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Square-Enix creates an AR promo for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

A little mobile magic

In advance of Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory's release, Square-Enix has put together a neat AR tribute that you can see on your smartphone. If you visit this page on the Japanese hub page for Kingdom Hearts, you'll get access to a special music staff. Point your phone's camera at the staff and let the magic begin. We've also included the staff below.

If you don't have a phone capable of doing this, you can see what the experience is like via the video at the top of this post.

Check out the full track list for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

A little bit of everything

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory has 143 songs, and we finally have a look at the full track list. We've seen pieces/parts for awhile now, but today we get the complete rundown. Check out the tunes below, complete with the entries in the franchise they're tied to.

KINGDOM HEARTS

- Dive into the Heart -Destati-
- Destiny Islands
- Bustin' Up on the Beach
- Kairi I
- Night of Fate
- Destiny's Force
- Traverse Town
- Shrouding Dark Cloud
- Welcome to Wonderland
- To Our Surprise
- Olympus Coliseum
- Go for it!
- Squirming Evil
- Hand in Hand
- A Day in Agrabah
- Arabian Dream
- A Very Small Wish
- Monstrous Monstro
- Under the Sea
- An Adventure in Atlantica
- This is Halloween
- Spooks of Halloween Town
- Captain Hook's Pirate Ship
- Pirate's Gigue
- Hollow Bastion
- Scherzo di Notte
- End of the World
- Fragments of Sorrow
- Guardando nel buio
- Simple and Clean

KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX

- One-Winged Angel (from FINAL FANTASY VII)
- Another Side

KINGDOM HEARTS Re: Chain of Memories

- The Force in You
- Naminé
- Castle Oblivion
- Forgotten Challenge
- Lord of the Castle

KINGDOM HEARTS II

- Sanctuary ~opening version~
- Lazy Afternoons
- Sinister Sundown
- Tension Rising
- The 13th Struggle
- Roxas
- Sora
- The Afternoon Streets
- Working Together
- Magical Mystery
- Reviving Hollow Bastion
- Scherzo di Notte
- Desire for All That Is Lost
- Waltz of the Damned
- Dance of the Daring
- The Home of Dragons
- Fields of Honor
- Vim and Vigor
- The Underworld
- What Lies Beneath
- Rowdy Rumble
- Monochrome Dreams
- Old Friends, Old Rivals
- Part of Your World
- Adventures in the Savannah
- Savannah Pride
- Space Paranoids
- Byte Bashing
- Sinister Shadows
- The 13th Dilemma
- Sacred Moon
- Deep Drive
- Riku
- Darkness of the Unknown

KINGDOM HEARTS II -FINAL MIX-

- What A Surprise?!
- Happy Holidays!
- The Other Promise
- Rage Awakened
- Fate of the Unknown

KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days

- Musique pour la tristesse de Xion
- Secret of Neverland
- Crossing to Neverland
- Fight and Away
- Vector to the Heavens
- Another Side -Battle Ver.-

KINGDOM HEARTS Birth By Sleep

- The Promised Beginning
- Future Masters
- Terra
- The Secret Whispers
- Risky Romp
- Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo
- Castle Escapade
- The Silent Forest
- The Rustling Forest
- The Tumbling
- Ventus
- Enter the Darkness
- Radiant Garden
- Black Garden
- Black Powder
- The Encounter -Birth by Sleep Version-
- Mickey Mouse March
- Up Down Adventure
- Hau'oli, Hau'oli
- Mákaukau?
- Daydream upon Neverland
- Neverland's Scherzo
- Rage Awakened -The Origin-
- Aqua
- Dismiss

KINGDOM HEARTS Re: coded

- Wonder of Electron
- No More Bugs!!

KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]

- Traverse in Trance
- Hand to Hand
- CALLING - KINGDOM MIX -
- Le Sanctuaire
- La Cloche
- Majestic Wings
- Access the Grid
- Digital Domination
- The Fun Fair
- Prankster's Party
- One for All
- All for One
- Sacred Distance
- Deep Drop
- L'Oscurita dell'Ignot
- L'Impeto Oscuro
- The Eye of Darkness

KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-

- Wave of Darkness I

KINGDOM HEARTS III

- You've Got a Friend in Me - KINGDOM HEARTS III Version -
- Happy Hair Day
- Monster Smash!
- Let It Go
- Robot Overdrive
- Graveyard Labyrinth
- Rise of the Union
- Don't Think Twice

KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour- Album

- Destati

Piano Collections KINGDOM HEARTS

- Hand in Hand
- Working Together - Allegro vivace
- 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

Dataminer finds list of banned words for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory players

From honkers to pubes

Want to get yourself in trouble when playing Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory? Try to use one of the many, many words that Square-Enix has blocked from the game. It's not clear what happens if you try to use these words. The game will probably just tell you that the word/phrase isn't allowed and that's that. If you somehow find a way to get by these filtered words, prepare for Square-Enix to take action.

