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According to Famitsu, on March 23rd in Los Angeles there was a party in which Square-Enix attended in commemoration of Kingdom Hearts II's success in North America. The one and only Tetsuya Nomura popped by as well, a staff from Famitsu managed to talk with Nomura on March 24th leading him to the questioned comment. "What is Nomura's big surprise!?"

Starting off is the content in North America's version of Kingdom Hearts II.

Despite there being some addition from the Japanese version, it was told there was no big difference between the North American version, and the Japanese version.
However the main problem was the Pirates of the Caribbean world. These problems included things such as Drinking, shape of the enemy's weapons. Some situations. Nomura wasn't sure if anyone really noticed this one, but the layout of the level received some editing as well. It seemed necessary to add these changes due to the difference of nationality.
As for [FINAL MIX] it will receive all the changes the North American version had. For Final Mix hitting America, Nomura's only response was He did not Schedule to release it. And for those who believed that KH2 was a conclusion of the series, it isn't.

Nomura stated that "Kingdom Hearts Final Mix is not a game that's meant to be "New""

Kingdom Hearts I and II mainly draw to the events, that happened in Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories.

When the Interviewer brought up "Kingdom Hearts III" Nomura replied with "It will not be called Kingdom Hearts III, or even be numbered at that."

There won't be too many new areas, but things like expressions, animations will remain the same.

Nomura notes that it is hard to bring up answers regarding the next installment. However stated the timeline of Kingdom Heart's Development. Kingdom Hearts was a stand-alone game. As Kingdom Hearts II and Chain of Memories, were worked on together.

He also said that the title of the next installment is still in conceptual work.

Finally came more concentrated talk about the New Project. Upon talking with Nomura he learned that.

- There was no Numbering Title for this one.
- It will be developed so everyone can still enjoy the world of Kingdom Hearts.
- This game will focus around those that were in the Secret ending with Kingdom Hearts II.

The Interviewer asked Nomura "Will the mystery finally be solved". Nomura only smiled, and questioned back "How probable will it be?"

It should be noted as well, that the full Ceremony for Kingdom Hearts II's sales in North America will be taken place at E3 the reason why at an event is unknown, perhaps it has to do with Nomura's new project being unveiled?

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Edit: Also new scans have popped up! Higher Quality of the previous scans we saw before!

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Source: 2ch Blog posted 225 for the Famitsu Link and RPGamer for the scans.
Every week, I scour the video portal's latest submissions and pick my top five favorites. Just because you don't make it into the top five does not mean that you're video wasn't good. We just have so many good videos that they're hard to choose from! Here's the top five for this week.


This Week's Winner: Budds | View Video
Song: Over My Head by Sum 41

2. Submitted By: Mocha | View Video
Song: Television by OK GO

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Title: 300 Trailer

4. Submitted By: KL93 | View Video
Song: REWRITE by Asian Kung-Fu Generation

5. Submitted By: SaintZach | View Video
Song: Numb by Linkin Park

Hope you enjoy them all, and keep submitting! Maybe your video will show up here next Sunday!
Famitsu updated their website featuring a few new images, most of them from the information that was posted earlier!


A new secret ending is added to Final Mix where the three mysterious soldiers will be drawn into battle. There is violent development in this scene. Many new mysteries will develop.


In addition there is a battle against one of the Enigmatic Soldiers from the secret ending! This one's strength easily surpasses that of Organization XIII. It is easy to tell this will be the strongest boss in Kingdom Hearts history!


When you are in a battle and use a friend card, a friend will come to help you in battle. If you stock the cards however, an original technique is shown! This image is one of the many examples.


As Riku only, when in battle with an enemy you can enter DUEL Mode, in which you and the enemy are thrown into a duel battle with a time limit to put out a card. If your card is higher than the opponent's, you gain one Card Break. Earn the amount needed and you win the duel!

Source: Famitsu
(Updated)Information from Famitsu Scans

We managed to see some scans of the secret ending not too long ago correct? Well alot of information has also popped up from those scans and here it is.

