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Short summary

Roxas, a young boy with no heart, endures 358 days as a member of Organization XIII. Being sent to other worlds, Roxas finds out more about this Organization than he was supposed to.

Days 23 - 51 take place during the storyline of Kingdom Hearts: Chain Of Memories (2004).

The game was dedicated to the memory of Wayne Allwine, who voiced Mickey Mouse for thirty-two years. This was Wayne's final project as Mickey.

There was suppose to be a Pinocchio (1940) world added to the game, but due to time restrictions, it was recycled and put into Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (2012). Some of the sprites of the characters are still in the game's code with Pinocchio as a human, Gepetto, Honest John, and Gideon. Tetsuya Nomura explained that the planned plot for the world was, "Set in a circus and playing off the story of Pinocchio, a puppet with a heart, and the Nobodies who possess no heart." He planned for a sad episode with Roxas and Xion looking for hope for themselves.

With their appearances in this game; Jasmine, Belle, and Kairi become the only three Princesses Of Heart to appear in every game of the franchise as of now.

Sora, Donald, Goofy, Riku, Kairi, and King Mickey are the only six characters to appear in every game of the franchise.

The five unlockable characters in the game are King Mickey, Riku, Sora, Donald, and Goofy.

Jack Skellington, Beast, Belle, Jasmine, Aladdin, Genie, Tinkerbell, Dr. Finklestein, Phil, and Hercules are the only ten Disney characters to appear in every game of the franchise as of now.

The first game in the franchise to not feature any characters from the Final Fantasy franchise, aside from the Moogles. This is also the fourth game in the franchise.

References of the first three games are made in this game. For example, the opening cutscene of Kingdom Hearts II (2005) is shown when Roxas is asleep in Day 50.

The title is read as "358 days over two."

The World That Never Was and Twilight Town are the only two levels in the game that do not exist in any Disney movie.

The Keyblades Nightmare Roar and Twilight had their color pallets swapped in the game's data, but don't appear as regular weapons.

Here is a list of all the Organization XIII members weapons: Xemnas: Ethereal Blades, Xigbar: Arrowguns, Xaldin: Lances, Vexen: Shield, Lexaeus: Axe Sword, Zexion: Lexicon, Saix: Claymore, Axel: Chakrams, Demyx: Sitar, Luxord: Cards, Marluxia: Scythe, Larxene: Knives, Roxas: Keyblade, Xion: Keyblade.

Here are the conditions to unlock each unlockable character: Sora: Complete every mission with a one hundred percent mission gauge, watch the ending, and buy Sora's Awakening from the Moogle. Riku: Reach Day 172 in Story Mode. King Mickey: Complete every mission, watch the ending, and purchase The King's Return from the Moogle. Donald: Reach Day 225 in Story Mode. Goofy: Reach Day 296 in Story Mode.

Neverland is the only world that has a brand-new overworld and battle theme.

Tinkerbell was planned to have lines before she was mute. Her sprite is still in the game code.

The cutscenes of Roxas' first encounter with Xemnas and Roxas being captured by Riku originally came from the additional cutscenes that were exclusive to Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ (2007).

The cutscene where Roxas watches the confrontation between Riku and Zexion is actually a modified version for the cutscene of this confrontation from Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (2007) where the audio dialogue used between Riku and Zexion is actually archived from the original game.

