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Welcome to the Keyhole's version of Jiminy's Journal (not to be confused with the real deal). We will try our best to record what goes on around here on this page and the main page. All major Keyhole and Kingdom Hearts related events will be listed here. Only the Keyhole's Staff may add entries to the Jiminy's Journal. The executive editor is FinalRest.

If you have a piece of news you think we should write about, leave a message on this page.

  • Staff, when adding a entry, please add a creative title to the entry, along with the date. The format on writing an entry can be found below:
    • ===''TITLE HERE'' <small><small>(DATE HERE<sup>st/nd/rd</sup>)</small></small>===
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  • Staff, also be sure to update the Recent News template too, after writing an entry.

October 2014

Further Developments (October 13th)

-- BubbieLeft_zpsf4906095.gif I'm Cap'n of you, Whale! BubbieRight_zpsf5663e8b.gif 01:41, October 13, 2014 (UTC)

Let's kick things off with the biggest news of the moment: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX has been released in Japan! Although it's a few months more before the HD release graces international shelves, a tidal wive of information about the game is sweeping the internet and the game is selling like hotcakes!

To keep the excitement flowing a new English trailer, titled Introducing the Magic, was released for the game. Gaming store Gamestop also released a new trailer for the ReMIX, featuring lots of new scenes. Both of these awesome trailers can be viewed below

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX - Introducing the Magic Trailer
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX - GameStop Trailer

The Kingdom Hearts Memorial Ultimania has also hit the stores, spoiling fans with a wealth of exciting new information. You can read some of the translations over at our affiliate KH13's article here, alongside some interesting relationship charts.

Tetsuya Nomura has talked Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts III in Famitsu Weekly. Head on over to KH13's translations to see what he has to say!

An official Kingdom Hearts instagram has just been launched! Not much has been posted on the account just yet, but the account has already been flooded with a bunch of support in the form of Kingdom Hearts fans followers!

In other social media news, the Keyhole is happy to announce the launch of its official Tumblr! Check it out and follow us for Kingdom Hearts appreciation!

Another big release for our wiki comes in the form of a magazine. That's right, Issue 2 of our wiki magazine is now available to read! The joint project between the Keyhole and KHWiki now comes with a proper name, the Twilight Times. Check out the second issue for puzzles, theories, news, podcasts and so so much more!

That's all from the Journal for now! See you next time!

September 2014

New Releases (September 29th)

-- LadyLuckLeft_zps7afe4e94.png Final Rest LadyLuckRight_zpsface5b41.png 03:04, September 29, 2014 (UTC)

It's a quick update today, but one filled with lots of Kingdom Hearts news!

New screenshots from the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX have been revealed by the sites 4gamer and Gamer! You can check out the shots here and here.

Keeping in the HD theme, the official soundtracks for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX have been announced! The soundtracks will be released individually in Japan on November 26, with a special bundled box that includes both soundtracks also ready for release. You can find more details over at KH13.

In more merchandise news, three Kingdom Hearts II themed keychains have been revealed. The keychains come in the form of Sleeping Lion, Ultima Weapon and Fenrir and will be available sometime in December. Check them out below!

Fenrir Keychain Sleeping Lion Keychain Ultima Weapon Keychain

Our last piece of news comes from popular gaming magazine Famitsu Weekly, which recently featured a special interview with the creator of Kingdom Hearts, Tetsuya Nomura. You can read the interview in full over on KH13, thanks to the translations provided by thier user goldplanner!

Also remember to get voting at our Underdrome and see what you can do to help out with the second issue of our Wiki Magazine, which will be coming out soon!

Phase Two (September 8th)

-- Come on everybody, just tap tap, twist your body 02:49, September 8, 2014 (UTC)

It's not long before Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX hits the shelves, so it makes sense that the upcoming remaster has been the forefront of the Kingdom Hearts collection in recent weeks! The game was featured at PAX Prime 2014, where a special playable demo was available to Enix fans. IGN uploaded not one but two videos of gameplay gold, which you can check out below!


Days later a special Japanese trailer was released, showcasing Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, the three games that will be collected in 2.5 ReMIX. Make sure you watch in 1080p to see how stunning the new release will be!


Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- Final Trailer


Keeping on the topic of HD remasters, a huge milestone has been reached by Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-! The game has officially been announced as a PS3 greatest hits title, which means it has sold over 500,000 copies! This means that a greatest hit ribbon will now adorn the 1.5 ReMIX boxart.


Greatest Hits Cover Art KHHD1


Back here at the Keyhole, the Underdrome has come to a close and the next group of champions has been selected! Head on over to the Paradox Cup and the Second Chance Bracket to check out who progressed! Make sure you vote for who you think should be the champion of 2014!

The next issue of our wiki magazine is also coming up, so make sure you head on over to the Journalist Spot to help out! We welcome all volunteers!

That's all we've got for now! Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- has also been confirmed to make an appearance at the Tokyo Game Show (held September 18 to September 21) and the GameStop Expo (September 10), so look forward to more news!

July 2014

Unlocked (July 9th)

-- RoseLeft_zps48281cb0.png This concludes my wonderful story! RoseRight_zpsced445e6.png 16:06, July 9, 2014 (UTC)

It's time for Keyhole news! It's been a busy few months, but the work has been worth it, because it's resulted in a truly fantastic project! But we'll save that for last! First, let's head over to the affiliates section...

...so we can welcome two new affiliates to the Keyhole family! Please give a warm welcome to news sites KH13.com and DestinyIslands.com! Both sites are staple news outlets in the Kingdom Hearts community, and we're honoured to list them among our affiliates! Make sure you take a look at both sites and thank them for helping keep the Kingdom Hearts fans up to date!

