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Kingdom Hearts II

Also known as: Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
Developer: Square Enix Product Development Division 1[1]
Publisher: Square Enix[1]
Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows
Released internationally:
February 18, 2020[2] (Xbox One)
March 30, 2021[3] (PC)
Released in JP:
December 22, 2005[4] (PS2)
March 29, 2007[5] (PS2 FM)
October 2, 2014[6] (PS3)
March, 2017[7] (PS4)
Released in US:
March 28, 2006[8] (PS2)
December 2, 2014[9] (PS3)
March 28, 2017[10] (PS4)
Released in EU:
September 29, 2006[11] (PS2)
December 5, 2014[9] (PS3)
March 31, 2017[10] (PS4)
Released in AU:
September 29, 2006[11] (PS2)
December 4, 2014[9] (PS3)


AnimationsIcon.png This game has unused animations.
AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
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NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page

Hmmm...
To do:
  • A localization prototype was released by drx at one point, and another one by GovanifY.
    • Elaborate on the differences between the Japanese and the censored International versions, the Japanese exclusive Final Mix version, and the 2.5 HD ReMIX version.
  • Rip any unused audio clips, as well as any unused animations/models that aren't already here. A Final Mix page/subpage should be added as well.
  • There are unused logos for cutscene exclusive rooms. Rip graphics. We're almost there!
  • Create a more accurate rip of the Kingdom Hearts songs present in the PS2 version of Kingdom Hearts II.

Kingdom Hearts II is the third game to be released in the Kingdom Hearts series. It's a direct sequel to Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, as well as Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix is the Japan-only re-release for the same system, which contained bonus content. It was later released internationally as part of 2.5 ReMIX on the PlayStation 3, then later as part of 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Note: This tool set can be used to extract the contents of this game, along with data-mining as well. The notes page has a more comprehensive guide and links to tools.

Sub-Pages

Miscellaneous tidbits that are interesting enough to point out here.
Notes
Kingdom Hearts II Another Side Another Story Graphic 0.png
Unused Graphics
For every discovery, there's always an unused graphic.

Unused Items

Placeholders

item-012.imd

There are many items with this placeholder icon that are unused. Items 12-20, 22-32, 38-42, 79, 91, 109-112, 117, 122, 127, 132, 141-148, 175-176, 178, 180, 240, 245-265, 269 and 271 all use this icon internally. These were later removed in Final Mix, which added more items to the game, but instead of replacing the unused ones they added more instead.

(Source: DarthDub)

Use Items

item-108.imd item-005.imd

An early icon for the Megalixir, and an icon for what is most likely meant to be a Hi-Ether.

(Source: DarthDub, Jumpy)

Unused Key Items

Hmmm...
To do:
Figure out which icons correspond to which items.

item-000.imd item-011.imd -0.dds
This might look like a regular map icon, but it's actually meant for a debug item! Note that both images are unused/early versions of the map icon. An HD version of the item's icon is present in the remastered versions.

item-228.imd item-229.imd item-230.imd
There are also inventory versions of the Posters used during the Poster Duty minigame, as well as the Letters from the Mail Delivery minigame. In addition to these, there are also inventory versions of the Struggle Tournament posters seen in the final game. All of these use unique descriptions, shown below:

  • Poster: "An everyday poster. Used for advertisement by the folk of Twilight Town"
  • Tournament Poster: "Poster for the Struggle Tournament. It reads, 'Get ready for rip-roaring excitement!'"
  • Letter: "A letter from one of the part-time jobs. Make sure it gets delivered!"
(Source: DarthDub, Jumpy)

item-242.imd
The Promise Charm can be found among the other items Sora receives from Riku after the second visit to Hollow Bastion. It's description reads "A charm from Kiari. It represents her wish to meet Sora again, no matter how far apart they are." It is listed as a synthesis recipe.

Additionally, items 1C5-1DA (21 items) are unused dummy synthesis recipes. Their descriptions read "Synthesis Recipe" followed by a number.

(Source: Jumpy)

Unused Events

An unused event in the Armoured Controller fight room (eh23) would spawn model B_EX340, which is unused and untextured, near the centre of the arena. During this unused event Xemnas, Sora, and Riku would spawn outside of the arena, presumably for a battle.

An event tied to room zz0 (an unused version of The Usual Spot), an event was set to give the player the Cure element.

Unused Abilities

Among Tron's abilities, abilities called Slow 2 and Slow 3 can be found. Their descriptions read "{Delete}".

