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Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Released

by Michael Cole - December 7, 2004, 3:20 pm PST
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Square Enix fans rejoice: the long-awaited handheld RPG is finally out.

SQUARE ENIX AND DISNEY INTERACTIVE’S “KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES” TO SHIP NATIONWIDE TODAY

New Role-Playing Game for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance System Hits Shelves Just in Time for the Holidays

LOS ANGELES (December 7, 2004) - Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix™ interactive entertainment products in North America, and Disney Interactive, a publishing label of Buena Vista Games, Inc., ships KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES to retailers nationwide today. An action role-playing game exclusively for the Nintendo® Game Boy® Advance system, KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES continues the collaboration between Square Enix and Disney Interactive. The marriage of characters and worlds both familiar and new adds another dimension to the KINGDOM HEARTS series, bringing it to life with breakthrough content crafted in the renowned Square Enix style.

KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES has received accolades from the enthusiast press and is a highly anticipated title for the holiday season:

“Square Enix’s GBA-exclusive sequel to 2002’s Disney-characters-meet-Final Fantasy hit is a vibrantly colorful adventure that tells a complex story using intriguing visuals and excellent dialogue.” - Nintendo Power (January 2005)

“Hard to forget: Chain of Memories proves Square Enix is the reigning king of GBA RPGs.” - GMR Magazine (December 2004)

“The graphics in the game are looking sharp and rank among some of the best we've seen on the GBA. Sora and the gang are brought to life via large, detailed sprites that animate well. Everyone from the Square and Disney stables is easily recognizable, and everyone has modest flourishes of animation to give him or her personality." - GameSpot (October 2004)

Bridging the gap between KINGDOM HEARTS and KINGDOM HEARTS II, KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES begins where the original left off. As Sora, Donald, and Goofy continue their journey in search of Riku and the king of Disney Castle, they are guided to the mysterious Castle Oblivion by a robed man who leaves Sora with a riddle: “Ahead lies something you need—but to claim it, you must lose something dear.”

With features never before seen on the Game Boy Advance, KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES promises to deliver an unsurpassed gaming experience. Highlights include high-quality movie event sequences and a new card-based battle system. This intuitive system allows players to choose from various cards, each with an attack, ability, or other effect assigned to it. By “stocking” multiple cards, players can amplify their power and unleash powerful combos, cast formidable magic, and create unique battle strategies. Some cards allow Sora to summon familiar characters from the original KINGDOM HEARTS to his side during battle. Cards are also the key to opening doors and traveling between worlds, as well as unlocking the intricate mysteries of Castle Oblivion.

Marketing and Advertising Support

The launch of KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES is supported by a multi-million dollar marketing campaign, which includes advertisements across broadcast, print and online media. Television spots will run on target network and cable programming such as Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, WB Kids, FOX Box, ABC Family and G4techTV, beginning December 6 and continuing to mid-January. The combined print and online advertising campaigns will reach millions of gamers over a course of three months, from November through January. In addition, KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES is being featured in Disney Channel’s “Secret Lab” segment from mid-November through December and was also showcased at the Walt Disney World theme park during October as part of “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party”. Theme park guests had the opportunity to demo the game and take pictures with costumed characters Sora, Donald and Goofy.

The KINGDOM HEARTS® CHAIN OF MEMORIES Official Strategy Guide from BradyGames’ is the one resource players need to help Sora successfully battle through all the floors of Castle Oblivion. The game-tested deck construction tips will help players take down every boss in the game. Expert tactics and strategy guide gamers through every maze-like floor in the castle. For those seeking to fill out their card collection, the guide includes a complete card list and cool card combos. As part of BradyGames’ Signature Series, this guide also contains an exclusive foldout poster featuring a complete listing of map cards and sample maps. The strategy guide is available at electronics, book and software retailers or online at www.bradygames.com for $15.99 US/$22.99 CAN.

KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES will be released only for the Game Boy Advance. The game carries a suggested retail price of U.S. $34.99. The Entertainment Software Rating Broad (ESRB) has rated KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES “E” for Everyone. For more information about the ESRB, visit www.esrb.org. Additional information on KINGDOM HEARTS CHAIN OF MEMORIES can be found at www.kingdomhearts.com.

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