If you were hanging around the Keyhole during the month of April, you may have noticed something a little... funny. Has Square Enix really just announced Goofy as a God of the Forest? And why was staff member RoxasXIIILK's name spray painted everywhere? This type of craziness must be a joke, right? Well, it was! The first of April was filled with mixed up main pages, fake Kingdom Hearts III worlds and even a bit of staff-on-staff pranking! To take a look at all the madness, head on over to our April Fool's Day Joke 2014 page!

Two big projects have recently been underway on the Keyhole! The first involves a place that most of you are familiar with: The Underdrome! That's right, your favourite voting arena is back! Custodian Chainoffire is hard at work orchestrating the heated battles, and this year we're hoping to go bigger and better! We've got special themes in place to spice things up, so make sure you get voting!

As if that wasn't big enough, there's one more project that we've put bucketloads of effort into! We are extremely happy to announce the launch of our first ever wiki magazine! After months of work alongside the lovely editors at KHWiki.com, our first issue was released at the beginning of July. The magazine contains news about Kingdom Hearts, the Keyhole and KHWiki.com, tutorials, user debate, interviews, puzzles, lists, fan theories, *takes a deep breathe*, reviews, art and SO MUCH MORE! Also nestled in it's wonderful pages is a special wiki podcast! For lots of fun listening and reading, make sure you check out the full first issue here!

Issue 1 Icon

The magazine will be a quarterly release, with a second issue planned for October! If you'd like to get involved, head on over to our Journalist Spot and get involved. Don't be afraid, because it's a huge amount of fun to work on!

That's all the news for now! Exciting things are always happening in the Kingdom Hearts series and at our wiki, so I'm sure I'll see you again very soon!

Wallets at the ready! (July 8th)

-- LadyLuckLeft_zps7afe4e94.png Final Rest LadyLuckRight_zpsface5b41.png 15:06, July 8, 2014 (UTC)

After the bombardment of news yesterday, we've now got a few updates on the ever expanding list of Kingdom Hearts merchandise! But before we get to that, let's take a look at some of the interviews that have been released since our last journal entry!

During the E3 convention, Tai Yasue, co-director of Kingdom Hearts, talked briefly about the special feature of Kingdom Hearts III in the latest trailer for Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- (if you missed the tease, check it out in our last journal entry). To see what he said about the small feature, head on over here!

The co-director was also busy outside of E3, giving an interesting creator's interview to Degenki magazine where he talked development changes, favourite battles and voice recording.

Yasue was also interviewed for the popular Famitsu magazine in mid-June. You can see the magazine scans and a transcript of the interview here.

Merchandising surprises were in full flow at E3, with the first excitement coming from the announcement of a Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- official soundtrack! Good news is better in pairs, which means the side announcement of a Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- soundtrack is just as awesome!

In jewellery news, a special Wayfinder pendant has been revealed!

Wayfinder Necklace

The necklace is made of silver and will be available for approximately $110 USD on the 25th of July!

To accompany the Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-, a memorial ultimania will be unleashed on October 2nd! The ultimania, which will cost around $30 USD, will offer a deep insight into the entirety of the Kingdom Hearts series, from characters to keyblades and all that's in between! Make sure you get your copy, because this book is a must have for any Kingdom Hearts collector!

Finally, a Kingdom Hearts themed treat is in store for any fans of the social app LINE. The popular messaging service has revealed a smorgasbord of Kingdom Hearts stickers, for users to send to their friends! Amongst the stickers are Unversed, Organization XIII and our favourite Disney characters, so go and take a look!

And that's all the latest merchandise news! The conclusion to this three part catch up will be released tomorrow, with a look at all the exciting things that have been happening at our very own wiki! Make sure you check back in, because some really amazing things have taken place at the Keyhole since our last journal entries! See you then!

Re:connect! (July 7th)

-- BubbieLeft_zpsf4906095.gif I'm Cap'n of you, Whale! BubbieRight_zpsf5663e8b.gif 11:29, July 7, 2014 (UTC)

It has been a while since we've had an entry in our journal, hasn't it? Well, a lot has happened since our last update, so we've got quite a bit to catch up on! For today's entry, we'll be taking a look at one of the series' hottest topics right now: Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-!

Back in June the E3 convention was held, and Square Enix was there with bells on! Enix pushed the upcoming HD re-master Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- to the forefront, and kicked off a flurry of news by announcing an official release date for the new title. The new collection will be released on October 2nd in Japan, December 2nd in North America and December 5th in Europe!

To further sweeten the news, a new trailer was released for the HD game, which you can view below! Make sure you watch all the way to the end, because there's a little surprise at the end!

E3 2014 Trailer

It was also announced that the Japanese version of the game will come with special codes for Kingdom Hearts χ! The codes will unlock an anniversary set containing a rare key art card and more!

The final piece of release news was that Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- will come in various bundles packages. These bundles include:

  • A copy of both Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- and Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-
  • A copy of both Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- and Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-, a Blu-ray music disc and a concept art book
  • A copy of Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- and a limited edition figure of Sora in his Kingdom Hearts II Limit Form from the Play Arts Figures Kai set
  • A copy of both Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- and Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- and a limited edition figure of Sora in his Kingdom Hearts II Limit Form from the Play Art Kai set
  • A copy of both Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- and Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-, a Blu-ray music disc, a concept art book and a limited edition figure of Sora in his Kingdom Hearts II Limit Form from the Play Art Kai set

Which bundle do you hope to get your hands on?

An interview with the co-director of the Kingdom Hearts series, Tai Yasue, was also held at E3. During his talk it was revealed that the Mirage Arena would NOT be playable online upon Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX-'s release, but tweaks have been made to the arena to allow for a new experience. New cutscenes for the Kingdom Hearts Re:coded theatre mode were also announced, and it has been confirmed that some of these cutscenes will include never before seen content! For more of Yasue's interview, check out KHInsider!

If images are your thing, then Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- has you covered! A horde of new screenshots were released late May, followed by renders and more screenshots mid-June and some brand new character renders in early July. You can see these renders here, but the new poses of Sora, Donald and Goofy are below.

