Canon games

The Kingdom Hearts series of games from Square Enix and Disney has currently 11 different games, all with different names and together with different bundles and re-releases. With exception of one game, all the games are required to fully understand the story.

That all can be very confusing, so this article has the objective to list all the games in order of release, and which bundle contains these games in a simpler way, without needing to ask yourself ?Which Kingdom Hearts game should I play first?? and scavenge for information in wikis.

Every section refers to the same game plot-wise, listing its re-releases to different platforms or substitute media. For information about which bundles you should have to include all up-to-date games, see the last section.

Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts is the first game released, and the beginning of the series, being extremely required.

  • Kingdom Hearts ? Released for Playstation 2 in 2002. Also released in 2005 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts: Trinity Master Pieces only for Japan.
  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix ? Released for Playstation 2 later in 2002 only for Japan as a standalone.
  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix ? Released for Playstation 3 in 2013 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX.
  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix ? Released for Playstation 4 in 2017 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Chain of Memories is important to Kingdom Hearts 2 and is strongly required to understand context and missing information from main characters, since it presumes you played this game when advancing the story.

Note: After the first release, this game was remade in 3D instead of using sprites even though it is the same story.

  • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories ? Released for Game Boy Advance in 2004. Also released in 2005 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts: Trinity Master Pieces only for Japan.
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories ? Released for Playstation 2 in 2007 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix. Also released in 2007 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ only for Japan.
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories ? Released for Playstation 3 in 2013 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix.
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories? Released for Playstation 4 in 2017 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.

Kingdom Hearts II

The second main game to the series, being it extremely required.

  • Kingdom Hearts II ? Released for Playstation 2 in 2005. Also released in 2005 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts: Trinity Master Pieces only for Japan.
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix ? Released for Playstation 2 in 2007 only for Japan as a standalone.
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix ? Released for Playstation 3 in 2013 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX.
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix ? Released for Playstation 4 in 2017 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.

Kingdom Hearts Coded

Coded has information about the series, but feels like ?extra content?, and is not strongly required.

Note: After the second release, newer versions featured instead the plot of the game as a 2 hour movie with previous and new cutscenes.

  • Kingdom Hearts Coded ? Released for mobile phones from 2008 to 2010 as multiple episodes only on Japan.
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded ? Released for Nintendo DS in 2007 as a complete remake.
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded ? Released for Playstation 3 in 2013 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, as a movie.
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded ? Released for Playstation 4 in 2017 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, as a movie.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

Days is important to Kingdom Hearts 2 and is strongly required to understand context and missing information from main characters, since it presumes you played this game when advancing the story.

Note: After the second release, newer versions featured instead the plot of the game as a 2 hours and 50 minutes movie with previous and new cutscenes.

  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days ? Released for Nintendo DS in 2009.
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days? Released for Playstation 3 in 2013 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, as a movie.
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days ? Released for Playstation 4 in 2017 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, as a movie.

Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep

Birth By Sleep is one the main games of the franchise, being comparable in scope with Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2, with plot points that will probably be extended to Kingdom Hearts 3, and it?s extremely required for the series.

  • Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep? Released for Playstation Portable in 2010.
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix ? Released for Playstation Portable in 2011 only on Japan.
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix ? Released for Playstation 3 in 2013 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX.
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix ? Released for Playstation 4 in 2017 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance ? Released for Nintendo 3DS in 2012.
  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD? Released for Playstation 4 in 2017 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

Kingdom Hearts ?

  • Kingdom Hearts ? ? Released for PC in 2013. Terminated in 2016 and currently unavailable.
  • Kingdom Hearts Union ?[Cross] ? Released for iOS and Android in 2015 as a remake. This game was previously known as Kingdom Hearts Unchained ?.

Kingdom Hearts ? Back Cover

Kingdom Hearts ? Back Cover ? Released for Playstation 4 in 2017 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, as a movie.

Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-

  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- ? Released for Playstation 4 in 2017 in the bundle Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

Kingdom Hearts 3

  • Kingdom Hearts 3 ? Currently unreleased, expected for Playstation 4 and Xbox One in 2018.

Notes

The game Kingdom Hearts V CAST, released for Verizon Wireless?s broadband service in 2004, is not considered canon and is currently unavailable to play.

There was a service named Kingdom Hearts Mobile, that was a social hub for minigames and Kingdom Hearts themed content, but it is not considered connected to the canon.

Latest bundle

If you want to play/watch all the ten canon games in their up-to-date versions, you should buy:

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX for Playstation 4.
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for Playstation 4.
  • ? and download Kingdom Hearts Union ?[Cross] for free.

Some of these are movie-only versions.

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