Kingdom Hearts (video game)
|Publisher||Square EA, Square Enix|
|Systems||PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox One|
JP: March 28, 2002
NA: September 17, 2002
EU: November 15, 2002
AU: November 22, 2002
JP - Final Mix: December 26, 2002
JP: March 14, 2013
NA: September 10, 2013
AU: September 12, 2013
EU: September 13, 2013
JP: March 9, 2017
NA: March 28, 2017
EU/AU: March 31, 2017
WW: February 18, 2020
|PS2: September 17, 2002|
PS4: November 16, 2017
Kingdom Hearts is the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series. It is an action role-playing video game that combines characters and worlds based on Disney films with characters and worlds based on the Final Fantasy series. It was licensed by Disney Interactive to SquareSoft, the latter of which was the developer.
- 1 Story
- 1.1 Destiny Islands
- 1.2 Disney Castle
- 1.3 Traverse Town
- 1.4 Gummi Ship
- 1.5 Wonderland
- 1.6 Deep Jungle
- 1.7 100 Acre Wood
- 1.8 Agrabah
- 1.9 Halloween Town
- 1.10 Atlantica
- 1.11 Monstro
- 1.12 Neverland
- 1.13 Olympus Coliseum
- 1.14 Hallow Bastion
- 1.15 End of the World
- 2 Versions
Sora, a boy from the Destiny Islands, was given a weapon called the Keyblade which could fight the creatures that had mysteriously arrived on the islands. When a previously locked door inside of a mysterious cavern opened, Sora, as well as his friends Riku and Kairi, were consumed by darkness.
Sora's other friends, Sophie, Tidus, Wakka, and Sora's mother, remained on the island.
- Sophie first appeared in the 1999 video game Final Fantasy VIII.
- Tidus and Wakka first appeared in the 2001 video game Final Fantasy X.
Donald Duck found a note that Mickey Mouse, King of Disney Castle, wrote when he left to search for notes scattered across many worlds by a man named Ansem so he could discover what caused the worlds to disappear.
The note said that a key was needed to save the worlds, and said to locate Leon as he would be able to explain everything. Donald, Goofy, and King Mickey's dog Pluto left Disney Castle, and bid Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck farewell.
Jiminy Cricket, who arrived at Disney Castle after his world disappeared, joined them to write a journal about their journey.
- Mickey Mouse first appeared in front of a test audience in the 1926 animated short film Plane Crazy, then in front of a wide audience in the 1928 animated short film Steamboat Willie.
- Minnie Mouse first appeared in front of a test audience in the 1926 animated short film Plane Crazy, then in front of a wide audience in the 1928 animated short film The Gallopin' Gaucho.
- Pluto, Mickey Mouse's pet dog, first appeared in the 1930 animated short film The Chain Gang.
- Donald Duck first appeared in print in 1931 in The Adventures of Mickey Mouse, as a non-anthropomorphic duck in the Mickey Mouse Annual #3 comic in 1932, and finally, as an anthropomorphic duck in the animated short film The Wise Little Hen in 1934.
- Goofy first appeared as Dippy Dawg in the 1932 animated short film Mickey's Revue and in the animated short film The Whoopee Party as Goofy later that same year.
- Daisy Duck first appeared in the 1940 animated short film Mr. Duck Steps Out.
- Jiminy Cricket first appeared in the 1940 animated film Pinocchio, which was based on Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Traverse Town was a town in which people arrived when their worlds were consumed by darkness. The town's shops were run by Cid, Moogles, and Donald's nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
Sora arrived in Traverse Town unconscious, and Pluto woke him up. Leon, whose first name was later revealed to be Squall, discovered that Sora held the Keyblade and challenged him to a fight. Exhausted, Sora collapsed, and Leon brought him to his hideout. Eventually, Donald, Goofy, and Sora all met up. Leon, Yuffie, and Aerith revealed that they were members of a resistance movement, and explained what they were up against.
Creatures known as Heartless attacked the darkness in people's hearts, released their hearts and turned them into Heartless themselves. The Keyblade could be used to defeat the heartless.
The darkness caused the worlds to be connected, and Sora learned the Keyblade also had a secondary power, to lock the gates between worlds. Sora learned that Donald Duck was a wizard and Goofy was a knight, so he joined them to travel across the worlds to fight the Heartless and lock the gates to the worlds. They later discovered that Twilight Town had a keyhole as well, and returned to lock that world's gate.
There were other residents of Traverse Town as well. The dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita, lived in a house in Traverse Town, but their 99 puppies were scattered around different worlds. They gave Sora gifts for returning their puppies.