Sora (KHIIFM) KHIIHD Donald Duck (KHIIFM) KHIIHD Goofy (KHIIFM) KHIIHD

Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- was also highlighted in Famitsu Weekly and Degenki Playstation, getting a special spread in both magazines!

That's all we've got on 2.5 for now! Check back in tomorrow, for news about interviews and merchandise! See you then!

March 2014

Strapping Cards and Connected Hearts (March 15th)

-- Come on everybody, just tap tap, twist your body 11:53, March 14, 2014 (UTC)

Greetings from the first Jiminy's Journal entry of 2014! It's been a while, but the Kingdom Hearts merchandise train is finally rolling again, with the tease of some Kingdom Hearts II rubber straps!

KHII Rubber Straps

The straps were revealed by Hidemi Matsuzuka, the General Manager of Square Enix's Merchandising Division, but no further information has yet been given about them. We'll keep you posted!

Hidemi also revealed a new Kingdom Hearts themed card case, which can be viewed below. There is also no information about when this product will be released.

Card Case

Moving onto game news, Tetsuya Nomura has recently revealed that online game Kingdom Hearts χ would hold a small connection to the widely anticipated upcoming game Kingdom Hearts III. This tidbit of information was intergrated into the script of the mysterious 5 characters collectively known as the Foretellers, and the quote related to Kingdom Hearts III can be found below:

"The war in that place will lead to the defeat and destruction of the Light.
The World will be enveloped in eternal Darkness.
"
—Chirithy

The full context of this quote as well as more information on the foretellers can be found at Kingdom Hearts Insider.

Our last bit of news for the day comes from a recent issue of Famitsu, which included an interview with Tetsuya Nomura. Although full translations of the interview are not yet available, a translated summary by Kingdom Hearts Insider's Zephyr confirms that the recording for Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- is now complete! This is great news for anyone looking forward to the HD remakes of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts coded!

That's all we have for now! We here at the Keyhole hope that you have been having a wonderful year so far, and we also hope that this year is a great one for both the KH series, the Keyhole and, of course, all our wonderful users!

December 2013

Happenings over the Holidays (December 23rd)

-- Spade_zps679382e3.png Diamond_zpsfdfd0b13.png FINALREST Club_zps06bfa1b5.png Heart_zps10c06240.png 05:04, December 23, 2013 (UTC)

Although it's been a while since we've had any big news about our favourite series, Tetsuya Nomura is on the interview path again, as he sat down with Game Informer magazine for a brief chat about Kingdom Hearts III. During the talk he told fans to anticipate the reveal of all the members of the Thirteen Darknesses and The Seven Lights, and he also sharing a little bit about Sora's upcoming transforming Keyblade ability. You can read more of Nomura's comments over at Kingdom Hearts Insider here.

The most anticipated news of the season was the appearance of Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- at last weeks Jump Fiesta 2014 convention, which brought with it a new trailer for the second addition in the Kingdom Hearts HD series! The trailer shows gameplay and footage from the collection of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts coded, so make you check it out below!

Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- Jump Fiesta 2014 Trailer

And, on that exciting note...

Keyhole Holiday Image

October 2013

Trick or Treat? (October 31st)

-- Spade_zps679382e3.png Diamond_zpsfdfd0b13.png FINALREST Club_zps06bfa1b5.png Heart_zps10c06240.png 12:28, October 30, 2013 (UTC)

It's the scariest time of the year and our Kingdom Hearts bag is filling up with both tricks and treats! Let's empty out our bags and see what we've collected since the last post!

For those hoping to learn a little bit more about the TREATSs from the D23 Expo in Japan look no further than the event wrap up provided by gamer.jp! Kingdom Hearts Insider once again provides translations, and reading the article is the next best thing to attending the convention in person! So, get reading!

Series creator Tetsuya Nomura TREATed the fans to another interview when he sat down with the YouTube channel for PlayStation Japan for a special video for their Conversations with Creators segment. Famitsu kindly provided a full transcript of the interview, while @sqexgal provided translations which can be read here.

Although fans that were anticipating the new Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- game guide were TRICKed by a faulty release date that was changed not once, but twice, their was a collective sigh of relief when the guide book was finally released last week. If you need help working through the HD collection, or you just want another stunning item for your KH collection, make sure you grab your copy now!

Oh, and before I forget...

Lock, Shock, and Barrel KHII


Happy Halloween!

ParaDOX, ReMIX, TraiLER (October 16th)

-- BubbieLeft_zpsf4906095.gif I'm Cap'n of you, Whale! BubbieRight_zpsf5663e8b.gif 11:32, October 15, 2013 (UTC)

As previously mentioned, the Kingdom Hearts series made a large appearance at the D23 Expo in Japan this week, and it seems that the announcements that the fans were disappointed weren't included at the Tokyo Game Show were in fact being saved for this event!

The first piece of news came with the confirmation that Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- will be released in 2014! The game will be another PS3 exclusive release and will include a compilation of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, while Kingdom Hearts Re:coded will be represented by cinematic videos, much like Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days was in Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-. A special trailer for the game was shown at the convention, which can be viewed below.

Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- D23 Trailer

To celebrate the announcement the official website for the game was opened, and you can check it out here. If you can't wait to get your hands on the game, you better make sure to preorder your copy!

As if that news isn't exciting enough, the Kingdom Hearts teams wasn't finished there! Later on at the Expo a brand new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III was revealed! The one and a half minute long video shows our familiar friend Sora fighting against some Heartless while also receiving support from old pals Donald and Goofy. Some new areas are also revealed as Sora battles on a "Pirate Ship", and then against the Rock Titan while riding the train on the "Big Magic Mountain". But why should you listen to my account of the trailer? Check it out below!

Kingdom Hearts III D23 Trailer

To wrap this entry up, let's head on back to the Keyhole, where the next phase of the Underdrome Arena is well underway! The winners from the first part of the battle are now facing off against one another in the Paradox Cup, so make sure to vote so your favourite sticks around until the last battle!

