real to players, part of the philosophy..."

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory Playable Demo Now Available

The keys to the kingdom are yours

Nintendo of America jumped the gun a bit yesterday, saying the demo for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory would be available later that day. That didn't happen in the states, but the demo is indeed available today. You can learn all about it below.

Today, Square Enix and Disney announced the launch of a demo for the upcoming rhythm action game, KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory, an all-new riff on the wildly popular KINGDOM HEARTS series that has sold more than 33 million units worldwide. The demo, which challenges players to battle through six tracks alongside Sora, Donald and Goofy, gives players a taste of what’s to come when KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory releases on November 13. The demo can be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation®Store and Microsoft Store.

In the full version of KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory, players will battle to the rhythm of the game’s soundtrack on their own or with friends as they collect and master over 140 songs from the Kingdom Hearts series, including favorites like “Destiny Islands,” “Hand in Hand,” “Working Together” and more from the game’s legendary composer Yoko Shimomura. Players will experience the magic of musical exploration by traversing through beautiful worlds and embarking on rhythm-fueled battles to defeat tough bosses as they strive to achieve top ranks.

Players of the Nintendo Switch™ version can also enjoy a Free-for-All battle mode with up to seven other players via local play. Through three different play styles, gamers of all ages can choose their level of challenge depending on whether they want to enjoy the songs and adventure without complicated controls or showcase their skills with complex combos to put on the ultimate performance. This celebration of music and adventure marks the KINGDOM HEARTS series’ first appearance on the Nintendo Switch.

Fans looking for more musical KINGDOM HEARTS content can also look forward to the KINGDOM HEARTS III original soundtrack, which will feature many of the unforgettable and timeless tracks from the critically acclaimed KINGDOM HEARTS III and will be globally in Fall 2020.

KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory is rated E10+ by the ESRB and will launch for the Nintendo Switch™ system, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, on November 13, 2020 in North and South America. Pre-orders are available now from the SQUARE ENIX store, the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation®Store, Microsoft Store and other select retailers. Those who purchase for the PlayStation®4 system from the PlayStation®Store for a limited time by December 31st, 2020 will also receive the KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory theme. For more information, visit: www.kingdomhearts.com/mm

New screens and art for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory released, alongside info on the various menu options

Don't forget about that free demo!

Check out screens and art here

Square-Enix has released a new batch of screens and art for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, which you can see at the link above. Along with that, some new details have been shared, which we've rounded up below.

- Neverland, the Pride Lands, and Atlantica have the party members Peter Pan, Simba, and Ariel
- Collection menu lets you view unlocked artwork
- Archives menu lets you revisit the Kingdom Hearts story
- Theater and Jukebox menus let you rewatch videos from Memory Dives and listen to music respectively
- Item and Synthesize menus let you unlock new songs and stages, as well as items like Mega-Potions