(Source: Jumpy)

Unused Weapons

There are a couple of unused Keyblades in the game, called Edge of Ultima and Detection Saber. Interestingly, they have models and are functional, but their item icons appear as the icon used for maps. Both are modeled after the Ultima Weapon from the first game, only without textures, as well as Detection Saber being longer. They use the effects and sounds from the Oblivion Keyblade.

Additionally, there are equivalents for both Donald and Goofy, named the Staff of Detection and Detection Shield. They are usable and use a map image as their icon.

Goofy also has an unused shield named "Test the King", it is the "Save the King" shield from the first game only with a different name.

Stats

  • Detection Saber: 0 Strength, 0 Magic, No Ability
  • Edge of Ultima: 3 Strength, 1 Magic, No Ability
  • Staff of Detection: 0 Strength, 0 Magic, No Ability
  • Detection Shield: 0 Strength, 0 Magic, No Ability
  • Test the King: 10 Strength, 0 Magic, No Ability

Descriptions

  • Detection Saber: "The longest keyblade available. Detect motion and movement with this weapon."
  • Edge of Ultima: "A familiar keyblade to Sora called the Ultima Weapon. It can used for checking movement."
  • Staff of Detection: "A powerless staff, it's only use is to detect movement."
  • Detection Shield: "A shield crafted from all shields used for detecting motion."
  • Test the King: "A powerful and familiar shield!"

Though the descriptions mention being able to detect movement nothing seems to change when using any of these weapons.

Edge of Ultima is called Frontier of Ultima in the HD re-releases.

(Source: Newkidaye, Kingdom Hearts Wiki, 13th Vessel, Jumpy)

Unused Models

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Add images of the weapon models.
  • Add unused models listed here

Unused Character Models

There are some unused models that go by H_CM or N_CM, with CM standing for Chain of Memories because the models were used in pre-rendered cutscenes in the game. They consist of Sora, Riku, and several other characters that appeared in the first Kingdom Hearts game.

All of the Chain of Memories Organization members have unused weapon models. Additionally, an unused model of Ansem with his Guardian Heartless is present.

(Source: Jake TiDe, 13th Vessel, Jumpy)

The Sora model contains unused animations from the the first game. Animations include standing, walking, attacking, jumping and grabbing ledges.

(Source: Disgustor)

Unused Summons

KHIIFM-Unused Buzz Summon Model.png KHIIFM-Unused Woody Summon Model.png

There are untextured models for Woody and Buzz from Toy Story, found alongside the other summons in the game. Their model IDs being the first ones on the summon list (P_EX300 and P_EX310, with Peter Pan, the first used entry, being P_EX330) suggests that these two were cut very early into development. Presumably thought to be excluded due to being a part of Pixar's trademarks, and therefore requiring a license from Pixar, they, along with others from Toy Story, would later be included within Kingdom Hearts III.

(Source: Kingdom Hearts Wiki, 13th Vessel)

Unused Enemies

A Mushroom XIII model exists in all versions of the game. It has one test animation. In Final Mix, this model is the first in the list of Mushroom XIII models, but still remains untextured and unused. The Behemoth and Wyvern models (located in obj/M_EX310_NPC and obh/M_EX320_NPC) respectively. These enemies were shown in pre-release footage and have some of the lowest enemy IDs, however their models are suffixed with _NPC, meaning that these versions of the models were not intended to be fightable. These models contain animations with only one frame, which snaps them to the positions pictured above.

(Source: Jumpy)

There is an unused, untextured Roxas model found at obj/N_EX380_BTL.mdlx. It is next to Roxas' cutscene models and labelled the same way as minor bosses (Hayner, Setzer, Vivi).

(Source: 13th Vessel, Jumpy)

There is an untextured version of the main arena used in the Armoured Controller phase of the ending sequence found in obj/B_EX340.mdlx.

Oddities

  • There is an unused Tron world variant of the Surveillance Robot which is just a duplicate of the original model. It's worth noting that the Surveillance Robot does have a Tron world variant that is used.
  • There is an unused duplicate of the Die transformation with broken test animations.
  • There is an unused & untextured model in the game for Stitch's ship that he used in the original Lilo & Stitch movie. The model comes with an animation named "test" that does nothing. It would eventually be used in Birth By Sleep.
  • Briefly, Sora's model & textures from prerelease footage of Kingdom Hearts I shows up in a cutscene in 100 Acre Wood.
(Source: Jumpy, Zurphing)

Unused Animations


(Source: Xaddgx, Zurphing, Jumpy)

Unused Areas

Castle Oblivion

Castle Oblivion exists in the Hollow Bastion room list (ID: hb14) in all releases of the game. The ground has collision, and while the Castle itself is very detailed, it does not have any collision. It is likely this world was intended to be used in a cutscene of some kind in Hollow Bastion.