The losers from the first Underdrome fights aren't completely out for the count, and now they're being pit against one another in the Second Chance Bracket! If your favourite fighter was knocked out in the first round, then vote now to give them another shot at victory!

The Charms of Chatting (October 2nd)

-- RoseLeft_zps48281cb0.png This concludes my wonderful story! RoseRight_zpsced445e6.png 07:32, October 2, 2013 (UTC)

In merchandise news, a special set of charms have been revealed featuring Shadow, Dusk, Flood, Meow Wow and Meowjesty! Product manager Hidemi Matsuzuka tweeted an image of the straps a few days ago, which feature miniaturized versions of the popular enemies. Sadly the prices and release dates of the character straps are currently unknown. Check them out below!

Enemy Character Straps

Regarding interviews, gaming website RPGSite had a sit down with the series' producer Shinji Hashimoto and composer Yoko Shimomura. The duo talk about HD for Xbox, their favourite Kingdom Hearts things, and what it's been like to work on the game for over eleven years in the full interview, which can be found here.

IGN has posted an interesting article where they also talked with the aforementioned duo here. Although they were unable to comment on the series' future ahead of Kingdom Hearts III, they did hint that another HD remix might be in the works if Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- is well received!

Back home at the Keyhole the Underdrome has come to its conclusion. Don't worry though, because the Paradox Arena will be opening soon to continue on the intense battles. Who will come out the champion? Stay tuned to find out!

Also, with a new month comes a new tea party, so if you have any issue you want to discuss with the staff or your fellow members, head on over to the forum to share your thoughts!

September 2013

KH@TGS (September 25th)

-- BeemoLeft_zpsfba94d29.gif I'm gonna wish for a hat! BeemoRight_zps508af3da.gif 11:27, September 25, 2013 (UTC)

September is not the only thing coming to a close, as the Tokyo Game Show has just wrapped up. While news about the Kingdom Hearts series was sparse, there have been a few tidbits of information revealed to the public!

One of the few videos shown for the series is another special trailer for the recently released Kingdom Hearts χ! The trailer narrates the events since the August update of the game, so if you're looking to catch up on what's been going on, be sure to watch the video below. Please note that because the online RPG is only available in Japan, the trailer is only available in the Japanese language. Subtitles are not currently available.

Story Trailer

Publishers Gangan Comics also announced they were releasing digital versions of the Japanese Kingdom Hearts manga! Each volume will cost approximately $4 USD and are available through Amazon Japan or the Yahoo! Japan Bookstore. Kingdom Hearts Insider has provided links to the e-book portals here.

Exciting news for fans of the Kingdom Hearts soundtracks came when fan favourite Yoko Shimomura announced she would be working on the music for the upcoming game Kingdom Hearts III. Yoko has worked on the series' music since its creation eleven years ago, so the composition is sure to be in good hands!

Although the news surrounding our favourite series was minimal at best, fans were still happy to see Kingdom Hearts III go home with the Japan Game Award for Future Developments title. With this boost of confidence in the developer's belts, here's hoping we'll get to some more news very soon!

Release and Launch! (September 11th)

-- Come on everybody, just tap tap, twist your body 11:47, September 11, 2013 (UTC)

It's been around a year since it's announcement, but Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- is finally being released across the world! The new addition has just been rolled out across North America, and will be unleashed in Australia and Europe in just a few days. Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- is the first Kingdom Hearts game available for the PlayStation 3, and is also the first HD release of the series. International fans of the series will be able to play an English version of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix for the first time, as well as enjoy Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days in a spectacular re-mastered rendition. If you haven't got the game just yet, be sure to check out the launch trailer below.

Launch Trailer

Alternatively, if you want a closer look at the game's release, North American Kingdom Hearts product manager Mat Kishimoto has uploaded a video where he unboxes the new game, while giving some special insight into the package's content and artwork.

Unboxing Demonstration

The game's release also means that we have Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- related pages in need of updating, so make sure you pitch in!

Moving from the present to the future, PlayStation Japan has launched an official website for Kingdom Hearts III. Although the site (linked here) hasn't yet shown any previously unknown information, fans are hoping for updates soon, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled!

Bringing it back home with some wiki news, we have recently implemented a new means of discussion, in the forms of our monthly "Tea Parties". These special forums will be opened at the beginning of each month and will serve as a continuous roundtable discussion for our staff or anyone else that wants to chip in. If you have something you would like to discuss, don't be afraid to pop on over to the forum and let us know what you're thinking!

Finally, the Underdrome is in its final weeks! The arena is winding down to gear up for its next stage, the Paradox Cup, so before we move on to stage two, make sure you get in and vote VOTE VOTE!

August 2013

August Roundup (August 31st)

-- LadyLuckLeft_zps7afe4e94.png Final Rest LadyLuckRight_zpsface5b41.png 01:37, August 31, 2013 (UTC)

We've reached the end of August and boy has it been a news filled month! Before August becomes September, we've got one final news push, so let's get right into it!

Following the recent additions to online game Kingdom Hearts χ, popular Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has recently revealed that even more content will be added to the newest Kingdom Hearts addition. Special attack and assist cards will be available for a limited time via special codes or fighting raid bosses. The cards will be based on popular characters like Kairi, Naminé and Roxas, so be sure to snoop around for your chance to upgrade your character with some awesome new strategies! Outfits modelled after Agrabah inhabitants Aladdin and Jasmine will also make an appearance, for those who like to deck your players out as much as possible. Director Tetsuya Nomura made a cryptic announcement in the article, explaining that the story of χ will soon begin to lead into the main series of the KH franchise. For players to learn more about this, Nomura hinted that you should keep an eye on the behaviour of an unrevealed "mysterious person". I wonder what could be in store!

