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Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory

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Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory
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キングダム ハーツ メロディ オブ メモリー
Kingudamu Hātsu Merodī obu Memorī
Developer(s) Square Enix
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Release date(s) Japan November 11, 2020[1]
Flag of the United States.png/Flag of Canada.png November 13, 2020[2]
Europe/Flag of Australia.png November 13, 2020[2]
PC:Symbol - Crown.png
Japan March 30, 2021
United States/Canada March 30, 2021
Europe/Australia March 30, 2021
Genre Rhythm-action
Game modes Single player, local co-op, online multiplayer
Ratings CERO: N/A
ESRB:Everyone 10+Everyone 10+
Platform(s) PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Personal computer
"Experience the music of Kingdom Hearts like never before."

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory is the thirteenth game in the Kingdom Hearts series. It was officially announced in the Kingdom Hearts 2020 trailer on June 16, 2020[3], and released later that year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch and released on March 30, 2021 for PC via the Epic Games Store.[4]

The game takes places after the events of Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind. Following the disappearance of Sora, Kairi attempts to go through her memories to find clues to look for Sora.


The game was first hinted by series creator Tetsuya Nomura on January 22, 2020 in a Q&A to celebrate the release of Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind.[5][6]

Disney proposed the idea for a Kingdom Hearts rhythm game.[7]

On June 15, 2020, after the launch of the Kingdom Hearts Dark Road's website, the game's logo was discovered in the website's data.[8]

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory was official announced on June 16, 2020 in the Kingdom Hearts 2020 trailer for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and will feature over 140 songs and 20 characters from across the series. Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory mark the return of a Kingdom Hearts game to appear on a Nintendo system since Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance in 2012.

On August 26, during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, the game was announced with a release date of November 11, 2020 for Japan and November 13, 2020 for the rest of the world.[9] The Nintendo Switch version of the game will have a exclusive Free-For-All mode, for up to eight players to compete in local multiplayer.[10]


In search of Sora's whereabouts, Kairi allows herself to be put into a deep sleep in order to search her heart for clues. She spends a year slumbering in Ansem the Wise's computer lab this way while he, Even, and Ienzo study her. Recounting the events of her past and Sora's adventures as a Keyblade wielder, Kairi eventually finds herself in The Final World, causing the equipment Ansem is using to monitor her to fail. Kairi remembers being taken by Terra-Xehanort as a child as their world was being overrun by Heartless. He sent her to the outside world on a lifeboat in the hopes of using her power of as a Princess of Heart to find a Keyblade wielder. Before being sent off, Terra-Xehanort tells her, "If you arrive in a world that's neither light nor darkness but somewhere on the other side, your task will be far from easy."

After recovering pieces of her shattered heart, Kairi is confronted by a manifestation of Master Xehanort created from her heart. Kairi attempts to defeat Xehanort, but she is overpowered by the latter. Before Xehanort can deal the finishing blow, Sora takes over her body to save her, though Xehanort notes his voice cannot reach them from where he is. Sora defeats Xehanort, freeing the final fragment of Kairi's heart. Before disappearing, Xehanort reminds Kairi of the words he had said to her before he had cast her from Radiant Garden as a clue to Sora's whereabouts. Kairi awakens in Radiant Garden and relays Xehanort's final words to Even, Ienzo, and Ansem the Wise. Ansem the Wise surmises Xehanort is talking about a world beyond reality; a fictional world. Riku arrives to check on Kairi and to share their findings, but they are interrupted by the Fairy Godmother, who reveals that Riku and Kairi are two of three keys to Sora's disappearance. The Fairy Godmother transports herself and the two Keyblade wielders to The Final World, where they meet the third key, the Nameless Star, who tells them of her past encounter with Sora. Based on Riku's descriptions of his dreams, the Nameless Star informs them that Sora must be in the city of Quadratum. Riku uses the star as a portal to go to Quadratum while Kairi stays behind.

In a post-credits scene, Kairi returns to the Mysterious Tower to relate recent events. Yen Sid tells Donald and Goofy to inform their allies of what they've learned and have them halt their own searches. Kairi chooses to continue her training under Master Aqua's tutelage. Yen Sid tasks King Mickey with investigating the new world and how it relates to the ancient Keyblade Masters, starting with Scala ad Caelum.

Worlds and characters[edit]

Radiant Garden
Mysterious Tower
The Final World
Dive to the Heart
Destiny Islands
Traverse Town
Olympus Coliseum
Halloween Town
Hollow Bastion
End of the World
Castle Oblivion
Twilight Town
The Land of Dragons
Beast's Castle
Timeless River
Pride Lands
Space Paranoids
The World That Never Was
Land of Departure
Dwarf Woodlands
Castle of Dreams
Enchanted Dominion
Disney Town
Deep Space
Keyblade Graveyard
System Sector
La Cité des Cloches
The Grid
Prankster's Paradise
Country of the Musketeers
Toy Box
Kingdom of Corona
San Fransokyo


Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory features over 140 songs from across the Kingdom Hearts series.[11] Disney songs that have not been used in Kingdom Hearts are also available.[12]

