Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 53
  2. Negative: 1 out of 53
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  1. 80
    A fairly worthy addition to the Kingdom Hearts franchise, despite its problems. Even amidst the slow pacing and serious repetition, I found rewarding combat and yet another nostalgia-filled story. While not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, I think Kingdom Hearts fans should pick this one up.
  2. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is a great adventure with a ton of heart.
  3. Indeed, there are plenty of fun missions and challenging boss battles, but things get repetitive fast. [Oct 2009, p.100]
  4. Quite an impressive package that delivers a wonderfully deep and involving portable RPG.
  5. Aside from the story, 358/2 Days still has the signature Kingdom Hearts style of action RPG combat, which is a boon all by itself. The more strategic leveling system also helps keep this title feeling fresh, and the multiplayer options are just icing on the cake.
  6. Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days delivers magical gameplay, though it forgets to summon a good story along with it.
  7. Definitely worth picking up, and I'm glad I had the chance to check it out. It's nice to get a little more light shined on Roxas and Axel in particular, so fans of those two characters will be pretty pleased I think.
  8. Given the hardware limitations, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is quite a bit of a miracle. In spite of a few technical flaws and some repetitive quests this new installment in the franchise is a brilliant game, deep and well done, filled with charming backgrounds and characters. However, its major strength is also a weakness: the main plot will look meaningless to whoever isn't familiar with the series. But to fans of Kingdom Hearts this is an absolutely must-have.
  9. Kingdom Hearts fans will find something to enjoy here, but anyone else would be better off picking up the cheaper, and more enjoyable, PS2 games before diving in to this game.
  10. 80
    It's got a good amount of polish and diehard KH fans should definitely get it. Casual fans will also find reasons to like it, even if the weird story doesn't really add up.
  11. 88
    It will please both series fanatics and newcomers, thanks to its elaborated story and superb technical set.
  12. Games Master UK
    A soulless entry that's packed with fan service but lacks appeal for newcomers. [Dec 2009, p.63]
  13. 75
    By the time I finished with Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, my left thumb felt like it was about to fall off. In fact, while playing through it, I frequently had to take breaks during long encounters to rest my aching D-pad hand. But through it all, I persisted.
  14. The story is vague and the gameplay repetitious. Just for series' fans.
  15. The latest episode in the saga does not betray the expectations of fans. An episode that knows how to fascinate and entertain thanks to the many expedients that succeed in avoiding the risk of being repetitive. The software house haven't risked in producing the title, getting back to a narrative structure. The great graphics and gameplay, make this a must have for fans.
  16. It's got all the heart, some of the soul and a lot of missing plot pieces from the rest of the series, plus a unique gameplay concept. Too bad the control scheme and the camera suck.
  17. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is a great action RPG adventure.
  18. games(TM)
    It's rare for a portable spin-off to come this close to the quality of the games upon which it is based. [Dec 2009, p.106]
  19. This DS title is not bad by any means, but it is certainly the weakest installment of the Kingdom Hearts series so far. However, to its credit, the game is still a charming and fun title to play for Kingdom Hearts enthusiasts and fans alike.
  20. Feb 6, 2011
    While it doesn't really add a great deal to the overall story of the series and recycles a lot of content from the previous games, what you'll find is a very enjoyable experience, chocked full of content that will keep you glued to your DS for a long while.
  21. Edge Magazine
    Despite the game's uncluttered arenas, the camera regularly manages to find a way to flip out and point you in the wrong direction. [Dec 2009, p.101]
  22. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is, sadly, too PlayStation-style. The stylus is only used in the character customization, and it is a shame. Anyway, the sharp 3D engine and the huge number of missions are good elements, and the multiplayer option is a nice addition to the original design.
  23. With its confusing title and convoluted storyline, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days has a lot going against it. Throw in some terrible pacing issues, awkward control scheme, repeating levels, dull characters and a complete lack of Final Fantasy, and you have game that shouldn't work. Yet I often found myself having a good time with this good, albeit flawed, adventure game!
  24. Without a goal or the feeling of adventure, doing the missions just feels like a chore.
  25. AceGamez
    While it features many flaws in terms of originality, and the content on offer is frustratingly limited, it still presents a wonderfully playable portable title.
  26. Another perfectly crafted adventure that puts to shame most other retail games at five times its price.
  27. A modest effort in bringing the franchise to the DS. The fighting system works fine and it's fun to build your character. The story actually feels like part of the complete picture told by all games, a big plus for a handheld game. But the quality of the original is never reached. The missions are a bit too repetitive and the camera irritates.
  28. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days proves that Square Enix its working hard and very well on the DS. A charming adventure, with a nice story and intense gameplay elements, including multiplayer options for the very first time in the franchise are just same of the features that this great action RPG includes.
  29. What little the game does add to the saga is forgotten by everyone at the end. Disney fans will be most disappointed of all: Disney's characters barely put in an appearance, and Disney's worlds are just window-dressing for a killzone.
  30. Pelit (Finland)
    Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days looks astonishing for a DS game, but is afflicted with a disease called reiteration. Players who know their Kingdom Hearts inside out will find nothing new here. The worlds, the Disney characters and even the music of 358/2 Days are recycled from its predecessors. The game has its high points, such as the combat system and the sentimental atmosphere, but ultimately falls to mediocrity. [Dec 2009]
  31. It plays great, offers lots to do and even though it can be slow on the story and missions seem endlessly repeated, it is still a must play for any KH fan.
