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  1. Summer is upon us, and with the hot days, we all love to have a nice cold ice cream treat to cool off. It's an impulse that brings friends and family together to enjoy refreshing snacks. To honor the tradition, I've put together a fun list highlighting some of the best (and strangest) ice cream appearances in and around video games. 5. Kirby Now, can anyone tell me definitively that Kirby is not some sort of ice cream homunculus conjured by the dreams of some eldritch god? Because, for as delightful as the pink puffball might appear, his abilities are terrifying. He has demonstrated the ability to consume his foes entirely only to become strange copies of them afterward. Not only that, but in Kirby Super Star Saga, he demonstrated a mastery of martial arts that was capable of breaking a planet in half with nothing more than his bare hands - or whatever Kirby's limbs actually are. Despite being a terrifying force that walks the line between heroic and monstrous, Kirby possesses an unfortunate similarity to ice cream. Fans of the series have picked up on this visual comparison and created enough fan art that a Google search of "kirby ice cream" yields unexpected results. Instead of scenes or screenshots of Kirby eating the ice cream that already permeates his numerous titles, the top results are artistic or culinary recreations of Kirby as an edible dollop of ice cream himself. While brainstorming this list, I thought "Oh! Kirby eats cute ice cream! Perfect!" But I guess it's not enough to merely appreciate the cute character eating cute ice cream. We have to imagine Kirby as food, or actually make him into real food, too. I'm not mad, I'm just a little disappointed at how many people want to literally consume Kirby. 4. The Pizza Sundae from Costume Quest You could be forgiven if you played the original Costume Quest without noticing the Pizza Sundae. Scattered throughout the Double Fine RPG are collectible items known as Creepy Treat Cards. While in the sequel made these items into equippable stickers, the original just had them there as something fun to collect as a sort of in-game achievement system. Completing all three rounds of bobbing for apples at the mall will net players the pizza sundae Creepy Treat Card. While not terribly exciting by itself, the strange frozen treat caught the attention of culinary creators around the internet. Right now, intrepid cooks can find recipes to recreate the spooky, frozen delicacy. While initially many found the food to be a gross concept, some saw potential in the idea. One of the most widely circulated versions comes courtesy of Gourmet Gaming, a Tumblr dedicated to food and gaming. The recipe idea pictures the pizza sundae as an ice cream dish designed to look like a pizza. It calls for multiple layers of ice cream and candied toppings. The resulting dish looks like a delicious ice cream cake with the soul of an ice cream sundae and the shape of a pizza. 10/10 would definitely eat despite its origins as an in-game gag. The creation earned so much recognition that the in-game creator of the pizza sundae reached out to Gourmet Gaming to congratulate them on a job well done. Honorable Mention: Sonic This one doesn't really count as ice cream in video games since, as far as I know, Sonic doesn't eat ice cream in any of his games (but don't quote me on that). No, Sonic receives a mention of dubious honor on this list for his iconically derpy ice cream incarnation that inexplicably became a staple of ice cream trucks across the United States. Following the release of Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991, these melty boys made their way around the nation. However, it wasn't until the recently that people began to open up about their deep connections to the frosty treat. The deluge of Sonic ice cream images that followed the initial postings about it confirmed what occasional purchases could not: The Sonic ice cream bar had an unfortunate tendency to melt while making its way from production and into the hands of both children and adults. This led to a disproportionate number of said treats to have the likeness of Sonic somewhat... altered. Sonic earns a mention here for how incredibly silly and strange his melted incarnations became. It somehow comes across as both endearing and pitiable. Perhaps that's the secret to the chilly blue treat's longevity as an ice cream truck staple? 