We’re sure that right now, Kingdom Hearts fans are still having a blast playing Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, which is the most recent game in the franchise. When the game was initially announced, it came as a surprise that Square Enix decided to release a rhythm game.
However, the spin-off is a great way to celebrate and appreciate the music found throughout the series. That being said, die-hard fans will only remain entertained for a while, and right now we still don’t know when Kingdom Hearts 4 will be released.
On the bright side, it seems that the franchise will still be releasing new merchandise while fans wait for Square Enix to announce new games, including a pair of Kingdom Hearts-themed watches that are now available for pre-order.
Japanese retailer U-Treasure recently revealed that dedicated fans can now pre-order the watches in question on its website. Available in either black or white, the watches are embellished with the Kingdom Hearts logo on the back part of the watch face.
In addition to that, the dial is also emblazoned with various symbols that are iconic to the Kingdom Hearts franchise. For instance, there’s the heart, the crown, the Keyblade, and the classic Mickey Mouse icon.
For those who are new to the series and are therefore unfamiliar with these symbols, the crown represents the main protagonist Sora, while the heart is a vital plot element in Kingdom Hearts.
For those who order the watches, they will come with a charming pouch that can be used to keep the watches safe. Similarly, the pouches will also feature the series’ logo and are described on the website as waterproof.
The chic watches are each priced at 27,500 yen, which is more or less $265 USD. U-Treasure is accepting pre-orders starting November 17 through December 25, with the shop planning to ship out the products on that last day.
Unfortunately for Western fans, it doesn’t look like U-Treasure has any plans of releasing the watches outside of Japan. Going through the shop’s website, it looks like it does offer international shipping for select products but the Kingdom Hearts merchandise is sadly not included.
Japan-exclusive products are not unheard of – in fact, it’s actually pretty common. Some fans may understandably find this frustrating and somewhat unfair, but Western audiences aren’t totally overlooked.
As a matter of fact, the OST of Kingdom Hearts 3 was recently released on multiple streaming platforms, including Spotify, Amazon Music, and iTunes. While the physical discs are only available in Japan, it’s still great that fans outside of that country can still listen to their favorite music online.
Not only that, but the most recent Ultimania book will also receive an official English translation for the first time. Dedicated Kingdom Hearts fans have always hoped for an English release for these reference books, as it contains exclusive information about the series that was never touched upon in the video games.
Players will have to wait a little bit before they can get their hands on this Ultimania book. But once it does get released next year though, fans will be able to read all about the series’ lore and story arcs leading up to Kingdom Hearts 3.