The case for a Kingdom Hearts HD Collection

You know what I love? Some Kingdom Hearts. Ever since I was shown the crazy mix of Square Enix and Disney back on the PS2 I've been a fan of the action RPG and some of my favorite game experiences come from the first two entries. Things have gotten a bit muddied with the endless list of spinoffs Square has been pushing out lately but it's done nothing to sour the prospect of a new proper entry in the hearts of fans. I'm sure many will sigh at the suggestion of a HD collection but I think there's a few decent reasons to get one out there.

1. There is no Kingdom Hearts on current-gen consoles.

Eventually KH3 will be released on the PS3 and possibly the 360. When that time comes Square will need the audience to be up to scratch on what Kingdom Hearts is exactly and a HD collection serves exactly that purpose. Similarly it will help promote the brand to home console owners and not just the handheld market where the franchise is dominant right now. It's all well and good having titles on PSP, DS and 3DS (I wouldn't be surprised to see a Vita spin-off announced either) but it's important to appeal to the platforms the next main entry will appear on.

2. A lot of gamers missed out on Final Mix content.

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Both KH1 and 2, as well as Birth by Sleep received 'Final Mix' editions in Japan adding extra content and features. In the case of KH2 an remastered version of the Gameboy Advance title 'Chain of Memories' was included using the PS2 engine. Since a lot of this content was in Japanese it's perhaps asking a lot for it to be localised but it would make a strong case for existing owners of the originals to pick up a new collection.

3. Non-PSP owners can play Birth by Sleep.

The recent trend of re-releasing PSP titles is capitalising on the fact that the system didn't perform well outside of Japan. As with the God of War titles and Metal 'Gear Solid: Peace Walker', this is the perfect opportunity to let console owners experience a key part of the Kingdom Hearts story. I'm sure many fans would relish the opportunity to play this title in particular.

4. Kingdom Hearts 3 isn't getting here anytime soon.

Final Fantasy 13 versus only just entered full development; there is no way KH3 is arriving anytime soon. With the seemingly endless amount of games Square announced on a weekly basis, surely there's space to set a smaller team on this project?

Anybody else want to see this come to fruition? Or have you been burned out by the wait for KH3 and the many handheld releases?

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Posted by YoshiKart64

You know what I love? Some Kingdom Hearts. Ever since I was shown the crazy mix of Square Enix and Disney back on the PS2 I've been a fan of the action RPG and some of my favorite game experiences come from the first two entries. Things have gotten a bit muddied with the endless list of spinoffs Square has been pushing out lately but it's done nothing to sour the prospect of a new proper entry in the hearts of fans. I'm sure many will sigh at the suggestion of a HD collection but I think there's a few decent reasons to get one out there.

1. There is no Kingdom Hearts on current-gen consoles.

Eventually KH3 will be released on the PS3 and possibly the 360. When that time comes Square will need the audience to be up to scratch on what Kingdom Hearts is exactly and a HD collection serves exactly that purpose. Similarly it will help promote the brand to home console owners and not just the handheld market where the franchise is dominant right now. It's all well and good having titles on PSP, DS and 3DS (I wouldn't be surprised to see a Vita spin-off announced either) but it's important to appeal to the platforms the next main entry will appear on.

2. A lot of gamers missed out on Final Mix content.

Box Art (Front)

Both KH1 and 2, as well as Birth by Sleep received 'Final Mix' editions in Japan adding extra content and features. In the case of KH2 an remastered version of the Gameboy Advance title 'Chain of Memories' was included using the PS2 engine. Since a lot of this content was in Japanese it's perhaps asking a lot for it to be localised but it would make a strong case for existing owners of the originals to pick up a new collection.

3. Non-PSP owners can play Birth by Sleep.

The recent trend of re-releasing PSP titles is capitalising on the fact that the system didn't perform well outside of Japan. As with the God of War titles and Metal 'Gear Solid: Peace Walker', this is the perfect opportunity to let console owners experience a key part of the Kingdom Hearts story. I'm sure many fans would relish the opportunity to play this title in particular.

4. Kingdom Hearts 3 isn't getting here anytime soon.

Final Fantasy 13 versus only just entered full development; there is no way KH3 is arriving anytime soon. With the seemingly endless amount of games Square announced on a weekly basis, surely there's space to set a smaller team on this project?

Anybody else want to see this come to fruition? Or have you been burned out by the wait for KH3 and the many handheld releases?

Posted by pakattak

I'd be down, especially if that means we could get localized versions of the Final Mix stuff.

I'm not holding my breath, though.

Posted by JJOR64

I would love it if the Final Mixes for those 3 games came to the US. Square has already released 394857893456793456956 different version of the first Final Fantasy. Why not at least re-release the KH games at least once.

Posted by PaulRevere

I couldn't agree more.

I'd love to play Final Mix and Birth by Sleep.

Posted by SethPhotopoulos

I agree.

Posted by Enigma777

I don't think we'll see KH3 anytime soon. 

Posted by TepidShark
Posted by JarretttheGuy

yeah, I would love this. PSN Download would be boss or a hard copy collection. This franchise seems to be very popular, you would think Square would want to squeeze every penny out of us that they could. . .

Posted by StarvingGamer

Sure, this might be an HD collection I actually feel inspired to pick up (other than ZoE). It would be especially nice if it was timed to release, say, 6 months before KH3. All I really want is KH and KH2 though.