In an interesting turn of events, Square Enix will be bringing older Kingdom Hearts titles to the PS3 in one tidy bundle. The 1.5 HD Remix includes HD-remastered versions of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Chain of Memories,, and 358/2 Days; Final Mix being the previously Japanese-exclusive re-release of the original.
No details have been given regarding the Japanese release, and a US release was not confirmed.
One of the things we’ve been discussing behind the scenes here lately is the fact that a number of video game review websites (we won’t name names) have been posting more reviews for games that the reviewers haven’t actually completed. The average reader may not know this, but some of the major websites, particularly those who cover all genres, don’t always finish the games they review. This is understandable in some cases because of time constraints, the volume of their coverage, or the fact that with some genres, there really isn’t an ending (such as MMORPGs and certain simulation and puzzle games, which instead have hour requirements). But games that have actual endings — RPGs in particular — require completion. What’s disheartening is that smaller websites, whether they target a genre or a specific gamer demographic, are doing this too.
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Since the release of Kingdom Hearts II, many players wondered what Roxas’s time in Organization XIII was like. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days answers that question: it was like being a real-life cubicle worker, a cog in a corporate machine that grinds away at its work. It’s almost like “Walt Disney presents Office Space.” And like Office Space, it’s at its best when things start to unravel.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins meet President Obama.
That has nothing to do with this update, I just couldn’t think of anything clever to put here. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 09/11/09’ »
It seems like Square Enix brought to PAX pretty much the same demo for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days as it had at E3, though there were a few notable improvements. You could actually pick up the DS and hold it, for one. Continue reading ‘Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, PAX Impression’ »
In Wild Arms 5 there is a shop that lets you exchange experience levels for items and equipment. It’s run by the vampire chick from 2, who refers to it as exchanging your life force for items. The lesson here is that Wild Arms 2 always comes back to bite you. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 08/08/09’ »
Y’know what the hardest thing about getting back into Oblivion is? Other than downloading more in mods than the size of the actual game, or getting the stupid things to work right? Planning your character, man. You gotta throw out everything you know about conventional RPG grinding to max out your stats in Oblivion. It’s dumb and wrong and yet when you figure it out it feels so… well, okay, actually it still feels dumb and wrong, but it’s all worth it to crush some poor schmuck’s weapon arm in one go, take the weapon he was using, and use it to dismember him. But I digress.
In today’s media update: Crimson Gem Saga, Dragon Quest IX, Dragon Quest Wars, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Persona PSP, Phantom Brave Wii, and Super Robot Wars NEO. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 06/13/09’ »
E3 may be over, but there’s lots of media for you to feast your eyes on today including the first piece of concept art for the upcoming (and still unnamed) Zelda game for the Wii. You’ll also find Spectrobes Origins, Golden Sun DS, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky, Muramasa, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 06/05/09’ »
I had been looking forward to giving Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days a try for quite some time. Organization XIII backstory? More Axel? Yes, please.
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The demo of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days puts the player in control of Roxas and was divided into two playable missions that took place in Twilight Town and Agrabah respectively. Each mission comes with its own brief cutscenes, objectives, and rewards. Continue reading ‘Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Impression 1’ »
Some new details came out at Nintendo’s E3 conference today about the new DS entry to the Kingdom Hearts series, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. Speaking at the conference, Reggie Fils-Aime announced that the game would see a North American release date of September 29, 2009. Following the early adventures of Organization XIII member Roxas, 358/2 Days promises to fill in a previously murky area of the series’ history.
Yes, I’m doing something on the main page. Don’t look so shocked. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 05/27/09’ »
Brand new media for you all, hot off the presses and straight from the Game Developer’s Conference, get it all here folks! Gather ’round for some Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Phantasy Star Zero Mini, Harvest Moon: Makiba no Omise, and My World, My Way PSP. At no extra charge we’re throwing in Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2, Little King’s Story, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord, Disgaea 2 PSP, and – in a move sure to put fanfic authors out of business (or back to work) – Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Oh, who am I kidding? I… I mean, they are still busy with VII. Anyway… Continue reading ‘Mass Screenshots, Artwork – 03/26/09’ »
How’s it going, everybody? Got some fresh new screens and arts for you fine folks. Take a gander, won’t you? This time around: Muramasa, Blue Dragon Plus 2, 7th Dragon, Harvest Moon: Makiba no Omise, Dragon Quest IX, White Knight Chronicles, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. Continue reading ‘Mass Screenshots, Artwork 03/14/09’ »
Fresh out of the barrel, some nifty new screenshots for all of you: Fallout 3: The Pitt, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Dragon Quest IX, 7th Dragon, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Sacred Blaze. Now if you’ll excuse me, your milkshake is unguarded and I have a very long straw. Continue reading ‘Mass Screenshots 03/07/09’ »
If you need further proof that Japan gets all kinds of neat things that unfortunately have a negligible chance of ever seeing the light of day on this half of the planet, then consider this Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days special edition DSi. It’ll retail for a 24,880 yen, which is roughly $250.47 when it briefly hits shelves at the end of May before being snatched up forever.
Hit the Jump to see what we’re missing out on. Continue reading ‘Japan Gets Shiny Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days DSi’ »
Say, turn this record over, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet! On this side: 7th Dragon, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Tales of Radiant Mythology 2, Arc Rise Fantasia, Blood of Bahamut, and Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume. Continue reading ‘Mass Screenshots, Artwork 02/25/09’ »
In today’s update: Mimana Iyar Chronicle, Valkyria Chronicle, Sacred Blaze, Mario and Luigi 3, Blue Dragon: Behemonth of the Otherworld, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time, Final Fantasy XIII, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Little King’s Story, Star Ocean Second Evolution, and Fable 2: Knothole Island. Continue reading ‘Mass Screenshots, Artwork, Boxart 01/15/09’ »
The PS2 remake of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories that was an extra in the Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ has finally hit North American shelves for the low price of $29.99, but Square Enix is not content to rest on its laurels. In the same announcement, it has been announced that we will be seeing Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days on this side of the pacific. There has been no word yet of a localization of the PSP game Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep or Kingdom Hearts: Coded, which is only available on DoCoMo mobile phones at the moment. Though it is likely we’ll see Birth by Sleep, Coded is highly unprobable unless it receives a handheld port a la Parasite Eve: the 3rd Birthday, which so far, has also not been confirmed for North American release in either form.
Japan’s an expensive place to live, and it can get kind of crowded. So to make up for these things, companies like Square Enix placate the populace with sweet DSi bundles that make pretty much everyone else in the world jealous. Case in point, there are two new bundles for the DSi, a system that we don’t even get until at least the middle of next year over here. The first is a bundle for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and so far, Square Enix hasn’t said what sort of special limited edition DSi it will come with. Final Fantasy Chrystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time will also be getting a pretty limited run. It’ll come with the game, a white DS embossed with a cat, all for a suggested 23,940 yen, which is exactly $252 right now.