is an upcoming action role-playing game developed
by Square Enix
for the Nintendo DS
with assistance from h.a.n.d.
It will be a new installment in the best-selling Kingdom Hearts
series. The story is a midquel
centering on the daily life of the main character Roxas
, exploring the time from Roxas' creation during the first game, Kingdom Hearts
, to his confrontation with Riku during the interval after Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
and leading directly into Kingdom Hearts II
. It is planned to feature 3D graphics
, and single and multiplayer modes of play. The game was announced at the 2007 Tokyo Game Show
. Currently the title is only confirmed for a Japanese release, though Square Enix has plans for releases in other territories.
358/2 Days will feature gameplay similar to the action role-playing game style of the previous games in the series. To accomplish this, the game will make minimal use of the system's touch screen functionality. The game will include single player and multiplayer modes of play. The single player mode will be story based, focused on Disney worlds from past games, and will progress in days. In single player mode, the player will control Roxas, the game's main protagonist, who is accompanied by other Organization XIII members. The two modes will be linked in that character growth will be shared between them.
Cooperative multiplayer was one feature on display at the 2007 Tokyo Game Show
demonstrating that players can work together, in addition to the traditional use of AI
controlled partners. This is the second Kingdom Hearts
game to feature multiplayer—the first was Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
. The multiplayer gameplay is separate from the single player story and will be mission-based, which include cooperative and competitive player battles. It will allow up to four players to play as one of the thirteen members of Organization XIII, with each member having different weapons and skills. 358/2 Days
multiplayer will also feature a chat system for communication between players, but will differ from PictoChat
in that everyone will draw on the same screen.
revolves around the untold events of Roxas during his time with Organization XIII and will take place during the year Sora was asleep between the events of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
and Kingdom Hearts II
. The game's prologue will cover the "birth" of Roxas, but the gameplay will start from when he enters the Organization. Roxas' daily duties with the Organization, his doubts of the Organization, and his departure from it will also be included in the story. The initial trailer showed most of the events in Twilight Town
. Other worlds, like Wonderland
, have also been featured.
Like previous Kingdom Hearts
titles, 358/2 Days
will feature numerous Disney characters. Confirmed characters include Roxas, King Mickey, Riku, and the other members of Organization XIII, including a new female member, named . Xion is considered a key character to the game. The reason why the Organization's name remained "Organization XIII" after a fourteenth member joined will be explained in the game.
is being developed by h.a.n.d.
with Square Enix employees overseeing the process. The game is directed by Tetsuya Nomura
and co-directed by Tomohiro Hasegawa. In 2007, Nomura mentioned he wanted to do a spin-off Kingdom Hearts
game on a mobile platform and wanted the game to play slightly different than the other titles already in the series. 358/2 Days
was announced alongside Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
and Kingdom Hearts coded
at the Tokyo Game Show
on September 20
, where a trailer was shown in a photo-prohibited theater. New trailers were shown and a playable demo was available at the 2008 Jump Festa in December 2007 and the DKΣ3713 Private party in August 2008. Both single player and multiplayer demos were featured. Xion was also shown in the new trailer and in the multiplayer demo, but Tetsuya Nomura says she wasn't supposed to be revealed until the 2008 Tokyo Game Show
The Nintendo DS was chosen as the system before plans were decided. The development team wants to have gameplay similar to previous Kingdom Hearts titles, but have stated the number of buttons on the Nintendo DS is a problem. Some of the DS's functions, like the stylus, are not being used in order to retain the similar gameplay from previous titles. The team is also looking to incorporate Roxas seeing Sora's memories throughout the game and having different types of gameplay for each world. The game's logo uses warm colors as a reference to the sunset in Twilight Town. The title, "358/2 Days", is a code that Nomura has stated the player will understand the meaning of at the very end of the game, and the word "day" is attached to the title as a reference to the daily life of Organization XIII. Though Birth by Sleep was the first of the three new games to begin development, 358/2 Days is expected to be released before it.
Nintendo DSi Bundle
On October 10th 2008 a Kingdom Heart's 358/2 Days DSi Bundle was leaked. The Bundle is said to contain Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, and a Limited Edition Silver Nintendo DSi which is said to have an GBA slot:
The Limited Edition Nintendo DSi Bundle is said to be released in February 2009, and will sell for 19888 JYN ($200 American)
Source: * Neowin forums, where the Bundle was leaked