User reviews


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    • Author: Insanity
    I received my pre-order for this game the day it came out. How excited I was. It was a good move for Square to make another hand-held. But unlike their Chain of Memories game for GBA, this game for Nintendo DS is graphically very similar to their Playstation 2 games. It's amazing. I've been playing for hours, and I don't think I'm even halfway through. Each mission you do in the game is equal to a day in the life of the main character, Roxas. Some of the lines of the script are a little cheesy. There's a lot of lines like,"You ready?" "Let's go!" "Right." that appear right before you embark on your mission. Quite unneeded, if you ask me. But there are some very nice scenes that take place high upon a clock tower. Compared to Chain of Memories, the graphics are 358/2 times better, but I wish it was as mysterious and creepy as Chain of Memories was. Since it's a prequel, we already know what is going to happen. It feels just like Kingdom Hearts 2. More advanced, but lacking in the chilling quality that you used to feel. But I can guarantee that if you liked KH2, you will love this game as well. If you have a Nintendo DS, definitely get it. And if you are new to the Kingdom Hearts series and play this first, you will be bombarded with questions that do get answered along the way. Okay, I've got to go finish collecting hearts on this mission in Agrabah!
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    • Author: Nuadora
    Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days is a fantastic game for both people who have been following the series and those who have just begun. It focuses mainly on Roxas story. Roxas is number XIII in an Organization made up of Nobodies. Roxas then befriends one of the members names Axel. Later on in the game a new member is recruited called Xion. Further on in the game she opens up to you and the story gets very interesting. The game play is fantastic and the graphics are surprisingly good for a DS game. The soundtrack is fantastic, although you may have heard some of the tracks from Kingdom Hearts II.The controls are easy to get the hang of as well. All in all the game deserves a 10/10 from me.
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    • Author: Dranar
    I really gotta say that this is probably the best graphics I've ever seen for a Nintendo DS game. Almost as good as what you would see from a Playstation 2 game. This game helped me understand more about Roxas, Axel and the other members of the Organisation since I've never played Chain of Memories (and i'll be honest I was only interested in getting a DS ever since I saw this game). Although this game has quite a slow beginning and things may be boring at first, they begin getting more fun and unexpected things begin to happen! If you just keep on playing it just as I did, you will without a doubt start to enjoy it much later. I cant really say much for the characters only with the fact that I'm not sure if Axel is my favourite one anymore. If you'd like to know why, well you're just gonna have to play it yourself. It's definitely a game worth playing if you are a Kingdom hearts fan.
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    • Author: Coiril
    This is a good step in the KH direction 1 We aren't restricted to only play as one character ( Eg Sora, Riku, Roxas) but instead we can play as any of Organization 13, Sora, Donald, Goofy, Riku or King Mickey in Mission Mode 2 Refightable bosses It is just nice to be able to fight bosses like Pete, Guard Armor, Antlion and Saix again and again, if only we could do that in the regular series, to face Barbossa and Scar and Demyx again 3 You are able to play with and against your friends multi player, it would be cool if players could play as Donald, or Mulan or something in the Platform series. I personally wish their were more cutscenes, but still hey its a good buy
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    • Author: Zamo
    I bought this game in hopes of having a classic Kingdom Hearts experience on the go, something I've been looking forward to for a while. Instead I got a strange side-story that really had nothing to contribute to the series except what NOT to put in a Kingdom Hearts game. My first problem with this game is that they ruined the whole Experience system. I couldn't even beat Twilight Town because I had no room for the "Level up" block and all of my extra magic and power blocks. I was still level two when I needed to be a much higher level. The original system was much easier and better in every aspect. Why fix something that's not broken? My second problem is that the story was so insignificant to the series that I had no desire to find out the rest of the story. All I knew or even wanted to know about the story plot is that it was when Roxas was in the Organization. There were no secrets explained about the series in this game. All in all, this game was nit worth my playing. I gave up on it a while ago and i have no desire to ever pick it up again. How it got over a 9.0 rating on here is beyond me, but I thought I should just share the problems I have with it.
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Jesse McCartney Jesse McCartney - Roxas (voice)
    Quinton Flynn Quinton Flynn - Axel (voice)
    Alyson Stoner Alyson Stoner - Xion / Kairi (voice)
    Paul St. Peter Paul St. Peter - Xemnas (voice)
    James Patrick Stuart James Patrick Stuart - Xigbar (voice)
    David Dayan Fisher David Dayan Fisher - Xaldin (voice) (archive sound)
    Derek Stephen Prince Derek Stephen Prince - Vexen (voice) (archive sound)
    David Boat David Boat - Lexaeus (voice) (archive sound) (as Dave Boat)
    Vince Corazza Vince Corazza - Zexion (voice) (archive sound) (as Vincent Corazza)
    Kirk Thornton Kirk Thornton - Saïx (voice)
    Ryan O'Donohue Ryan O'Donohue - Demyx (voice) (archive sound)
    Robin Atkin Downes Robin Atkin Downes - Luxord (voice) (archive sound)
    Keith Ferguson Keith Ferguson - Marluxia (voice) (archive sound)
    Shanelle Gray Shanelle Gray - Larxene (voice) (archive sound)
    Richard Epcar Richard Epcar - Ansem (voice)
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