KINGDOM HEARTS II ACHIEVES MILLION-UNIT SALES MARK IN NORTH AMERICA IN FOUR WEEKS

May 2, 2006

KINGDOM HEARTS II ACHIEVES MILLION-UNIT SALES MARK IN NORTH AMERICA IN FOUR WEEKS
Once Again the KINGDOM HEARTS Franchise Hits Outstanding Numbers with Critically Acclaimed Sequel Exclusively for the PlayStation®2
Los Angeles (May 2, 2006)
Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix™ interactive entertainment products in North America, and Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG), the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced today that KINGDOM HEARTS II, the action role-playing game available exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, has sold through more than one million units in North America, making it one of the top-selling new releases of 2006. KINGDOM HEARTS II is the sequel to KINGDOM HEARTS, one of the top ten best-selling PlayStation 2 titles of all time in North America (Source: The NPD Group, March 2006).

KINGDOM HEARTS II combines classic Disney characters and worlds into a new story with new characters and environments created in the renowned Square Enix style. The game shipped to North American retailers nationwide on March 28 and was received with overwhelmingly positive response from both gamers and critics alike.

"KINGDOM HEARTS II has sold through one million units in just one-third the time of that of the original, proving that fans were waiting to get their hands on the sequel," said Daishiro Okada, President & COO, Square Enix, Inc. "The winning combination of Disney and Square Enix has done it again and we couldn't be happier with the results."

"KINGDOM HEARTS II is the result of great creative teams coming together to make one of the most successful console games of the year," said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games. "The success of this game is very exciting and we look forward to our continued collaboration with the team at Square Enix."

Since its release in September 2002, the original KINGDOM HEARTS for the PlayStation 2 has shipped more than 2.6 million units in North America. Bridging the gap between the original and the sequel, KINGDOM HEARTS: CHAIN OF MEMORIES™ followed in December 2004 for the Nintendo® Game Boy Advance® system. With the release of the Japanese version of KINGDOM HEARTS II in December 2005 (one million units shipped during the first three days after the release date), the series has shipped in excess of 8.5 million units worldwide.

KINGDOM HEARTS II features an all-star ensemble voice cast led by Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense," "A.I. Artificial Intelligence") as the main character Sora, joined by David Gallagher ("7th Heaven") as Riku, and Hayden Panettiere ("Racing Stripes," "Raising Helen") as Kairi. KINGDOM HEARTS II will also feature the voice talents of Jesse McCartney ("Summerland," Recording artist, "Beautiful Soul" CD) as the mysterious boy Roxas, Brittany Snow ("The Pacifier," "American Dreams") as Namine, Christopher Lee ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring") as DiZ; Steve Burton ("The Last Castle," "Taken") as Cloud, Rachael Leigh Cook ("She's All That," "Josie And The Pussycats") as Tifa and Mena Suvari ("American Beauty," "Rumor Has It") as Aerith, all characters from FINAL FANTASY® VII; and Hedy Buress ("Boston Common," "If These Walls Could Talk"), Tara Strong ("Fairly OddParents : Shadow Showdown," "Teen Titans") , Gwendoline Yeo ("Desperate Housewives," "24") as the popular female-trio Yuna, Rikku, Paine from FINAL FANTASY X-2. In addition, many of the original Disney film voice actors are reprising their role for this project, including Ming-Na ("ER," "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within") as Mulan, James Woods ("Be Cool") as the villain Hades and Zach Braff ("Scrubs") as Chicken Little.

In KINGDOM HEARTS II, players will travel through the worlds of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Steamboat Willie and Tron as well as revisit worlds from the original, including Aladdin, Disney Castle, Hercules, The Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. The game features more than 100 Disney characters, including the new additions of Chicken Little, Stitch from Lilo and Stitch and one of Disney's favorite villains, Pete. The game also also introduces new, original characters such as Roxas, members of Organization XIII and the Nobodies, all designed by Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura, director and character designer of the KINGDOM HEARTS series. Nomura is best known for his creations in the top selling titles FINAL FANTASY VII, VIII, X and X-2.

KINGDOM HEARTS II follows Sora, Donald, and Goofy on their continuing quest, after the events of KINGDOM HEARTS. Sora is looking for his lost friend Riku, while Donald and Goofy are searching for their missing king. The story begins in Twilight Town, a quiet burg nestled between night and day. Sora and friends are joined by a vibrant new cast of characters, including the king himself. Together, they will encounter countless dangers in worlds both familiar and brand new.

KINGDOM HEARTS II features a new and improved real-time battle system which provides an increased selection of commands, such as performing special attacks and cooperative attacks with members of your party, adding strategy to the gameplay. Players can also perform the "Drive" to transform main character Sora into his various forms, altering his skills and abilities. Examples include the Brave Form, in which Sora absorbs the power of Goofy allowing him to use two Keyblades; the Wisdom Form, in which Sora absorbs the power of Donald allowing him to increase his magic power; and the Master Form, in which Sora absorbs the power of both Donald and Goofy and increases both his attack and magic powers. These new features bring additional challenges and excitement to players and further enhance gameplay.

KINGDOM HEARTS II is available at North American retailers for a suggested retail price of $49.99 (USD). Additional information can be found at http://www.kingdomhearts.com. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated the title "E10+" for ages 10 and up. For more information about the ESRB, visit http://www.esrb.org.

About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.
With headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises—FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 68 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST™, which has sold over 40 million units worldwide—under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, California and Seattle, Washington. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the internet at http://www.square-enix.com/na.

About Buena Vista Games
Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG) is the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). BVG publishes, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. For more information, please log on to http://www.bvg.com.

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