The wizard Merlin lived in an empty shack that he decorated with items from his magic bag. The Fairy Godmother also lived in the shack. She awakened creatures contained within gems that acted as summons that Sora could use in battle.
- Donald's nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, first appeared in the October 17, 1937 issue of the Donald Duck Sunday newspaper comic strip.
- The Fairy Godmother appeared in the 1950 animated film Cinderella, which was based on Charles Perrault's 1697 story Cendrillon ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre (Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper).
- Pongo and Perdita and their 99 puppies appeared in the 1961 animated film One Hundred and One Dalmations, which was based on the Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
- Merlin and his magic bag appeared in the 1963 animated film The Sword in the Stone, which was based on T.H. White's 1938 novel The Sword in the Stone. The novel was based on Robert de Boron's poem Merlin, written in the late 12th or early 13th century, the latter of which was a retelling of Geoffrey of Monmouth's short story Prophetiae Merlini (Prophecies of Merlin), written prior to 1135, and pseudohistorical Historia Regum Britanniae (The History of the Kings of Britain), written around 1136.
- Moogles first appeared in the 1990 video game Final Fantasy III and also appeared in most of the other games in the Final Fantasy series.
- Squall Leonhart first appeared in the 1997 video game Final Fantasy VIII.
- Cid, Yuffie, and Aerith first appeared in the 1997 video game Final Fantasy VII.
The summons that The Fairy Godmother freed from summon gems were characters from Disney films:
- Dumbo appeared in the 1941 animated film Dumbo, based on Dumbo the Flying Elephant, a story written by Helen Aberson-Mayer and Harold Pearl, and sold to Roll-a-Book in 1939.
- Bambi appeared in the 1942 animated film Bambi, based on the 1923 novel Bambi: Eine Lebensgeschichte aus dem Walde (Bambi, a Life in the Woods) by Ullstein Verlag.
- Simba appeared in the 1994 animated film The Lion King, which was based on William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, written prior to 1602. It was also based on the figures of Moses and Joseph from the Hebrew Bible, which were created sometime between 597 and 539 BCE and transcribed sometime between 539 and 350 BCE.
- Mushu appeared in the 1998 animated film Mulan. He was a guardian spirit, a concept from Chinese folk religion, established during the Han dynasty between 206 and 220 BCE.
Two more summons joined Sora of their own free will.
- Tinkerbell appeared in the 1953 animated film Peter Pan, which was based on J.M. Barrie's 1904 play and 1911 novel, Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.
- Genie appeared in the 1992 animated film Aladdin, based on the Arabic folk tale of Aladdin which was added to The Book of One Thousand and One Nights by Antoine Galland from a story told to him by the Maronite storyteller Hanna Diyab in the 18th century.
Sora used a Gummi ship built by Chip and Dale to travel to, and fight enemies on the way to, many different worlds.
- Chip and Dale first appear as two unnamed chipmunks in the 1943 animated short film Private Pluto and then as Chip and Dale in the 1947 animated short film Chip an' Dale.
The White Rabbit ran toward the garden of the Queen of Hearts. The talking doorknob told Sora, Donald, and Goofy to drink a potion to shrink themselves. They did so and arrived at Alice's trial by the Queen of Hearts. Alice was accused of trying to steal the queen's heart, and when Sora tried to tell her that he knew who the real culprit was, her card guards let him through so that he could find evidence. Sora did find evidence, but Alice was kidnapped by the Heartless. Sora, Donald, and Goofy decided to find her on other worlds, so they locked the world's gate and left in their Gummi ship.
- Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, the talking doorknob, and the card guards first appeared in the 1951 animated film Alice in Wonderland, which itself was based on two of Lewis Carroll's novels, the 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy teamed up with Tarzan, a man raised by gorillas, to try to find Riku and Kairi. Jane was a researcher studying the gorillas, but Clayton, the hunter who was supposed to protect her wanted to kill them. Tarzan brought them to the treetop, but his adoptive father Kerchak left with his adoptive mother Kala, as he didn't trust them. Tarzan, Sora, Goofy, and Donald killed the leopard Sabor, but the Heartless kidnapped Jane and a gorilla named Terk. They rescued them, but Clayton was overcome with darkness. They managed to defeat Clayton, locked the world's gate, and Sora, Donald, and Goofy left in the Gummi ship.
- Tarzan, Jane, Clayton, Kerchak, Kala, Sabor, and Terk first appear in the 1999 animated film Tarzan, which itself was based on Edgar Rice Burrough's 1912 novel, Tarzan of the Apes.
