Kingdom Hearts

Game Information

Release Dates: March 28th, 2002 (Japan); September 17th, 2002 (North America); November 15th, 2002 (Europe)

Platform: Sony PlayStation2 (PS2)


Kingdom Hearts LogoThe Destiny Islands are a beautiful paradise where children’s laughter abounds. Day after day, Sora, Riku and Kairi talk and dream of new places, new worlds beyond their islands.

They ponder the usual questions that adolescents do – about the world outside, about their own existence. Little do they know a great destiny awaits them.

One stormy night, a terrible darkness invades the Destiny Islands…
Sora awakens in another world, in a place called Traverse Town. His hopes of seeing new worlds are realised, but his friends Riku and Kairi are nowhere in sight.

Meanwhile, Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy arrive from Disney Castle. Under their king’s orders, they are looking for the “key” and its owner, and they have a message from their king: “Now, there’s somebody with a ‘key’ – the key to our survival… We need that key.”

That “somebody” turns out to be Sora. To find Kairi and Riku, and discover what is happening to their worlds, Sora joins Donald and Goofy and embarks on an epic journey.


Director + Concept Design: Tetsuya Nomura
Main Programmers: Hiroshi Harata & Kentarou Yasui
Map Planning Director: Takeshi Endo
Event Planning Director: Jun Akiyama
Battle Planning Director: Yuuichi Kanemori
Technical Art Director: Akira Fujii
Character Modeling Director: Tomohiro Kayano
Animation Director: Tatsuya Kando
Background Modeling Director: Masahide Tanaka
Art Director: Takayuki Odachi
Menu Director + VFX Supervisor: Tomohiro Ishii
Texture Director: Takeshi Arakawa
VFX Director: Syuuichi Sato
Music: Yoko Shimomura
Sound Programmer: Hitoshi Ohori
Supervising Dialogue Editor: Teruaki Sugawara
Sound Editor: Chiharu Minekawa
Movie Director: Takeshi Nozue
Co-Producer: Yoshinori Kitase
Producer: Shinji Hashimoto
Theme Song: Utada Hikaru

Appearing Worlds

• Destiny Islands
• Traverse Town
• Olympus Coliseum
• Wonderland
• Deep Jungle
• Agrabah
• Monstro
• Neverland
• The Nightmare Before Christmas
• Hollow Bastion
• End of the World

Box Art

Box Art: Japanese Box Art: North American Box Art: European

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