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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days - NDS - Preview 2

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The Kingdom Hearts franchise has quickly become a favorite among Square-Enix fans, effectively melding the spirit and story-telling of Square’s RPG games like Final Fantasy with the robust Disney universe of characters and locations. With entries available for the PS2 and the GBA already, the franchise is spanning out with new handheld versions planned. The Nintendo DS game, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, was available at E3 this year, and GameZone was able to get a look at the game’s features and see how well it played.

In Kingdom Hearts II, we met the character Roxas and discovered that he was actually Sora’s Nobody, and a member of Organization XIII. In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, we learn more about the character and how he became involved in the group’s exploits. Additionally, we meet the previously unknown 14th member of Organization XIII, a young girl capable of wielding the keyblade.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Nintendo DS screenshots

The gameplay in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is classic fare for the series, doing away with the card system used in Chain of Memories in favor of a more traditional all-out action based feel. You’ll be able to navigate the field and attack enemies, as well as utilize a targeting system to pick out the ones that you want to focus on.

Before getting into a battle, players will be able to customize the items that you go into the fight with via the new panel system. You’ll use the panel system to set up your weapons, armor, items, and so on, making sure that you’re able to go into the fight with the best foot forward.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 will be geared mainly for burst play, and will allow players to pick it up and play for 15 to 20 minute sessions and still feel the full experience. Additionally, the game will offer cooperative elements, allowing players to team up to fight as members of Organization XIII. So far, the game appears to present the Kingdom Hearts universe in a great fashion and should be one to check out when it releases.

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