3. Vanillite + Alcremie OKAY, LOOK. We already went over this with Kirby. Nintendo, stop making characters that looks like ice cream! I mean, look at these two Pokémon; they're clearly delicious! Vanillite has long been criticized for its design being incredibly similar to a soft serve ice cream cone. Each of its subsequent evolutions, Vanillish and Vanilluxe, only serve to reinforce the comparison by turning into a traditional ice cream cone and then a sundae. While hardly the only Pokémon to look like food, something about its association with such a sweet treat really stuck in the minds of Pokémon fans the world over. More recently, Alcremie appeared in a trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield. Many thought that the critiques of Vanillite might dissuade the creation of more edible Pokémon, but Game Freak looks to be doubling down, insisting on putting more ice cream creatures into their upcoming Pokémon RPGs. If anything, Alcremie looks even more like food than its predecessors. It has strawberries in its... hair? Body? What is on its head anyway? Wait, we're probably better off not knowing. 2. Kid Icarus' Floor Ice Cream Have you ever looked at ice cream that has fallen or dripped onto the floor and thought to yourself, "It's still good. I should eat that?" Kid Icarus' Pit certainly has. Ice cream stands out as one of the handful of food items that appears throughout the course of Kid Icarus: Uprising. When Pit eats those food items, he regains health. However, very few characters in games seem actively aware of this dynamic quite like Pit. The intrepid angel hasn't appeared in many games, but his 3DS outing, Kid Icarus: Uprising, allowed his plucky and eccentric personality to come to the fore. Moreso than most Nintendo titles, Pit seems to be very aware of the game-like nature of his universe. He accepts the way things are almost without question, leading him to loudly defend his in-game behavior to his allies. Kids, don't eat ice cream, or food in general, off the floor. Eating ice cream off the floor might be good for Pit's health, but probably wouldn't do much for yours. It might even make you sick! Please, just say no to floor ice cream. Honorable Mention: Whatever Ice Cream Sweet Tooth Sells in Twisted Metal Sweet Tooth is an insane killer. He's also a clown... who drives a demonic ice cream truck. While selling ice cream certainly isn't the goal or even often depicted in the Twisted metal series, there must be some kind of ice cream in that evil truck somewhere. In fact, we do see the goddess Calypso serving ice cream out of it in Twisted Metal: Small Brawl. Due to the lack of ice cream in the series, Twisted Metal's flagship vehicle and character couldn't earn a spot on this list. However, it's undeniable that Twisted Metal has one of, if not the only, readily recognizable ice cream-related characters. That unique distinction merited an honorable mention on this list. Congratulations, Sweet Tooth, maybe with this award you can turn away from your life as a demon clown and just sell ice cream? 1. Kingdom Heart's Sea Salt Ice Cream Ice cream plays a strangely large role in the Kingdom Hearts series. Specifically, the sea salt ice cream flavor brings characters together. The unique flavor stood out to North American audiences following its first appearance in Kingdom Hearts II. Since then, the frozen delicacy has played roles both big and small in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Kingdom Hearts III. Tetsuya Nomura began integrating sea salt ice cream into Kingdom Hearts after visiting Tokyo DisneySea, one of Disney's international theme parks. They served the ice cream there and it got Nomura thinking about how children would spend their time during their summer vacations. Ever since, it became a shorthand way for the series to convey friendship and nostalgia for better times. The flavor has been recreated by Kingdom Hearts fans and gaming enthusiasts. Prominently, Rosanna Pansino showed her audience how to make their own sea salt popsicle ice cream treats in a video back in 2014. Her cooking video has taught over 5.5 million people how to make their own version of the Kingdom Hearts ice cream and that's pretty incredible. It would seem that Tetsuya Nomura's shorthand for friendship brought more than just the friends in Kingdom Hearts together - it brought all of us a little bit closer, too. What's your favorite video game ice cream? Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  2. Summer is upon us, and with the hot days, we all love to have a nice cold ice cream treat to cool off. It's an impulse that brings friends and family together to enjoy refreshing snacks. To honor the tradition, I've put together a fun list highlighting some of the best (and strangest) ice cream appearances in and around video games. 5. Kirby Now, can anyone tell me definitively that Kirby is not some sort of ice cream homunculus conjured by the dreams of some eldritch god? Because, for as delightful as the pink puffball might appear, his abilities are terrifying. He has demonstrated the ability to consume his foes entirely only to become strange copies of them afterward. Not only that, but in Kirby Super Star Saga, he demonstrated a mastery of martial arts that was capable of breaking a planet in half with nothing more than his bare hands - or whatever Kirby's limbs actually are. Despite being a terrifying force that walks the line between heroic and monstrous, Kirby possesses an unfortunate similarity to ice cream. Fans of the series have picked up on this visual comparison and created enough fan art that a Google search of "kirby ice cream" yields unexpected results. Instead of scenes or screenshots of Kirby eating the ice cream that already permeates his numerous titles, the top results are artistic or culinary recreations of Kirby as an edible dollop of ice cream himself. While brainstorming this list, I thought "Oh! Kirby eats cute ice cream! Perfect!" But I guess it's not enough to merely appreciate the cute character eating cute ice cream. We have to imagine Kirby as food, or actually make him into real food, too. I'm not mad, I'm just a little disappointed at how many people want to literally consume Kirby. 