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Chain of Memories

After the overwhelming success of KINGDOM HEARTS, a main-console sequel was put into production.  However, in order to tide fans over in the meantime, a “spin-off” sequel of sorts also began development.  This took the form of KINGDOM HEARTS Chain of Memories, a handheld game for the GameBoy Advance, which released in 2004.

Though the story picks up immediately after the events if the original KINGDOM HEARTS, the gameplay and graphical style took a sharp turn.  Active-battle mechanics were replaced with a strategic card-based battle system, and the stellar 3D renders of the original game were swapped for sprites, reminiscent of old-school video games.

Re:Chain of Memories

KINGDOM HEARTS Chain of Memories saw a complete remaster from the ground up on the PlayStation 2 in 2007.  The graphics were updated to be similar to those of KINGDOM HEARTS and KINGDOM HEARTS II, and full voice acting replaced many of the previously text-only scenes.

Re:Chain of Memories also featured many other changes, including new Cards, Sleights, battle mechanics, and even new boss battles.  The multiplayer aspects of the original Chain of Memories were also removed due to the limitations of the PlayStation 2 at the time.

KINGDOM HEARTS HD I.5 ReMIX

Re:Chain of Memories was also included as part of the KINGDOM HEARTS HD I.5 ReMIX collection for the PlayStation 3.  Since the release of the original Re:Chain of Memories was toward the end of the PlayStation 2’s life cycle, this would be the first time many fans had ever played the remastered version of KINGDOM HEARTS Chain of Memories.

The game had been fully remastered in HD, and featured PSN Trophy support.  Also, to compliment the inclusion of KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days as part of this collection, several pieces of in-game content could be unlocked after watching the HD Cinematics.

KINGDOM HEARTS HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX

Re:Chain of Memories was also included in the KINGDOM HEARTS HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX collection for the PlayStation 4.  The game was updated to run at 60 frames per second, compared to the original 30.

In addition, several PSN Trophies were updated to be easier and less tedious to unlock.