Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Nomura suggests Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch on home console

Nomura suggests Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch on home console

Asks for patience on Final Fantasy Versus 13 news.

Square Enix designer Tetsuya Nomura has suggested Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch on home console.

The next game in the Disney/Final Fantasy crossover series, Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, launches for the Nintendo 3DS. Indeed the series has remained steadfast on handhelds since the 2005 release of Kingdom Hearts 2 on PlayStation 2.

But in an interview with Game Informer (via The Silent Chief), Nomura said it was about time Kingdom Hearts had a go on home console again.

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Kingdom Hearts breaks 10m

Franchise flexes large sales.

Joining the ranks of super-successful game franchises today is Kingdom Hearts, which boasts more than 10 million units sold across the world.

More Kingdom Hearts in 2007

Nomura confirms 'multiple projects'

Tetsuya Nomura has told Famitsu magazine that gamers should expect announcements on multiple Kingdom Hearts-related products in 2007.

More Kingdom Hearts coming

Nomura himself says so.

Square Enix legend Tetsuya Nomura has confirmed that he's currently developing an idea for a new instalment in the Kingdom Hearts series.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

A cardy action RPG that fits snugly.

Out of all of Square Enix' impressive catalogue of RPGs, Kingdom Hearts ranks as perhaps the most surprising. Few fans could help groaning when the company announced that it was to create an action RPG mixing up characters from across the Final Fantasy series with environments and characters from Disney movies. Disney, after all, has a fairly unimpressive track record in videogames, and the company is noted for being incredibly precious about how its franchises are used. A tame, bland, kiddy-focused RPG seemed inevitable. Fanboys spat their derision on web forums the world over before the first screenshots had even appeared.

How wrong they were. Being entirely honest, how wrong we were. I certainly wasn't innocent of turning up my nose at Kingdom Hearts initially, and it was only watching the fantastic intro video - a surprisingly dark and interesting teaser set to the melodic tones of Japanese pop goddess Hikaru Utada - that convinced me to give the game a try. Quite a few people probably didn't, and in the process missed out on an intelligent, well-written, superbly produced and hugely entertaining action RPG. There were obvious flaws, like the somewhat repetitive combat, temperamental camera and downright awful Gummi Ship mini-games, but it was easy to gloss over those given the level of quality which dripped from every other aspect of the game.

A sequel was inevitable. A GBA title was more surprising, and what's even more surprising still is that the GBA game ties in intricately with the storyline of both the original Kingdom Hearts and its forthcoming PS2 sequel, leading the player from the very end of the first game through to the beginning of the second.

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