4. The Pizza Sundae from Costume Quest You could be forgiven if you played the original Costume Quest without noticing the Pizza Sundae. Scattered throughout the Double Fine RPG are collectible items known as Creepy Treat Cards. While in the sequel made these items into equippable stickers, the original just had them there as something fun to collect as a sort of in-game achievement system. Completing all three rounds of bobbing for apples at the mall will net players the pizza sundae Creepy Treat Card. While not terribly exciting by itself, the strange frozen treat caught the attention of culinary creators around the internet. Right now, intrepid cooks can find recipes to recreate the spooky, frozen delicacy. While initially many found the food to be a gross concept, some saw potential in the idea. One of the most widely circulated versions comes courtesy of Gourmet Gaming, a Tumblr dedicated to food and gaming. The recipe idea pictures the pizza sundae as an ice cream dish designed to look like a pizza. It calls for multiple layers of ice cream and candied toppings. The resulting dish looks like a delicious ice cream cake with the soul of an ice cream sundae and the shape of a pizza. 10/10 would definitely eat despite its origins as an in-game gag. The creation earned so much recognition that the in-game creator of the pizza sundae reached out to Gourmet Gaming to congratulate them on a job well done. Honorable Mention: Sonic This one doesn't really count as ice cream in video games since, as far as I know, Sonic doesn't eat ice cream in any of his games (but don't quote me on that). No, Sonic receives a mention of dubious honor on this list for his iconically derpy ice cream incarnation that inexplicably became a staple of ice cream trucks across the United States. Following the release of Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991, these melty boys made their way around the nation. However, it wasn't until the recently that people began to open up about their deep connections to the frosty treat. The deluge of Sonic ice cream images that followed the initial postings about it confirmed what occasional purchases could not: The Sonic ice cream bar had an unfortunate tendency to melt while making its way from production and into the hands of both children and adults. This led to a disproportionate number of said treats to have the likeness of Sonic somewhat... altered. Sonic earns a mention here for how incredibly silly and strange his melted incarnations became. It somehow comes across as both endearing and pitiable. Perhaps that's the secret to the chilly blue treat's longevity as an ice cream truck staple? 3. Vanillite + Alcremie OKAY, LOOK. We already went over this with Kirby. Nintendo, stop making characters that looks like ice cream! I mean, look at these two Pokémon; they're clearly delicious! Vanillite has long been criticized for its design being incredibly similar to a soft serve ice cream cone. Each of its subsequent evolutions, Vanillish and Vanilluxe, only serve to reinforce the comparison by turning into a traditional ice cream cone and then a sundae. While hardly the only Pokémon to look like food, something about its association with such a sweet treat really stuck in the minds of Pokémon fans the world over. More recently, Alcremie appeared in a trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield. Many thought that the critiques of Vanillite might dissuade the creation of more edible Pokémon, but Game Freak looks to be doubling down, insisting on putting more ice cream creatures into their upcoming Pokémon RPGs. If anything, Alcremie looks even more like food than its predecessors. It has strawberries in its... hair? Body? What is on its head anyway? Wait, we're probably better off not knowing. 