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In addition to video games, the Kingdom Hearts franchise includes strategy guides, CDs, novels, and manga.

Kingdom Hearts is a series of action role-playing games developed and published by Square Enix (formerly Square). It is the result of a collaboration between Square Enix and Disney Interactive Studios, combining characters and elements from Square Enix's Final Fantasy series and multiple Disney franchises. Currently the series includes six video games released on various platforms, a manga series, a novel series, video game soundtracks released on audio CDs, and a collectible card game.

The video games provide the canonical story of the series. The manga series is adapted by Shiro Amano and the novels are written by Tomoco Kanemaki and illustrated by Shiro Amano. The stories follow the events that take place in the video games with differences to account for the loss of interactivity that a video game provides. The manga and novel series are both divided up into three series based on each of the three main video games. Each series is further broken up into multiple volumes. The manga was originally serialized in Japan by Square's Monthly Shonen Gangan, but has since been released worldwide. The manga was released in the United States by Tokyopop near the end of 2005, but was discontinued in 2008.

Games[edit]

Video games[edit]

Main article: Kingdom Hearts

Each game in the series has been critically and commercially successful, though each title has seen different levels of success. As of December 2006, the Kingdom Hearts series has shipped over 10 million copies worldwide, with 2.0 million copies in PAL regions, 3.0 million copies in Japan, and 5.6 million copies in North America.[1][2] The main games in the series were released in chronological order, with each new game following the events of the previous. The exception is the V CAST mobile game, which was developed independently of Square Enix's games. Three new titles in the series were announced at the 2007 Tokyo Game Show, though one was already released.[3] Coded and Mobile were only released for Japan. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is the latest game of the series, being released in North America on July 31, 2012.[4]

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

Kingdom Hearts March 28, 2002[5] September 17, 2002 November 15, 2002
Notes:
  • Released on the PlayStation 2
  • Developed by Square
  • North American and PAL release featured additional content that was not in the original Japanese version.[6]
  • An international version was released exclusively in Japan as Kingdom Hearts Final Mix on December 26, 2002.[5] Final Mix includes the content from the North America/PAL version with additional enemies, cutscenes, and weapons.[7] Various additions foreshadowed later plot developments in the series.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories November 11, 2004[8] December 7, 2004 May 6, 2005
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts II December 22, 2005[13] March 28, 2006 September 29, 2006
Notes:
  • Released on the PlayStation 2
  • Developed by Square Enix[9]
  • A special edition box set containing Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts II was released concurrently in Japan. The set is titled Kingdom Hearts: Trinity Master Pieces.[14]
  • An international version was released as Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, which contains bonus content, such as additional cutscenes and bosses, along with Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories. This collection is titled Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ and was released in Japan on March 29, 2007.[11] Those who pre-ordered the collection also received Kingdom Hearts -Another Report-, a book which includes plot and development information, as well as the "Director's Secret Report XIII".
Kingdom Hearts coded November 18, 2008[15] January 11, 2011 (Nintendo DS) January 14, 2011 (Nintendo DS)
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts Mobile December 15, 2008[18]
Notes:
  • Released on NTT docomo cell phone
  • Developed by Square Enix
  • A Kingdom Hearts themed online community-based social gaming networking service featuring player avatars and mini-games
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days May 30, 2009[19] September 29, 2009[20] October 9, 2009[21]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep January 9, 2010[22] September 7, 2010[23] September 10, 2010[24]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance March 29, 2012[25] July 31, 2012[26] July 20, 2012[27]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix March 14, 2013[28] September 10, 2013[29] September 13, 2013[30]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix October 2, 2014[32] December 2, 2014[33] December 5, 2014[33]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts III TBA TBA TBA
Notes:

Collectible card game[edit]

The Kingdom Hearts Trading Card Game is a collectible card game based on the Kingdom Hearts series. It was first released in Japan to coincide with the release of Chain of Memories and was produced by Tomy.[36] The TCG features starter decks, playing mats, and booster packs.[37] In 2007, Fantasy Flight Games acquired the rights to translate the game and market it in North America. In the game, the player takes the role of Sora from the Kingdom Hearts games. Using the cards, players travel to worlds to battle the Heartless. The game allows for two players with a deck and "Player Card" to play together.[38] The game is distributed in a variety of booster packs.[39] The game was released in North America on November 15, 2007.

Soundtracks[edit]

Further information: Music of Kingdom Hearts

The music of the video game series Kingdom Hearts was composed by Yoko Shimomura with orchestral music arranged by Kaoru Wada.[40][41] The original soundtracks of each game have been released on two albums and a third compilation album. The games feature two main theme songs, which were written and performed by Utada Hikaru, as well as music from Disney films.

