It's hard to not be just a little impressed by what SquareEnix was able to squeeze out of the DS. Kingdom Hearts Re:coded looks really good, and may very well rank as one of the system's better-looking games. The artwork is great and makes the over-abundance of still images and dialogue more than tolerable. Re:coded is a complete and total retread of the first game, but it was fun seeing old friends - especially a number of Final Fantasy characters who've since disappeared from the series.
Each area is buffered by a set of brand-new movie sequences. I'm usually not a fan of the low-res video encoding used in DS games, but these manage to sparkle just a little brighter than what 358/2 Days offered. However, it's still a little off-putting to hear Mickey's squeaky voice discuss topics like "The Heartless" and "Organization."
As with nearly every other game in the series, Re:coded falls back on a number of old standards. With the exception of few remixes, nearly all of the music comes from the first game.