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Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Dated, Detailed, And PSP Bundled

Square Enix's vague summer release date for Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep has become a definite September release date, with a limited edition PSP bundle commemorating the next star-studded entry in the beloved Kingdom Hearts series.

Does September 7 still count as summer? Probably not, but it's only missing it by a few days, so we'll let Square Enix slide on the release date for Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.

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The North American version of the PSP title continues Square Enix's trend of securing top notch voice talent, with James Woods, Willa Holland, Jesse McCartney, Leonard Nimoy and Mark Hamill lending their pipes to the game's characters, marking the first time Luke Skywalker and Spock have worked together since 2000's Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists.

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Those voices will travel with you through several locations new to the Kingdom Hearts franchise, as main characters Terra, Ventus, and Aqua explore Sleeping Beauty's Enchanted Dominion, the Dwarf Woodlands from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Deep Space from Lilo & Stitch.

Along with the three distinct gaming experiences from the viewpoints of the three different main characters, the game also features four multiplayer modes - Versus Mode, Arena Mode, Command Board and Rumble Racing - along with a new boss and collectible Crown Stickers exclusive to the North American release.

The game will be available on September 7 for the Sony PSP, either as a standalone release for $39.99, or a limited edition PSP bundle for $199.99.

Check out the latest screens and the release date reveal trailer below.

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Two things: The recent KH game on the DS was incredibly tiresome. The game threw dull mission after dull mission at you for hours on end as the bland plot inched along at a snails pace. People play KH games to bash things with cool key weapons and see their favorite characters from two distinct universes interact. All the metaphysical pondering and melodrama just slows everything down. I'm hoping the PSP version offers a tighter experience, but I'll stay cautious. JRPGs aren't exactly known for their brevity...

The other thing: It's kind of telling that Sony has to release a bundle with just about every game these days. There are so few major releases on the PSP that it's like the only way to move systems. I hope they have better third party support with the PSP2.