  32. Nintendo Power
    For all its intricate plot threads, the game is at its best during these little character moments. [Nov 2009, p.78]
  33. If you can name every one of Kingdom Hearts' characters in your sleep, then 358/2 Days is certainly for you and you'd be foolish to miss out on an integral piece of the storyline puzzle. Just don't expect the average gamer to be able to relate to you.
  34. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is another epic video game by Square Enix and Disney and brings informative insight into Roxas' story and Organization XII. Every Kingdom Hearts fan needs to have it. If you're not a fan, but still interested, get yourself a copy of one of the older games and start playing the epic adventure.
  35. 80
    Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is definitely a fun Action-RPG for the DS, that is surprisingly charming. However, it's definitely one for the fans, and they should know that they will be re-treading a lot of old ground.
  36. Though Kingdom Hearts fans might be put off by some of the ways that 358/2 Days alters the structure, the underlying game is faithful to its legacy and jam-packed with content. Once the experience moves past its plodding early paces, it's great fun.
  37. Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is technically impressive and filled to the brim with content, but it's considerably massive length stretches both of those features a little too far for comfort.
  38. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    It's good to see Kingdom Hearts on the DS, but this is not up to the standard of previous efforts. [Dec 2009, p.84]
  39. Nintendo Gamer
    It's worth putting up with the nonsense as this is a satisfying action RPG. [Dec 2009, p.68]
  40. Unlike other Kingdom Hearts, this version lends itself well to being able to pick it up and put it down making it a game you can play for quite a long time and still enjoy when you do play it. There is though, enough meat in this game to satisfy the person who wants to play this game very seriously and tear though the content.
  41. The conclusion of ten days Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is that the DS can add a worthy Kingdom Hearts adventure to its library. The fighting is just as fun and full of action as its big console brothers and there are enough missions to keep you busy for a lot of hours to come. Thanks to the beautiful cut scenes, the ambiance of the story is brought to you in a very good way. You have to have played previous Kingdom Hearts games, if you want to get the story. Otherwise you won't understand a thing what is happening to you and around you. That's why Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is only interesting to people loyal to the series.
  42. A great story, addictive and intuitive combat system, polished graphics and with a multiplayer component that will keep you coming back, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days should keep fans interested for months to come.
  43. 81
    If you've never liked Kingdom Hearts before, 358/2 Days will not sway your opinion, as it's basically the same action RPG seen on the Playstation 2 with a different (and one may argue, more interesting) customization system. However, if you like Kingdom Hearts or even action RPGs in general, 358/2 Days is a worthy game for you to spend time on.
  44. A spinoff from the original game series that fills some of the gaps in the story between the first and second game. For those who longed for a continuation.
  45. 80
    Kingdom Hearts fans are going to love this entry as you explore the mysterious Organization XIII deeper and find out what happened just prior to the events of Kingdom Hearts 2.
  46. It's not a bad game, but we think that Square could have done a much better job with such an attractive material.
  47. Don't be turned away by the strange name, the platform, or the focus on Roxas: Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is the real deal, and one of the best action RPGs on the Nintendo DS.
  48. A great continuation to the Kingdom Hearts saga, 358/2 Days offers great customization options, fluid gameplay and awesome visuals, but suffers from recycled material.
  49. 50
    Fans of Organization XIII will enjoy some insight into their favorite characters' daily lives, but many fans of the series may be turned off by the lackluster controls and odd story directions taken with this portable spin-off.
  50. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is a unique experience on DS. For fans of the work of Tetsuya Nomura is a must-have title in the collection; and for those that couldn't appreciate 358/2 Days can be a good option to start.
  51. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days is one of the best DS titles that we have had in our hands in a long time.
  52. A decent but shallow addition to the series.

Awards & Rankings

#8 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#11 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 183 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 183
  1. May 22, 2011
    great game with a good story and gameplay and everyone should buy it it's not as good as the ps2 ones but it's still a fun game for anygreat game with a good story and gameplay and everyone should buy it it's not as good as the ps2 ones but it's still a fun game for any kingdom hearts fan will love it!!! Full Review »
  2. Jan 17, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is the most disappointing and unnecessary Kingdom Hearts title I've ever played. It was the DS's first attempt at a KH title. Boy, does it show. Some of the controls are awkward and gameplay lacks variation. It's a mission-based game and a poorly made one at that. Almost all the missions are exactly the same: Beat up a certain number of Heartless and get out. The only good thing I can say about this game is the somewhat interesting story involving Axel, Roxas, and a newbie named Xion. Roxas is partnered with her at some point in the story and, as the tale goes on, Roxas begins to lose some of his powers due to Xion's unusual power-draining ability, which is something she's unaware of until nearing the end of the game. Also learning that she holds some of Roxas' memories, she tells Roxas that they must clash in order to restore him back to normal. I'm sure you can guess what happens next. Other than that, the game was a repetitive chore just to see that stuff. My opinion? Stay away from this game and just watch the cutscenes on Youtube. Full Review »
  3. Nov 18, 2011
    Squareenix creates another installation of the popular Kingdom Hearts series. This game takes place after Kingdom Hearts I , during Chain ofSquareenix creates another installation of the popular Kingdom Hearts series. This game takes place after Kingdom Hearts I , during Chain of Memories and before Part II. The game's storyline explains the events before part 2 and to the origin of Roxas who now plays the protagonist role. The game includes familiar worlds with a different set of routes from the previous games. The gameplay is similar but includes a complex structure compared to previous games. This is by far the most difficult Kingdom Hearts game and can be the most annoying at the same time. Not recommended for beginners of the series as you wont like the gameplay as much nor would you understand the storyline. Full Review »