2. Kid Icarus' Floor Ice Cream Have you ever looked at ice cream that has fallen or dripped onto the floor and thought to yourself, "It's still good. I should eat that?" Kid Icarus' Pit certainly has. Ice cream stands out as one of the handful of food items that appears throughout the course of Kid Icarus: Uprising. When Pit eats those food items, he regains health. However, very few characters in games seem actively aware of this dynamic quite like Pit. The intrepid angel hasn't appeared in many games, but his 3DS outing, Kid Icarus: Uprising, allowed his plucky and eccentric personality to come to the fore. Moreso than most Nintendo titles, Pit seems to be very aware of the game-like nature of his universe. He accepts the way things are almost without question, leading him to loudly defend his in-game behavior to his allies. Kids, don't eat ice cream, or food in general, off the floor. Eating ice cream off the floor might be good for Pit's health, but probably wouldn't do much for yours. It might even make you sick! Please, just say no to floor ice cream. Honorable Mention: Whatever Ice Cream Sweet Tooth Sells in Twisted Metal Sweet Tooth is an insane killer. He's also a clown... who drives a demonic ice cream truck. While selling ice cream certainly isn't the goal or even often depicted in the Twisted metal series, there must be some kind of ice cream in that evil truck somewhere. In fact, we do see the goddess Calypso serving ice cream out of it in Twisted Metal: Small Brawl. Due to the lack of ice cream in the series, Twisted Metal's flagship vehicle and character couldn't earn a spot on this list. However, it's undeniable that Twisted Metal has one of, if not the only, readily recognizable ice cream-related characters. That unique distinction merited an honorable mention on this list. Congratulations, Sweet Tooth, maybe with this award you can turn away from your life as a demon clown and just sell ice cream? 1. Kingdom Heart's Sea Salt Ice Cream Ice cream plays a strangely large role in the Kingdom Hearts series. Specifically, the sea salt ice cream flavor brings characters together. The unique flavor stood out to North American audiences following its first appearance in Kingdom Hearts II. Since then, the frozen delicacy has played roles both big and small in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Kingdom Hearts III. Tetsuya Nomura began integrating sea salt ice cream into Kingdom Hearts after visiting Tokyo DisneySea, one of Disney's international theme parks. They served the ice cream there and it got Nomura thinking about how children would spend their time during their summer vacations. Ever since, it became a shorthand way for the series to convey friendship and nostalgia for better times. The flavor has been recreated by Kingdom Hearts fans and gaming enthusiasts. Prominently, Rosanna Pansino showed her audience how to make their own sea salt popsicle ice cream treats in a video back in 2014. Her cooking video has taught over 5.5 million people how to make their own version of the Kingdom Hearts ice cream and that's pretty incredible. It would seem that Tetsuya Nomura's shorthand for friendship brought more than just the friends in Kingdom Hearts together - it brought all of us a little bit closer, too. What's your favorite video game ice cream? Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  3. The PlayStation 2 title that blended the magics of Disney and Final Fantasy into one crazy package, Kingdom Hearts captured the imaginations of a generation of gamers with a smorgasbord of previously unthinkable crossovers the likes of which had never been seen in video games before. The action-RPG, though regarded by many as a classic now, was conceived of as a big gamble that Disney and Square were only willing to take because of the ailing finances of their respective companies. Now, more years than many would care to admit later, the third official installment of the series seems to be on the brink of release. So we have to ask.... Does the original Kingdom Hearts hold up as one of the best games of all-time? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Kingdom Hearts 'Protect Your Kingdom' by Smooth4Lyfe (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03532) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  4. The PlayStation 2 title that blended the magics of Disney and Final Fantasy into one crazy package, Kingdom Hearts captured the imaginations of a generation of gamers with a smorgasbord of previously unthinkable crossovers the likes of which had never been seen in video games before. The action-RPG, though regarded by many as a classic now, was conceived of as a big gamble that Disney and Square were only willing to take because of the ailing finances of their respective companies. Now, more years than many would care to admit later, the third official installment of the series seems to be on the brink of release. So we have to ask.... Does the original Kingdom Hearts hold up as one of the best games of all-time? