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Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Release Date Announced

by Pedro Hernandez - October 6, 2010, 4:39 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: http://na.square-enix.com/khrecoded/, (Kingdom Hearts Re:coded)

The latest DS Kingdom Hearts title will see a release early next year.

Square Enix recently opened their North American website for Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, the second Kingdom Hearts game to be released for the DS. The official website revealed the release date, and a press release has confirmed that the US launch will be January 11, 2011.

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded takes place after the end of Kingdom Hearts II. When King Mickey discovers a mysterious entry on Jiminy's journal he decides to investigate by going into the datascape and visiting the Disney worlds once more.

Coded was originally a title for Japanese cellphones. The DS remake includes new gameplay modes and new cutscenes.

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Confirmed for Release on Janruary 11, 2011

Sora's Latest Adventure Through the Worlds of Disney Unfolds on Nintendo DS

LOS ANGELES (October 6, 2010)Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Coded for Nintendo DS™ will be available at North American retailers on January 11, 2011.

The latest installment in the KINGDOM HEARTS saga, KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded takes the exhilarating gameplay system the series is known for and adds some innovative new twists. Players can now dive into a new character growth system and enjoy an assortment of battle styles ranging from side-scrolling to shooting all in one gaming experience. Additionally, KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded includes the Avatar Menu, which utilizes the Nintendo DS Tag Mode capabilities, allowing players to trade customizable avatar profiles and playable maps with their friends. Each floor map acquired adds to the player's unique System Sector, which can be explored for items, experience points and even a friend's avatar items!

Find out why KINGDOM HEARTS is one of the most beloved video game series that has shipped more than 15 million copies worldwide. KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded invites players to step into Sora's shoes and unravel the secrets that lie in Jiminy Cricket's journal on January 11.

KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Coded will be playable at the upcoming New York Comic Con, taking place from October 8 - 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Visit the Square Enix booth #1823 and be one of the first to experience the latest KINGDOM HEARTS adventure at this exciting pre-launch showing.

Story

Sora's journey in KINGDOM HEARTS II has drawn to a close, and now a new tale is set to begin.

Jiminy Cricket is looking over the journal he used to document his first adventure with Sora when he discovers a mysterious message. He didn't write it – so how on earth did it get there? King Mickey is determined to find out, so he and his friends decide to digitize the journal and delve into its deepest secrets. Inside this "datascape" dwells a second Sora who is about to embark on a grand adventure of his very own.

Features

  • The future of the KINGDOM HEARTS series arrives on Nintendo DS: From world-renowned creator and character designer Tetsuya Nomura comes the latest installment in the beloved KINGDOM HEARTS series. Sora, Mickey, Donald, Goofy and a host of familiar faces from KINGDOM HEARTS and FINAL FANTASY unite once again for an exciting new adventure
  • Classic KINGDOM HEARTS gameplay with innovative twists: All-new features include a new character growth system created specifically for the Nintendo DS release, building on the series' immersive blend of action and role-playing elements
  • An assortment of diverse and entertaining boss battles: Guide Sora like never before through boss battles inspired by side-scrolling, shooting and classic FINAL FANTASY games
  • Endless possibilities in the Avatar Menu: Players can design their own avatar using over 800 unlockable parts and trade playable maps with friends

KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded will be available for Nintendo DS at North American retailers nationwide for the suggested retail price of $34.99.


The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/khrecoded.

Talkback

EnnerOctober 06, 2010

Oh, this is a sequel. I thought it was a remake of the first one from just reading the title. Well, this ought to be nice for DS-owning fans of the series.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorOctober 07, 2010

Too soon!


I wish they waiting a little longer seeing as Birth by Sleep just came out. :)

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterOctober 07, 2010

I'm curious for this game. I still need to play 358/2 Days and Birth By Sleep (don't own a PSP), but I want to know how the story in this game is.

In all honesty, the story became highly convoluted after Chain of Memories. I am still figuring out what was going on in Kingdom Hearts 2.

Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)October 07, 2010

What exactly is the attraction of this franchise? It is my understanding that, beneath the RPG elements, it's basically a drawn out hack-and-slasher with an absurdly convoluted story (Heartless? Nobodies? What?) and questionable controls. I don't own any of them, I've only sunk a couple of hours into a friend's copy of Kingdom Hearts II, and it appears to be riding on the appeal of the Disney licence heavily.
Unfortunately, I fear that Epic Mickey may be doing the same, which for me personally is not enough to keep me playing.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterOctober 07, 2010

Quote from: Killer_Man_Jaro

What exactly is the attraction of this franchise? It is my understanding that, beneath the RPG elements, it's basically a drawn out hack-and-slasher with an absurdly convoluted story (Heartless? Nobodies? What?) and questionable controls. I don't own any of them, I've only sunk a couple of hours into a friend's copy of Kingdom Hearts II, and it appears to be riding on the appeal of the Disney licence heavily.
Unfortunately, I fear that Epic Mickey may be doing the same, which for me personally is not enough to keep me playing.

The first one, at least, did ride off of nostalgia. A stronger focus was placed on the Disney and Final Fantasy characters. It was after Chain of Memories that the focus was instead placed on the original story and characters.

I can only speak for myself, but I will admit that I got into the series because of the Disney and Final Fantasy references, but I stuck to the series because despite the story being convoluted it's enjoyable. I really like the characters, especially Sora may be one of the best non-Final Fantasy characters Square has created.

The gameplay is indeed a hack and slash, but it has been refined so that it's more than just a Samurai Warriors clone. I really liked the battle system in Kingdom Hearts 2. It was far more polished than the first game and there is a lot of attacks and skills you can pull off in battle. Plus, there's an odd sense of satisfaction when you kill off hundreds of enemies in just a few swipes.

It definitely ain't for everybody since gameplay CAN get redundant and the story hard to follow. But in my case, it is very enjoyable.

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