Kingdom Hearts Re:coded on DS Jan. 11

Square Enix will bring latest installment in Final Fantasy-meets-Disney mash-up franchise to Nintendo's handheld early next year.

Kingdom Hearts will be one of the many franchises that receives the 3D treatment following the release of Nintendo's 3DS in March. And though the particulars of that release, including a date, remain largely under the radar, Square Enix will be tiding fans of the franchise over with Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. Today, the publisher announced a date for Re:coded, saying the game will be available for the DS in North America on January 11.

If Goofy's involved, it's clear the situation is dire.

An action role-playing game set after the events of Kingdom Hearts II, Re:coded revolves around a second Sora found inside the journal Jiminy Cricket kept of their previous adventures. The game is being developed with the help of h.a.n.d. Inc., the studio behind last year's well-regarded DS entry in the series, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

To the franchise, Re:coded brings a new character growth system. The game also hopes to meld a variety of different genres, ranging from side-scrolling platformer to shooter. The game also features an avatar menu in which gamers can customize their appearances with more than 800 unlockable items.

For more information, check out GameSpot's hands-on with Kingdom Hearts Re:coded from this year's Tokyo Game Show.

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wollettl
wollettl

XBOX WHERE ARE YOU????????? I want to play this game but I'm not buying a DS to play it!!!

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

The spin-offs are getting pretty tired now.

rpg_is_my_game
rpg_is_my_game

OMG thats so close i wish it was just a few days before christmas though. I could put that on my wish list to buy xD.

Axel450
Axel450

shouldnt be THAT bad.......i hope.

Wellk
Wellk

@Lazay727, only certain portions will be card based. Just like how Olympus is the only portion that's going to be all turn based game play. @canx12, SE = Square Enix

canx12
canx12

@Wellk k , but what'a SE....and darn i rlly hope they release KHIII on the psp or wii or else i'd kill myself, because i don't own a ps3 :( ( sad face )

Lazay727
Lazay727

I would have liked it better if it wasn't card based. While cards dont ruin rpg games, have they ever made them better?

Wellk
Wellk

@canx12, I'm not 100% sure, but I would assume so. Some people speculate that he has to save Roxas Xion and Axel too. Axel I guess I understand, but Roxas and Xion make absolutely no sense. Pretty much, the plot of Re:Coded is setting up KHIII, so to all of those saying SE is milking the franchise, they really aren't, they're going about making KHIII in a pretty smart way.

canx12
canx12

@Wellk, uum by 'torment' do they mean terra&co or someone else btw i only know that terra lives in his armor.

oChampion
oChampion

@Wellk, thanks for the info, the games plot makes more sense now and ill look into it further now that i know what im looking for

mardinn
mardinn

Seriously? Just get me the Kingdom Hearts 3. Good god I do not want to play some Ds / Psp crap again..

THECARISMINE
THECARISMINE

Get to Play it at New York ComicCon tomorrow, Can't wait to try it out. Hoping 3rd Birthday will be there too!!

magitekk
magitekk

Ugh, another KH spin-off. Stop milking the series, please.

Wellk
Wellk

@oChampion, you're playing a digitized version of Sora made up of data from Jiminy's Journal. When Jiminy returns to Disney Castle, he finds a page that says "We must save them from their torment," or something of the sort. Jiminy shows King Mickey the message and the King puts Jiminy's Journal into a computer (I think) and creates the Digital Sora to go through the, what I assume, are the adventures and major events Jiminy wrote in his Journal so Digital Sora can investigate for things he may have missed. While he does this, Digi-Sora finds corrupted data and missing links. If you want you can search on other sites to double check my info, but I think I got everything right. Hope I could be of assistance.

Nozizaki
Nozizaki

If anything, I'll play through this for the secret movie that Tetsuya has been hinting on.

FreshTillDeath
FreshTillDeath

I'm playing through these games just to follow the story and it's becoming a chore now. Make KH3 Square or else I may just give up on the series. On the other hand Birth By Sleep is very good.

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

to all the kh fans: just keep buying the kh games we are just bound to get kh3. i just wish they were on ps3, but I'm a kh fanboy i take what they give me.

