Final Fantasy may still be Square-Enix's flagship franchise, but Kingdom Hearts has turned into another blockbuster series for the publisher.
Today, Square-Enix has announced that the Disney-influenced series, with its multiple installments, has shipped more than 10 million copies worldwide. And despite the stiff competition from some of the most recognizable names in the business, this makes Kingdom Hearts one of the most popular franchises in history.
The original sold 3 million in North America, 1.5 million in Japan, and over one million in the PAL territories. The sequel, just released last year, has hit 1.7 million in North America, 1.1 million in Japan, and 700,000 in Europe, while the GBA version ( Chain of Memories ), is close to one million in North America (900,000), and has sold 400,000 in Japan and 200,000 in the PAL regions.
"When we first started developing Kingdom Hearts, we never imagined we would pass the 10 million mark so quickly," said series producer Shinji Hashimoto. "We are delighted and extremely grateful for the support from our fans around the globe. We hope to continue to provide games which fulfill your anticipation in the future."
In short, don't be surprised to see many more Kingdom Hearts titles down the road.
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