I know I have missed Kingdom Hearts, as I have just recently picked up a 3DS and this was the first handheld iteration I have played outside of picking up 358/2 for a few minutes a long time ago with my friends DS. Why not just give us Donald and Goofy as our helpers they both played roles and were good at them. I think they also added something to the story. Spirits seem kind of wierd and pokemon-ish and although it's not really 'bad' I just find it doesn't really feel like the Kingdom Hearts games I remember when I catch myself hoping I have enough whatever to make a new spirit.
Anyways I don't really want to make this sound like I'm bashing the spirits, in reality I don't mind a lot. I just sort of miss Goofy and Donald and think adding in Link Abilitys and some of those type of things into those characters would have been really cool.
Is their a storyline reason they are not there with us?
From what I have gathered this is the last game chronologically. Where as a few of the other handheld versions filled in gaps in the storyline.