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Released for the first time on the Playstation 3 is Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, a compilation of three classic Kingdom Hearts Games, Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (updated version of the original Kingdom Hearts game, released for the first time outside of Japan), Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories (released for the first time in Europe and Australia) and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (which only uses the cinematic scenes remastered in high-definition rather than being a full re-release).

For the HD re-release of 358/2 Days, new audio based cutscenes were created by remaking scenes that were originally silent in the original DS version with only worded dialogue, such as numerous scenes of Roxas, Xion, and Axel at the clock tower in Twilight Town other than re-using the ones from the original release. These are also notably the only newly recorded voiced cutscenes in this entire collected edition game, as the others are archived from their respective games' original release.

The reason why 358/2 Days was not given a full re-release is due to the fact that since it would have taken more time to be able to fully adapt it, because of the Nintendo DS system having inferior graphics compared to the later 3DS model and the systems produced by Sony. This would have delayed this games' release as it would have required to recreate all the graphics from 358/2 Days from scratch to be on par with the other games in this set which is why it was changed into a cinematic movie instead. However, most of the Roxa's Diary entries and Secret Reports from the original game were used in HD version as well.

In the original release of Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (2007) completing both Sora and Riku's storylines or for Japanese players only, have a save file from a completed game on Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ (2007) was necessary for Sora to get ahold of additional attack and enemy cards inaccessible through other methods. For this new release, these have been removed, and completing the HD version of 358/2 Days and getting all the trophies is the new requirement.

The number of different in-game music tracks from all three games, mostly from Kingdom Hearts Final Mix were re-recorded and re-orchestrated to create more high-quality music for the HD Collection.

A number of character models from the original Kingdom Hearts game were updated or replaced with updated versions from the later Kingdom Hearts releases for the HD release of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, such as replacing the original models of Snow White, Aurora, and Cinderella with the ones from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (2010)

Following the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (2014), both titles were released in limited edition set called Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX that was only sold at Square Enix's official website. Later when both games are ported over to the PS4 in 2017, it would also be released in this format on one disk.

While the game image of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix on 1.5's game menu is based off the game cover of the original Kingdom Hearts (2002), the one for Re:Chain of Memories uses the image for the original Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (2004) released on the Gameboy Advance instead, as the Re:Chain of Memories game cover was created exclusively for the North American release since the Japanese release was packaged as a second disk for the Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix release.

Since the release of original Kingdom Hearts (2002) the original source code of the game had been lost which meant developers had to recreate the code by extracting data from retail copies of the game.

Due to the passing Wayne Allwine and that Christopher Lee had left the role, they were replaced by Bret Iwan and Corey Burton for the Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days HD re-release. While Corey Burton re-dubbed Diz's lines from the original DS release, Bret Iwan dubbed Mickey's lines for the only cutscene he appeared in the original release which was originally silent (Only archived audio of Wayne Allwine was used in the original release for the "Mission Mode" gameplay mode).

This end credits that are accessed from 1.5's main menu shows clips from Kingdom Hearts II (2005), Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (2010) and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (2010). This directly references their later inclusion as part of the second HD set, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (2014) (to which the Final Mix versions of Kingdom Hearts II and Birth by Sleep would be used).

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haley Joel Osment Haley Joel Osment - Sora (voice) (archive sound)
Hayden Panettiere Hayden Panettiere - Kairi (voice) (archive sound)
David Gallagher David Gallagher - Riku / Riku Replica (voice) (archive sound)
Billy Zane Billy Zane - Ansem (voice) (archive sound)
David Boreanaz David Boreanaz - Squall Leonhart (Leon) (voice) (archive sound)
Mandy Moore Mandy Moore - Aerith Gainsborough (voice) (archive sound)
Steve Burton Steve Burton - Cloud Strife (voice) (archive sound)
Christy Carlson Romano Christy Carlson Romano - Yuffie Kisaragi (voice) (archive sound)
Shaun Fleming Shaun Fleming - Tidus (voice) (archive sound)
Dee Bradley Baker Dee Bradley Baker - Wakka (voice) (archive sound)
Molly Marlette Molly Marlette - Selphie Tilmitt (voice) (archive sound) (as Molly Keck)
Lance Bass Lance Bass - Sephiroth (voice) (archive sound)
Seth Adkins Seth Adkins - Pinocchio (voice) (archive sound)
Wayne Allwine Wayne Allwine - King Mickey (voice) (archive sound)
Tony Anselmo Tony Anselmo - Donald Duck (voice) (archive sound)
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