Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Gets Mickey Mouse Checkered DSi

By Ishaan . March 5, 2009 . 1:41am

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After being subjected to numerous delays, Japan finally has a solid release date for Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 – again, in the interest of public sanity, that’s “Three hundred and fifty eight over two” — Days. That date is May 30th for Japan.

 

The game will ship with the limited edition Nintendo DSi (pictured above) that Square announced a few months ago. The game + DSi bundle will retail for 24,880 yen ($250), while the game alone will cost 5980 yen ($60). If you wait for the announced English version coming later this year Square Enix should sell it for the usual $39.99.

 

Also see some new screens of Roxas, Organization XIII, and the other Disney friends he meets in the Sora-less Kingdom Hearts game. Keep in mind, DS games look a lot better in motion, so don’t judge this one by screenshots alone.

 

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It’s going to be very interesting to see how Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is received in Japan. It’s a Kingdom Hearts game, it’s on a popular system, and it’s been heavily marketed as a local multiplayer experience — something that worked wonders for Monster Hunter and Phantasy Star Portable. I just wish Square had made this one a Nintendo DSi-exclusive that took advantage of the hardware.


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  • SpoonerismsRock

    Finally Zero gets some screen time!…pretty sure he wasnt in KH1 or 2

  • Chow

    Why would you have wanted it to be DSi-exclusive? That would’ve pissed off a lot of people. Even if there were some extra features that’d be available to DSi owners, that’d still be pretty bad.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Oh, agreed. It would’ve pissed off a HELL of a lot of people. But this is a multiplayer game, and there have been plenty of reports about the framerate not holding up particularly well. I think it would’ve benefited from the DSi’s beefier hardware…no other reason.

  • http://www.siliconera.com Jenni

    Normally I am totally envious over the Japanese exclusive, Square Enix DS units… but that DS seems like an eyesore to me. I much prefer that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles DSi unit released a while back.

    The screens from the game look absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait for the DS Kingdom Hearts.

  • Kaoro

    “I just wish Square had made this one a Nintendo DSi-exclusive that took advantage of the hardware.” I definitely agree. That more powerful hardware could have made the visuals less… dated. But I will wait till I see it in motion, like you said. I would think movement would be kind of awkward without an analog stick.

    Am I the only one who really likes the DSi design? I think I’d rather just have a plain black console instead of any design, but I wouldn’t mind having this one :).

  • http://www.SpawnKill.com tigresa

    I can’t lie… that DS is REALLY cute, I would even consider buying it and I was planning on not picking up the DSi at all. But it probably won’t come stateside. Can’t believe they pay $60 for DS games though, that’s so wrong.

  • ryukyus

    It’s a good thing that your wishes never come true, you mean according to you just because people wants to play king hearts they would have to buy a dsi which is not even that great, Moron, it’s a good thing they don’t think the same way you do.

    • Anon

      Why is the DSi “not even that great”?

      … because it doesn’t have any exclusive software worth buying it for?

      … wouldn’t that be a good argument FOR making the game DSi exclusive? :p

  • MisterNiwa

    Oh, Zero was in Kingdom Hearts, well but i cant remember seeing him in KH2…
    But he was in Zero, im sure!

    • Joanna

      yeah he was in KH1, but he only had a really minor role.

  • Axelanddeidara

    sweet! I was wondering why this game was taking so long to be released.

  • http://www.bestvintagemickey.com Keith Jones

    That deal looks interesting – did they say if The deal with the Dsi would be availble in Europe/
    Keith

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