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BradyGames PR Contact:Square Enix PR Contact:
Debbie WiedemerSonia Im
Rogers & CowanSquare Enix


INDIANAPOLIS, April 6, 2006—BradyGames announced that the highly anticipated KINGDOM HEARTS® II Official Strategy Guide has shipped to retail outlets nationwide to coincide with the role playing game's (RPG's) release.

The Official Strategy Guide, part of BradyGames' Signature Series, retails for $19.99 US / $26.99 CAN. The KINGDOM HEARTS II Limited Edition Strategy Guide retails for $29.99 US / $39.99 CAN. Both the Signature Series and Limited Edition Strategy Guides are also available online at

"We set out to publish the best strategy guide to date, and I think we did just that," said David Waybright, VP and Publisher for BradyGames. "Our guide for Kingdom Hearts II truly sets new standards for both content and design, and is the perfect compliment to this incredible game."

The KINGDOM HEARTS II Signature Series Guide features a comprehensive walkthrough with extensive coverage of all the worlds and detailed area maps with item callouts to help players navigate through the game with ease. Players will also learn how to master every mini-game with uncanny efficiency and defeat evil minions with helpful tips and game-tested boss strategies. As an added bonus, a two-sided Gummi Ship foldout containing tactics to decisively win each Gummi Ship battle, plus artwork of the heroes in their alternate costumes, are provided. Players will also enjoy the Gummi Garage, an all-inclusive list of blueprints and Gummi blocks, to aid them in constructing a top-notch Gummi Ship.

For die-hard fans, BradyGames is offering a collectible KINGDOM HEARTS II Limited Edition Guide. This exclusive product features a Signature Series strategy guide with one of four special cover designs—not available anywhere else. A copy of Jiminy's Journal is also included, for players to record their progress through the game. With more than 400 stickers, the Jiminy's Journal will help players keep track of characters, treasures and more. A deluxe jacket encases the limited edition package.

"The Limited Edition has clearly taken its spot as our flagship product," continued Waybright. "We're all huge fans of the game, and we really pushed ourselves to create the ultimate guide product with this. All the gamers who look forward to BradyGames' Limited Editions are in store for a treat, because this is our best one yet."

Since its release in September 2002, the original Kingdom Hearts Signature Series Guide has sold more than a half million units and continues to be a top-selling title. BradyGames also published the official strategy guide for Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories™ for Nintendo® Game Boy Advance®, in 2004.

Exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, KINGDOM HEARTS II is the sequel to the top-selling KINGDOM HEARTS game. The world of KINGDOM HEARTS joins classic Disney characters and worlds together with a new story filled with new characters and environments. In KINGDOM HEARTS II, players 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 new favorites Chicken Little, Stitch from Lilo and Stitch and one of Disney's infamous villains, Pete. The game also introduces new characters such as Roxas, members of Organization XIII and the Nobodies.

The KINGDOM HEARTS II game is available at North American stores for the suggested retail price of $49.99 (USD). Additional information can be found at The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated the game title "E10+" for ages 10 and up.

About BradyGames:

Headquartered in Indianapolis, BradyGames creates high quality video game strategy guides, including the #1-selling guides for both PC and console games. The company also produces Signature Series and Limited Edition guides. The BradyGames Web site,, is the ultimate online source for video game strategy. The site features BradyGames news, strategy guide updates, and the company's new Strategy E-Guides. BradyGames is an imprint of Dorling Kindersley within the Penguin division of Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO).

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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 65 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.

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