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Kingdom Hearts (キングダム ハーツ Kingudamu Hātsu?) is a series of action role-playing video games developed and published by Square Enix (formerly Square). It is the result of a collaboration between Square Enix and Disney Interactive Studios and is under the direction of Tetsuya Nomura, a longtime Square character designer. Kingdom Hearts is a crossover of various Disney settings based in a universe made specifically for the series.

Also, it has an all-star voice cast which includes many of the Disney characters' official voice actors, and well-known voice actors such as Haley Joel Osment, David Gallagher, and Hayden Panettiere. The series' plot centers on the main character Sora's search for his friends and his encounters with Disney, Final Fantasy and The World Ends With You characters on their worlds.

The series currently consists of seven games across multiple video game consoles, and future titles are already planned. Most of the games in the series have been both critically acclaimed and commercially successful, though each title has seen varying levels of success. As of March 2011, the Kingdom Hearts series has sold over 17 million copies worldwide. A wide variety of related merchandise has been released along with the games, including soundtracks, figurines, companion books, novels, and manga.

Titles[]

Game Release Date (Japan: Original) Release Date (USA: English Adaptation) Original Platform Release Order
Kingdom Hearts March 28, 2002 (PS2); March 14, 2013 (PS3); March 9, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) September 17, 2002 (PS2); September 10, 2013 (PS3); March 28, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) PlayStation 2 1st part
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories November 11, 2004 (GBA); March 29, 2007 (PS2), March 14, 2013 (PS3); March 9, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) December 7, 2004 (GBA); December 2, 2008 (PS2), September 10, 2013 (PS3); March 28, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) Game Boy Advance 2nd part
Kingdom Hearts II December 22, 2005 (PS2); October 2, 2014 (PS3); March 9, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) March 28, 2006 (PS2); December 2, 2014 (PS3); March 28, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) PlayStation 2 3rd part
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days May 30, 2009 (DS); March 14, 2013 (PS3); March 9, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) September 29, 2009 (DS); September 10, 2013 (PS3); March 28, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) Nintendo DS 4th part
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep January 9, 2010 (PSP); October 2, 2014 (PS3); March 9, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) September 7, 2010 (PSP); December 2, 2014 (PS3); March 28, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) PSP 5th part
Kingdom Hearts coded November 18, 2008-January 28, 2010 (DoCoMo); October 7, 2010 (DS), October 2, 2014 (PS3); March 9, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) January 11, 2011 (DS); December 2, 2014 (PS3); March 28, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) NTT DoCoMo 6th part
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance March 29, 2012 (3DS); January 12, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) July 31, 2012 (3DS); January 24, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) Nintendo 3DS 7th part
Kingdom Hearts χ July 18, 2013 (PC) n/a PC n/a
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ September 3, 2015 (iOS)/(Android) April 7, 2016 (iOS)/(Android) iOS, Android 8th part
Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue January 12, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) January 24, 2017 (PS4); February 18, 2020 (Xbox One) PS4 9th part
Kingdom Hearts Union χ March 23 2017 (iOS/Android) April 6 2017 (iOS/Android) iOS, Android 10th part
Kingdom Hearts III January 25, 2019 (PS4)/(Xbox One) January 29, 2019 (PS4)/(Xbox One) PS4, Xbox One 11th part

The three main games in the series were released in chronological order, with each new installment following the events of the previous installment. The one exception is the V CAST mobile game, which was developed independently of Square Enix's games.

Games[]

Kingdom Hearts is the first game in the series, released in Japan on March 28, 2002 for PlayStation 2. Tetsuya Nomura served as game director, his first time in this position. Kingdom Hearts introduced the main characters of the series and established the plot's framework, involving hearts and dark beings known as the Heartless. It also established the role of Disney characters in the series, with character cameos from the Final Fantasy series. Kingdom Hearts was released in North America on September 17, 2002, and featured additional content that was not in the original Japanese version. The game was later re-released exclusively in Japan as Kingdom Hearts Final Mix on December 26, 2002. Final Mix includes the content from the North American release and additional enemies, cutscenes, and weapons. The game was remastered on March 14, 2013 (Japan), and on September 10, 2013 (North America) known as Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX for the (PS3).

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is a direct sequel to the first game. It was released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan on November 11, 2004. Chain of Memories was touted as a bridge between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, introducing and previewing plot elements that would be explored in the next game. The gameplay system is a departure from the original, employing card game mechanics in real-time. Players construct decks out of cards that correspond to different actions in battle, such as attacking or using magic. It was remade into a PlayStation 2 game titled Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, which contains polygon graphics instead of the sprites used in the original game. The remake was released in Japan as a second disc packaged with Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix on March 29, 2007, and in North America as a standalone title on December 2, 2008.

