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Kingdom Hearts fans rejoice as Tetsuya Nomura hints that a return to home console games could be in the works

Kingdom Hearts fans rejoice as Tetsuya Nomura hints that a return to home console games could be in the works

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2012 is a big year for all us Kingdom Hearts fans, given that it was 10 years ago this year that this hugely popular Disney-inspired game first came on the scene (with the Japanese version for PlayStation 2 dropping on March 28, 2002 while the North American version debuted on September 17th of that same year).

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But for those of us who love the Playstation version of Kingdom Hearts, our hearts have been aching for a number of years now. Given that the last Kingdom Hearts game which came out on a console system was for the Playstation 2 in 2008. And even then it was a remake of a portable console game, the Game Boy Advance which came out in 2003. More to the point, the last original 'non-spinoff' Kingdom Hearts game that came out before that was back in 2005. Between then and now, Square Enix (the company that makes Kingdom Hearts) has released a DS game, a PSP game, a 3DS game, and a mobile game in Japan.

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Each game that has come out since wasn't so much a way to continue the main story, but moreover a way to explain loose ends. With 'Final Mix' versions of the games with extra scenes and information being released. Kingdom Hearts games usually center around the main character, Sora, interacting with the Disney characters on different 'Worlds' to solve their problems, but slowly the story has become more and more about original characters & Square Enix characters and less about Disney. To the point where a game like Epic Mickey was considered to a breath of fresh air to Disney fans who just wanted to see Disney characters in a Disney game (Though -- that said --  the folks at Square Enix do make a point of recruiting the actors who originally voiced these Disney characters to come back and voice these characters yet again for the Kingdom Hearts games).

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And these tying-up-loose-ends Kingdom Hearts games, while they are all very good, have gradually produced a backlash within the fan community. At first when 358/2 Days (A game that centered around a pseudo clone of Sora and the Organization he worked for), Birth by Sleep (A game that centered around three characters which had Keyblades, the magical weapon Sora has), and KH Mobile (A game where you can dress up a human avatar like Kingdom Hearts characters) were announced, the fans were extremely happy. But it's been seven years now since the last major Kingdom Hearts game was released and fans can't help but ask 'When will the spin-offs stop'? The arguments over whether or not these games are truly spin-offs have become so intense that many members of the community have adopted the phrase 'Don't Call It a Spin-off'.

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So when Tetsuya Nomura, the creator of Kingdom Hearts, hinted in Nintendo Power that future KH games may return to consoles, the fans had reason to rejoice. '"I also feel that it's about time that Kingdom Hearts should go back to being on a console," Tetsuya said after being asked about doing a game on the PSP Vita.

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That said, this doesn't necessarily guarantee a Kingdom Hearts console game from Nomura anytime soon. If anything, rumors suggest that a Birth By Sleep 2 is in the works. But whatever Nomura does next, Kingdom Hearts fans are sure to fight over it.

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But -- for now -- let's just celebrate Kingdom Hearts' 10th anniversary by checking out Dream Drop Distance, the Nintendo 3DS game which hits store shelves on July 12th. And then hope that -- in our Kingdom-Heart-of-Hearts -- that console game which Tetsuya Nomura recently hinted at actually gets released before Kingdom Hearts' 11th or 12th anniversary rolls around.

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  • I'm very happy to see Kingdom Hearts as an article on Jim Hill Media. I've been a fan of the games since the first one came out when I was twelve and proud to have grown up with it for ten years. Despite the up and downs the games have had, I still love them and play them. I look forward to the next game this summer.

    I do believe Nomura and his creative team from Kingdom Hearts II are working on a Final Fantasy project; Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Once that is done, I think the team can begin work on Kingdom Hearts III. This is what I hear on the internet but I'm willing to believe this what will happen. Of course, this could take longer than expected considering Versus XIII has been in development since 2006 and no sign of it coming out any time soon, unfortunately.

    Still, I do hope Disney worlds and characters play a better role than they have in the handheld games. Disney was the reason I picked up the games in the first place and it makes me sad to see them play less of a role in each game. I agree with you that Epic Mickey was a breathe of fresh air when it came out and it was one of the reasons why I got Epic Mickey in the first place.

    Hopefully, with the new console-based Kingdom Hearts means more Disney worlds and characters to interact with. I have a large list of characters and worlds I would love to see in the games.

  • I also love the Kingdom Hearts games.  Has Disney ever considered making a movie version?  It seems like a natural and could even become a franchise series.

  • i really hope they put kingdom hearts on play station 2 before he ends it all together because it will help a lot of people how don't have one or can't get it cause they can't get enough money for it . kingdom hearts is my life and its so cool . i hope they can make one more and add in where you can create your own character and join sora and friends on one last adventure. to get sora, kiri, and riku's memory's back. and help them find out where they really belong. and their can be a part where you have all the disney worlds. in this one, plus sora, kiri, and riku would be adults with kids of their own cool right. and it can be on the play station 2 and on all the other ones to. sora and them would have new cloths and so would their kids and it would be their kids turn to go of and fight and they would be friends with the character that we created for the game cool right i wish it was created now for kingdom hearts 5 and it would be called kingdom hearts returning memory's. nice name right haha cool i wish this was a real game and it would be in english to.

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