We've placed the list of words after the jump, as quite a few of them are offensive in numerous ways. You've been warned.

Click here to read the rest of the story...

RUMOR: Tetsuya Nomura may be hinting at more Kingdom Hearts content for Switch

Here come the Smash rumors...

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is coming to the Switch in less than a month, marking the first time the series has appeared on the platform. It might not be a mainline Kingdom Hearts game, but it's better than nothing!

Fans have been hopeful that this game could be an entry point for more Kingdom Hearts games on Switch, and today there's a little glimmer of hope for the future. In an interview with a Nintendo Dream magazine, Kingdom Hearts creator
Tetsuya Nomura is asked about the franchise being on Switch. You can see the back-and-forth conversation below, as translated by Styster.

Interviewer: Nomura-san, there hasn't really been an opportunity to have a Kingdom Hearts title you worked on appear on a Nintendo system, has there?

Nomura: No. However, I think we'll be able to deliver something [to Nintendo fans] in the not-too-distant future...

Interviewer: How exciting! We are really looking forward to this!

Now there are a few things to point out. We don't have the full context of this interview, but we do know it's from the November 2020 issue. That means the interview most likely has some chatter about Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory. It would be extremely odd for Nomura to tease something for Nintendo fans, and have that turn out to be Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory. Also, there would be no point in being coy about the game if it were Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory. That title was announced long ago, and fans have known it was coming for months and months now.

We still need to see the full interview to see the context of the discussion, but this little snippet does seem to tease something new on the way. Let's cross our fingers and toes for something big!

Thanks ton Dondom95 for the heads up!

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory demo gameplay

The Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory demo is supposedly launching today in North America, but the only region it's available in right now is Japan. You can hop on the Japanese eShop right now and snag the demo if you can't wait. If you don't mind holding out, you can at least watch some demo gameplay above.

Free demo of Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory releasing today

Use your memory to remember to download this!

Last month, Square Enix announced that Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory would be getting a Switch eShop demo in "mid-October," but we now have an exact release date for the free download... it's today! The demo includes 6 playable songs (four Field Battle Music Stages and two Co-op Music Stages).

Free demo of Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory announced for mid-October

It's music to my ears!

Square Enix has announced that a free trial for Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory will be available sometime in mid-October. Contents of the demo and a final release date have yet to be announced.

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory launches for Nintendo Switch on November 13th, 2020 (11th in Japan).

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory co-director says the game's initial prototype made people sick

Not a good sign

Games go through a lot of testing and work-ups before they see release to the public. There are always kinks to work out and hurdles to leap. In the case of Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, the team had to figure out how to stop making people sick.

In an interview with Nintendo Life, co-director Masanobu Suzui mentioned that the early prototypes for the game ended up making people motion sick due to movement. That obviously needed to be tweaked before the rest of the game could move forward!

"First of all the camera was quite difficult - it ended up making a lot of people motion sick - so we had to create a lot of different prototypes and this camera element and the action elements are areas that we've tweaked a lot as we've gone on."

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory teases what's next for the franchise, says the co-director

The best is yet to come

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory may be a spin-off, but that doesn't mean it won't push the Kingdom Hearts series forward in some ways. In an interview with IGN, Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory's co-director teases that the title will be interesting to series fans who want a glimpse of what's next.

“I think it is a summary of sorts. The current story arc that came to a conclusion with the end of Kingdom Hearts 3 is all summed up here in a nice, easy to digest format. It's a really great entrance for new fans who want to come in and pick that up and learn about [Kingdom Hearts]. But for the old fans who've really followed Kingdom Hearts up until now and know a lot about it, there are hints about what's coming next,” he explains. “Not quite a signpost, if you will, but just a few little tidbits and there.”

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory co-director on why the game is coming to Switch, says Tetsuya Nomura is very interested in the platform

It's about time!

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is making its way to Switch later this year, marking the first time that the series is coming to the platform. Why did Square-Enix think Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory was a good fit for Switch? Masanobu Suzui, co-director for the game, explained in an interview with NTower.

First of all, the Nintendo Switch is just a really nice console and Nomura-san as well is very interested in the Nintendo Switch as a console. It is also a really popular console worldwide at the moment and so it is really loved by a lot of people. So we were thinking that we really wanted to include it as a platform from the very beginning of development. And because obviously, it's got such a wide base; that's one of the reasons why we thought about including this friend battle royale mode. And since it is obviously a new console for us, we wanted to try and bring the music of Disney and Shimomura-san to as many people as possible and to those new people out there as well. So we really hope it will reach them.

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