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Kingdom Hearts 'Protect Your Kingdom' by Smooth4Lyfe (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03532) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  5. Any news of the next Kingdom Hearts game in the series has been eagerly awaited by fans and coinciding with E3, Square Enix has delivered a new sneak peak. The latest trailer was released during the Los Angeles leg of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour on June 10. In the trailer, we see the franchise heroes Sora, Donald and Goofy fighting heartless on Hercules' Mount Olympus and talking all things Roxas with Organization XIII. In another scene, universe baddies Pete and Maleficent are seen asking Hades about a "distinctive black box." Square Enix had previously teased images of Mount Olympus on it's Twitter account late 2016. The trailer was also sure to show off gameplay footage of Sora battling heartless across different locations in the Disney world. No release date was associated with the trailer. Instead, we got July 15, 2017, aka D23 Expo 2017 where there will be a presentation of a new world and another trailer. Kingdom Hearts III was first announced back at E3 2013. Are you excited for Kingdom Hearts III? When do you think we'll finally get a release date? View full article
  6. Any news of the next Kingdom Hearts game in the series has been eagerly awaited by fans and coinciding with E3, Square Enix has delivered a new sneak peak. The latest trailer was released during the Los Angeles leg of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour on June 10. In the trailer, we see the franchise heroes Sora, Donald and Goofy fighting heartless on Hercules' Mount Olympus and talking all things Roxas with Organization XIII. In another scene, universe baddies Pete and Maleficent are seen asking Hades about a "distinctive black box." Square Enix had previously teased images of Mount Olympus on it's Twitter account late 2016. The trailer was also sure to show off gameplay footage of Sora battling heartless across different locations in the Disney world. No release date was associated with the trailer. Instead, we got July 15, 2017, aka D23 Expo 2017 where there will be a presentation of a new world and another trailer. Kingdom Hearts III was first announced back at E3 2013. Are you excited for Kingdom Hearts III? When do you think we'll finally get a release date?
  7. After a bit of a tease earlier last week, the video game music remixing hub OverClocked ReMix has released its 61st album based on the soundtrack of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. The 1996 collaboration between Nintendo and Square resulted in one of the most unique RPGs in the Super Nintendo's extensive catalog of games. The music was composed by the famed Yoko Shimomura (with inspiration from Nobuo Uematsu and Koji Kondo), whose work many might recognize from the Kingdom Hearts series, the Mana series, Final Fantasy XV, and Xenoblade Chronicles. The OC ReMix community has been bonding over a love of video game music since 1999. In that spirit, they have come together as part of their longstanding tradition of community collaboration to create their string of arrangement albums. Super Mario RPG: Window to the Stars follows in the footsteps of the 60 albums that came before; the 34 tracks by 29 artists interpreting the works of Yoko Shimomura are all available for free! Almost thirty musicians and remixers came together to create the soundscape of the three disc album covering music. All of those people poured their passion and talent for video game music and the somewhat forgotten RPG into the project. Their efforts were corralled and directed by the duo of DaMonz (Emery Monzerol) and Theory of N (Dusting Lagaly). Super Mario RPG: Window to the Stars took four years to put together, so why not download it for free and take a listen? I promise you won't be disappointed. View full article
  8. After a bit of a tease earlier last week, the video game music remixing hub OverClocked ReMix has released its 61st album based on the soundtrack of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. The 1996 collaboration between Nintendo and Square resulted in one of the most unique RPGs in the Super Nintendo's extensive catalog of games. The music was composed by the famed Yoko Shimomura (with inspiration from Nobuo Uematsu and Koji Kondo), whose work many might recognize from the Kingdom Hearts series, the Mana series, Final Fantasy XV, and Xenoblade Chronicles. The OC ReMix community has been bonding over a love of video game music since 1999. In that spirit, they have come together as part of their longstanding tradition of community collaboration to create their string of arrangement albums. Super Mario RPG: Window to the Stars follows in the footsteps of the 60 albums that came before; the 34 tracks by 29 artists interpreting the works of Yoko Shimomura are all available for free! Almost thirty musicians and remixers came together to create the soundscape of the three disc album covering music. All of those people poured their passion and talent for video game music and the somewhat forgotten RPG into the project. Their efforts were corralled and directed by the duo of DaMonz (Emery Monzerol) and Theory of N (Dusting Lagaly). Super Mario RPG: Window to the Stars took four years to put together, so why not download it for free and take a listen? I promise you won't be disappointed.
