HD versions of classic PlayStation 2 titles are all the rage these days, with everything from Resident Evil 4 to Shadow of the Colossus getting a new coat of paint. The newest in the long line of HD remasters is Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix—which includes Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Re:Chain of Memories and a compilation film for Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days.
The original Kingdom Hearts was first released back in 2002 to critical and commercial acclaim. By mixing Disney with Final Fantasy, it created a multiverse brimming with nostalgia which has gone on to spawn a series that is now seven games strong. But of course, a lot has changed in the way of graphics over the last decade—and HD 1.5 Remix provides a few gameplay tweaks as well.
To see how the original version of Kingdom Hearts on the PS2 and the HD version of Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix from Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix on the PS3 look side by side, check out the comparison video above. [*Note: Be sure to click the "HD" button in the bottom right of the video to see it in HD]
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix was released in Japan on March 14, 2013, for the PlayStation 3. It is scheduled for a Western release sometime later this year. As mentioned previously, it includes the high definition version of Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix for the PS3. The original version of Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix was released in Japan on the PS2 in 2002.