A New Chapter in the KINGDOM HEARTS Series Delivers Three Brand-New Titles to the Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, and Mobile Phones

Sep 21, 2007, 01:00 ET from Square Enix Co., Ltd.

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Tokyo,
 Japan, Square Enix), a leading developer and publisher of interactive
 entertainment software and services, announced three new titles in the
 award-winning KINGDOM HEARTS series at the Tokyo Game Show 2007 held in
 Makuhari Messe. The new titles are KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days for the
 Nintendo DS(TM), KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep for the PSP(R)
 (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, and KINGDOM HEARTS coded for mobile
 phones. These titles are currently only confirmed for release in Japan.
 Release in other territories will be determined at a later date.
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     KINGDOM HEARTS is a fresh and original series of role-playing games
 created by the collaboration of The Walt Disney Company's game development
 affiliate, Disney Interactive Studios, and Square Enix. The first
 installment, released in 2002, has been followed up by two chart-topping
 sequels. The immense popularity of the series has earned worldwide
 shipments of over 11 million copies in only five and a half years.
     The following pages contain additional details about KINGDOM HEARTS
 358/2 Days for the Nintendo DS, KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep for the PSP,
 and KINGDOM HEARTS coded for mobile phones.
     KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days
     Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd. / h.a.n.d. Inc.
     Publisher: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
     Platform: Nintendo DS
     Genre: RPG
     ESRB: TBD
     Ship Date: TBD
     The untold story of another hero.
     Organization XIII, Number 13, Roxas
     In KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days, you will explore a variety of Disney
 worlds in not only single-player mode, but also in multiplayer missions
 made possible by the unique networking features of the Nintendo DS.
     -Twilight Town-
     Roxas and Axel were watching the sunset from their usual spot on the
 station's clock tower after a long day of collecting "hearts" from the
 Heartless, as ordered by their organization. When their daily work ended,
 they often spent their evenings there. They talked about the day's work and
 other things over ice cream.
     "Do you know why the sun looks red as it sinks below the horizon? It's
 because among the countless colors comprising light, red travels the
 greatest distance."
     "You're just trying to show off, Axel!"
     It was idle chatter between two boys without hearts.
     This is the untold story of Organization XIII's Roxas.
     Director:            Tetsuya Nomura (FINAL FANTASY V-VIII, X, FINAL
     Co-director:         Tomohiro Hasegawa (FINAL FANTASY VIII, X, KINGDOM
                          HEARTS series)
     Producer:            Patrick Chen (KINGDOM HEARTS series)
     Executive Producer:  Shinji Hashimoto (KINGDOM HEARTS series)
     KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep
     Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
     Publisher: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
     Platform: PSP
     Genre: RPG
     ESRB: TBD
     Ship Date: TBD
     It was an awakening that would signal the beginning of the KINGDOM
 HEARTS saga.
     KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep is the tale of a new trio of heroes, told
 across three scenarios utilizing the groundbreaking technology of the PSP.
 Exciting new features will be introduced on top of the traditional
 controls, game system, and visual style of its predecessors.
     The Keyblade is said to hold phenomenal power. One legend says its
     saved the world, while another says that he wrought chaos and ruin upon
                    -- from Ansem's Report (KINGDOM HEARTS)
     Long before Sora took up the Keyblade, there were other Keyblade masters.
 One of these masters, Xehanort, disappeared one day along with his apprentice.
 This event proved to be a foreshadowing of great disaster to come. Aware of
 the threat, another master ordered his three apprentices to seek out Xehanort
 and his cohort.
     Director:            Tetsuya Nomura (FINAL FANTASY V-VIII, X, FINAL
     Co-director:         Tai Yasue (KINGDOM HEARTS Re: Chain of Memories)
     Producer:            Patrick Chen (KINGDOM HEARTS series)
     Co-producer:         Yoichi Yoshimoto (Musashi Series, KINGDOM HEARTS
                          CHAIN OF MEMORIES)
     Executive Producer:  Shinji Hashimoto (KINGDOM HEARTS series)
     Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
     Publisher: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
     Platform: Mobile Phones (devices/carriers TBD)
     Genre: RPG
     ESRB: TBD
     Ship Date: TBD
     A Disney universe as vast as the mobile network awaits you.
     In KINGDOM HEARTS coded, you will journey through a variety of Disney
 worlds on an exciting adventure brought to life by advanced mobile phone
 technology and gorgeous graphics never before seen on the platform. This
 marks the first collaboration between Square Enix and the Walt Disney
 Internet Group.
     After the events of KINGDOM HEARTS, Jiminy Cricket returned to Disney
 Castle to organize his journal. While he arranged his records, his eyes
 fell upon a page with a mysterious message.
     We must return to free them from their torment.
     However, no matter how hard Jiminy tried to recall the source of the
 text, he couldn't remember. So the King digitized the contents of the
 journal and started an investigation. Within the world traced from the
 contents of Jiminy's Journal, a boy awoke on Destiny Island. It was the
 beginning of a new quest for a virtual Sora.
     Director:            Tetsuya Nomura (FINAL FANTASY V-VIII, X, FINAL
     Co-director:         Hajime Tabata (BEFORE CRISIS -FINAL FANTASY VII-,
                          CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII-)
     Producer:            Kakuko Obinata (KINGDOM HEARTS series)
     Associate Producer:  Kousei Itou (BEFORE CRISIS -FINAL FANTASY VII-)
     Executive Producer:  Shinji Hashimoto (KINGDOM HEARTS series)
     *All of the above information applies only to the Japanese version of
 the games announced.
     Ship date: March 28, 2002 (Japan)
     Platform: PlayStation 2
     Units Shipped Worldwide:  Over 5.9 million units (Includes KINGDOM HEARTS
                               FINAL MIX and Ultimate Hits)
     Sora is torn away from his friends by a violent storm caused by a
 sudden shift in the world, and swept away to an "outside" he had never
 known before. There he meets Donald and Goofy before setting out to find
 their missing king, as well as Sora's lost friend, Riku. The trio
 encounters many people on their journey, and overcomes countless obstacles
 before finding their friends. However, to prevent further damage to the
 world, they are separated yet again...
     Ship date: November 11, 2004 (Japan)
     Platform: Game Boy Advance
     Units Shipped Worldwide: Over 1.5 million units (Includes Ultimate Hits)
     Sora travels down a long road that meanders through endless fields, and
 comes to a crossroads. As Sora stands in the crossroads, he gazes up at the
 night sky and thinks of his lost friends.
     Just then, a mysterious man approaches from down one of the branching
 paths. "Ahead lies something you need," he says, "but to claim it you must
 lose something dear." When the man vanishes, only a single path remains.
 The path leads to a mysterious fortress called "Castle Oblivion."
     In the coming journey, what will Sora gain, and what will he lose?
     Ship date: December 22, 2005 (Japan)
     Platform: PlayStation 2
     Shipped Worldwide: Over 4 million units (Includes KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL
                        MIX+ and Ultimate Hits)
     One year has passed since the events in KINGDOM HEARTS.
     A boy named Roxas wakes up to another day in Twilight Town where he is
 enjoying summer vacation with his friends. Strange events begin to occur
 around him as he is plagued by the thoughts of Sora, a boy much like him.
 He encounters Namine, a girl trying to give him back his memories, and a
 mysterious group known as Organization XIII. He could have never predicted
 the truth that he would be forced to confront. And when Roxas slept, "he"
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