"Kingdom Hearts" has quickly become Square-Enix's OTHER RPG megahit. The original quickly shot to the top of the charts and received massive critical acclaim. It was rated the 22nd best PS2 game of all time by IGN.com and was voted as 19th best game of all time by the readers of Famitsu Magazine in Japan. So it's no surprise that to date the game has sold over 5.6 million copies worldwide, and has garnered 1 sequel, and 4 spinoffs spanning across two handheld platforms and mobile phones.
"Kingdom Hearts" is also one of the most influential games of recent history. It totally redefined the crossover genre by blending the magic of Disney and fantasy of "Final Fantasy." It took action RPGs to a new level, introduced a new, young crowd to RPGs, and marked the directorial debut of mastermind Tetsuya Nomura. Nomura-san, who first made a major impact on the gaming industry with his art and design for "Final Fantasy VII," finally got his chance at directing and having full creative control with "Kingdom Hearts."
Needless to say, "Kingdom Hearts" is a major franchise, and a hardware seller.
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