KH Birth By Sleep Final Mix News & More!

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Famitsu magazine conducted a short interview with Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura about the recent announcement of Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix at Tokyo Game Show 2010 as well as the future for the series.

Most of the information from the interview  is already known from Sony’s press conference at Tokyo Game Show as well as the Birth By Sleep Final Mix trailer.

But for those just joining us you can read up on what Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix has to offer with a detailed summary and translations of the article provided by!

“Nomura first detailed some of the changes players can expect for Final Mix. Final Mix serves as the reverse Japanese localization of the US version of Birth by Sleep, so most of the features he discussed with Famitsu will be familiar to overseas players.

A battle with a boss who wears a black coat is the biggest change from the original Japanese version, said Nomura. While the boss’s true form is not revealed, it ties in with future developments.

Other changes that will be new to players of the original Japanese version include the inclusion of a Critical Mode difficulty setting, which is tougher than Proud Mode, the switch from low polygon to high polygon models for young Sora and friends, and access to the Secret Movie from beginner mode.”

In regards to new content, Nomura had this to say:

“New just for the Japanese version is a brand new Secret Movie. Nomura did not provide details.”

As for Kingdom Hearts Recoded:

“On Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded, which is due for release next month, Nomura discussed the avatar parts system and tag mode systems. The game has some 800 parts for your avatars, some rare. If a player has his avatar equipped with rare parts and you engage in tag mode exchanges with him, you’ll get the rare parts for yourself, so getting such parts may not be as tough as it seems.

Re:Coded inherits a number of elements from Birth By Sleep, including a trophy system. In Re:Coded, you’ll find some 30 trophies, and it seems that you’ll have to get at least 20 of these in order to view a Secret Movie. It’s just a short single event, said Nomura, but you’ll find some important conversations in there.”

And finally in regards to the future of the Kingdom Hearts series:

“Closing off the interview’s section on Kingdom Hearts, Famitsu said that those who play Re:Coded will likely be wondering about the next title. Replied Nomura, “Next is Kingdom Hearts 3D. The time frame for 3D is after Re:Coded.”

Kingdom Hearts 3D is the 3DS entry in the Kingdom Hearts series. The name is still tentative.

The Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix team is switching over to Kingdom Hearts 3D as they finish their work on Final Mix. Said Nomura, “Development has already started in Osaka. As the Final Mix team finishes their work, they’re joining the staff in turn. We’d like to announce it as soon as possible.”

With Kingdom Hearts Recoded being released in about 17 days in Japan (October 7th),  Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix being released in January 2011 for Japan, and Kingdom Hearts 3D news hopefully being available at Jump Festa or E3 2011, could these three titles be the last of the handhelds before moving on to the highly demanding Kingdom Hearts III title on a next generation console? Only time will tell.

Hopefully the scans of the interview will be uploaded soon, tune in for them!