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Kingdom Hearts (game)

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Kingdom Hearts
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Kingdom Hearts
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キングダムハーツ
Kingudamu Hātsu

Developer(s):

Square

Publisher(s):

Square

Platform(s):

PlayStation 2

Release date:

Japan March 28, 2002
United States September 17, 2002
Europe November 15, 2002
Australia November 22, 2002
Japan December 26, 2002 (Final Mix)

Genre:

Action RPG

Modes:

Single player

Ratings:

ESRB: Everyone

Kingdom Hearts is the first game of the Kingdom Hearts series. It was developed and published by Square for the PlayStation 2 in 2002. The game is a crossover between various Disney franchises and Final Fantasy. The game would go on to receive two direct sequels and numerous spin-offs.

History[edit]

The origins of Kingdom Hearts can be traced back to conversations between Shinji Hashimoto and Hironobu Sakaguchi about wanting to make a free roaming 3D game akin to Super Mario 64, but lamenting that only Disney character could rival the popularity of Mario. Tetsuya Nomura overheard these conversations and volunteered to direct this nebulous project. By a stroke of luck, Square and Disney Japan shared an office building at the time. Hashimoto would have a chance encounter with a Disney executive in an elevator which allowed him to pitch the concept of using Disney properties in this game, which was eventually approved in 2000. It was eventually decided that the game would be a crossover game with Disney and Final Fantasy characters interacting with original characters. Disney approved the concept on the condition that all original characters, settings and assets would be fully owned by them.

Final Mix and rereleases[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, a version containing additional enemies and gameplay, was released in Japan on December 26th, 2002. This version was later released with additional improvements in the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX collection, which released in Japan on March 14th of 2013, as well as in North America and the EU in September of that year.

Relevance to Final Fantasy[edit]

Several characters from the Final Fantasy franchise appear throughout the game as both friends and foes. Several items and spells from the franchise also appear in this game and have largely similar functions.

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