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Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is a 2020 rhythm-action video game based on the Kingdom Hearts series. The fourteenth installment in the franchise, it was announced in June 16, 2020 and was later released on PlayStaion 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch the same year. It was later released on March 30, 2021 for the PC via Epic Games.

Story

Taking place while Kairi dreams, after going through her memories for a clue to find Sora, she ends up in the Final World. There, she meets Master Xehanort, who was created from her memories of his various incarnations. She fights him, only to be knocked down. Sora uses the link between his heart and Kairi's to briefly possess her and beat Xehanort. Xehanort rewards Kairi by revealing that there is "Another Side" beyond the three realms; it's where Sora has gone.

Kairi awakens in Ansem the Wise's lab, revealing what Xehanort told her. Ansem, Even and Ienzo believe that this new realm is a place of Fiction or "Unreality" due to it not playing by the rules of their own reality. Riku arrives with Fairy Godmother, who reveals that Xehanort's information and Riku's dream of Sora are two of three keys needed. Fairy Godmother takes Riku and Kairi to the the Final World, where they meet the Nameless Star, whom is revealed to be from the city of Quadratum in the Unreality. With her help, Riku opens a portal to Quadratum and leaves to find Sora (which explains how he ended up in the same world as Sora did)

Kairi informs Yen Sid, Mickey, Donald and Goofy of the news. Yen Sid tasks Donald and Goofy with informing Terra, Aqua, Ventus, Roxas, Xion and Lea to cease their respective searches for Sora. Kairi plans to go resume training, but under Aqua's tutelage. Mickey is tasked with searching Scala ad Caeleum for clues of Kingdom Hearts.

Playable Characters

Trivia

  • This is the first Kingdom Hearts title to be on a Nintendo console title since Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance back in 2012, and the first Kingdom Hearts title on the Nintendo Switch.
  • Kairi narrates 29 of the 36 pieces of the memory archives.
  • Toy Box, Kingdom of Corona, Arendelle, Monstropolis and San Fransokyo do not follow the same playthrough as the rest of the Disney worlds; they only have one song each, though, in Arendelle's case, neither the field nor battle themes are used, instead being "Let It Go".
    • Additionally, Toy Box, Kingdom of Corona, Arendelle, Monstropolis, and San Fransokyo only appear as Memory Dives, due to the difficulties on recreating the worlds in the Unity Engine.
  • The game marks the return of The Land of Dragons, Timeless River, Pride Lands, and Space Paranoids after their only appearances in Kingdom Hearts II.
  • 280 points are needed to unlock the last three songs on the world map: One Winged Angel, The Other Promise, and Rage Awakened (themes of Sephiroth, Roxas, and Lingering Will).
  • Deep Jungle, 100 Acre Wood, Port Royal, Symphony of Sorcery, Olympus, and the Caribbean are the only Disney worlds not included in Melody of Memory.
    • However, scenes from the Caribbean appear in Don't Think Twice's track, but only showing Sora, Donald and Goofy.
    • Olympus was likely excluded as it was already represented via Olympus Coliseum and the Underworld, though Neverland is still seen three different times in the game.
  • Jack Skellington, Tron, and Prince Phillip do not appear as a guest party member in their worlds of Halloween Town, Space Paranoids, and Enchanted Dominion.
  • In the English version, Kairi does not refer to the Kingdom of Corona by name, instead calling it "a fairy-tale kingdom" likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the world is still referred to as such in in-game menus and in the Japanese version's narration.

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Games
Main series: Kingdom HeartsChain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts II358/2 DaysBirth by SleepcodedDream Drop Distanceχ [chi]Unchained χ/Union χ [cross]Kingdom Hearts IIIMelody of Memory
Remakes and others: Final MixRe:Chain of MemoriesII: Final MixBirth by Sleep: Final MixRe:codedHD I.5 ReMIXHD II.5 ReMIXHD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Disney Parks
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Incorporated Films and Shorts
Aladdin/The Return of JafarAlice in WonderlandBeauty and the BeastBig Hero 6CinderellaFantasiaFrozenHerculesThe Hunchback of Notre DameLilo & StitchThe Lion KingThe Little MermaidMickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three MusketeersMonsters, Inc.MulanThe Nightmare Before ChristmasPeter PanPinocchioPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl/Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndSleeping BeautySnow White and the Seven DwarfsSteamboat WillieTangledTarzanToy StoryTron/Tron: LegacyWinnie the PoohWreck-It Ralph
Characters
Main Characters: SoraRikuKairiKing MickeyDonald DuckGoofyRoxasAxel/LeaNaminéXionAquaTerraVentus