Special Scenes
- There are special scenes featuring Zexion.
- One of these Additional scenes is Vexen looking for Xemnas.
- Zexion seems to be looking for something, Xemnas is well informed on what Zexion is trying to find.
- These are events taken place BEFORE the construction of Castle Oblivion.
- You get to learn a little secret about Xemnas after defeating a certain enemy. It's about a man who was losing his memory. It's done on purpose that no one is allowed to hear it. (Damn you Square-Enix)

Puzzle Mode
- Nomura enjoyed putting his illustrations into Puzzle Mode.
- THe Puzzle mode can be accessed from Jiminy's Journal.
- There are pieces of them scattered all over Worlds.
- The pieces resemble crowns. (Yes everyone Crown Search = Puzzle Mode)
- The number of pieces are different each time, depending on the illustration.
- The name of the illustrations are as following. "Awakening" "Heart" "Inside and Outside" "EDGE" "Twilight" and "Evening".

Sora's Crown Accessory
There are several different methods to earn this, however this also means the Crown above Sora's head will have a different color, depending on the method.

Nomura's Interview Points
-Theater mode is accessed by completing re:COM.
-There is an extra thing you can earn by beating KH2FM+ first, and then re:COM. (Meaning you can get something special beating games in both orders).
- Various abilities are needed for Crown Collection.
- Don't expect the same thing when refighting the Organization XIII, their attack patterns change every time!
- A New hint is shown in the secret ending. (Oh god...)

Theater Mode
These are official names of the cutscenes.

Roxas Day 1: Town of Dusk
Roxas Day 2: Reality that moves.
Roxas Day 3: Passing Each Other.
Roxas Day 4: Road to a Decisive battle.
Roxas Day 5: A Distorting Life.
Roxas Day 6: The End of Summer.
Twilight Town Sora: Awake Sora.

- You can use L2 or R2 to choose between English, or Japanese.

E.S Fight
- The E.S has 16 bars of health.
- The E.S has very powerful magical and physical spells.
- The E.S is able to perform unbelievable combination attacks.


Duel is done only in Riku's side. When you put out a card, and your opponent puts out a card of the exact same number, you press triangle, and both you and the opponent pull out another card at the same time. The one with the highest number wins.

If you continue putting out higher cards then the opponent, you get a special attack known as "Hit".

A new skill for Riku known as Maelstrom is shown.

The new move with Mickey is known as "Holy Burst"
Pluto is now a card, in Sora's story.
"Lucky Bounty" allows you to find treasure, with a card.

The controls for Puzzle Mode is as follows.

- Circle is to pick up a piece.
- X is to put the piece back down.
- Right analog stick is used to rotate the Piece left or right.
- Select Button is for a hint menu.

The illustrations updated are as follows.

Awakening = KH Ultimania Cover.
Heart = KHII Game Cover
Inside and Out = KH2 Ultimania Cover
Edge = KH2FM+ Cover Art.
Twilight = re:COM Side of the promotional Poster
Evening = KH2FM side of the promotional Poster.

Theatre Mode
These new names came up.

Hollow Bastion 1 - Gathering Shadows
Beast Castle 1 - Beast's Accident.
The Land of Dragons 1 - Strong Mind
Olympus Coliseum = Hero's Crisis.

Extra Scenes
Here are more detailed bits about it.

- There is a mysterious man in a Black Coat who seems to be well informed about Xemnas.
- Vexen and Zexion work together to search for Xemnas.

In one image Vexen is saying "Where is Lord Xemnas?"

- It should be noted that in the secret ending, although there is a Heart in the sky, that is thought to be "Kingdom Hearts" The color of it is different.

Quoted from Famitsu "Is this the Holy War from those who have the Keyblade!?!?!?"

E.S Fight additions
You should not make ONE mistake.
His attacks are strong and he is very very fast!

Source: FFKH Blog
Kingdom Hearts II Character Report Vol 2 Advertisment

Hey guys, it seems as though another Advertisement scan has popped up. It's nothing too special.

It seems to though talk about a newly written Manga. There was also some extra stuff.

- The artist Amano is in love with Roxas.
- Amano sees Roxas as a good looking guy with a strong mind.
- Nomura seems to still have a surprise for Square-Enix Party. Unknown if this is Kingdom Hearts related, or Final Fantasy Related.


Edit: The Kingdom Hearts II Character Report Volume 2 Cover has now been updated onto Square-Enix's gamebook section!


It is to be released on the same day as Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ (March 29th 2007) and contain the following.

Hollow Bastion
Traverse Town
Olympus Colosseum
Deep Jungle
The Land of Dragons
Port Royal
Beast's Castle
Space Paranoids
The World That Never Was
additional Stuff

Source: The Light in Chaos