100 Acre Wood
Sora found missing pages to the Winnie the Pooh book at Merlin's house in Traverse Town. He was able to travel into the book to play mini-games to help the animals who inhabit the 100 Acre Wood. There he met Winnie the Pooh, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Eeyore, and Roo.
- Winnie the Pooh, Owl, Rabbit, Eeyore, and Roo first appear in the 1966 animated short film Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, which itself is based on the chapters I and II of the 1926 book Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A Milne.
- Piglet and Tigger first appear in the 1968 animated short film Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, which itself is based on chapters III, V, IX, and X from the 1926 book Winnie the Pooh and chapters II, VIII, and IX from the 1928 book The House at Pooh Corner, both by A.A Milne.
Sora traveled to Agrabah where he met the Magic Carpet and traveled on it to the desert to save Aladdin and his monkey, Abu. The evil Jafar stole the lamp and traveled to the Cave of Wonders. He wished for the Genie to protect him from Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Aladdin. Eventually, they were able to defeat Jafar and his evil parrot henchman Iago, however, the Heartless kidnapped Princess Jasmine. Aladdin uses his last wish to free the Genie, and the Genie agrees to travel to different worlds with Sora, Donald, and Goofy as a summon gem.
- Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, the Magic Carpet, Abu, Jafar, and Iago first appeared in the 1992 animated film Aladdin, which itself was based on the Arabic folk tale of Aladdin which was added to The Book of One Thousand and One Nights by Antoine Galland from a story told to him by the Maronite storyteller Hanna Diyab in the 18th century.
Arriving at Halloween Town, Donald's magic turned himself, as well as Sora and Goofy, into Halloween-themed creatures. They met Jack Skellington, Doctor Finklestein, who were trying to create a heart to put into the Heartless to make them dance. Jack joined Sora, Donald, and Goofy to find parts for the heart, which were with Sally, Jack's ghost dog Zero, and the Mayor of Halloween Town. However, the mischievous kids, Lock, Shock, and Barrel, told the villainous Oogie Boogie about Jack's plan. In the end, they managed to defeat Oogie Boogie. Sora locked the world's gate, then he, Donald, and Goofy left the world on their Gummi ship.
- Jack Skellington, Doctor Finklestein, Sally, Zero, the Mayor of Halloween Town, Lock, Shock, and Barrel, and Oogie Boogie originally appeared in the 1993 stop-motion animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Sora traveled to Atlantica, where Donald's magic gave Sora the body of a merman, Donald the body of a squid, and Goofy the body of a sea turtle. They met Ariel, Flounder, and Sabastian as well as King Triton, and defeated Ursula the Sea Witch, and her eels Flotsam and Jetsam. However, Ariel is kidnapped by the Heartless, and Sora, Donald, and Goofy locked the world's keyhole and left in their Gummi ship.
Ariel, Flounder, Sabastian, King Tritan, Ursula the Sea Witch, Flotsam, and Jetsam originally appeared in the 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, which itself was based on the fairy tale transcribed in the book The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson in 1839.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy were swallowed by the whale, Monstro. Inside, they discovered that the boat carrying Gepetto, his goldfish Cleo, and his walking, talking puppet Pinocchio. Pinocchio, being the mischievous puppet he was, went further inside Monstro, before getting caught by the Heartless. Sora, Donald, and Goofy freed Pinocchio.
However, Riku, who had been manipulated into darkness by becoming jealous of Sora's new friends, intended to kidnap Pinocchio to help Kairi, who he claimed was missing her heart. However, Sora, Donald, and Goofy managed to save Pinocchio again and they all left Monstro.
- Pinocchio, Cleo, Monstro, and Gepetto, originally appeared in the 1940 animated film Pinocchio, which was based on Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Riku had returned to Captain Hook's ship, and they kidnapped Sora, Donald, and Goofy. Riku told Captain Hook and his first mate Mr. Smee to keep them away from Kairi, so he sent them down to the ship's brig, where a captured Peter Pan was also being kept.
Tinkerbell gave Sora, Donald, and Goofy the power of flight and they were able to defeat Captain Hook. They locked the world's keyhole and Tinkerbell agreed to travel with them as a summon gem. They then left the world on their Gummi Ship.
Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Mr. Smee, and Tinkerbell originally appeared in the 1953 animated film Peter Pan, which was based on J.M. Barrie's 1904 play and 1911 novel, Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy met the satyr Philoctetes, who, not paying attention, mistook them for Hercules. However, once he realized his mistake, he begrudgingly allowed them to enter the tournament, where they would fight the Heartless and other warriors for a chance to be awarded various increasingly-difficult to win cups. Warriors they fought included Leon and Yuffie, Cloud, Hercules, the three-headed dog Cerberus, Hades, the Rock Titan, the Ice Titan, and Sephiroth.
