Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories linked to Dec. 2

Redux of publisher's Final Fantasy/Disney mash-up RPG first released on GBA in 2004 will arrive on the PS2 in North America later this year.

In many cases, mashing together two popular brands is about as effective as shaking up a bottle full of oil and water. However, Disney and Square Enix hit pay dirt in 2002 with Kingdom Hearts, an action role-playing game designed by Tetsuya Nomura that weaves notable Final Fantasy characters into the Disney universe. Thus far, the property has yielded two well-received titles for the PlayStation 2, as well as Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for the Game Boy Advance.

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Last year, Square Enix released in Japan a director's cut of Kingdom Hearts II for the PS2 that also included a the card-battling Chain of Memories. Today, the publisher said that North American audiences will now also be able to experience that remake of the GBA title, announcing that Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories will be available for the PS2 on this side of the Pacific on December 2.

In Re: Chain of Memories, series protagonist Sora joins with Donald and Goofy as they investigate a mysterious castle. The game features a 3D graphical overhaul from its GBA inspiration, and Square Enix has also added four new minigame sequences that augment the main storyline. Kingdom Hearts mainstays David Gallagher and Haley Joel Osment will also lend their voices to the game.

Beyond Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, Square Enix has two portable installments in its best-selling action RPG franchise in the works. Later this year, the publisher plans to release Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep for the PlayStation Portable in Japan, with the Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days on the Nintendo DS following in 2009.

For an idea of what to expect from Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, check out GameSpot's review of the GBA game.

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149 comments
mary9332003
mary9332003

Is KH Re:COM going to be released in any other countries outside of Japan and North America?

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

I've read no mention of it coming to Europe :(

AnimeFreakBex
AnimeFreakBex

whoa so can't wait for this to come out in da U.K damn wish i knew wen...anyone know???

angelbless
angelbless

Gladly this game will be released !! thxs SE!

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

how did i miss this!? i was hoping FM+ would come out in english. ok so we dont get FM but this is at least something. can't wait!!

young-R
young-R

the only problem i see is that they are not coming with the final mix

brady323232
brady323232

this is going to be sweat all of them and a japanese playstation 2 so i got final mix+ so i gonna get it the day it comes out. this is going to be sweat

livinitup01
livinitup01

Well, when KH2:Final Mix released in Japan I was disappointed that it wasn't coming to the US. Now that just Chain of Memories RE is I am surprised as I thought this would never happen. I will buy it since I didn't finish Chain of Memories 100% and because I want to see what the graphics of this will look like on PS2. It looked good in Japan so it'll look good over here. It'll be a great addition to my KH collection.

djhipihopisdead
djhipihopisdead

I loved this game on GBA,it introduced me to newer RPG's. It'll play as the same, but the extras should be worth the price

rpger19e
rpger19e

Oh joy. More of the same.

burstlimit514
burstlimit514

wait so Birth by sleep comes out in Japan THIS year? So that means the american will come out in like May! But are they going to put out final mix anytime soon?

megaking_34
megaking_34

they should at least put final mix to make us more happier and longer play time

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

didn't japanese kh2: final mix included: kingdom hearts 2 + this as a bonus, wouldn't it be easy to just translate it... I know it would be stupid to have 2 kingdom hearts 2 but at least chain of memories for ps2 should be cheaper

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

is it still card based battle? i really hope not...

megaking_34
megaking_34

maybe they should give an extra features in the game to make it worthwhile and make us happy

doubleA_ron0890
doubleA_ron0890

i wonder who will voice the other org. xiii members? the suspense is killing me.

doubleA_ron0890
doubleA_ron0890

my savings will all be gone this holiday season. i'm waiting for smt: p4 and this. i just hope that they bundle it with both kh and kh II final mix so that more people will buy it.

thattotally
thattotally

omygosh omygosh omygosh. How did I not here about this news before hand?????!! Dear God this is a dream come true!!! I can't belive it I can't believe it!!! Just when I'd given up on the game (unfortunate about no Final Mix but whatever!) and then this!! If you'll excuse me, I'm feeling a bit lightheaded... Woah there... I think I MUST be dreaming... This is so awsome!!!! Well... this confirms that Square Enix are indeed becoming poor, and need to put in as much cash ins as possible. But I don't care, even if I have played this game on the gba to death. All in all GREAT news

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

yeah alright, but no Final Mix? When do they plan to translate it for us? 2010?! Come on! This game came out like two friggin years ago in Japanese! Ugh, Square Enix, I swear it takes them forever to translate whatever!

banddude
banddude

This is gonna be awesome!!!

smbius
smbius

YES! But I wish they would've translated Final Mix

safaria5
safaria5

T.T wny the hell didn't they translate Fm+ as well? Oh well at least we get some translated reverse rebirth that hasent happened yet...

shadow_josh
shadow_josh

since RE: Chain OF Memories is coming to the US does any1 think that the final mix of both kingdom hearts would eventually come to the US i believe so but only time will tell huh

shadow_josh
shadow_josh

since RE: Chain OF Memories is coming to the US does any1 think that the final mix of both kingdom hearts would eventually come to the US i believe so but only time will tell huh

mmntw27
mmntw27

I've had my Chain of Memories since the game first came out. Looks like I'll be getting this one on the first day, too. Here's to hoping that it doesn't have a $50 price tag though, or I'll just stick to my GBA one.

TeenGamer92
TeenGamer92

YESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TeenGamer92
TeenGamer92

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keyblade42
keyblade42

What does JRPG stand for? Something Role playing game? Anyway yipee!

Jak-25
Jak-25

I am glad it is coming out, I can't wait to get it.

sieg6529
sieg6529

Awesome, I've been waiting for this to come to the PS2 for awhile now. No more cross-platform sequels!

CureForLiving
CureForLiving

Square + JRPG, I guess I can wait a while. Luckily my PS3 is backward compatible.

oathkeeper_kh
oathkeeper_kh

I'm glad this game is finally coming over state side. I don't care if it's for PS2 or PS3 i'm still getting this game.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Something the report doesn't mention is this was part of the Kingdom Hearts 2: Final Mix+ package in Japan not a stand alone game. I'm glad this is coming out but I wish that had released the Final Mix versions of the games.

MM125
MM125

If they were gonna release it, why not earlier, like when the PS2 was alive? It's been a full year and a half since the JPN release.

fearunlimited19
fearunlimited19

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megaking_34
megaking_34

I wonder if they are going to add new or lose some parts in the game like events, parts, character, places, world, and some in R/R compare to the GBA kingdom hearts:COM and add some newer things like playing 2 player in game and in online

shamarke
shamarke

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Fhenrhyr
Fhenrhyr

I can't believe it! Square Enix releasing a game on PS2... again! I liked very much the GBA Chain of Memories, the battle system was quite good. So I'm delighted to see it on the PS2... it doesn't matter if it's a bit late now.

02sfraser
02sfraser

what about the EU :( i never got to play Chain of Memories :(

wproiet1
wproiet1

This is a very late time to brin a kingdom hearts game to PS2 i mean the last one came out in what 2006?

megaking_34
megaking_34

I wonder if they are going to make another KH chain of memories in PSP and PS3

paiduema
paiduema

I did not like Chains of memory much, The Cards Gameplay is not fun all the time .. prefered the KH and KH2 and now waiting for Birth by Sleep ... i think instead of re-releasing OLD KH games they need to sit and think of KH3 :) Maybe not a Disney themed though!

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

nice i have a PS2 but i lack a GBA or i would already have it.So its on my list might actually get it before the likes of Resistance.