It Only Takes 30 Games And 80 Movies To Get The Full Kingdom Hearts Experience

It Only Takes 30 Games And 80 Movies To Get The Full Kingdom Hearts Experience

Does playing every game in the Kingdom Hearts series qualify you as a true fan? Commenter zombie711 thinks it might be a little more involved than that in today’s Speak Up on Kotaku.

I love the Kingdom Hearts series. It remains today to be my favourite series of all time. What I don’t like is when so called “fans” complain about the smaller games in the series (or mainly the Nintendo ones). “Poppycock!” I say! This series is built upon small things. So I have compiled a list of things for someone new to the series or someone who wants to fully enjoy the series should use.

First off, you need to buy the Kingdom Hearts games (obviously) but you will also have to get the Final Fantasy games if you want the full experience ( and one non Final Fantasy game as well as all dlc with story content)

Games to buy

Final Fantasy I

Final Fantasy II

Final Fantasy III

Final Fantasy IV

Final Fantasy V

Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VIII

Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy XI

Final Fantasy XII

Final Fantasy X-2

Final Fantasy XII- Revenant Wings

Final Fantasy IV- The After Years

Final Fantasy Before Crisis-VII

Final Fantasy Dirge of Cerberus- VII

Final Fantasy Crisis Core- VII

The three Final Fantasy Tactics games

The World Ends With You

Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts 2

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (on GBA, which includes Riku’s story during the game)

Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days

Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance

Also to play games you will also need consoles as well as handhelds. This series is gonna make your wallet burn.

The consoles (and handhelds) that will be needed are:











Lastly You’re gonna need to watch some movies. These are cheaper than anything else on this list which is good because this is the biggest part. Now don’t worry, all these movies are Disney so for the most part there classics. Granted how you watch them can range from DVD, to VHS, to Blu-ray Disk, to streaming via Netflix. It also would not hurt to watch the cartoons some of these movies were adapted into. One last note would be to watch Steamboat Willy. It’s Mickey’s most famous cartoon, and should be easy to find (if you find yourself in Disneyland or Disney World, they tend to play it with other classic cartoons at lunch areas).

Movies to watch:

Lion King

Lion King 2

Lion King 1 ½

Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid 2


Tarzan 2

Lilo and Stitch

Lilo and Stitch: Stitch has a Glitch

Leroy and Stitch

Chicken little


Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Alice in Wonderland (2010) (this film acts as a sequel to the ’51 film despite the titles being the same)


Fantasia 2000


Hercules: Zero to Hero


Aladdin 2

Snow White

Sleeping Beauty

Cinderella (1-4)


Mulan 2

Winnie the Pooh (all 42 of them)

Beauty and the Beast (1-3)

Peter Pan

Peter Pan: Return to Neverland

101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hunchback of Notre Dame 2

Now there just about everything you need to be immersed into Kingdom Hearts.

So next when you or anyone else complains about how these smaller games are pointless or bad, let them know that if they can’t handle a few extra games, they shouldn’t be playing Kingdom Hearts.

Video games people. Enjoy them for what they are. And what they are is amazing.

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  • This reeks of fanboy to me. Implying that people who take issue with something can’t be fans.
    It doesnt even attempt to make a point. It just lists titles that have something to do with KH.

    • Agreed. I didn’t need to watch all of the Disney films (such as Fantasia or the sequels to the originals) to enjoy Kingdom Hearts in its entirety. You can get the story behind each of the characters through Jimny’s journal anyway. Plus, this is considered an Alternate Universe for the Disney worlds instead of canon.

  • I haven’t played a single FF game, yet KH is my favourite game series hands down. It’s just a shame that my PS3 refuses play PS2 games

  • Aside from 2-3 disney titles listed there; I own all the games and have sat through most of those movies. (Herc 2, Cindarella 3&4)
    It just makes me feel old.

  • Final Fantasys 1-5, FF12 and Revenant Wings or the FF Tactics games have ANYTHING to do with Kingdom Hearts. Then again that’s not to say they won’t have a place in future games.

  • something that should pass you by while waiting for kingdom hearts 3, infact play them all abd finish them 10 times each and you may be close to the annoucment of kingdom hearts 3

  • I couldn’t agree with you more Mike. This is the best article I’ve read about KH, I’m sick of people hating on Days, Birth By Sleep and Re: coded. Here’s to Dream Drop Distance 😀

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