- Philoctetes, Hercules, Cerberus, the Titans, and Hades first appeared in the 1997 film Hercules, which was based on Greek mythology that was most likely started by Minoan and Mycenaean singers around the 18th century BC.
- Cloud and Sephiroth first appeared in the 1997 video game Final Fantasy VII.
Riku takes the Keyblade from Sora and claims that he was fated to have it all along. Goofy and Donald reluctantly follow him as King Mickey told them to follow the key. Sora teams up with Beast, who has arrived at this world searching for Belle. They manage to get back to Riku, and Sora tells him that his power comes from his friends. At this, Goofy and Donald return to him, as does the Keyblade. Riku then flees and meets a cloaked man who coaxes him into the darkness.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy make it to the top of the castle and discover that Hollow Bastion is the world where Maleficent took the seven princesses of heart, Alice, Snow White, Jasmine, Belle, Cinderella, Aurora, and Kairi. These princesses are said to possess hearts of pure light, devoid of darkness. Their hearts combine to summon the final keyhole, which leads to Kingdom Hearts.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy defeat Maleficent. However, Riku is possessed by the cloaked man, who reveals himself to be Ansem, a man who studied the heartless. He possesses a Keyblade that unlocks hearts and tells Sora that Kairi can't wake up because her heart is trapped inside him. Sora uses the Keyblade on himself. Kairi wakes up, completing Hollow Bastion's keyhole, but Sora is turned into a heartless. However, Kairi returns Sora's heart to his body with the power of her heart. Sora, Donald, and Goofy follow Ansem to the End of the World.
- Snow White first appeared in the 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was based on the German fairy tale Sneewittchen (Snow White) first transcribed by the Brothers Grimm in 1812 in the first edition of Grimms' Fairy Tales.
- Cinderella first appeared in the 1950 animated film Cinderella, which was based on Charles Perrault's 1697 story Cendrillon ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre (Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper).
- Maleficent and Aurora first appear in the 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty, which was based on a fairy tale first transcribed by the Italian author Giambattista Basile in his 1634 work, the 'Pentamerone, as Sole, Luna, e Talia (Sun, Moon, and Talia) and by the French author Charles Perrault as La Belle au Bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty) in 1697.
- Beast and Belle first appear in the 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast, which was based on a story published by the French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in La Jeune Américaine et les Contes Marins (The Young American and Marine Tales) in 1740.
End of the World
The End of the World opens into the Gate to the Dark, a cave leading into the Final Dimension. They combat the hordes of darkness inside, including the massive Chernabog. They battle Ansem, however, he still manages to open the door to Kingdom Hearts. Upon opening it, he is shocked to learn that Kingdom Hearts is made of light rather than darkness, and its power destroys him. Beyond the door are King Mickey and Riku, once again in control of his body. King Mickey and Riku must remain inside to seal the door, however, Mickey reassures them that a path to the light will always exist, so they seal the door. This brings the people back to their lands, returning Sora's friends to Destiny Islands.
Pluto then appears before Sora, Donald, and Goofy with a letter from King Mickey in his mouth, so they head out on a quest to find their friends.
- Chernabog first appeared in the 1940 animated film Fantasia in the Night on Bald Mountain segment using a series of musical pieces of the same name by the Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky from 1839–1881. The music is based on Russian literary works and legend, and Chernabog (Black God) is based on the Slavic Deity transcribed in the Chronica Sclavorum (Chronicle of the Slavs) by the Saxon historian Helmold of Bosau around 1171.
Kingdom Hearts was released on PlayStation 2 in Japan on March 28, 2002, in North America on September 17, 2002, in Europe on November 15, 2002, and in Oceania on November 22, 2002. The versions of Kingdom Hearts released in regions outside of Japan had additional content that was not in the original Japanese release, so Kingdom Hearts Final Mix was released for PlayStation 2, only in Japan, on December 26, 2002. It included the content that was not present in the original Japanese release, as well as additional enemies, cutscenes, and weapons.
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix was included in the compilation Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX for PlayStation 3 in Japan on March 14, 2013, in North America on September 10, 2013, in Oceania on September 12, 2013, and in on Europe September 13, 2013.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX was then bundled as Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on PlayStation 4 in Japan on March 9, 2017, in North America on March 28, 2017, and in Europe and Oceania on March 31, 2017.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX was bundled with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue as Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far. It was released on PlayStation 4 in the United States on March 1, 2019, in Canada and Latin America on March 15, 2019, and in Europe on March 29, 2019.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX was released for Xbox One on February 18, 2020.