Felix_Thunder
Felix_Thunder

I hope this be b\good like all the other games

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

With all these "Kingdom Hearts" spin-offs, I'm beginning to wonder if we'll ever see "KH3", or even "Final Fantasy Versus XIII" for that matter.

sabresfan4
sabresfan4

ooooh Kingdom hearts, how wierd you are...

oChampion
oChampion

i dont get it, if the events in this game happen after the events in Kingdom Hearts 2 then why does Sora look younger and have his kid clothes on again? Can somebody explain what is happening?

Fantasy721
Fantasy721

With the 3DS expecting to cost between $250-300, I'm very happy with Square Enix on their rational decision to release Kingdom Hearts Re:coded for the DS. I don't know about you, but I'll be picking up my copy when it comes out.

Imsterminate
Imsterminate

Ds Kingdom Hearts is one of the best series' on the console

RoxasNeval
RoxasNeval

I still dont see why people hate handheld versions of KH,they must be crazy :o

GamingBoy2009
GamingBoy2009

Looks interesting but since I lack a DS, I will stay with Birth by Sleep.

GIR1928
GIR1928

@malhound Kingdom Hearts 3 wont be the Keyblade Wars.. The Keyblade War already happened. Play Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and you will understand. You must be getting that secret cutscene at the end of KH2 confused, that wasnt KH3, it was Birth by Sleep.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

yeeessss versus13 FTW, theres no way it will EPIC FAIL!!!!

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

i have bought all the kingdom hearts games but i just dont know about this 1, dosnt really seem important enough, but who knows maybe when the price falls below $20?

benleslie5
benleslie5

A good start for 2011, but would like to see a World Ends With You 2 for the DS :(

PokemonBoy92
PokemonBoy92

Cool another Kingdom Hearts game to hold me off until Kingdom Hearts 3!!!

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

@ iamnessie Who all wants Kingdom Hearts III say yeah! I'm sorry, I saw your avatar and I just had to say that.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@SDSkarface - yes. Me too. I also hate "Epic Fail" and "FTW". I want to stab people in the eyes with rusty spoons when I hear or read either.... ha ha

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

anyone else hate the words "mash up"?

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

I wish they would stop making this rubbish and let him make the world ends with you 2 :cry:

Rizion89
Rizion89

Square, dont listen to CircleEnix. Finish vs13 before you do anything else. We don't need another rushed piece of crap like 14 on the shelves.

CircleEnix
CircleEnix

Come on Square stop making hand held games and embarrassing your name. Honestly just make KH3 and stop with this none sense. You are better than this Square!

Byaku524
Byaku524

All I know is that it's gonna fit that last hole that's been bothering me in Birth by Sleep's secret movie. This better be the last spinoff, I need to see KH3...NOW

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

KH1: Who knew a spin-off of a game could be so deep? LOVE IT KH2: Wow. The graphics, the cutscenes, the new characters... Lots of imagination and depth (If you've read all of Ansem's journals). KHChain of Memories: I didn't think a card game like that could ever have been so successful and fun :O ... ... The list goes on. All I'm trying to say is that the KH franchise is going to be as large as the FF one. All of whice started through a spinoff.

iamnessie
iamnessie

i was a huge Kingdom Hearts fan, i have 2 KH tattoos, but all of these ports are just not going to do it. The 3d technology will be awesome for KH, but there's 30 portable titles already. i don't want to pay $300 for a new system just to play this when they've been promising us a full version for years. It's as if 3DS is just a bunch of console ports

Beastcake
Beastcake

How about no more Kingdom Hearts games... ever.

Malhound
Malhound

Kingdom Hearts 3 The Keyblade Wars please! I am waiting for this since 2008!

ruffluffs
ruffluffs

@ The-Techspert I agree except for Birth By Sleep I like that subtitle

ruffluffs
ruffluffs

Im not excited about this game at all at least this brings us one step closer to KH3 BBS was very good though

joeborg14
joeborg14

WHO CARES. GIVE ME KH3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

toddx77
toddx77

I hope all these spin off games are just so current children who were too young during the ps2 era can get the story in some way so they will be ready for kingdom hearts 3. In 10 years these spin off games aren't going to do it anymore.

dj_pulserfan
dj_pulserfan

And yet, I still don't have Versus XIII. Keep trolling Square Enix!

Ringx55
Ringx55

"Re:coded revolves around a second Sora found inside the journal Jiminy Cricket kept of their previous adventures" Weak.

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

if we fund all these kh games, we are bound to get kh3. we have to just make sure to get square enix to put it on the ps3 only and not on a handheld lol.