Since its announcement not too long ago, fans have eagerly been clinging to any and all information relating to the next big Kingdom Hearts release, Kingdom Hearts III. Well, more exciting news might be coming our way soon as it has been confirmed that both Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts χ will be making an appearance at the Tokyo Game Show! It is currently unknown what Square Enix plans to reveal about the games, but at the event attendees will be able to collect a sampler CD that contains music from the KH series alongside themes form other popular Square Enix titles. Many are expecting the currently unannounced Kingdom Hearts -HD 2.5 ReMIX- to also make a surprise appearance, much like Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- did one year ago. Here's hoping that the event will be an exciting one for all Kingdom Hearts fans!

Last but not least, yet another trailer for the aforementioned Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- has been released. The trailer showcases scenes from Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, as well as the cinematic inclusions of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

Gameplay Trailer

Remember that it's only a few weeks until the HD Remix is released in NA and PAL regions, so be sure to pre-order your copy if you haven't already!

To Ask or Not to Ask... (August 20th)

-- BeemoLeft_zpsfba94d29.gif I'm gonna wish for a hat! BeemoRight_zps508af3da.gif 14:10, August 19, 2013 (UTC)

A few short weeks ago this journal highlighted the upcoming D23 Expo in Japan and since then, one more exciting development has presented itself! Right now, those who are signed up to to the Square Enix Japan site have the opportunity to send and have their questions answered by any of the voice actors or development team members that will be present at the Kingdom Hearts event! If you hold an account at the aforementioned site, head on over to the link provided above and get asking! Unfortunately, not all questions can be answered, so selected questions will be drawn at random for the event. To make this event even more enticing, users whose questions are selected will receive a special Gold Ticket and Ether package for Kingdom Hearts χ. Make sure to take a look at the site!

The countdown for the NA/PAL release of Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- is drawing closer to its end, but that doesn't mean the promotion cycle for the series' first ever HD game is slowing down! It has just been announced that publisher Prima Games will be releasing an official strategy guide for Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX-! The guide will be titled Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix: Prima's Official Game Guide and will be released worldwide on the 24th of September. The book will include information on all treasures, bosses and more, helping you achieve the perfect 100% completion game. The guide is now available for pre-order at a range of stores, so be sure to grab your copy as soon as possible!

Summer Smackdown! (August 14th)

-- Come on everybody, just tap tap, twist your body 21:51, August 13, 2013 (UTC)

For all of our new Kingdom Hearts χ fans, we have an exciting announcement for you! It has recently been revealed that, in the spirit of summer, new content will be released for the game on the 15th of this very month! Yep, you heard right, tomorrow will be a big day in the world of Kingdom Hearts online gaming!

In a special update, developers revealed that on the 15th a new boost card will be made available from a new heartless opponent. New Heartless will appear for a short time, with the update promising that these new enemies will have a very surprising power. New areas and storyline will be added, and it seems like a certain feline is growing in quite a startling manner! Finally, a new raid will be revealed, promoting team work and smart strategy amongst the players.

So make sure you check out Kingdom Hearts χ this month, because things sure are heating up! Once again, thanks to Zephyr from Kingdom Hearts Insider for the translations.

A Bunch of Numbers (August 9th)

-- BeemoLeft_zpsfba94d29.gif I'm gonna wish for a hat! BeemoRight_zps508af3da.gif 04:52, August 9, 2013 (UTC)

It's August already, which means that we have just a little over a month left before the release of Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 ReMIX- outside of Japan! If you can't wait until the HD masterpiece is available in stores near you and you need something to tide you over, have no fear because Square Enix has released a new trailer preceding the game's release. Check it out below!

Gameplay Trailer

Promotions for the Kingdom Hearts series are still in full swing, with the next event on the KH fan's calendar being the D23 Expo in Japan. D23 is a Disney themed conference held regularly in the United States, with this year's October event to be the first D23 held outside of the US. Back in March the inclusion of the KH series was confirmed, which was an interesting announcement as the series is usually excluded from Disney-centric events. It was revealed last month that a special auction would be held for charity, auctioning off a rare prototype figurine of Sora, with the packaging signed by series creator Tetsuya Nomura! The figure was created for reference way back during the creation of the very first game and will not be sold in stores. The figure can be viewed below and details on bidding at the auction can be found here.

Sora Character Model Figurine

That's not all that's lined up for KH fans planning on attending D23! Series creator Tesutya Nomura is confirmed for attendance, alongside executive producer Shinji Hashimoto, leading to speculation over what new information could be coming our way at the show. In the voice actor category, it has recently been announced that Miyu Irino, Mamoru Miyano, and Kouki Uchiyama are also planning to make an appearance. Those who have played the Japanese versions of the games will recognise Miyu as the voice of Sora and Vanitus, Mamoru as the voice of Riku, and Kouki as the man behind Roxas and Ventus. It looks like the D23 Expo in Japan is shaping up to be something for all Kingdom Hearts fans to get excited about!

Also on the subject of promoting, as per usual, Tetsuya Nomura has been conducting multiple interviews to talk about the future of the series. Pop culture site Hero Complex has an interesting article that looks at Tetsuya's thoughts on moving forward with the production of Kingdom Hearts III. Although he characteristically refuses to spill on potential worlds or characters for the next installment, he promises to try his best to live up to the high expectations of the series' fans.

French fansites FFWorld and FFRing have also has recent sit downs with Nomura, and translations of the intereview can be found over on KH news site KH13. In the interview, Nomura talks openly about the team behind the creation of Kingdom Hearts III and also hints at the future inclusion of Final Fantasy, as well as discussing the future of the new HD series.

In merchandise, new Play Arts Figures have been released! These figures mark the first release from the Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance inspired fifth series and are available at various retail outlets. The two released figurines feature Sora and Riku in their The Grid themed outfits, which means that these figures are also the first Kingdom Hearts figurines to feature inspiration from the series Tron. To make the items even sweeter, both figures come with three extra Keyblades inspired by the wielder represented by the figurines. The figurines and the extra Keyblades can be seen below.