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack March 27, 2002[42] March 23, 2003 November 25, 2002
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts -Final Mix- Additional Tracks December 26, 2002[43][44]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack January 25, 2006[45]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Complete March 28, 2007[46]
Notes:
  • Nine CD set (8:51:33)[46]
  • Contains music from all three games, as well as previously unreleased music
  • Released only in Japan by Toshiba EMI
  • Includes a deluxe booklet containing new illustrations by Tetsuya Nomura and comments from Yoko Shimomura[47]
Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts May 27, 2009[48]
Notes:
  • One CD (44:37)[48]
  • Contains arranged music from all three games as chosen by members of Square Enix's music website.[49]
  • Released only in Japan by Square Enix
Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts Field & Battle January 13, 2010[50]
Notes:
  • One CD (37:46)[50]
  • Second compilation album of compositions from the Kingdom Hearts series arranged for solo piano by Sachiko Miyano and Natsumi Kameoka[50]
  • Released only in Japan by Square Enix.
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep & 358/2 Days Original Soundtrack February 2, 2011[51]
Notes:
  • Three CDs set (3:51:54)[51]
  • Album containing music from the games Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, as well as Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, composed by Yoko Shimomura.[51]
  • Released only in Japan by Square Enix.
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance Original Soundtrack April 18, 2012[52]
Notes:

Printed media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The plot of the manga stays true to the events in the video games, though it does diverge at certain points. Certain fights were shortened or excluded and some minor characters and worlds visited in the game were also excluded. The fourth series, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, is currently being serialized. The first series was re-released in three volumes in Japan in December 2006 as "Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix". The manga series has been well received. Several of the manga volumes were listed on USA Today's "Top 150 best sellers".[53][54][55] The highest ranked volume was Kingdom Hearts volume 4 at #73.[54] Every volume listed stayed on the list for at least two weeks; Kingdom Hearts volume 4 stayed the longest at four weeks. However, due to Tokyopop's 2008 restructuring, the Kingdom Hearts manga series was cancelled after the 2nd volume of Kingdom Hearts II's manga was released.

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

Volume 1 October 25, 2003[56] October 11, 2005[57]
Notes:
Volume 2 April 24, 2004[61] January 10, 2006[57]
Notes:
  • Published by Enterbrain (JP),[61] Tokyopop (US),[62] and Madman Entertainment (AUS, NZ)[63]
  • Twelve chapters which follow the storyline of the first game, Kingdom Hearts
  • Includes an extra section, "Kingdom Bites"[64]
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7577-1845-4
  • (US) ISBN 1-59816-218-7
Volume 3 November 24, 2004[65] April 11, 2006[57]
Notes:
  • Published by Enterbrain (JP),[65] Tokyopop (US),[66] and Madman Entertainment (AUS, NZ)[67]
  • Nine chapters which follow the storyline of the first game, Kingdom Hearts
  • Includes an extra section, "Kingdom Bites"[68]
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7577-2072-6
  • (US) ISBN 1-59816-219-5
Volume 4 January 31, 2005[69] July 11, 2006[57]
Notes:
  • Published by Enterbrain (JP),[69] Tokyopop (US)[70] and Madman Entertainment (AUS, NZ)[71]
  • Seven chapters which follow the storyline of the first game, Kingdom Hearts
  • Includes a special chapter, "Winnie the Pooh"[72]
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7577-2187-0
  • (US) ISBN 1-59816-220-9
Boxed Set October 10, 2006[57]
Notes:
  • Published by Tokyopop (US)[73]
  • Contains all four volumes of the Kingdom Hearts manga
  • (US) ISBN 1-59816-808-8

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories[edit]

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

Volume 1 October 22, 2005[74] October 10, 2006[57]
Notes:
Volume 2 April 22, 2006[74] February 13, 2007[76]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[74] and Tokyopop (US)[77]
  • Seven chapters which follow the storyline of the second game, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
  • Includes a special chapter, "Strange News of Riku—Strange Story of the Replica"
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7575-1670-3
  • (US) ISBN 1-59116-739-6
Boxed Set October 9, 2007[76]
Notes:

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

Volume 1 December 22, 2006[74] July 3, 2007[78]
Notes:
Volume 2 August 22, 2007[74] May 9, 2008[80]
Notes:
Volume 3 April 22, 2008[74]
Notes:
Volume 4 November 22, 2008[74]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[74]
  • Eight chapters which follow the storyline of the third game, Kingdom Hearts II
  • (JP) ISBN 978-4-7575-2426-2
Volume 5 August 22, 2009[74]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[74]
  • Eight chapters which follow the storyline of the third game, Kingdom Hearts II
  • (JP) ISBN 978-4-7575-2607-5

Kingdom Hearts Final Mix[edit]

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

キングダムハーツFINAL MIX 1 December 22, 2006[74] May 28, 2013 [81]
Notes:
キングダムハーツFINAL MIX 2 January 22, 2007[74] May 28, 2013 [81]
Notes:
キングダムハーツFINAL MIX 3 March 22, 2007[74]
Notes:

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 June 22, 2010[82] ISBN 9784757529021 - ISBN -
2 March 22, 2011[83] ISBN 9784757531673 -
3 October 22, 2011[84] ISBN 9784757533882 - ISBN -
4 April 21, 2012[85] ISBN 9784757535213 - ISBN -

Novels[edit]

A novel series has also been released in Japan. It is written by Tomoko Kanemaki (金巻ともこ Kanemaki Tomoko?) and illustrated by Shiro Amano. Like the manga series, it is divided up into separate series based on the games.

