Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (キングダム ハーツ 358/2 Days, Kingudamu Hātsu Surī Faibu Eito Deizu Ōbā Tsū,pronounced “Kingdom Hearts: 3-5-8 Days over 2″) is an action roleplaying game developed and published by Square Enix for the Nintendo DS with assistance from h.a.n.d.It is a new installment in the best-selling Kingdom Hearts series. The story is an interquel beginning near the end of the first game, Kingdom Hearts, and covering the period through the sequel and afterward, up until the third game, Kingdom Hearts II. The story is told from the perspective of Roxas, the nobody of Sora, the protagonist of the first three games. It Chronicles Roxas’s daily life in Organization XIII and his relationship with fellow Organization members Axel and Xion. “358/2 Days” is a code that is explained after the player progresses through the game’s single player storyline.
It features 3D graphics, and single and multiplayer modes of play. The game was announced at the 2007 Tokyo Game Show to be released in Japan; a North American release as well as a European release were later confirmed. Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days had a special edition of the Nintendo DSi when it launched in Japan. The game launched in Japan on May 30, 2009, in North America on September 29, 2009 and in Europe on October 9, 2009.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days features the action role-playing game style of the previous games in the series.To accomplish this, the game makes minimal use of the system’s touch screen functionality. The game includes single player and multiplayer modes of play. The single player mode is story-based, focused on Disney worlds from past games, and progresses in days.In single player mode, the player controls Roxas, the game’s main protagonist, who is accompanied by other Organization XIII members.The two modes are linked in that character growth is shared between them.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days features a new gameplay mechanic known as the panel system which involves the customization of the character’s levels, items, equipment, and abilities. For example, certain magic spells cannot be used if their corresponding panels aren’t equipped, but can be used consecutively if multiple are attached. Weapons are also equipped using panels. There are also “Link Panels”, which occupy multiple slots, but can be combined with other panels to form new or stronger abilities.
Limit Breaks, which previously featured in Square’s Final Fantasy series, can be activated once the character’s health drops below a certain level, indicated by a yellow health bar. Each character has his own unique abilities during Limit Breaks which are usually more powerful than normal attacks, and can attack more enemies at the same time. The second stage of a Final Limit is normally a different or powered-up version of the first, and begins at the point where the white line (starting at the high end of the yellow portion of the HP bar) meets top dead center. For example, Roxas shoots out pillars of light once the line begins to rebound.
Like the other games in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days , the player progresses through a collection of various worlds, based on various locales from the Disney animated features canon: Agrabah from Aladdin; the Beast’s Castle from Beauty and the Beast; Olympus Coliseum from Hercules; Halloween Town from The Nightmare Before Christmas; Wonderland from Alice in Wonderland; and Never Land from Peter Pan (featuring a string of islands new to the series rather than Captain Hook’s pirate ship and Big Ben from the first game). Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days also features worlds created specifically for the series by Square Enix. The most prominent world is The World That Never Was, which first appeared in the secret ending of Kingdom Hearts and serves as the game’s main hub, followed by Twilight Town, a frequently-explored locale. Castle Oblivion and Destiny Islands also appear in cutscenes.
Further information: Characters of Kingdom Hearts, Sora (Kingdom Hearts), and Organization XIII
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days revolves around Roxas, who was first featured at the beginning of Kingdom Hearts II. Roxas is the Nobody of Sora, the series’ main protagonist, born when Sora’s body vanished as he briefly lost his heart and became a Heartless, and joining Organization XIII, a group of powerful Nobodies who served as the main antagonists of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II. Like Sora, Roxas has the power to wield the Keyblade, a weapon normally used for battling darkness. The other members of Organization XIII play a prominent role as well, particularly Axel, Roxas’s best friend who debuted in Chain of Memories. The game also introduces a new member: Xion, a girl who resembles Sora’s friend Kairi and can also wield the Keyblade.
Other characters who are featured include Naminé, a girl with the power to manipulate memories; DiZ, an enigmatic man wrapped in bandages; Riku, Sora’s best friend; and King Mickey, Riku’s ally and ruler of Disney Castle. Sora, the main character of the previous games, is featured prominently in the plot, along with his allies Donald Duck and Goofy, though they appear quite infrequently in the form of several flashbacks and memory-induced scenarios. Also appearing are Pete, a persistent villain who first appears in Kingdom Hearts II, and Hayner, Pence, and Olette, a trio of friends living in Twilight Town who also debuted in Kingdom Hearts II. As with the other games in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, each Disney world features several characters who appear in the films their worlds are based on; on the other hand, no Final Fantasy characters are featured apart from Moogles, who manage shops for the Organization.This game features 19 playable characters, which is the most playable characters ever featured in a Kingdom Hearts title to date.
Disney Interactive Studios
|Distributor(s)||Disney Interactive Studios|
|Designer(s)||Tetsuya Nomura & Tomohiro Hasegawa (game directors)
Shinji Hashimoto (executive producer)
Patrick Chen (game producer)
|Genre(s)||Action roleplaying game|
|Media||Nintendo DS Game Card|
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