Kingdom Hearts is a series of action role-playing games developed and
published by Square Enix (formerly Square). It is the result of a
collaboration between Square and Disney Interactive Studios, and is
under the direction of Tetsuya Nomura, a longtime Square character
designer. Kingdom Hearts is a crossover of various Disney settings
based in a universe made specifically for the series. In addition, it
has an all-star voice cast which included many of the Disney
characters' original voice actors. Characters from Square Enix's Final
Fantasy series also make appearances and interact with the player and
Disney characters. The series centers around the main character Sora's
search for his friends and his encounters with Disney and Final
Fantasy characters on their worlds. The Kingdom Hearts series
currently consists of four games across different video game
platforms, though future titles are planned. Most of the games in the
series have been both critically acclaimed and commercially
successful, though each installment has seen different levels of
success. As of December 2006, the Kingdom Hearts series has shipped
over ten million copies worldwide, with 2.0 million copies in PAL
regions, 3.0 million copies in Japan, and 5.6 million copies in North
America. The video games have also been adapted into a manga series as
well as a novel series.
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revolt against the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Manuel II, the last King of Portugal, fled to the United Kingdom
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Portuguese First Republic was proclaimed the next day.
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Software developer Richard Stallman founded the Free Software
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Russian Constitutional Crisis: Tanks bombarded the White House in
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