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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Gets Mickey Mouse Checkered DSi

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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.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.