(Source: Jumpy)

Deleted Maps

There are three .ard files in the game's data that have no associated map, suggesting that they were planned but never worked on or were deleted from the game at some point.

  • al08.ard: This map would have been an additional room in the Cave of Wonders in Agrabah. It contains spawn data for objects that no longer exist.
  • po10.ard: Most likely an additional torn page/area in 100 Acre Wood. It contains spawn data for objects that no longer exist.
  • dc07.ard: This map would have been in Disney Castle. In the Final Mix version of the game, this map file exists as the Keyblade Graveyard battle arena for the Lingering Will secret boss, suggesting that the boss may have been planned for the vanilla game but scrapped due to time constraints or some other reason. This ard file is mostly blank.
(Source: KH Insider, Jumpy)

World ZZ

In place.bin, a list of every room in the game from a certain point in development can be found when properly decoded. A guide can be found here. 00place.bin contains every room in the game, but only their numerical IDs and not names. Attempting to load any of these crashes the game.

Map ID Name Translation Note
zz00 いつものばしょ The Usual Spot
zz01 ロビー Lobby
zz02 しょうじょのへや Girl's Room Possibly an early version of Mansion: White Room.
zz03 ちかおおひろま Underground Hallway
zz04 コンピュ–タル–ム Computer Room
zz05 カプセルル–ム Capsule Room
zz06 メインカプセル Main Capsule
zz07 ロビー Coast This says "Kaigan", which is is likely short for Yami no Kaigan (lit. Coast of Darkness), Japanese name for the End of Sea/Dark Margin.
zz08 しょうじょのへや Roxas's Room
zz09 ディスティニーアイランド Destiny Island Most likely the cutscene map from where Kairi can be seen communicating with Roxas during the game's opening.
zz10 メインストリート Main Street
zz11 さんばし Pier Most likely an early version of the other cutscene map on Destiny Island.
zz12 トロン Tron Due to this world's location in the directory, it is likely that it was created alongside the Toy Story and Monster's Inc maps to pitch the idea to Disney.
zz13 トイ・ストーリー Toy Story Due to this world's location in the directory, it is likely that it was created alongside the Tron and Monster's Inc maps to pitch the idea to Disney.
zz14 モンスターズ・インク Monster's Inc Due to this world's location in the directory, it is likely that it was created alongside the Tron and Toy Story maps to pitch the idea to Disney.
zz15 空き地 Sandlot
zz16 たいかいかいじょう Tournament Venue Most likely a copy of Sandlot with the Struggle Tournament setup.
zz17 ろじうら Backstreets
zz18 やしきへのみち Road to the Mansion Most likely an early version of the forest area leading up to the mansion.
zz19 もんぜん Front of the Gate Most likely the outside of the mansion.
zz20 ダイニングル–ム Dining Room Possibly the foyer of the mansion.
zz21 DIVETOHEART DIVETOHEART
zz22 メインえき Central Station
zz23 ホロウバスティオン1 Hollow Bastion 1
zz24 テストマップ(リアルタイム1) Test Map (Real-Time 1)
zz25 GBA1 GBA1 Most likely used for cutscenes in Chain of Memories.
zz26 GBA2 GBA2 Most likely used for cutscenes in Chain of Memories.
zz27 いちばんがい First Town
zz28 ホロウバスティオン2 Hollow Bastion 2
zz29 テストマップ(ライオンキング) Test Map (Lion King)
zz30 テストマップ(ム–ラン) Test Map (Mulan)
zz31 GBA3 GBA3 Most likely used for cutscenes in Chain of Memories.
zz32 テストマップ(コリジョン) Test Map (Collision)
zz33 テストマップ(エントランス) Test Map (Entrance)
zz34 テストマップ(アトリビュ–ト) Test Map (Attributes)
zz35 テストマップ(カリブ) Test Map (Caribbean)
zz36 テストマップ Test Map
zz37 キャラチェック Character Check
zz38 サウンドチェック Sound Check
zz39 テストマップ(カベ) Test Map (Barriers)
zz40 GBA4 GBA4 Most likely used for cutscenes in Chain of Memories. In the final game, this room is called FM(1) and you are placed in it during a pre-rendered cutscene.
zz41 ホロウぜんけい Endless Hall In the final game, this room is called FM(2) and you are placed in it during a pre-rendered cutscene.
zz42 ハチミツテスト Honey Test In the final game, this room is called FM(3) and you are placed in it during a pre-rendered cutscene.
zz43 テストマップ(インドア) Test Map (Indoor) In the final game, this room is called FM(4) and you are placed in it during a pre-rendered cutscene.
zz44 テストマップ(アウトドア) Test Map (Outdoor) In the final game, this room is called FM(5) and you are placed in it during a pre-rendered cutscene.
zz45 テストマップ(マップけんしょう) Test Map (Map Verification) In the final game, this room is called FM(6) and you are placed in it during a pre-rendered cutscene.
zz46 コックピット Cockpit Possibly the cutscene room where Donald, Goofy, and Sora can be found talking in the Gummi Ship.
zz50 COM(1) COM(1) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz51 COM(2) COM(2) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz52 COM(3) COM(3) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz53 COM(4) COM(4) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz54 COM(5) COM(5) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz55 COM(6) COM(6) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz56 COM(7) COM(7) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz57 COM(8) COM(8) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz58 COM(9) COM(9) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz59 COM(10) COM(10) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz60 COM(11) COM(11) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz61 COM(12) COM(12) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz62 COM(13) COM(13) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.
zz63 COM(14) COM(14) This room is only present in the Final Mix release. It was likely used to make the pre-rendered scenes in Kingdom Hearts re:Chain of Memories.

