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Kingdom Hearts

Also known as: Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix
Developer: Square
Publisher: Square
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released in JP: March 28, 2002,
December 26, 2002 (Final Mix)
Released in US: September 16, 2002
Released in EU: November 15, 2002
Released in AU: November 22, 2002

AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
SourceIcon.png This game has uncompiled source code.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page
PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

To do:
  • A tool for extracting files from the game can be found here.
  • Elaborate further on the differences between the original Japanese version, the international versions, the Japanese-exclusive Final-Mix version, and the HD Remix 1.5 version, if possible or deemed necessary.

Kingdom Hearts is a game where you play as a kid named Sora who is trying to find his friend. Did we mention that you get to fight Disney characters and Heartless with a giant key?

Unused Areas

To do:
  • There are boss/cutscene exclusive maps that have names. Document these.

Crumbling Island

This area was planned to be used for a boss battle with Riku possessed by Ansem in the End of the World level. It was set to take place within the darkness-consumed Destiny Islands area between the other boss battles with Ansem. Because it was scrapped at the last minute, it can be found mostly complete in the game's data. The following code(s) will require you to hold R2 while loading a map to access it.

Room Modifier: Crumbling Island (US)

  • E003FDFF 004DD49C
  • 102B6568 00000010
  • 102B6570 0000001F
  • 102B6574 00000001

Room Modifier: Crumbling Island (PAL)

  • E003FDFF 004DDB1C
  • 102B6AE8 00000010
  • 102B6AF0 0000001F
  • 102B6AF4 00000001

Disney Castle

As seen in an early trailer, Disney Castle was originally set to appear as a playable World in Kingdom Hearts. The world can still be accessed via cheat codes, as areas of the world exist from the game's opening cutscenes. It was later made fully accessible in the sequel.

According to an interview, it was removed because the place was purely Disney, meaning that it was untouched by Heartless.[1]

HDD Installation

To do:
  • Confirm whether or not the installation process actually functions on international copies of the game.

The Japanese versions of the game (both the original and Final Mix) feature support for the PlayStation BB Navigator, or an alternate HDD, which allows one to install the game to the hard drive to reduce load times. After installing, you're able to choose whether or not the game loads data from the DVD-ROM or from the HDD upon starting a new game. Due to this feature being largely unknown and underutilized outside of Japan, the option was removed entirely for the international release.

However, the option can be added back to the main menu through hacking, or if a properly formatted HDD is detected, which allows the installation process (as well as viewing the exclusive animation to go along with it) to be performed on an international copy of the game. However, because the mode was never intended to be accessible in non-Japanese versions of the game, all of the related text is completely untranslated and uses garbage characters.

(Source: Xeeynamo)

Unused Summon

KingdomHearts Bahamut.png

Bahamut from the Final Fantasy series was originally going to be a summon. The name can appear on the summons menu through hacking but attempting to use it will make the game crash.

Bahamut in Summon Menu (NTSC-U/C Version)

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Source Code Leftovers

Present only in the Trial demo and initial Japanese release is the file 1d140a5d.bin with source code and printf functions. It was removed in later releases. It can be downloaded below.

Download.png Download 1d140a5d.bin
File: Kingdom_Hearts-Source_Code_Leftovers.7z (14 KB archived, 83 KB extracted) (info)

Regional Differences

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Changes from the original Japanese to International versions

  • Difficulty options have been added, allowing the player to choose between the default "Normal" difficulty and an "Expert" difficulty mode, when starting a new game.
  • Boss HP were greatly reduced. (Ex: Rock Titan originally had 4200 HP; this was reduced to 2100 HP.)
  • The "Gold Match" and "Platinum Match" were added to Olympus Coliseum, which lets you fight Ice Titan and Sephiroth respectively as new bosses, unlocked after clearing Hollow Bastion.
  • Kurt Zisa was added as an optional boss in Agrabah, accessible after clearing Hollow Bastion.
  • The track "Night on Bald Mountain" was added, and plays instead of "Squirming Evil" while fighting Chernabog at the End of the World.
  • The "Install" option on the main menu has been made inaccessible. This also renders all of its related text unused and untranslated.

Changes from the International versions to the Japanese-exclusive Final Mix version

The Final Mix version retains all of the additional content added to the international release, as well as adding more content on top of it.

  • A trailer for Final Fantasy X-2 was added to the main menu, labeled as "Special Movie". The "Install" option was also re-added.
  • The difficulty system has been altered, now having 3 difficulties: Beginner, Final Mix, and Proud.
  • Multiple new synthesis items and equipment have been added, including new weapons for both Donald (Fantasista) and Goofy (Seven Elements).
  • Almost all Heartless have been recolored, and eleven new ones have been added. Two recolors of the Behemoth Heartless have also been made into unique enemies.
  • Sora can now obtain the Diamond Dust and One Winged Angel Keyblades from the Gold and Platinum matches in Olympus Coliseum. Donald and Goofy also have two new weapons that can be found at the End of the World.
  • Eleven new abilities have been added. The order that abilities are learned in has also been changed to reflect their addition.
  • The Unknown can be fought in Hollow Bastion as an optional boss after reaching the Final Rest in the End of the World.
  • Three new Ansem Reports were added, now dropped by the Unknown, Kurt Zisa, and Sephiroth.
  • New cutscenes, including a new secret movie, and 3 Gummi Ship missions for each world were added.
  • Cutscenes can now be skipped after viewing them once.
  • The contents of most treasure chests in the game have been changed.
  • A miss-able Red Trinity in Halloween Town has been moved to a different location, to make it permanently accessible.
  • The damage output of the Wooden Sword in Hollow Bastion has been heavily weakened to do little-to-no-damage compared to the original version of the game.
  • Numerous formulae, character stats, equipment, and abilities were adjusted for game balance. For example, Goofy's MP Gift ability was changed to require 2 MP to use.

Differences between PS2 Final Mix and HD Remix 1.5 versions

  • The "Install" option has been removed again, along with the Final Fantasy X-2 trailer.
  • Cutscenes can be skipped at any point. Furthermore, it is possible to pause during the FMV cutscenes, such as the opening and ending movies, however, these cannot be skipped.
  • A new ability, EXP Zero, was added, functioning as it does in later titles (disabling the gaining of experience) while also functioning as a replacement for the Second Chance ability. Combo Master has also been added, acting as it does in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix.
  • Unlike the original Final Mix, the Japanese version now has full Japanese voice acting instead of English. The cutscenes not originally in the original international version of Kingdom Hearts are completely voiceless in non-Japanese versions.
  • The camera can now be controlled with the right Analog Stick.
  • The command menu has been redesigned, with the "Summons" option now being the fourth option instead of inside the magic menu, and with all context sensitive actions being mapped to the Triangle button like future games.
  • The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions add a Theater Menu to the title screen, allowing all of the game's cutscenes to be viewed at any time, regardless of progress made in the game. Rather than simply replaying the in-engine cutscenes, they are presented as video files, many of which have been edited together. The PlayStation 4 version adds this mode through a 10.5GB free DLC download from the PlayStation Store. However, even if the DLC is not installed, the Theater option remains on the title screen and selecting the option will cause the game to crash.
  • The text in comparison to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4/Xbox One versions have been shrunk likely to go with increased television resolution.