Grid Sora Series Five Play Arts Figurine Grid Sora Series Five Play Arts Keyblades Grid Riku Series Five Play Arts Figurine Grid Riku Series Five Play Arts Keyblades

To round off today's news, six beautiful new Kingdom Hearts inspired phone charms have just been hinted at. There is no news yet about whether these charms will be available for purchase soon, but we'll keep an eye on the developments! For now, take a gander at the charms at KHInsider!

July 2013

Unleash the χ! (July 25th)

-- RoseLeft_zps48281cb0.png This concludes my wonderful story! RoseRight_zpsced445e6.png 06:21, July 25, 2013 (UTC)

Today's entry is just a quick update to announce the official release of the KH series' latest installment! After months of teasing and testing, Kingdom Hearts χ is now available to the public! Although the original plan was for beta testing to continue until the first of August, a surprise newsletter revealed that the game was going to be released in full on the 18th of this month. New events and bosses have been introduced since the beta, with more exciting developments planned for the future.

If you're interested in the game, create an account for Yahoo! Japan and then head on over to the official site to get playing. Have fun!

Products, Publicity, and Privacy Protection (July 10th)

-- BubbieLeft_zpsf4906095.gif I'm Cap'n of you, Whale! BubbieRight_zpsf5663e8b.gif 10:11, July 10, 2013 (UTC)

First, let's get the boring stuff out of the way. Due to recent changes in USA law, wikia has decided to disable anonymous editing on wikis that they believe appeal to editors that are under 13 years of age. Because the Kingdom Hearts series is a PG game, our wiki has been designated as one that might attract a younger audience, and anonymous editing is now disabled on this site. We aren't too fond of this new policy, but the decision is out of our hands, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause helpful anonymous editors. Now that this policy has been implemented, we encourage you to create an account if you wish edit or become a part of our growing community. More information on this latest change can be found here.

Moving on, it's time to take a look at the latest Kingdom Hearts themed products that have hit the shelves! Remember those keychains we mentioned a few entries ago? Welp, now it has been revealed that the charms will be released on September 27th for ¥600 each. Designs will be available from Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, with images of Sora, Donald, and Goofy representing the former title, and Sora and Riku representing the latter.

KH Keychains KHRECOM Keychains

The Square Enix store has also opened a preorder page for a new iPhone 5 case! The design is inspired by the most recent addition to the series, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, and features a black and gray motif. It will be released on September 27th and will cost ¥2,800. Get your orders in now!

KHHD1 iPhone 5 Case

The last piece of merchandising news is a new addition to the Kingdom Hearts plush line! We've been given a cuddly Dream Eater and a squishy Heartless in the past, and now it's time for the Nobodies to get some love! Also being unleashed on September 27th is the Dusk plushie, which will be available for ¥3,800. Check the upcoming toy out below!

Dusk Plush

Continuing along his campaign trail, Tetsuya Nomura has conducted interviews with various news portals, and information on Kingdom Hearts III has been highlighted in numerous popular media outlets. Once again courtesy of the helpful folks over at Kingdom Hearts Insider, below I have complied a list of the most recent interviews and press releases (in no particular order):

New promotional images of our all-too-familiar protagonists was revealed in Famitsu, showing the improved quality that we will be able to expect thanks to the new Kingdom Shader technique.

Promotional Artwork KHIII

Kingdom Hearts III isn't the only game gaining traction, though! After a rather large lax in information regarding its progress, Kingdom Hearts χ is finally ready to make a splash! Announced last year, the game will be an online based RPG that takes the player through different worlds as they aim to battle evil and enrich their power. Last week a new trailer was released for the game which exhibited some of the gameplay elements future players can look forward to. Make sure to turn on the captions if you want to read an English translation of the story text!

Gameplay Trailer

Since then the game has been officially opened for beta testing, so head on over to the official site to take a look! As was the case with the first beta test, a Yahoo! JAPAN ID is required for entry. For those of you unable to join, take a look at the game's opening scene instead.

Opening Scene

Square Enix's presence has been confirmed for both the Tokyo Game Show 2013 (the convention runs from the 19th to the 22nd of September) and the D23 Expo Japan (the convention runs from the 12th to the 14nd of October), and fans are expecting the Kingdom Hearts series to make another appearance at both of these events. Nomura has promised more information on KH3 to appear at D23, while it was at last year's Tokyo Game Show that the HD remix was announced, so what other exciting developments could we expect this year? Only time will tell!

June 2013

The Internet Explodes (June 13th)

-- Spade_zps679382e3.png Diamond_zpsfdfd0b13.png FINALREST Club_zps06bfa1b5.png Heart_zps10c06240.png 11:47, June 13, 2013 (UTC)

That's right, it's finally happened: A trailer for Kingdom Hearts III has been revealed!

E3 2013 Trailer

On June 10th at E3 2013, the trailer was revealed to a great reception from fans everywhere! Gameplay footage from the game shows the standard Attack, Item and Magic options, with a secret option hidden behind a question mark. The gauges have also been updated, leaving much anticipation for new abilities that might be available for Sora and his friends when the game is released!
Shortly after, it was also revealed that the game would be available on the up and coming PS4, as well as the Xbox One! This will be the first time the KH franchise has worked with Microsoft, so it's a very exciting development! During interviews at E3, it was shared that there are no current plans for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX to be made available on Xbox, and no comments were allowed to be made on porting to the Wii U, or Pixar elements being incorporated into future games. It was also during this gathering that the official websites for Kingdom Hearts -1.5 HD ReMix- and Kingdom Hearts III were opened.

