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'Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories' (GBA) Sells One Million Copies

by Judy on Feb. 1, 2005 @ 12:19 p.m. PST

Square Enix and Disney Interactive today announced they have shipped a total of 1 million units of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories in North America and Japan just two months after its launch. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, an action role-playing game exclusively for the GBA, has been available in Japan since November 2004, followed by the release in North America on December 7, 2004.

"We are thrilled with the strong sales of our newest collaborative project," said Yoichi Wada, president, Square Enix Co., Ltd. "And, we are extremely pleased that GBA players and Kingdom Hearts fans have embraced this title. We will continue to strive toward polymorphic content in other projects that take place across platforms and hope that they will be as warmly received."

"Reaching this milestone for Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is a powerful demonstration of the strength of the Kingdom Hearts franchise," said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games, Inc. "Gamers can look forward to more amazing gameplay featuring Sora, Donald, Goofy and other great Disney characters in the upcoming PS2 sequel to Kingdom Hearts."

Bridging the gap between Kingdom Hearts and the upcoming Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories begins where the original left off. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories delivers an unsurpassed gaming experience. Highlights include high-quality movie event sequences and a new card-based battle system.

Kingdom Hearts was the first video game project between Square Enix and Disney Interactive, released exclusively on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system in September 2002. The game features many classic Disney characters and introduces a new cast of characters and environments created in the renowned Square Enix style. Featuring an all-star cast, Kingdom Hearts was extremely well received by players of all ages and the media alike, garnering several awards. Kingdom Hearts has sold over 4 million units worldwide, bringing the series total to over 5 million units. The highly anticipated PlayStation 2 sequel, Kingdom Hearts 2 is currently in development and slated for release in 2005.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is available only for the Game Boy Advance. The game carries a suggested retail price of U.S. $34.99. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories "E" for Everyone.

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