Kingdom Hearts II sells a million
Holy cow… in 4 weeks, the sequel to Kingdom Hearts has sold 1 million units. Try to remember, that’s 1 million people paying $50 a pop. Amazing success story. Haven’t played it yet, because Chris won’t let me have my PS2 back, but some day, it will be glorious!
In related news, started playing the Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge game, and while it’s not revolutionary, it’s pretty faithful to the movie (even if some of the voice acting isn’t). What’s really cool about it is that in game they sing new lyrics to familiar tunes.
Square Enix, Inc. (Square Enix), the publisher of Square Enix interactive entertainment products in North America, and Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG), the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) announced today that KINGDOM HEARTS II, the action role-playing game available exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, has sold through more than one million units in North America, making it one of the top-selling new releases of 2006. KINGDOM HEARTS II is the sequel to KINGDOM HEARTS, one of the top ten best-selling PlayStation 2 titles of all time in North America (Source: The NPD Group, March 2006).
KINGDOM HEARTS II combines classic Disney characters and worlds into a new story with new characters and environments created in the renowned Square Enix style. The game shipped to North American retailers nationwide on March 28 and was received with overwhelmingly positive response from both gamers and critics alike.
“KINGDOM HEARTS II has sold through one million units in just one-third the time of that of the original, proving that fans were waiting to get their hands on the sequel,” said Daishiro Okada, President & COO, Square Enix, Inc. “The winning combination of Disney and Square Enix has done it again and we couldn’t be happier with the results.”
“KINGDOM HEARTS II is the result of great creative teams coming together to make one of the most successful console games of the year,” said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games. “The success of this game is very exciting and we look forward to our continued collaboration with the team at Square Enix.”
Since its release in September 2002, the original KINGDOM HEARTS for the PlayStation 2 has shipped more than 2.6 million units in North America. Bridging the gap between the original and the sequel, KINGDOM HEARTS: CHAIN OF MEMORIES followed in December 2004 for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance system. With the release of the Japanese version of KINGDOM HEARTS II in December 2005 (one million units shipped during the first three days after the release date), the series has shipped in excess of 8.5 million units worldwide.