Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Hands-On

We've never had to fight the heartless quite like this before in an action puzzle game.

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Originally an episodic series made for mobile phones, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is a remake for the Nintendo DS. No date has been announced for a North America release yet, but we got to play it at the 2010 Tokyo Game Show. It's difficult to discern where we were in the game, but the events take place after Kingdom Hearts II. In our demo, we were placed in Wonderland with Alice and had to escape from the wicked Queen of Hearts.

What's noticeably different in Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is the dialogue, which takes place in the top screen and is set up in such a way that Sora and the other characters basically function as talking portraits. There is some slight animation and the models look good, but it's different from the kind of interaction we're so used to watching where the characters move and talk in a setting. It makes it a bit obvious that this was initially a mobile game.

When we were free to roam the maze that the queen placed us in, it felt very much like any other Kingdom Hearts game except we were confined to a small area and all we really needed to do was hit the A button to attack the card soldiers to stun them. The goal wasn't to just beat on the soldiers, but to hit the two switches in the maze to reveal the keyhole to the world. Once that was sealed, we moved on to what was essentially an arcade rail shooter, where all we had to do was move Sora left and right while firing straight ahead at anything that came hurtling our way. He could jump to avoid blocks, but we couldn't control how fast Sora moved toward the finish line. A line on the bottom screen will tell you how far you were from your goal. This part of the game is divvied up into stages, and each stage has 10 waves of attack. At the end, there is a large dangly boss that juggles fiery pins and sends a wave of fire your way. Like an arcade game, a score is kept at the top left corner of the screen.

You need to get used to the constant change in perspective; not just when the gameplay changes, but even during the shooting segment. One minute, you'll be hovering along the ground and firing at everything that is coming toward you, but suddenly, the screen will rotate to the left or completely upside down, and you'll have to play that way. It's a little nauseating with the changes, and we're not really quite sure why it does that, though it makes it slightly more difficult to leap over chasms and dodge blocks.

In the brief trailer we saw before the demo, we noticed that there were some side-scrolling platforming sections, as well as minigames. For those who have missed their favorite Disney locales, you'll travel once again to the Coliseum in Olympus, as well as Agrabah. We'll bring you more updates as soon as we get them, which will be in English hopefully. No date has been announced for the North American version, but the game is set to be released in Japan on October 7.

Discussion

98 comments
DeathT101
DeathT101

@forceunleashed2 they have been improving on KH since the first game and so far i'm pleased with the series. lastly graphics don't make a game, it's more the story and how sucked in you get...graphics are the last thing people care about

forceunleashed2
forceunleashed2

@bioniclefreak maybe so... but i play Xbox alot and i'v played all the KH's.. i know how good the game is, all they can do now is improve it.. graphics perhaps?

eshtebala
eshtebala

@eliebaz Toy Story will be on KH3....... I guarantee it.

bioniclefreak
bioniclefreak

@forceunleashed2 Personally, I don't care how good graphics are, I mean my favorite current gen system is the ds. Also, good graphics does not a great game make,in my opinion.

farhad_liquid
farhad_liquid

آخه بیکاری یا اصلا کنسول قحتی بود دادی به این دی اس

togaryuman
togaryuman

as long as we can play as roxas and axel im cool with this game

ridho_hayabusa
ridho_hayabusa

man, thank you square enix for making this KH on the ds. Since not every people are capable for purchasing the psp or ps3, not everone are "rich", thank you square enix to make it for the ds

MeGaSmUrF
MeGaSmUrF

lol...hey mister genius guy,toy story is pixar, not dreamworks

forceunleashed2
forceunleashed2

they should make a KH for xbox and Ps3... make the graphics as good as possible im sure it would hit one of the top games..

eliebaz
eliebaz

Bring out KH3 before we all die in 2012

kamuijr
kamuijr

Hmmm I'll have to pass on this one but BBS was awesome ;)

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

@eliebaz Disney doesn't have the rights to Dream Works nor does Square. But Disney has the rights to Pixar.

eliebaz
eliebaz

IM pissed off with square they don't know how to keep things on one platform, why do they have to make it so costly for consumers, i mean i bought a psp for BBS and a DS for 358/2 days, and honestly the best one was on the ps2. Just keep it simple please... and stop putting the same disney themes please please. Know that you have the rights to dreamworks put in some great classics such as toy story.

stone2099
stone2099

dang it, agrabah again. if i have to hear that mre than repetitive soundtrack one more time......

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

How many times are they going keep reusing the same disney themed worlds? Why not add freaking Toy Story or Bug's Life worlds in the mix? Heck, throw in Muppets and Seasme Street too! Opps! See what I did there?

Fungi13
Fungi13

oh boy, we get to go to Agrabah

GuitarAmp58
GuitarAmp58

@strife9288 I know what you mean, but once Square-Enix decides to make KH3, it most likely will be on a next-gen system, I completely understand why this game is on DS because it was originally on phones.

STRIFE9288
STRIFE9288

@GuitarAmp58 oh yea I know that, but in general you can't tell me that it isn't better on a ps system?? like limitations on the ps3 like there is on the ds, sheeet atleast keep them coming on the psp, you know??

GuitarAmp58
GuitarAmp58

@Strife9288, These screens are clearly blown up from the real game, if you played 358/2, you'd know that the DS is very capable of having a great looking Kingdom Hearts game, and considering h.a.n.d. inc. (who developed 358/2) is also developing this one, I can't see how it will be bad.