If you thought the news ended there you'd be dead wrong! Series creator Tetsuya Nomura was on the promotional trail, providing interviews with Square Enix Presents, Square Enix Channel and Famitsu magazine. Highlights include the conformation that Final Fantasy characters would most definitely be present in KHIII, and that Sora would be the main character. He said he would consider the multiplayer functions of the next gen consoles while in development, the ability to use summons would be different in this game, and we will surely be seeing more of Organization XIII and the dastardly Nobodies!
Talking about battle, Nomura explained he wants to evolve the battle system of KHIII, while also keeping some of the elements from past games, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance in particular. He concluded by promising flashy action and asking for the fan's support. Full interview notes can be found on Kingdom Hearts Insider here, here and here.

Anticipating the amount of interest in the latest trailer, we would like to remind you of our no video policy. Due to abuse of this feature in the past, we do not allow videos to be uploaded on this wiki and instead encourage the use of the <youtube></youtube> tags. Unfortunately, because of a recent update implemented by wikia, these tags now upload the video embedded in them automatically, which is something which is causing a bit of trouble for our admins. It is because of this that we implore you to use the video template, as this prevents the automatic uploads. To learn more about adding a video to a page, please read the instructions provided on the template page, or contact one of our staff members. As always, any videos uploaded to this wiki will be deleted by an admin.

On a more positive note, next month we will be restarting our Featured Media and Featured Article pages. However, due a lack of user interest, these pages will be joined into one, and will now be moderated by the staff. Each month a staff member will choose a piece of media or an article to display on the front page, so please anticipate the showcase of our wiki's finest! Keep an eye out for these changes, as input from all users on these selections may be accepted soon.

To wrap things up, another piece of merchandise has been revealed; the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 wall scroll! The fantastic piece of artwork has not yet been given a release date, but we'll be sure to keep you posted!

May 2013

Policy Progress (May 30th)

-- RoseLeft_zps48281cb0.png This concludes my wonderful story! RoseRight_zpsced445e6.png 21:13, May 29, 2013 (UTC)

Some new changes are happening on the Keyhole, including a few things that could directly affect you. Most of these new happenings are related to the uploading and maintenance of images here, so if you're an avid image lover, please be sure to read the following very carefully!

First, a naming policy for our wiki has finally been written out. The page, which can be found here outlines the proper format for naming images when they are uploaded and should be consulted every time a new image is uploaded. A link to this page can also be found on the Upload Photo page in a big, highly noticeable banner, so there is no excuse for a badly named image.
Because we now have this policy clearly available for everyone to see, we are going to crack down on badly named images. Any images that have been uploaded with no effort to write a legible name shall be immediately deleted with no warning. However, images that have names that are only slightly incorrect shall simply be marked with the {{badname}} template and you will be allowed to rectify your mistake. To make it easier for both you and us, please ensure that when uploading images, you give them appropriate names!

Now, many older members may remember the feeling of signing up to the Keyhole and becoming overwhelmed by the sea of constant work available. As a newbie, what jobs are available and how can you help them? What if one job's too hard or another is too simple? Well, in an effort to solve this confusion, we have a launched a new Helping Out page! The page can be found here and lists a group of tasks, both big and small, that users are welcome to help out on. The list will be updated regularly by the staff and hopes to give a direction to users that want to help but are unsure how to. Take a look at the list and see if anything looks like it's in your ability range!
Alternatively, the page's talk page is available for anyone that has a job that they want assistance with. If you noticed something that needs work on but are unable to do so yourself, then let us know on the talk page and one of our staff members will discuss it with you.

For our final development, we're back to images! After some discussion, the staff have decided to initiate some new policies on the uploading of Talk Bubble Sprites to the Keyhole. The first change is that from now on any sprites you upload to the Keyhole will be made available to all other users. This means that if you are looking for a sprite to accessorize your bubble, you can use any of the images available in the TBS category. If you decide to use another person's sprite, please let them know first, as a sign of courtesy and good faith.
If you wish for your sprites to remain private to you and you only, please nominate the sprites you have here for deletion on the Pages for Deletion page and feel free to host them on an external image hosting site. Any images hosted externally will remain private to you.

Continuing on with talk bubbles, in the ongoing effort to clean up our image categories, it has been decided that sprites that are no longer linked on any page will be removed. If an unused sprite is found, it will be marked with the deletion template and you will be given one week to upload it somewhere else if you wish. However, if you want your sprite to stay hosted on the Keyhole, all you have to do is post a note on the image's discussion page stating so, and a staff member will discuss it with you. At your request, your image will be allowed to stay hosted here, despite not being used. Of course, if you make no such request, the image will be deleted a week after being nominated. Please keep an eye on your talk bubble sprites to ensure they will be protected!

Now, to finish off this post, let's hear some more merchandise news! It has recently been announced that a special pencil case and accessory bag to commemorate the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX are confirmed for release! Head on over to Kingdom Hearts Insider's article on the items to learn prices and where to buy!

The Art of Battle (May 12th)

-- Come on everybody, just tap tap, twist your body 07:29, May 12, 2013 (UTC)

Things are moving forward for both the Keyhole and the world of Kingdom Hearts, and really, could we ask for better way to start the month of May?

Continuing the string of merchandising goodies that have been teased this year, the June/July PREVIEWSWorld catalog has revealed more info on the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Play Arts Kai. Images, shipping dates and prices can be found at Kingdom Hearts Insider.

For those of you that can't wait any longer for the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX in your country, I'm afraid the wait might become a bit harder once you learn about the special pre-order bonus currently attached to this special release. The game's official website has been updated with the news that pre-ordering the latest installment in the series will reward you with a special, limited edition art book. The site promises the book will be filled with concept art, early designs and more behind the scenes info about the game we all love. And for those who are wondering when they can get their hands on this special treat, official release dates have been added to the wiki page for the HD Remix, so be sure to take a look!