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

The First Door June 30, 2005[86] August 5, 2008[87]
Notes:
Darkness Within July 29, 2005[88] August 5, 2008[89]
Notes:

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories[edit]

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

《ソラ編》上 October 22, 2005[90]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[90]
  • Follows the storyline of the second game, Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7575-1568-5
《ソラ編》下 November 30, 2005[91]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[91]
  • Follows the storyline of the second game, Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7575-1581-2
Reverse/Rebirth January 31, 2006[92]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[92]
  • Follows the storyline of the second game, Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7575-1618-5

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

Roxas—Seven days April 22, 2006[93]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[93]
  • Follows the storyline of the third game, Kingdom Hearts II
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7575-1679-7
The Destruction of Hollow Bastion July 16, 2006[94]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[94]
  • Follows the storyline of the third game, Kingdom Hearts II
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7575-1715-7
Tears of Nobody September 29, 2006[95]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[95]
  • Follows the storyline of the third game, Kingdom Hearts II
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7575-1792-0
Anthem—Meet Again/Axel Last Stand February 27, 2007[96]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[96]
  • Follows the storyline of the third game, Kingdom Hearts II
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7575-1964-8

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit]

No. Title Japanese release English release
1 The 14th July 30, 2009[97]
ISBN 9784757526044
-
2 Go to the Sea January 28, 2010[98]
ISBN 9784757527744
-
3 Xion-Seven Days May 28, 2010[99]
ISBN 9784757528888
-

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

No. Title Japanese release English release
1 Something Strange December 24, 2010[100]
ISBN 9784757531116
-
2 Best Friends February 24, 2011[101]
ISBN 9784757531543
-
3 To the Future May 26, 2011[102]
ISBN 9784757532212
-

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

No. Title Japanese release English release
1 Side Sora June 28, 2012[103]
ISBN 978-4-7575-3652-4
-
2 Side Riku September 27, 2012[104]
ISBN -
-

Companion books[edit]

There have been numerous books that provide walkthroughs and supplemental information to the video games. Square Enix has released six Ultimania guides and one bonus book on the Kingdom Hearts series exclusively in Japan. The Ultimania guides primarily serve as strategy guides for their respective games, revealing secrets from the developers' perspective. They also contain interviews with the staff, extended information on backstory, and original artwork. In North America, BradyGames has been given exclusive rights to publish strategy guides for the games.

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

Kingdom Hearts Ultimania June 13, 2002[105]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts Official Strategy Guide September 11, 2002[106]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Official Strategy Guide December 3, 2002[108]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts Ultimania Revised Edition December 17, 2004[110]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[110]
  • A guide for the first game, Kingdom Hearts with new information on the "Final Mix" edition of the game
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7575-1349-6
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Ultimania December 17, 2004[111]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[111]
  • A guide for the second game, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7575-1344-5
Kingdom Hearts Series Ultimania α ~Introduction of Kingdom Hearts II~ December 9, 2005[112]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)
  • Provides a walkthrough and review of the events of the first two games
  • Provides information on the new characters and locations in Kingdom Hearts II[113]
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7575-1597-9
Kingdom Hearts II Ultimania February 23, 2006[114]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts II Limited Edition Strategy Guide March 23, 2006[115]
Notes:
  • Published by BradyGames (NA)
  • Features a comprehensive walkthrough and includes a copy of Jiminy's Journal along with 400 stickers
  • Available in four different covers[115]
  • (NA) ISBN 0-7440-0624-4
Kingdom Hearts II Official Strategy Guide March 27, 2006[116]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts -Another Report- March 29, 2007[118]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)
  • Available only to those who pre-ordered Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+[118]
  • Contains "Director's Secret Report XIII"
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ Ultimania May 2, 2007[119]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[119]
  • A guide for the collection that contains Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+
  • (JP) ISBN 4-7575-2013-1
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Ultimania March 25, 2010[120]
Notes:
  • Published by Square Enix (JP)[119]
  • A guide for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
  • (JP) I9784757527881
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: Signature Series Guide August 31, 2010[121]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Ultimania May 28, 2012[122]
Notes:
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Signature Series Guide July 31, 2012[123]
Notes:
  • Published by BradyGames (NA)[123]
  • A guide for Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
  • (NA) ISBN 0744014026

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