Kingdom Hearts II takes place one year after the events of Chain of Memories. It was released for the PlayStation 2 in Japan on December 22, 2005. The game further explores the "heart" concept by involving a new group of enemies, the Nobodies, which are the cast-off shells of the Heartless. The gameplay is similar to that of the first Kingdom Hearts game, with the addition of the Reaction Command, which performs context-sensitive actions in battle. Kingdom Hearts II was revised into Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, which contains more material than the original release, such as additional cutscenes and bosses. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix was released with Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories in a collection titled Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+, which was released in Japan on March 29, 2007.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days was released for the Nintendo DS in Japan on May 30, 2009. It is primarily set between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, focusing on Roxas' time in Organization XIII and his motives for leaving. It is the first game in the series to feature cooperative gameplay in addition to the traditional use of AI-controlled partners. The gameplay is mission-based with optional objectives that yield additional rewards. The game also has a unique panel system that governs character improvement, special abilities, and equipped weapons.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is a prequel to the series, released for the PlayStation Portable in Japan on January 9, 2010, and in North America on September 7, 2010 with additional content. The game is set ten years before the events of the first Kingdom Hearts game, revealing the origins of the villain, Xehanort. It consists of four scenarios, three of which focus on one of the game's three protagonists—Terra, Ventus, and Aqua—and the fourth unlocked upon completion of the first three. The game was re-released exclusively in Japan under the title Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix on January 20, 2011 with the content from the English versions as well as new features, such as an additional fifth scenario.

Kingdom Hearts coded is an episodic mobile phone game that picks up directly after Kingdom Hearts II. The "preinstall" episode was released exclusively in Japan on November 18, 2008 and eight episodes were released between June 3, 2009 and January 28, 2010. The game was remade for the Nintendo DS as Kingdom Hearts coded, and features updated gameplay combining that of two later titles in the series, 358/2 Days and Birth by Sleep. Unlike the original version, Re:coded was released internationally: October 7, 2010 in Japan; January 11, 2011 in North America; and January 14, 2011 in Europe.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance was released on March 29, 2012 in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS. The game focuses on Sora and Riku Mark of Mastery exam under Yen Sid in anticipation of Master Xehanort's return and their subsequent conflicts with enemies from their past. In addition to similar systems inherited from Birth by Sleep, this game features Dream Eaters which serve as both enemies and allies. Players may collect and breed friendly Dream Eaters and train them to become more powerful. The English edition was released on July 20, 2012 in the United Kingdom and on July 31, 2012 in the United States.

Kingdom Hearts III was released on January 25, 2019 in Japan for the Xbox one and the PS4. In Kingdom Hearts III, the series protagonist Sora is on the search for the "Key to Return Hearts" while Sora's friends, Riku and King Mickey, search for Keyblade wielders. This game featured new combat abilities and gameplay, with multiple features from previous titles. The game concluded the "Xehanort Saga", but it will not be the final game in the series. The English version was released in the United States on January 29, 2019.

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memoryis an upcoming title set for a worldwide release in 2020 on the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The game will take place after the events of ReMind where Kairi is the main focus. The game will remove combat in favor of rhythm-style gameplay, making the player take control of Sora, Donald, and Goofy. Each Disney world will feature its own Disney character as the player's ally. Kingdom Hearts IV is the upcoming for a worldwide release in 2022 on the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The game will take place after the events of the Xehanort Saga as Sora Travels New World on His Own to Find Kairi and Rescue his Long Lost Parents.

Disney Properties[]

Disney Animated Features Canon[]

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Pinocchio
  • Fantasia
  • Dumbo (Dumbo only)
  • Bambi (Bambi only)
  • Cinderella
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Peter Pan
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • The Sword in the Stone (Merlin only)
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Aladdin
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Lion King
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Hercules
  • Mulan
  • Tarzan
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Chicken Little (Chicken Little only)
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Bolt
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Tangled
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Frozen
  • Big Hero 6

Pixar[]

  • Toy Story
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Ratatouille (Remy only)
  • Coco

Lucasfilm[]

  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Strange Magic
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

Marvel[]

  • The Avengers: Endgame

Disneytoon Studios[]

  • The Return of Jafar
  • Stitch! The Movie (Experiment 221 only)
  • Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
  • Pooh's Heffalump Movie (Lumpy only)

Shorts[]

  • Steamboat Willie
  • Plane Crazy
  • The Barnyard Battle (Classic Kingdom game)
  • The Karnival Kid (Classic Kingdom game)
  • The Fire Fighters
  • Mickey's Orphans
  • Musical Farmer (Classic Kingdom game)
  • Building a Building
  • Giantland (Classic Kingdom game)
  • Gulliver Mickey
  • Mickey's Fire Brigade
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • The Pastoral Symphony
  • Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria
  • Runaway Brain (Julius only)

Live-Action[]

  • Tron
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: One Strange Tides
  • Tron: Legacy
  • Pirats of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Disney TV Animation[]

  • DuckTales
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