Even with all of this exciting news, we still have something we're more excited about happening right here on the Keyhole! After months of hard work from cherished moderator Chainoffire, we are proud to announce the grand opening of The Underdrome! This exciting arena will pit the best of Kingdom Hearts against each other in a race to the finish! Who will come out on top?
Right now things are kicking off with a relaxing test month that explores the similarities between the characters of Kingdom Hearts and the other loved Square Enix characters that are yet to meet Sora or his allies. Month 0 is sure to be a fun way to warm things up, so get in and cast your vote while you can!

April 2013

Prepare to Die! (April 12th)

-- BubbieLeft_zpsf4906095.gif I'm Cap'n of you, Whale! BubbieRight_zpsf5663e8b.gif 04:02, April 12, 2013 (UTC)

Come on, be honest: How many of you tried to unlock superboss Inigo Montoya on your copy of KH3D? And tell me, how many of you are only just realizing it was nothing more than an elaborate April Fool's Day Joke? For all of you who we fooled, you can hop on over to the talk page of LegendAqua and thank him for all the unnecessary grinding you just did!

What is less than a joke, however, is the fact that the Kingdom Hearts manga I mentioned below is now available for preorder on Amazon and other stores! The ever helpful Kingdom Hearts Insider has provided links to all the appropriate pages, so be sure to grab your copy!

Memories and Manga (April 2nd)

-- LadyLuckLeft_zps7afe4e94.png Final Rest LadyLuckRight_zpsface5b41.png 09:29, April 2, 2013 (UTC)

A few days ago fans of the KH series celebrated the 11th anniversary of the creation of the Kingdom Hearts universe and we here at the Keyhole would like to say Happy Birthday Kingdom Hearts! Can you believe there's been 11 years of Kingdom Hearts already? Although some of us (myself included) may be late bloomers to the series, I'm sure all of us are grateful for the day when Kingdom Hearts hit the shelves in game stores all over Japan!

A cause for more celebration was the recent announcement of new Kingdom Hearts themed keychains featuring artwork from the first game and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. You can view the sample image of the keychains here, but so far there's no news on when or where they will be available. We'll try to keep you posted though!

In other merchandise news, Square Enix recently added two beautiful Kingdom Hearts themed earphone jacks to thier online store. The designs available are Sora's iconic crown and Roxas' familiar X. Each jack costs 1,200円 and they will be made available this coming May 13th.

We've saved the best news for last! At the recent Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington, manga publishers Yen Press proudly announced that they'd be resuming the publication of Shiro Amano's Kingdom Hearts Manga series! Instead of continuing from where the previous publisher left off, Yen Press announced they would be beginning the series all over again. The Kingdom Hearts Final Mix volumes will be released in May, followed by Chain of Memories in June. The first volume of the 358/2 Days story will be available in November, with the Kingdom Hearts II volumes bridging the gap after Chain of Memories. As an added bonus, the Shiro Amano Kingdom Hearts artbook will also be released around the same time as the Kingdom Hearts II manga.

Get your wallets ready everyone, because this looks like it's going to be a tough year for the bank accounts of KH fans everywhere!

March 2013

Accessory Additions (March 24th)

-- .Blazing Crystal (KHII)Blazing ChainBlazing Crystal (KHII) 05:29, March 24, 2013 (UTC)

Square Enix has announced the release of new Kingdom Hearts Merchandise at its Japanese e-store! These items include Sora and Riku Dream Drop Distance Play Arts action figures which will be released on August 19th and Kingdom Hearts I and II bookmark sets and a Kingdom Hearts face towel which were all released on March 23rd.

New Month, New News (March 16th)

-- RoseLeft_zps48281cb0.png This concludes my wonderful story! RoseRight_zpsced445e6.png 04:12, March 16, 2013 (UTC)

It has been a while, hasn't it? Well, since my last post quite a bit has gone on in KH-verse! Prepare yourself for a news overload!

The recently announced Kingdom Hearts χ has opened up it's own Japanese site! To top things off, a special message from the kingdom revealed that Yahoo Games will be holding a beta test for the game! Even more tantalizing is Japanese site 4gamer revealing additional information about the upcoming title. You can read a translation of the article on Kingdom Hearts Insider thanks to their contributor Zephyr. It's really exciting to see things moving forward, even though there's nothing for us international fans just yet! Fingers crossed for some English updates soon!

Moving over to the latest addition to the KH series family, who else is drooling over the Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX? I know I am and I don't even have a copy of the game! This game marks the first time KH will be viewed in HD, and once it is released internationally, it'll also be the first time any final mix has traveled outside of Japan. Exciting stuff, huh? Japanese magazine Famitsu also featured a special interview with the Director, Co-Director and Composer of the game, which reveals more about the game's development, as well as some more information on game play and visuals. You can read a translation of the article here, also thanks to Kingdom Hearts Insider and Zephyr.

The fans of Kingdom Hearts move fast and some are already looking forward to 1.5's follow up, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX. It appears that the credits for 1.5 show images from Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts coded and some have speculated that this is a signal of the games that will feature in the next series remaster. Could we be seeing these three titles on our PS3s soon? One can only hope!

That's all the Kingdom Hearts news I have for now, but if you have anything you think the wiki should know, pop on over to our new tips page to let us know! Everyone is welcome to submit news!

Also in wiki news, if you have a copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and are looking to share your knowledge, why not have a go at editing our 1.5 HD ReMix page? I'm also sure that our sister site would also appreciate any help.

February 2013

Level Up! (February 21st)

-- LadyLuckLeft_zps7afe4e94.png Final Rest LadyLuckRight_zpsface5b41.png 03:53, February 21, 2013 (UTC)

First of all, happy 2013 everyone!! Here's hoping that this year is a great one for the KH series, the Keyhole and all our wonderful users!

Starting the year off to a great start is the ever amazing Chainoffire who has just been promoted to the position of moderator! His new position is well deserved and we know he'll continue to serve this wiki fantastically. Be sure to pop by his talk page and give him a pat on the back! Well done Chain!

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