The player is placed in rooms zz47-zz49 during pre-rendered cutscenes in the final game, and as such these are not included in the table.

Additionally, World_ZZ contains leftover debug/testing data:

Flag Name Note
SEIFER_BATTLE
TEST_MISSION_2
ZZ36_MS102
ZZ36_MS103
ZZ36_MS104
ZZ36_AROUND01
ZZ36_AROUND02
ZZ36_VS01
ZZ36_VS02
ZZ36_LARGE01
ZZ36_LARGE01
ZZ36_MSCOMP
ZZ36_MSCOMP2
ZZ36_MSBOSS
ZZ36_ABE Abe was the last name of one of the combat system developers of Kingdom Hearts II. It could be referring to Axel, whose name is shortened as AXE in other event flags.
ZZ36_ICONTEST
ZZ36_TIMER01
ZZ36_TIMER02
ZZ36_COUNT01
ZZ36_COUNT02
ZZ36_GAUGE01
TEST_DEMIX Likely a misspelling of Demyx.
ZZ36_COST
TEST_DEADALL
TEST_LUXDE Likely an abbreviation of the Japanese pronounciation of Luxord's name.
HB_EVENT_409B In the final game, Hollow Bastion has an event that uses the ID 409. This could have been used to test that.
HB_EVENT_409C In the final game, Hollow Bastion has an event that uses the ID 409. This could have been used to test that.
HB_EVENT_409J In the final game, Hollow Bastion has an event that uses the ID 409. This could have been used to test that.

Note that the ZZ36 in the flag names likely refers to room ID zz36, which is called Test Map (テストマップ). These flags are all found in dbg/localset-zz.bin. Another file, dbg/mission-zz.bin, has many of the same flags, and two additional ones, "TEST_SKATEBOARD" and "TEST_YASUI". Yasui is the last name of one of the lead programmers of Kingdom Hearts I and II.

A third file, dbg/progress-zz.dbg (used as a way to label save file information for debugging), contains the following save flags:

Flag Name Note
ALL_WORLD_LV60
ALL_WORLD_LV99
NEW_MICKEY_COME
E_003_A17_IN
E_005_A10_IN
E_009_END
E_010_END
E_012_END
E_013_END
E_014_END
E_015_END
E_018_END
E_021_END
S_BTL_SEIFER

Note that generic flags used in every world are not included in this table. While all of these are initialized when creating a save file, none of them are used.

(Source: Jumpy, OpenKH)

World FA

There are several files in the /dbg/ directory, as well as a text string related to a world not used in the final game, with the 2-letter code "FA". The code "FA" was later used for the Fantasia-based Symphony of Sorcery world in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, suggesting that a Fantasia world may have been originally planned for Kingdom Hearts II. It has also been speculated that the Mysterious Tower world may have originally been planned as a separate world instead of part of Twilight Town, and that this folder is a remnant of when it used to be separate. A file for story flags also exists for this world, but the flags are just copied over from the World Map or blanked in the remasters.

