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Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory Playable Demo Now Available

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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

Check out more gameplay for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

Square-Enix showed off some more gameplay for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory as part of their TGS 2020 Online presentation. You can see the entire gameplay segment above.

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory co-director discusses the RPG aspects of the game

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory clearly isn't an RPG, but it does have some RPG elements. In an interview with VentureBeat, co-director Masanobu Suzui explained what elements of the RPG genre make their way into this rhythm game.

First of all, there is a progression system. You leveling your characters and powering them up. Your party members will have increased HP and attack power; they grow stronger as you level up. With more HP, you’re less likely to get a game over. If your attack power is higher, it’ll become easier to knock out your enemies. There’s also a system where you collect cards. They unlock support elements for your characters. You’ll also be prepping before each stage with items that you can use to bolster your party. With those items, you’ll be choosing five different types before going into the stage. You’ll be able to collect materials so that you can synthesize items, which can make battles more convenient. There are materials you can collect and use for synthesis, and they will also unlock new songs. We have different elements that allow for replayability, so players should be able to enjoy the game for a long time.

Of course, story is very important throughout the Kingdom Hearts series, and Melody of Memory isn’t an exception. We have a mode called World Tour. Your characters will use the gummi ship to travel around the different Disney and Kingdom Hearts worlds. There are certain missions you have to accomplish in each area, and when you clear that, you’ll unlock another section of the world. You’re following the storyline from the first Kingdom Hearts game, going through and revisiting different stories throughout your journey. You have different stages, and in between there are opportunities to watch past events as movie clips. We have Kairi narrating over that.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga delayed to Spring 2021, gameplay trailer revealed

Forced into Spring 2021

Play through all nine Star Wars™ saga films in a brand-new LEGO video game unlike any other. Experience fun-filled adventures, whimsical humor, and the freedom to fully immerse yourself in the LEGO Star Wars universe like never before.

We heard yesterday that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was going to be pushed into 2021, and now we have confirmation. While there's no new date yet, we do know the title will launch sometime in Spring 2021.

Epic teases another Marvel crossover for Fortnite

Marvelous!

There have been rumors flying around about Chapter 2; Season 4 of Fortnite for awhile now, and some of them said that something Marvel-related was coming in. It looks like those teases were spot-on.

The official Fortnite Twitter account has shared a Marvel teaser, complete with a date of Aug. 27th, 2020, which is when Season 4 kicks off. The logo shown gives a sneak peek at Thor, as he appears in the newest slate of comics. Whether Season 4 is all Thor related or Marvel in general remains to be seen.

RUMOR: Start screen for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga leaks

A disturbance in the force

The gang behind LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has been unusually tight-lipped about the project since its original reveal. While we know the game is slated for this year, we haven't really seen anything new about it in months. It appears that might be changing, as a rumored bit of leaked content has made its way onto the web.

The above image is supposedly the start screen for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. It shows off just some of the over 500 characters that will be included in the game. The screen is just a rumor for now, but it certainly looks like the real deal. If it is real, hopefully this means we'll be getting some new details on the game soon.

Nintendo Europe adds Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 to the 'Double Gold Points Fest' for My Nintendo members

Three more greats added to the collection

Three more games have been added to Nintendo of Europe's "Double Gold Points Fest" promotion. From now until August 12th, My Nintendo Members will receive double gold points for purchasing Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 from the Nintendo eShop. Get full details on the campaign below.

Enjoy a summer surprise with our Double Gold Points Fest, now running on Nintendo eShop! From now until August 12th, earn up to 10% of your money back as Gold Points*, when you buy selected Nintendo Switch titles.

Every Thursday until 30/07, we’ll add three new games that will reward you with double Gold Points**, so make sure to check back often to see what’s been added. All games listed below will grant you double Gold Points, so long as you purchase them before August 12th.

Epic Mickey composer shares an unused track from the game

An epic tune!

No matter what the game is, there's always cut content. Assets that go unused, levels that are cut, and music that doesn't get its shot. Most of the time that content goes unseen/unheard by the public, but sometimes we're lucky enough to check out one of those lost game snippets.

Epic Mickey composer Jim Dooley has been uploading music from the game to his YouTube channel recently. Most have been tracks that appear in the game, but recently Dooley shared a track that never made its way into the final release. Check out the "Outro Black Pete" tune above!

Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

GoNintendo Video Feature - Star Wars Ep. 1: Racer Premium Edition unboxing (real N64 cart!)

The force is strong with this one

Limited Run Games is offering up a special retro collection for Star Wars fans. Their Star Wars: Ep. 1 Racer Premium Edition includes a bunch of goodies, including an actual N64 cart! Check out our unboxing to see what other goodies are in the box, and then check out some gameplay on an actual N64!

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