  9. Square Enix dropped a lot of news, trailers, and screenshots yesterday. We now know that the next official entries in the Kingdom Hearts series will be released as a part of the PlayStation 4 exclusive Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue on January 24 next year. The bundle includes a remastered HD version of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance and two new pieces to the long running franchise (the ninth and tenth entries, despite Kingdom Hearts III looming in the distance). Kingdom Hearts χ [chi] Back Cover will essentially be an animated movie that fills in some gaps in the series lore, unraveling the tale of the Foretellers, who I believe was introduced in a Kingdom Hearts title that never made it to the West, though I could be wrong. The collection will be rounded out by a new game titled Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage – that retells the events of the PSP Kingdom Hearts game Birth By Sleep from the perspective of the character Aqua. A snazzy, new trailer accompanied the release date and it's really something. Who would have ever thought we'd get to see hardcore anime action mixed with Mickey Mouse using a giant key as a sword with explosions going off in the background. What a time to be alive! Another collection, this one consisting entirely of previously released games from the Kingdom Hearts franchise, has been announced for PlayStation 4. Square Enix has packed six revamped games from the past fifteen years into one handy bundle titled Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. They run at 60fps and visually hold up very well considering some were released well over a decade ago. The collection contains the following: Kingdom Hearts FINAL MIX Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics) Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX Kingdom Hearts Re:coded This collection will release across North America on March 28, 2017. Finally, Square Enix slightly teased Kingdom Hearts III via Twitter yesterday. The company released two new screenshots of the game that show protagonist Sora's new Drive Form abilities in action in the halls of Disney's Olympus. The first screenshot gives fans a glimpse at what the developers of KH III have dubbed Guard Form - apparently allowing Sora to transform his keyblade into the form of Hercules' shield. The second image hints at a "power form" but the exact details on it are a bit scant as the world from which the form originates has not been revealed yet. The devs doctored the image to give an idea of what the form does without revealing details about the keyblade. There's still no official release date for Kingdom Hearts III, but at least those who have yet to get into the series will have a brand new way to do so early next year.
  10. Square Enix dropped a lot of news, trailers, and screenshots yesterday. We now know that the next official entries in the Kingdom Hearts series will be released as a part of the PlayStation 4 exclusive Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue on January 24 next year. The bundle includes a remastered HD version of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance and two new pieces to the long running franchise (the ninth and tenth entries, despite Kingdom Hearts III looming in the distance). Kingdom Hearts χ [chi] Back Cover will essentially be an animated movie that fills in some gaps in the series lore, unraveling the tale of the Foretellers, who I believe was introduced in a Kingdom Hearts title that never made it to the West, though I could be wrong. The collection will be rounded out by a new game titled Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage – that retells the events of the PSP Kingdom Hearts game Birth By Sleep from the perspective of the character Aqua. A snazzy, new trailer accompanied the release date and it's really something. Who would have ever thought we'd get to see hardcore anime action mixed with Mickey Mouse using a giant key as a sword with explosions going off in the background. What a time to be alive! Another collection, this one consisting entirely of previously released games from the Kingdom Hearts franchise, has been announced for PlayStation 4. Square Enix has packed six revamped games from the past fifteen years into one handy bundle titled Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. They run at 60fps and visually hold up very well considering some were released well over a decade ago. The collection contains the following: Kingdom Hearts FINAL MIX Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics) Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX Kingdom Hearts Re:coded This collection will release across North America on March 28, 2017. Finally, Square Enix slightly teased Kingdom Hearts III via Twitter yesterday. The company released two new screenshots of the game that show protagonist Sora's new Drive Form abilities in action in the halls of Disney's Olympus. The first screenshot gives fans a glimpse at what the developers of KH III have dubbed Guard Form - apparently allowing Sora to transform his keyblade into the form of Hercules' shield. The second image hints at a "power form" but the exact details on it are a bit scant as the world from which the form originates has not been revealed yet. The devs doctored the image to give an idea of what the form does without revealing details about the keyblade. There's still no official release date for Kingdom Hearts III, but at least those who have yet to get into the series will have a brand new way to do so early next year. View full article
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