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March 28

March 28, 2002 – The Video Game Kingdom Hearts is Released in Japan

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On March 28, 2002, the video game Kingdom Hearts was released in Japan. Created through a collaboration between Square Enix and Disney Interactive Studios, the game features the characters from the famous Final Fantasy series of games and The World Ends with You Square Enix game in an elaborate crossover. The game is set in a special Disney universe, where main character Sora must travel to different character worlds, accompanied by magician Donald and knight Goofy, to fight against Ansem and his army of evil beings known as the Heartless. The game was eventually released in North America on September 17, 2002. Its theme song was “Hikari” by J-Pop artist Hikaru Utada; she would also sing the English version known as “Simple and Clean.” The game was critically successful upon its release, and spawned a franchise that, as of 2019, features 14 games on a variety of platforms.

September 17

September 17, 2002 – The Video Game Kingdom Hearts is Released in the United States through Square Enix and Disney Interactive

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“You never know who you’ll run into next.”

On September 17, 2002, the action video game Kingdom Hearts was released in the United States, after a release in Japan on March 28th. Created through a collaboration between Square Enix and Disney Interactive Studios, the game features the characters from the famous Final Fantasy series of games and The World Ends with You Square Enix game in an elaborate crossover. The game is set in a special Disney universe, where Sora must travel to different character worlds, accompanied by Donald and Goofy, to fight against Ansem and his army of evil beings known as the Heartless. Upon release, the game received positive reviews in the United States and Japan, with over 20 million copies sold. The theme song for the game was “Hikari” by Japanese recording artist Hikaru Utada, with an English version of the song, “Simple and Clean” released for Western Audiences. Other pieces of media, including comic books and a soundtrack album, were also released thanks to the game’s popularity. The game has since spawned a number of sequels, with more titles forthcoming.

March 2

March 2, 2010 – The Action Adventure Video Game Alice in Wonderland is Released by Disney Interactive Studios

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“Assist Alice in her journey through Wonderland as she makes her way toward the final battle against the Jabberwocky.”

On March 2, 2010, the single-player action adventure video game Alice in Wonderland was released by Disney Interactive Studios on the Wii, DS, and Zeebo, and PC platforms. The game was based on the live-action film of the same name, with most of the cast reprising their roles. The game has players guiding Alice in her journey through Wonderland, with characters such as the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat appearing to give Alice special abilities, such as altered perception and the ability to make things invisible. Players can pick to play the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, and the Caterpillar, and must solve increasingly complex puzzles to help move Alice along. The game received mixed reviews, with most of the criticism directed at the occasional experience of not knowing what to do next.