Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory on Switch includes exclusive "Free-for-All" mode

8-player local multiplayer madness

Those who plan on picking up Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory on Switch are getting a little bonus. The Switch version of the game is getting a mode you won't find on any other platform.

The special mode, dubbed Free-for-All, lets you compete with 7 other players via local wireless in a Field Battle. If you have too many MISS actions while playing, you'll drop out of the running. The player who pulls in the highest score during the challenge is declared the winner.

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.

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory team explains how they picked what Disney worlds to include

It's a small world after all

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is supposed to be a unique way to revisit the entire Kingdom Hearts franchise up to this point, but obviously not every little detail can be included. How did the team decide which Disney worlds to include, and which ones had to be left behind? Director Masanobu Suzui explained in a DualShocker interview.

With the gameplay of Melody of Memory, we have this mode called “World Tour” which you are going through the different stages and worlds. We tried to follow along with the story and the narrative of the Kingdom Hearts series. We made sure to go to areas where there was a boss fight in the specific world. We also tried to choose as many Disney worlds as possible, but we had to take into consideration where players were able to go when playing the original games. We’re hoping that it won’t feel like a rush through a collection of the entire series, but it feels robust.

Square-Enix has no plans for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory DLC

Everything there is on day one

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memories features 31 Disney-based locations and 16 original Kingdom Hearts ones. There are 33 “boss” stages and over 140 songs altogether. It's a lot of content considering the type of game it is, and hopefully you enjoy what's in there, as more isn't coming.

Square-Enix has confirmed that there are no plans for DLC right now. Everything they wanted to pack into the game is there on day one. Not too often we see a full package release nowadays, so hopefully the game keeps players busy for quite some time!

Square-Enix's Tetsuya Nomura says there are 'no specific plans for more Kingdom Hearts' on Switch

One and done?

Square-Enix's Tetsuya Nomura has some news for Switch fans that might not be all that encouraging. According to Nomura, there are no specific plans to bring more Kingdom Hearts titles to Switch.

In an interview with NintendoEnthusiast, Nomura said that ports of previous Kingdom Hearts games were considered, but they proved to be technologically difficult. That said, Nomura did say he fins Switch to be an appealing piece of hardware, and he had always wanted to do something on the console. Finally, speaking on for himself and not Square-Enix, Nomura did express that it is possible another game of his could come to Switch.

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory gets a new batch of screens, plus info on gameplay, modes, stage variations, and more

A kingdom's worth of info

Check out more screens here

Square-Enix has released a new wave of screens for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, along with a big rundown of info. Check out details on gameplay, modes, stage variations, and more below.

■ Melody of Memory

A world of memories guided by the power of music. The player visits each world by Gummi Ship and melody. Collect the “Rhythm” in each world while looking back at memories. The mysterious power woven by the melody creates memories, and memories become the world and bring back to life the adventures that have occurred thus far.

■ Party

A large number of characters from the Kingdom Hearts series are playable in Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory. Outside of the “Original” cast, you can switch between parties at any time once unlocked.

■ Party: Original


■ Party: Days


■ How to Play

Press the buttons to match the timing of incoming enemies and musical notes. You will be scored “Excellent,” “Good,” or “Miss” for each button input based on your timing. If you get a “Miss,” your HP in the lower-right corner of the screen will decrease, and result in a “Game Over” if depleted fully. Try to avoid missing while aiming for the high score.

“Music Select,” which is one of the game’s main modes, has three control play styles to choose from:

Normal Style – The most basic play style. Play with the standard controls that uses several buttons.
One-Button Style – A one-button play style where every action can be performed the same button. Recommended for players who want to focus on the rhythm without being distracted by button inputs.
Performer Style – A challenging play style with complicated button inputs that use more buttons than Normal Style. Recommended for players who prefer more technical button inputs and pressing the assigned buttons.

■ World Tour

In this mode, you can visit the various worlds of Kingdom Hearts memories to obtain new songs and story movies. Each song offers three difficulties to choose from: Beginner, Standard, and Proud. Unlocked songs can be played at any time from Music Select, and story movie can be viewed at any time in the “Museum.”

■ Music Select

Choose and play your favorite songs from unlocked songs. Practice your favorite song and then challenge it at the highest difficulty.

■ Museum

A gallery where you can view Collection cards and story movies, listen to music via the Jukebox, and more.

■ Stage Variations

Field Battle

Match the rhythm to defeat enemies while running atop the staff line of the music staff notation. Utilize various actions such as abilities and aerial attacks to defeat enemies in a backdrop formed by memories.

Memory Dive

Dive into memory videos and enjoy a sense of immersion as if linked to the video by inputting buttons to match the incoming targets.

Boss Battle

Defeat the boss while inputting targets. By successfully inputting targets covered in dark auras, you can avoid the boss’ special attacks.

