KINGDOM HEARTS receives "Best Story" Award at first annual G4 Glow Awards

July 31, 2003

KINGDOM HEARTS receives "Best Story" Award at first annual G4 Glow Awards
SQUARE ENIX AND DISNEY'S ACTION ROLE-PLAYING GAME "KINGDOM HEARTS" RECEIVES "BEST STORY" AWARD AT FIRST ANNUAL G4 GLOW AWARDS
Contacts:
Kyoko Yamashita/Sonia Im, Square Enix U.S.A., Inc., (310) 846-0400
Monica Bouldin/Nurha Hindi, Ruder Finn, (310) 479-9929
LOS ANGELES, Calif.,(July 31, 2003)
Square Enix U.S.A., Inc. ("Square Enix U.S.A."), the publisher of Square Enix™ products in North America, and Buena Vista Games, Inc. proudly announced today that KINGDOM HEARTS, for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, was honored with the Best Story Award at G4's first "Glow Awards." The award winners were announced last night during G4's G-Phoria, an annual televised mega-event celebrating the massive entertainment phenomenon of video games, at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, California.

KINGDOM HEARTS received nine nominations including Best Adaptation, Best Cinematic, Best Graphics, Best Live Action/Live Performance-Female, Best Live Action/Live Performance-Male, Best Soundtrack, Best Story, Best Villain and Coolest Cheat/Easter Egg. Winners were chosen by game fans through the G4 web site (www.g4tv.com) and at participating EB Games' locations.

Accepting the award, Tetsuya Nomura, director and character designer for KINGDOM HEARTS said, "On behalf of the KINGDOM HEARTS development team, I would like to thank G4 for this award. We are honored that our peers and fans have chosen to bestow KINGDOM HEARTS with this award."

"We'd like to congratulate the entire KINGDOM HEARTS team on their G4 award, and on behalf of Buena Vista Games and The Walt Disney Company, we are honored by the recognition the game continues to receive and we're looking forward to its ongoing success," said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games.

The top-selling role-playing game of 2002, KINGDOM HEARTS combines classic DISNEY characters and worlds with newly introduced characters and environments created in the renowned Square Enix style. In KINGDOM HEARTS the player becomes Sora, a 14-year-old boy whose world is shattered when a violent storm hits his island-paradise home, and he is separated from his two closest friends, Riku, a 15-year-old boy, and Kairi, a 14-year-old girl. While searching for his friends in a strange and mysterious land, Sora meets Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy who are on a mission to find the King of the Disney Castle, who has also mysteriously disappeared. The three learn of ominous creatures known as the Heartless, who collaborate with Disney villains to realize their devious intentions. Sora, Donald and Goofy join forces to recover Sora's friends, return the King to his rightful position and save the universe.

Featuring more than 100 Disney characters, KINGDOM HEARTS features an all-star voice cast that includes Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense," "A.I. Artificial Intelligence") as Sora, while David Gallagher ("7th Heaven") and Hayden Panettiere ("Ally McBeal," "Remember The Titans") are the voices of Riku and Kairi, respectively. Other voice talents featured in the game include Sean Astin ("The Lord of the Rings," "Rudy"), Lance Bass (member of *NSYNC), David Boreanaz ("Angel," "Valentine"), Mandy Moore ("A Walk to Remember," "The Princess Diaries"), Christy Romano ("Even Stevens," "Kim Possible"), Steve Burton ("The Last Castle") and Billy Zane.

Recognized as one of the top titles of 2002, KINGDOM HEARTS has been nominated for over 40 industry awards. The title was released in September 2002 for the PlayStation 2 and has shipped more than 1.5 million units in North America and 3.3 million units worldwide. The game has a suggested retail price of U.S. $50 and is rated "E" (Everyone). Additional information on the title can be found at www.kingdomhearts.com.
About Square Enix Co. Ltd. and Square Enix U.S.A., Inc.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment contents including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. The recent merger between Square and Enix brought two of Japan's best-selling franchises - FINAL FANTASY®, sold over 45 million units worldwide and DRAGON QUEST (DRAGON WARRIOR® in North America) sold over 30 million units worldwide - under one roof. Both known to be pioneers in the role-playing game (RPG) genre, the unification of Square and Enix has created one of the most influential providers of entertainment content in the world.

Square Enix U.S.A. Inc., located in Los Angeles, Calif., handles operations in North America including localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix U.S.A. can be found on the Internet at www.square-enix.com/na/.
About Buena Vista Games
Established in 1995, Racjin Co., Ltd (Racjin) is based in Osaka, Japan and has gained a reputation for developing video games that utilize high-end technology to ante up the fun factor. Racjin conducts its technological research with the end goal of providing outstanding fun to gamers worldwide.
About G4 Awards
G4 is the Comast-owned 24-hour, seven-day-a-week television network dedicated to the world of video games. Targeted to young adults, 12-34, G4 is committed to creating a lifestyle brand that is the premier source of entertainment, news and information about electronic games, including video, computer, online and wireless plateforms. G4 currently has distribution in 10 million cable homes.

G4, held the first annual "Glow Awards" during the network's G-Phoria, an annual televised mega-event celebrating the massive entertainment phenomenon of video games. The show brought together artists, developers, publishers, writers, actors, musicians and gamers in a mammoth celebration featuring live bands, video games and celebrities. The Glow Awards Nominating Committee, comprised of video game industry leaders, top gaming and entertainment journalists, and celebrities who are also gamers. The comittee selected the top five games across 23 categories and final winners were chosen by game fans on the G4 Web site. (www.g4tv.com).

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