(Source: 13th Vessel, Jumpy)

Unused Music

"The Girl from Madain Sari" from Final Fantasy IX

There is a music track in the data of Kingdom Hearts II that seems to be based on "The Girl from Madain Sari" from Final Fantasy IX. It is speculated that this would've played when you met Vivi as Sora. The song has no instruments, so it can't be heard in-game. This upload here uses custom instruments to allow the tune to be heard.

(Source: KH13)

Alternate version of "Lazy Afternoons"

Final Alternate
To be inserted

Also within the game's code, there is an unused, alternate version of "Lazy Afternoons" from Twilight Town that is more orchestrated. This is likely an early version of the theme and it is never heard anywhere in-game.

Tracks reused from Kingdom Hearts

There are tracks present only in the PS2 release that are from the original Kingdom Hearts. The tracks are "Villains of a Sort", "Squirming Evil", "Under the Sea", "An Adventure in Atlantica", "Neverland Sky", and "Guardando nel buio". The Atlantica themes having separate field and battle instruments like in the original Kingdom Hearts suggests it may have been cut as a properly playable world earlier in development, as field & battle songs in a world use the same instruments in Kingdom Hearts II to save RAM, compared to the original Kingdom Hearts, where each field and battle theme had its own unique instruments. With the exception of the notable examples below, these tracks are identical to the ones found in Kingdom Hearts, even coming with the same instrument files.

(Source: Zurphing)

Guardando nel buio

Kingdom Hearts With incomplete KHII instrumentation
To be inserted

"Guardando nel buio", interestingly, is adjusted slightly to have a longer buildup to the main melody. Note that the rip on the latter has issues with instrumentation, as these play very similarly to counterparts from the original Kingdom Hearts in game.

(Source: Xeeynamo)

Oopsy-Daisy

"Oopsy-Daisy" from Kingdom Hearts is also present, but, like with "The Girl from Madain Sari" has no instruments, so it is unable to be heard in game. It's been given it's instruments from the original Kingdom Hearts in order to hear it.

(Source: Zurphing)

Unused Voice Clips

In "/voice/us/battle" there are some unused voice clips in various character's battle voice banks.
Note: These audio files were ripped from the PC version.

Roxas

Roxas has 3 unused voice clips, that only seem to play in-game when he's performing the "Call Over" reaction command. In the PC release, these voice clips are located at the very end of his voice bank.

(Source: Xaddgx, Zurphing)

Mickey

There are two voice banks in the game for Mickey, one when functioning as a playable character, and the other when functioning as an ally. Mickey has 5 unused voice clips in his second voice bank, where he has some short quotes of dialogue and calls out Donald and Goofy's names.

(Source: Zurphing)

Minnie

Minnie has some unused damage clips for her escort mission. It's possible some of them may have played if you failed the mission. She also has an unused clip thanking someone, presumably Sora.

(Source: Zurphing)

Scar

Scar has one unused voice file, for an unused attack.

(Source: Xaddgx, Zurphing)

Hades

Hades has various unused voice lines, stored in both of his voice banks (one for Hades Escape, one as a Boss). These voice lines consist of him taunting the party.

(Source: Zurphing)

Xemnas

Xemnas has various unused voice lines during the final battle, when he's sitting on the throne and facing both Sora & Riku. It's possible some voice lines could've been intended to be used for a cut boss phase known as "King."

(Source: Zurphing)

Unused Text

wm.bar

Found in "msg\us\wm.bar" is text for landing in places from the Gummi Ship on the World Map that can't normally be landed in.

Line Number Text Notes
4871 Land in ZZ Testing/debug map, also used to make the pre-rendered cutscenes in the GBA version of Chain of Memories.
4872 Land in End of Sea This is a map used exclusively for cutscenes.
487A Land in 100 Acre Wood You can only go here from Merlin's House in Hollow Bastion.
487F Land in Timeless River You can only go here from The Hall of the Cornerstone in Disney Castle.
4880 Land in FA See Unused World.
4882 Land in Space Paranoids You can only go here from Ansem's Study in Hollow Bastion.

gumi.bar

"msg\us\gumi.bar" has some unused text pertaining to the Gummi Ship menu.