Villains: XehanortAnsemXemnasMaleficentPeteVanitasXigbar/BraigXaldinVexenLexaeusZexionSaïx/IsaDemyxLuxordMarluxiaLarxeneTerra-XehanortYoung XehanortXehanort's Guardian
Other Characters: Jiminy CricketAnsem the Wise/DiZYen SidMaster EraqusDilanEvenAeleusIenzoLingering WillHaynerPenceOletteKairi's GrandmaRiku ReplicaJiminy's JournalForetellersMaster of MastersLuxuEphemerSkuldChirithyLauriamElrena
Original Monsters: HeartlessNobodiesUnversedDream Eater
Disney Characters introduced in Kingdom Hearts: Queen MinnieDaisy DuckPlutoChip and DaleHuey, Dewey, and LouieMagic BroomsAliceWhite RabbitDoorknobCheshire CatQueen of HeartsCard SoldiersTarzanJane PorterClaytonTerkKerchakKalaSaborHerculesPhiloctetesHadesCerberusRock TitanIce TitanAladdinAbuJasmineGenieCarpetJafarIagoPeddlerCave of WondersPinocchioGeppettoMonstroCleoArielFlounderSebastianUrsulaKing TritonFlotsam and JetsamGlutJack SkellingtonZeroSallyOogie BoogieLock, Shock, and BarrelDr. FinkelsteinMayor of Halloween TownPeter PanTinker BellCaptain HookMr. SmeeWendyCrocodileMerlinWinnie the PoohTiggerPigletEeyoreRabbitOwlRooBeesBeastBelleSnow WhiteCinderellaFairy GodmotherAuroraPongoPerditaDalmatian PuppiesSimbaMushuDumboBambiChernabog
Disney Characters introduced in Kingdom Hearts II: Flora, Fauna, and MerryweatherMaleficent's RavenScrooge McDuckMulanLi ShangShan YuHayabusaYao, Ling, and Chien PoThe EmperorLumiereCogsworthMrs PottsChipWardrobePegasusMegaraPain and PanicHydraHorace HorsecollarClarabelle CowClara CluckJack SparrowElizabeth SwannWill TurnerCaptain BarbossaBo'sunJacobyTwiggCursed CrewPrince EricAttinaAndrinaSanta ClausSkeletal ReindeerTimonPumbaaNalaRafikiScarShenzi, Banzai, and EdMufasaKiaraPridelandersHyenasTronMaster Control ProgramCommander SarkKangaGopherStitchChicken Little
Disney Characters introduced in Birth by Sleep: Prince PhillipMaleficent's GoonsDocGrumpyHappySleepyBashfulSneezyDopeyThe PrinceEvil QueenMagic MirrorPrince CharmingJaqLady TremaineAnastasiaDrizellaLuciferGrand DukeGrand CouncilwomanCaptain GantuJumbaExperiment 221Lost Boys
Disney Characters introduced in Dream Drop Distance: QuasimodoEsmeraldaPhoebusJudge Claude FrolloVictor, Hugo, and LaverneKevin FlynnSam FlynnQuorraCLURinzlerBlack GuardsBlue FairyBeagle BoysChernabog's MinionsJulius
Disney Characters introduced in Kingdom Hearts χ: Mad HatterMarch HareRazoulRoyal GuardsMauriceGaston
Disney Characters introduced in Kingdom Hearts Union χ: SultanSamsonVanellope von SchweetzFix-It Felix Jr.Sergeant CalhounKing CandySour BillCy-BugsHero's Duty Troops
Disney Characters introduced in Kingdom Hearts III: ZeusApolloAthenaHermesLava TitanTornado TitanLittle ChefWoodyBuzz LightyearRexHammSargeGreen Army MenLittle Green MenRapunzelFlynn RiderPascalMaximusMother GothelSulleyMike WazowskiBooRandall BoggsChild Detection AgencyTrailer Son and MomElsaAnnaKristoffOlafSvenMarshmallowHansMr. GibbsTia DalmaDavy JonesKrakenCutler BeckettBaymaxHiro HamadaGo Go TomagoHoney LemonFredWasabiLumpyWreck-It Ralph
Disney Characters introduced in Kingdom Hearts Dark Road: Tweedledee and Tweedledum
Disney Characters introduced in the manga: CaterpillarChi-Fu
Square Enix Characters: LeonCloudMoogleOthers

Elements
Plot Elements: Kingdom HeartsHeartKeyblade WarDark Seeker SagaMore

Game Elements: Gameplay in Kingdom HeartsMagic

Objects
Sea-salt ice creamWayfinderDoor to DarknessKeybladeX-bladeMore
Locations
Original Worlds: Destiny IslandsTraverse TownRadiant Garden/Hollow BastionDisney Castle/Disney Town/Timeless RiverDive to the HeartEnd of the WorldRealm of DarknessTwilight Town/Mysterious TowerThe World That Never WasCastle That Never WasLand of Departure/Castle OblivionKeyblade Graveyard

Disney Worlds: WonderlandDeep JungleOlympus Coliseum/Underworld/OlympusAgrabahAtlanticaHalloween Town/Christmas TownNeverlandHundred Acre WoodThe Land of DragonsBeast's CastlePort Royal/The CaribbeanPride LandsSpace ParanoidsDwarf WoodlandsCastle of DreamsDeep SpaceLa Cité des ClochesThe GridPrankster's ParadiseCountry of the MusketeersToy BoxKingdom of CoronaMonstropolisArendelleSan FransokyoGame Central Station/Niceland/Cy-Bug Sector/Candy Kingdom

Organizations/Groups
Organization XIIIPrincesses of HeartDisney Villains Council
Songs
"Dearly Beloved" • "Simple and Clean" • "Sanctuary" • Face My FearsDon't Think TwiceMickey Mouse Club MarchSwim This WayPart of Your WorldUnder the SeaUrsula's RevengeA New Day is DawningDestatiThis is HalloweenHe's a PirateBeauty and the BeastBibbidi-Bobbidi-BooIt's a Small WorldNight on Bald MountainWinnie the PoohThe Sorcerer's ApprenticeThe Pastoral SymphonyNutcracker SuiteYou've Got a Friend in MeHealing IncantationPut That Thing Back Where It Came From or So Help MeLet It GoDo You Want to Build a SnowmanYo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)A Whole New WorldCircle of Life
Soundtracks
Kingdom Hearts Original SoundtrackKingdom Hearts II Original SoundtrackKingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack CompleteKingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep & 358/2 Days Original SoundtrackKingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance Original SoundtrackKingdom Hearts HD I.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack
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