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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).

Three more code-in-box Switch releases spotted for Europe

Hope you like digital releases

Over in Europe, code-in-box Switch releases are a pretty big deal. Games that got traditional game card releases are now getting another printing for retail, but without the actual game card. Here's the latest slate of games that are jumping from game card to code-in-box release.

- LEGO The Incredibles
- Cars 3
- Lego DC Super Villains

Thanks to Sephiroth_FF for the heads up!

Join Marvel Heroes and Villains in Fortnite Nexus War, available now

The Marvel universe needs your help!

The Nexus War begins now with the launch of Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 4. The lore, legends, Heroes and Villains from Marvel have arrived in Fortnite!

In Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 4, Nexus War, a threat to Reality itself looms over the Island. Drop into the new Season today and join forces with the Lore and Legends of Marvel against Galactus — Devourer of Worlds.

After the Island and the world of Marvel collided, powerful abilities are now at your command. During battle, adopt super-powers like Doctor Doom’s Arcane Gauntlets, Groot’s Bramble Shield, Silver Surfer’s Board, and more arriving later in the Season.

In addition to new super-powers, take action with the Stark Industries Energy Rifle, a distinct weapon from Stark Labs that has a different benefit depending on how you aim. Bring your weapons and powers with you as you explore iconic locations both current and upcoming, such as Doom’s Domain, Sentinel Graveyard, and more.

With the new Season comes the Chapter 2 - Season 4 Battle Pass, with 100 unlockable rewards and a collection of outfit from Marvel Heroes and Villains: Thor, Iron Man, Storm, Doctor Doom, She-Hulk, Mystique, Groot, and Wolverine. Complete each Legend’s special quest to bring out their awakening, a built-in Emote that reveals the Hero or Villain within.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga gameplay to be shown on Aug. 27th, 2020, game appears to be delayed to 2021

No...that's not true...that's impossible!

Some good news and bad news today, gang. Good news is that we're going to see the first gameplay from LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga very soon. The game has been confirmed for Gamescom 2020, and a special gameplay segment will air tomorrow at 2 PM ET. Now for the bad news...

The official listing for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga on LEGO's website has now updated its release date info, and it states that we can expect the game in 2021. Expect an official announcement of the delay to come from tomorrow's gameplay segment.

Star Wars Ep. I: Racer updated to Version 1.0.2

Star Wars Ep. I: Racer has received its second update, bumping the game up to Version 1.0.2. Unfortunately, we don't know any details on what this update includes. If that information is released, we'll be sure to share it via this post.

Thanks to ArmoredFrog for the heads up!

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga getting multiple LEGO sets

10 new sets to collect!

We are thrilled to reveal several new LEGO Star Wars sets which feature in LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga, the highly anticipated new console game featuring all nine Skywalker saga films.

Consumers can enjoy interacting with the same LEGO Star Wars vehicles, starships, and characters in real life and in the game! With a code found inbox, fans can command characters and ships from the following sets.