STRIFE9288
STRIFE9288

omg those graphics are so f-ing bad. if they aren't gonna make kh3 yet, then atleast do us the pleasure of keeping such a great franchise off a technologically weak system like a nintendo system. one of the reason I love kh was because of the graphics.

OathKeeper48
OathKeeper48

When is KH coming onto the PS3????????????? i miss playing KH on the TV =\

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

Where is KH3? Finish the fight, damn you!

DungeonLeader
DungeonLeader

Ok we just need a Kingdom Hearts 3 and end it.....please.......358/2 Days (don't even know how you fricking spell it) was so boring.........

TriforceLinkZ
TriforceLinkZ

for the love of god please no more KH games for Nintendo. as much as I am of a nintendo fanboy, gameplay has been horribly disappointing so far

lizzie1238
lizzie1238

It's an action-puzzle-RPG... Have they created a new game genre?

Axel450
Axel450

Im not gonna hold my breath. Im not saying i dont like the handheld KH games, but if they make KH3 for any handheld it will suck. Period.

MusicBubble
MusicBubble

@Pipboy360 Agreed. Need KH3 now, please! It's getting too close to 2012. QQ

Pipboy360
Pipboy360

Please.. no more Kingdom Hearts. This series is starting to stagnate, big time, and there's a long-running joke about familiar places that I have to see some variation of each time a new KH is reviewed (usually about Agrabah.) It's time to move away from these story-raping spin-offs and do KH3 already. It's 2010, this should have happened by now.

Byaku524
Byaku524

Ok...so this is going to fill what happened after KH2...does that mean that they're working on KH3 but not telling us?

mushroomslave7
mushroomslave7

i hate how a lot of the cut scenes will be stills of the characters with different expressions, only twewy and persona 3 can pull that off, other than that it looks fun, the multiple gameplay modes look fun, but the whole story of this particular addition is a bit convoluted and unnecessary though, i mean the over all point seems necessary as it really ties into bbs and i'm guessing kh3 but its kh, you can't stay mad at Nomura... what the hell will kh 3ds be about?

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

Looks like another one of those spin-offs.

Cappuccin0
Cappuccin0

Still waiting for the series' jump into the bigger consoles. Birth by sleep was freakin' great tho, for a portable game.

lionheart234
lionheart234

finally it goes back to gameplay with sora and the gang, i was bored of roxus and now birth by sleep characters....

bogeta24
bogeta24

@Zalke, no I have seen it, I was asking in like a, come on if you haven't seen it by now your an idiot tone. I have seen it like 40 times lol

Zalke
Zalke

@bogeta24 There are secret endings, one for Terra. and one for Aqua, idk why Ventus doesn't get one. **SPOILERS!** Terra's shows us a scene inside Terra's body with Terra and Xehanort talking about who will control the body. Xehanort does, but lost his memory while the eyepatch guy with guns (I forget his name, but his nobody's name is Xigbar) is looking out for him. You can look these up on youtube you know. Aqua's shows us that shes just talking with Ansem the Wise (blonde Ansem who's face is wrapped up in red cloth) at the place where Sora and Riku are at the end of KH2. Thats all I know really, if you learn any more let me know.

bogeta24
bogeta24

has ANYONE seen the secret ending to birth by sleep, that is the set up for KH 3, why people are saying it will never happen are obviously not in the KH loop. Plus in the bbs final mix there will be a new secret ending, so YEAH kh3 will happen.

coryblaze
coryblaze

Agree with others... how about a KH3. I like KH anyway but the story is getting confusing. Time to move on I think... still should be fun though.

SonicBalla
SonicBalla

I hate how Japan already has this on the mobile phones and they will also get it first on the DS. All While NA doesn't have a release date yet.

StrawHatFranky
StrawHatFranky

I've been a fan through the whole series, this looks great! Except images do look a bit like 358/2 days...:/

hunterx313
hunterx313

The Kingdom Hearts games have always been so fun to play and the storyline and gameplay is so creative. Sure the storylines confusing, but if you get it, it even gets better to play. But if you don't know the storyline, the game is as confusing as crap. Let that be a warning to all of those non-kingdom hearts fans.

jecht_35
jecht_35

from what i have read this is a virtual sora not the real sora all taken from jiminy crickets journal so this would explain the revisiting of the original world for all of you out there woundering about this.

StArDr1fTeR
StArDr1fTeR

I loved Kingdom Hearts but I'm losing track of what's going on. I wish KH3 would just come out. Maybe some animation in the beginning to catch everyone up with what's been going on in the lovely world.

BigStik
BigStik

after experiencing 358/2 days, kingdom hearts game can and do work well on handhelds. looking forward to this :D

BabyMario11
BabyMario11

Oh sorry, I meant to mention... Not Agrabah again. Please. That was my least favorite world out of all the worlds and they had to do it in the Ds version!

BabyMario11
BabyMario11

Agree with you guys, why the hell is Sora KH1/358& 1/2 Days Sora if this happens after the end of KH2? And they should have this a collection of the mobile games. Anyway, the combat seemed pretty unapealling, too.

bartimeo8
bartimeo8

tired of small adds to the story tbh, i wish they would just move on to KH3 cause this is starting to feel like milking the series.. which ofc is lucrative to them but don't they realise it's gonna have a toll on the game if they keep it up? It's gonna start looking old and tedious

admotonic
admotonic

Can't wait for this game to come out. Love the Kingdom Hearts series!