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Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Hits North America in January Too

Posted by James Newton

Only a few days apart

Yesterday we told you that Kingdom Hearts Re:coded will reach Europe on January 14th 2011, with a North American release date yet to be confirmed. Now we've had it confirmed – if only it were always that quick – as launching on January 11th, 2011.

Here's the press release in all its Disney/Square Enix crossover glory.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded for Nintendo DS™ will be available at North American retailers on January 11, 2011.

The latest installment in the KINGDOM HEARTS saga, KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded takes the exhilarating gameplay system the series is known for and adds some innovative new twists. Players can now dive into a new character growth system and enjoy an assortment of battle styles ranging from side-scrolling to shooting all in one gaming experience. Additionally, KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded includes the Avatar Menu, which utilizes the Nintendo DS Tag Mode capabilities, allowing players to trade customizable avatar profiles and playable maps with their friends. Each floor map acquired adds to the player's unique System Sector, which can be explored for items, experience points and even a friend's avatar items!

Find out why KINGDOM HEARTS is one of the most beloved video game series that has shipped more than 15 million copies worldwide. KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded invites players to step into Sora's shoes and unravel the secrets that lie in Jiminy Cricket's journal on January 11.

KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded will be playable at the upcoming New York Comic Con, taking place from October 8 - 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Visit the Square Enix booth #1823 and be one of the first to experience the latest KINGDOM HEARTS adventure at this exciting pre-launch showing.
Story
Sora's journey in KINGDOM HEARTS II has drawn to a close, and now a new tale is set to begin.
Jiminy Cricket is looking over the journal he used to document his first adventure with Sora when he discovers a mysterious message. He didn't write it – so how on earth did it get there? King Mickey is determined to find out, so he and his friends decide to digitize the journal and delve into its deepest secrets. Inside this "datascape" dwells a second Sora who is about to embark on a grand adventure of his very own.

Features
The future of the KINGDOM HEARTS series arrives on Nintendo DS: From world-renowned creator and character designer Tetsuya Nomura comes the latest installment in the beloved KINGDOM HEARTS series. Sora, Mickey, Donald, Goofy and a host of familiar faces from KINGDOM HEARTS and FINAL FANTASY unite once again for an exciting new adventure.
Classic KINGDOM HEARTS gameplay with innovative twists: All-new features include a new character growth system created specifically for the Nintendo DS release, building on the series' immersive blend of action and role-playing elements.

An assortment of diverse and entertaining boss battles: Guide Sora like never before through boss battles inspired by side-scrolling, shooting and classic FINAL FANTASY games.
Endless possibilities in the Avatar Menu: Players can design their own avatar using over 800 unlockable parts and trade playable maps with friends.

KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded will be available for Nintendo DS at North American retailers nationwide for the suggested retail price of $34.99.
The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/khrecoded.

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User Comments (25)

Denkou

#2

Denkou said:

I feel bad for the Europeans. I mean, they always get games later then we do. We both get games way later then Japan but.... you know.

CanisWolfred

#3

CanisWolfred said:

^Not always, my friend. Not always. Besides, their games are always released later because they have to translate into a bunch of different languages.

Oregano

#4

Oregano said:

I've already seen the secret ending and it pretty much indicates that KH3D is indeed KH3 or a worthless spin off that does little to further the overarching story. I'm going to go with the latter.

Slapshot

#5

Slapshot said:

Im actually looking forward to this one. Though I do need to finish up 358/2 still as well.

Drewciffer

#11

Drewciffer said:

I've never bought a Kingdom Hearts game before...
But I did try out the PS2 Original and loved it.
This seems to be the best looking one on the DS so far..
So i think I'll try this one out. :)

Sadsack_Awesome

#12

Sadsack_Awesome said:

Ugh... Why do the Americans always get games before we do... The game companies don't even fix the ******* spellings!!!

James

#13

James said:

We're talking a three day difference, Sadman - hardly worth getting irate about!

irken004

#14

irken004 said:

Not sure if I want this. They added in stuff I don't like (turn-based gameplay? wtf!)

Objection

#16

Objection said:

@James- But he IS right about them not adding all those valuable u's in. I'd be upset if my colour was all "color"-y. ;)

Srsly, though, I don't see why NA can't tolerate English spelling and Europe can't tolerate American spelling every once in a while.

CanisWolfred

#24

CanisWolfred said:

@irken004

But it's still only once in a while. Can't you bear with it for the rest of the game? I mean heck, the rest of the game looks great, even better than 358/2 Days.

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