LEGO® Star Wars™ 501st Legion™ Clone Troopers (75280)
Stage an epic battle between elite 501st Legion Clone Troopers and the Separatist Army’s Battle Droids. Look out for the droids from the AT-RT cockpit using the electrobinoculars. Launch into attack with the BARC Speeder and fire the stud shooters. Fight back with the Battle Droids’ blasters. Who will triumph in this exciting LEGO® Star Wars™ adventure? You decide.
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Anakin’s Jedi™ Interceptor (75281)
Team up with Anakin Skywalker to pilot his awesome LEGO® Star Wars™ Jedi Interceptor! Place trusty droid R2-D2 on the wing, jump into the cockpit and launch into galactic battle. Flip up the wing flaps to attack at speed. Fire the spring-loaded shooters and reload. And when you land remember to grab Anakin’s Lightsaber from under the wing to defend against enemy forces!
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Armored Assault Tank (AAT™) (75283)
Join forces with Jedi hero Ahsoka Tano and Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper against the Battle Droids. Beware! The Droids’ Armored Assault Tank has powerful weapons. Dodge missiles fired from the spring-loaded shooters. And watch out for the AAT’s cannons. You will need to use all your Jedi skills to win this epic Star Wars: The Clone Wars battle!
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Knights of Ren™ Transport Ship (75284)
Danger! The Knights of Ren are chasing Rey in their transport ship! This awesome hover vehicle moves at lightning speed and the Knights can see everything from the cockpit. Take cover to dodge the spring-loaded shooters. Fight back against Kylo Ren’s heavily armed soldiers with Rey’s Lightsaber. You will need to use all your Jedi skills to avoid capture by these bad dudes!
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ General Grievous’s Starfighter™ (75286)
Get set for an epic clash between General Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi! The powerful warlord Grievous is flying into battle in his awesome starfighter. Look out for the spring-loaded shooters. When the starfighter comes in to land, use Obi-Wan’s Lightsaber and the Airborne Clone Trooper’s blaster to challenge the warlord. Who will win this thrilling Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith battle? You decide!
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ AT-AT™ (75288)
Join Luke Skywalker on the Hoth battlefield and challenge General Veers in the mighty AT-AT. Stay clear of the legs of this huge combat walker. Dodge the spring-loaded shooters. And watch out for the Snowtroopers attacking on the speeder bike with their tripod gun. Use Luke’s Lightsaber to fight off other Imperial troopers. Then throw the thermal detonator into the AT-AT to try to topple it!
Release: August 1, 2020
Additionally, unlock codes come with the following LEGO Star Wars products to let fans play with a character or ship from those sets in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. The Razor Crest and Resistance I-TS Transport codes are the only way to get these special playable ships in the game.

LEGO® Star Wars™ Death Star™ Final Duel (75291)
Help Luke Skywalker tackle Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine in an epic Death Star battle! Overpower the Imperial Royal Guards and enter the Emperor’s throne room. Challenge Darth Vader to a Lightsaber duel. Force-jump onto the bridge, but watch out – it may collapse in battle! And stay well clear of the reactor shaft. Will Darth Vader save his son Luke when Emperor Palpatine attacks? You decide! Look for a code to unlock the Emperor character from this set in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game.
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ The Razor Crest™ (75292)
Fly to the outer reaches of the galaxy in The Mandalorian’s armored transport shuttle, The Razor Crest! It’s got everything you need for a mission – a big cargo hold for carbonite bounty, spring-loaded shooters, escape pod… and even a bed to get some rest! When you land, grab the weapons and prepare for battle. Protect the Child and defeat Scout Trooper to prove you are the ultimate warrior! Look for a code to unlock the Razor Crest vehicle from this set in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game.
Release: September 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Resistance I-TS Transport (75293)
All aboard the awesome Resistance I-TS Transport to begin another exciting mission with Lieutenant Bek and Vi Moradi. Put the Astromech Droid and GNK Power Droid in the cargo hold. Jump in the cockpit, power up the engines and blast off! You never know what you might encounter at Galaxy’s Edge. If enemy starfighters attack, fire the 4 rotating stud shooters and 4 rear shooters to take them down! Look for a code to unlock the Resistance I-TS Transport vehicle from this set in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game.
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar (75279)
Get set for daily festive fun with this LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar! There is a surprise, buildable gift behind each door. Find popular characters in Christmas gear, plus starships and locations. Look out for a code to unlock the holiday-themed Snow Gonk character from this set in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga video game.
Release: September 1, 2020

More information on LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will come this summer.

Preorder LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga at Best Buy and get a free SteelBook Case

What a steel!

Well here's a great reason to preorder your copy of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga from Best Buy. The retailer is offering a special SteelBook Case along with your purchase, and at no additional cost either! The case, seen above, pays tribute to the infamous moment when Han Solo was encased in carbonite. A fantastic idea for a SteelBook case, and you can snag yours here.

Dutch Funko POP! website lists an Epic Mickey-themed shirt, leading to all sorts of speculation

Why now, of all times?

Epic Mickey was a short-lived franchise that debuted on the Wii, and then saw a follow-up on the Wii U. That second game came out in 2012, and we really haven't heard anything about Epic Mickey as a brand since. That's what makes today's listing so odd.

A dutch Funko POP! website has added the t-shirt listing you see above. It certainly seems odd to add a new Epic Mickey-themed bit of merch in 2020, after so many years of radio silence. Some people are taking this as a hint at something more to come from the Epic Mickey brand, be it a new game, a re-release, or something else. Of course, that's all speculation for the time being. We'll just have to hang tight and see if Disney has anything to announce.

Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

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