Line Number Text
18AA DUMMY

Revisional Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
Should a separate section be made to cover differences between vanilla and Final Mix? There's a lot more that isn't listed here.

Changes From the Original Japanese to International Versions

The international versions received numerous censorship:

  • Any references to guns or violence were removed from the international versions. This is especially notable in the Pirates of the Caribbean world Port Royal where some of the scenes were removed to tone down the violence, such as Will Turner threatening to commit suicide by pointing a gun to his neck, or Jack Sparrow being stabbed in the chest by Barbossa's sword when turning undead. However, alcoholic references were not removed.
  • The undead pirate enemies have muskets in the Japanese version, whereas the international ones have them using crossbows. Despite this, the crossbows still have an audible "gunshot" sound effect and Sora's command to dodge an arrow is still called Dodge Fire. Furthermore, the international versions remove the effect of them catching fire if you cast fire magic.
  • During the Hydra boss fight in Olympus Coliseum, in the Japanese version, it spits green blood when attacked in a cutscene, and fades away bleeding green blood when defeated; the international versions changed this to have it drool and fade away in purple smoke.

Changes From International to Final Mix

  • A new difficulty mode, Critical, was added, becoming the new standard for the hardest difficulty in the series.
  • Limit Form was added as a new Drive form, as well as all of its abilities.
  • Filling the Drive Gauge has been made easier, and the maximum Gauge number has been increased from 7 to 9.
  • Puzzle pieces have been added to every world, as part of a new sidequest contained within Jiminy's Journal. The puzzles all unlock exclusive rewards when completed.
  • 24 new abilities were added, both as part of Limit Form and learned naturally through levelling up. Certain Keyblades have also had their attached abilities altered (exampleː Kingdom Key now has Damage Control instead of Defender).
  • 2 new Keyblades, 8 new staves for Donald, and 8 shields for Goofy were added, as well as 3 pieces of armor and 5 new accessories.
  • Multiple new cutscenes were added to further expand upon the story and set up for Birth by Sleep and 358/2 Days, including an extended secret ending. All of these new cutscenes are in Japanese by default, and when set to English audio in theater mode, are completely voiceless.
  • Roxas was added as a new boss fight, fought when reaching Memory's Skyscraper for the first time in The World That Never Was.
  • The Organization XIII members killed during Chain of Memories were added as new optional bosses, fought as Absent Silhouettes found throughout the game.
  • An entirely new area, along with new enemies, was added, the Cavern of Remembrance, first accessible after completing the first visit to Space Paranoids. All Organization XIII members can be refought here as data battles, more difficult variations of their original boss fights.
  • 13 Heartless, the "Mushroom XIII", have been added as an optional challenge minigame spread throughout the worlds.
  • Clear Data can now be saved after completing the game, unlocking new content when loaded.
  • A new boss, the Lingering Will, appears at Disney Castle after completing the game and saving your clear data.
  • Theater Mode was added, allowing players to freely watch any cutscene in the game once viewed.
  • Having ReːChain of Memories clear data on your Memory Card unlocks a Japanese voice track for the theater mode.
  • Three crowns were added as recognition of the player's achievements, unlocked by completing all of the Mushroom XIII challenges, defeating all of the data Organization fights, and defeating the Lingering Will, in any order.

2.5 HD Version

  • Most of the censorship was retained in the 2.5 HD version outside of Japan. However, one change was restored in the 2.5 HD version. In the Japanese versions of the game, the boss Xigbar combines his guns to create a rifle. In the international versions, Xigbar instead just keeps the two handguns separate. In the 2.5 HD version, this edit was changed back.
  • In the PlayStation 2 versions, maneuvering the camera underneath Kairi's skirt reveals she wears a pair of white panties with a red ribbon. These are removed in the HD version, meaning her legs no longer connect to her torso.
  • Japanese audio for cutscenes is now enabled by default in the Japanese version of the game. All of the new cutscenes have been dubbed in English.
  • Roxas' voice clips and grunts while playable have been changed to recycle audio from 358/2 Days and Ventus' audio from Birth by Sleep.
  • The soundtrack has been completely re-orchestrated.
  • The Organization XIII members featured as Absent Silhouette fights now recycle English audio from their appearances in Re:Chain of Memories and 358/2 Days.
  • In The Land of Dragons, The Emperor is missing his mouth animation textures for cutscene dialogue.
(Source: Censored Gaming)

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