Chain Of Memories’ Spirit Lives On In Kingdom Hearts 3D

By Spencer . July 5, 2012 . 11:35am

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories introduced a new battle system where players select numbered cards to attack enemies. Card battles live on in Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] with Flick Rush.



In this mini-game players fight Dream Eaters by selecting, you guessed it, ability cards with different numbers on them. Slide a card on screen to attack and if your card is higher you can cancel your enemy’s attack. A dual is triggered if both players pick the same number. Flick Rush is one way to level up Dream Eaters, the animal pals Sora and Riku travel with in Kingdom Hearts 3D. There’s a single player colosseum to fight through and you can challenge a friend to a Flick Rush fight using local wireless play.


Kingdom Hearts 3D comes out on July 20 in Europe and July 31 in North America.

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  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    I actually really liked the card system in CoM it was perfect for the gba at the time. I can’t say anything regarding how it was in Re:CoM though as it was never released here…

    • Anime10121

      It still fundamentally funtioned the same way, it just played like KH1 with KH CoM’s battle system.  And I agree CoM’s battle system is criminally under appreciated.  People acted like it was the hardest thing in the world to understand, but  its not hard and it has a lot of variety in how you play, depending on how you set up your cards.  It also is the origin of a lot of BBS’s ability sets, many of the moves in BBS come from CoM.

      Edit: dont know if I can say this or not, but look into getting Swap Magic if you still have a PS2, as Re CoM is a lot of fun and its great to see characters like Larxene, Marluxia, Zexion, etc. developed a little more (and to hear them talk:P)

      • OatMatadoQuatro

        I only played RE:CoM and I missed the original Kingdom Hearts system. The system was very clever but it required too much strategy for an action series as well as moving the all the deck if I wanted to use a certain combo. Riku’s mode, however, was more entertaining as his moves were simpler and cleaner (sorry for the bad joke)

      • KHSoraKeyBlade

         I do know that the reaction commands were put into Re:CoM so that definitely changed the battle system a small bit. I think people just didn’t like the drastic change from the original KH to the the one in CoM but like I can’t imagine how CoM would have even played like if it weren’t for the cards. xD

        Hmm, I will have to look into it, that is what people used to play the Final Mixes as well wasn’t it? I have definitely heard the name before. From the cutscenes in Re:CoM I watched on youtube the org13 members sure did get more life added to them, the interactions between them all were really good, especially the whole Larxene and Axel thing xD

        • Anime10121

          Yeah you can play imported games with the Swap Magic and its rather easy to use even if you aren’t a tech head.  I bought Final Mix and KHII Final Mix + (thus had already played the JP version of KHRe:COM when the American one was released, although I still bought the US version and love it to death, actually Im replaying it now) and played them with Swap Magic and the Slide card. 

          There’s also a complete english patch to play KH II Final Mix in English so you can understand everything (and trust you WILL need to understand things to be able to take on the secret bossess, regretably it wasn’t finished when I bought FM+ and I had to use trial and error for abilities).  But yeah definitely look into it, you can get the SM disc and the slide card for about 30 bucks:)

    • Endy Operin

      What exactly do you mean? Re:CoM has English localization.

      • Anime10121

         Yeah but Square unfortunately chose not to release it in Europe (dont know why when it almost sold a million copies in the US alone).

        • Crevox

          I’m sure you could just import it for a low price? I agree that it’s strange, but it’s an option.

          • Anime10121

            Well I live in the US so I bought it the day it came out, but I was answering Endy Operin’s question.

            Though even still he’d have to have a way to actually play the imported copy.

        • Masengan

          Funny I bought the game just to have it and didn’t even play it lol, also coded I bought just to have it but didn’t play it.

          • Anime10121

            You really need to play it, as Re: Chain of Memories is actually quite awesome, (although the Disney worlds are just as much filler here as they were in days).  The Organization is just awesome in this game and you get to see Axel (cold-blooded or should I say hot-blooded) before Roxas started to have an effect on him.

            The fights with the organization are all great and the final boss with Marluxia still has one of the most epic songs ever released in the series.  This is also the first game you actually get to play with Riku, as half the game (after you beat Sora’s story) you get to play through Riku’s story.  This game also has some extra battles that weren’t in the GBA game, like Zexion and a few others.  In short PLAY CHAIN OF MEMORIES, its great:)

            ReCoded, doesnt really matter in the grand scheme of things as the ONLY thing that’s important in that game happens at the very end and you can pretty much guess that if you played BBS.  Although ReCoded does have a great battle system, so it is fun to play even if it was useless as a plot driven game.

          • Masengan

            I played the GBA version fully so I didn’t feel like going through the whole battle system again.

          • Anime10121

             I still think you oughta give it a try though, like I said there is a few extra fights thrown in that are quite fun.  There’s an extra fight with Marluxia that is also quite epic (and the music :P)  And the battle system is also easier in a 3D space than it was on the GBA (although it really wasnt that hard either).  But hey if you dont like the way it plays, I guess I cant convince you, though I do think you’re missing out.

            I just now (and I mean right now as I’m typing this, the credits are currently running to Simple and Clean) finished Riku’s story again in Re:COM as I’m trying to finish all the main games as a countdown to Dream Drop Distance at the end of the month. I started in June and have already beaten KH BBS FM, KH1 FM, and KH Re:CoM now all I have left is KH II FM!  These games are just awesome:P

    • Göran Isacson

       Someone else who loved the card system for CoM. I… I’m not alone ;_; !

      • Neither am I. I loved the gameplay of GBA’s CoM. Plus it was a real blast. I loved the challenge. One of the best titles in the KH existence. KH 4EV3R!

  • Anime10121

    I cant wait to see if Quasimodo’s heart had the answer:P

    This is finally the sequel I’ve been waiting for! No its not KH3, but from what I’ve been hearing it might as well be. It is a sequel that continues Sora and Riku’s story, the “main plot” of Kingdom Hearts.  If the story for KH3 wasnt already decided this could have been KH3.

    I can not wait for July 31st!!!

  • I didn’t like CoM too much, yet I love Baten Kaitos so it wasn’t the cards alone that turned me off…

    Either way I am okay with giving the gameplay another play as a minigame.

  • Kefkiroth

    The only reason I didn’t like CoM’s battle system was because I couldn’t button mash anymore, and that’s why I play Kingdom Hearts. I just felt restricted as to what I could do.

  • Herok♞

    This is only making the short wait worse.

  • Nyandroid

    Thank God its only a mini game. That battle system is the reason I never finished Chain of Memories. ~>o>;

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