Source Songs
Kingdom Hearts A Day in Agrabah
A Very Small Wish
An Adventure in Atlantica
Arabian Dream
Bustin' Up on the Beach
Captain Hook's Pirate Ship
Destiny Islands
Destiny's Force
Dive into the Heart -Destati-[13]
End of the World
Fragments of Sorrow
Go for It!
Guardando nel buio
Hand in Hand
Hollow Bastion
Kairi I
Kairi III[14]
Monstrous Monstro
Night of Fate
Olympus Coliseum
Pirate's Gigue
Scherzo Di Notte
Shrouding Dark Cloud
Simple and Clean
Spooks of Halloween Town
Squirming Evil
This is Halloween
To Our Surprise
Traverse Town
Under the Sea
Welcome to Wonderland
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Another Side
One-Winged Angel (from FINAL FANTASY VII)
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories Castle Oblivion
Forgotten Challenge
Lord of the Castle
The Force in You
Kingdom Hearts II Adventures in the Savannah
Byte Bashing
Dance of the Daring
Darkness of the Unknown
Deep Drive
Desire for All That Is Lost
Fields of Honor
Lazy Afternoons
Magical Mystery
Monochrome Dreams
Old Friends, Old Rivals
Part of Your World
Reviving Hollow Bastion
Rowdy Rumble
Sacred Moon
Sanctuary ~opening version~
Savannah Pride
Scherzo Di Notte
Sinister Shadows
Sinister Sundown
Space Paranoids
Tension Rising
The 13th Dilemma
The 13th Struggle
The Afternoon Streets
The Home of Dragons
The Underworld
Vim and Vigor
Waltz of the Damned
What Lies Beneath
Working Together
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix Fate of the Unknown
Happy Holidays!
Rage Awakened
The Other Promise
What A Surprise?!
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Another Side -Battle Ver.-
Crossing to Neverland
Fight and Away
Musique pour la tristesse de Xion
Secret of Neverland
Vector to the Heavens
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded No More Bugs!!
Wonder of Electron
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Aqua
Black Garden
Black Powder
Castle Escapade
Daydream upon Neverland
Enter the Darkness
Future Masters
Hau'oli, Hau'oli
Mickey Mouse March
Neverland's Scherzo
Radiant Garden
Rage Awakened -The Origin-
Risky Romp
The Encounter -Birth by Sleep Version-
The Promised Beginning
The Rustling Forest
The Secret Whispers
The Silent Forest
The Tumbling
Up Down Adventure
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Access the Grid
All for One
Deep Drop
Digital Domination
Hand to Hand
La Cloche
Le Sanctuaire
L'Impeto Oscuro
L'Oscurità dell'Ignoto
Majestic Wings
One for All
Prankster's Party
Sacred Distance
The Eye of Darkness
The Fun Fair
Traverse in Trance
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- Wave of Darkness I
Kingdom Hearts III Dark Domination
Don't Think Twice
Graveyard Labyrinth
Happy Hair Day
Let It Go
Monster Smash!
Rise of the Union
Robot Overdrive
Stranded Beyond[14]
You've Got a Friend in Me -KINGDOM HEARTS III Version-
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory March Caprice for "Melody of Memory"[14]
Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- Destati
Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts Hand in Hand
Sora - Allegro con brio
Working Together - Allegro vivace
Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts Field & Battle Medley of Conflict
Other Titles A Whole New World
Beauty and the Beast
Circle of Life


A demo of the game was released worldwide on October 15, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The demo contains 4 solo stages, and 2 co-op stages, with all three difficulties and styles available. The party consists of Sora, Donald, and Goofy at level 30. Progress isn't saved, so all scores and EXP are lost upon closing the demo.

Featured songs[edit]

Source Solo stages Co-op stages
Kingdom Hearts Dive into the Heart -Destati-[13]
Hand in Hand
Welcome to Wonderland
Kingdom Hearts II Sinister Shadows
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep The Rustling Forest
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance All for One
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- Wave of Darkness I

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ @_KINGDOMHEARTS on Twitter
  2. ^ a b @KINGDOMHEARTS on Twitter
  3. ^ Kingdom Hearts 2020 Trailer
  4. ^ Epic Games Store's page
  6. ^ Tetsuya Nomura: "We still need some time with regards to main line Kingdom Hearts, but first up the KH UX team will have a surprising announcement tomorrow." Translation via Goldpanner
  7. ^ JPGames interview with Ichiro Hazama and Masanobu Suzui: Ichiro Hazama/Masanobu Suzui: "It was even Disney who came up to us and came up with the idea for a rhythm game for Kingdom Hearts."
  8. ^ IGN: Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory Leak Logo
  10. ^ KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory – Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase | August 2020
  11. ^ @KINGDOMHEARTS on Twitter
  12. ^ JPGames interview with Ichiro Hazama and Masanobu Suzui: Ichiro Hazama/Masanobu Suzui: "More precisely, it will not only be possible to play songs that have been heard in previous Kingdom Hearts titles, but also other songs from the Disney originals that were not used in Kingdom Hearts! We are very happy about that."
  13. ^ a b Only during the tutorial.
  14. ^ a b c Only during "Melody of Memory's End" in World Tour.

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