■ Versus Modes

Online Versus and Friend Versus

“Online Versus” is a competitive mode that you can play online with faraway friends. This mode includes an exclusive element called “Tricks” that allow you to obstruct your opponent, creating heated battles for the high score.

The Switch version of Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory also offers “Friend Versus,” a local correspondence that you can play with nearby friends. The content is the same as Online Versus.

—Trick: Hide Guide

Hides the timing guide on targets.

—Trick: HP Change

Switches the player and opponent’s HP.

COM Versus

Compete for the highest rank against the computer in this offline mode. Win three times while competing against five parties to increase your rank. Aim for the highest rank: Platinum Rank 1.

Friend Battle Royale

A Switch-exclusive local correspondence mode where up to eight players can play Field Battle together. Players who “Miss” a pre-set number of times will be forced to drop out, and the player with the highest score in the end will win.

Versus Modes Version Differences

Double Play Mode

Play cooperatively with a friend on one screen using two controllers. One player controls Sora, while the other player controls Riku. Cooperate with each other and keep in sync while aiming for the high score.

■ Music

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory features over 140 songs, which will be gradually announced in the lead up to launch.

The following can be confirmed thus far:

Kingdom Hearts

“A Day in Agrabah”
“Arabian Dream”
“Destiny Islands”
“Go for It!”
“Hand in Hand”
“Olympus Coliseum”
“To Our Surprise”
“Traverse Town”
“Under the Sea”

Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories

“Castle Oblivion”
“The Force in You”

Kingdom Hearts II

“Darkness of the Unknown”
“Savannah Pride”
“Schezo Di Notte”
“Sinister Shadows”
“The 13th Struggle”
“Vim and Vigor”
“Working Together”

Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix

“The Other Promise”
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

“Another Side -Battle Ver.-“
“Secret of Neverland”
“Vector to the Heavens”

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded

“Wonder of Electron”

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

“Enter the Darkness”
“Hau’oli, Hau’oli”
“Rage Awakened -The OriginThe Encounter -Birth by Sleep Version”

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

“All for One”
“L’Impeto Oscuro”
“The Eye of Darkness”

Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep: A Fragmentary Passage

“Wave of Darkness I”

Kingdom Hearts III

“Let It Go ~Ari no Mama De~”

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- Album


Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory may be releasing on Nov. 13th, 2020

Could it be?

Square-Enix previously shared that Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory was coming to Switch this year, but we haven't gotten a release date. While we still don't have an official announcement on the date, a retailer might have some inside info on when to expect the title.

Belgian retailer CLD currently has a listing for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory on their site, and they've recently added in a Nov. 13th, 2020 release. Again, nothing is official until Square-Enix says so, but this date does seem to line up with earlier rumblings.

Thanks to Sephiroth_FF for the heads up!

KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory - Title Announcement Trailer (US Nintendo Switch trailer)

KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory is an all-new rhythm-action game coming in 2020 for the Nintendo Switch™ system! Check out the official website for more information: www.kingdomhearts.com/melody-of-memory

Kingdom Hearts: Melody Of Memory announced for Nintendo Switch, new trailer

Kingdom Hearts: Melody Of Memory has been announced for the Nintendo Switch. There is currently no release date other than a generic 2020 placeholder, but given the fact that 2020 is already halfway over, we should expect to hear a more precise release date within the next few months.

RPGers Rejoice! Classic Tabletop Adventure Meets Disney Royalty in Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition

Remain seated, please. The worlds that captivate realm dwellers and controller holders alike will soon be welcoming Disney and role-playing fans to pull up their favorite gaming chairs for an uncharted tabletop experience.

Introducing Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition, The OP’s licensed version of the critically-acclaimed adventure hobby game, which combines the beloved Disney and Square Enix collaboration with Games Workshop’s time-honored board game mechanic. Available in North America and Europe later this year, players will assume the role of their favorite animated heroes from beginning to center of a new challenge!

Following the release of award-nominated video game Kingdom Hearts III, the celebration continues as Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition reveals Sora, Kairi, Riku, King Mickey, Goofy, and other comrades as figures at the helm of an exciting and different way to play the tabletop classic. Inspired by the original Kingdom Hearts video game franchise, the 2- to 6-player game’s objective compels players to acquire the needed Strength and Magic to seal the Door to Darkness and keep Heartless from consuming the communal worlds.

An artful gameboard with three regions, custom marbleized six-sided dice, tokens, and cards maintain the beloved aspects and exploratory spirit of “The Magical Quest Game” while offering lighthearted Disney nostalgia. Memorable locations such as Neverland and Traverse Town, Munny-themed currency, Gummi Paths and more will comprise a brand new journey to the delight of sentimental fans.

Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition is at the forefront of The OP’s recently announced partnership with Games Workshop, and enthusiasts can expect more dynamic titles to come from the collaboration!

Until then, set your sights on The OP’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels for more information, and prepare to besiege your local game store for Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition, the immersive new way for loyal followers and their friends to get lost in both multi-faceted worlds!


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