Kingdom Hearts

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Kingdom Hearts
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: E (Violence)
PEGI rating: 7+
OFLC rating: PG
Widescreen patch available
Languages supported:
English: SCES-50967 & SCED-51314 & SLUS-20370 & SLUS-20370GH
Japanese: SLPM-66122 & SLPS-25105 & SLPM-61025
German: SCED-51314 & SCES-50969
French: SCED-51314 & SCES-50968
Spanish: SCED-51314 & SCES-50971
Italian: SCED-51314 & SCES-50970
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20370
SLUS-20370GH (Greatest Hits)
Release date: September 16, 2002
2004 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: 0F6B6315
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-50970
SCES-50967 (Platinum)
SCES-50967/P (Platinum)
SCED-51314 (Demo)
Release date: November 15, 2002
November 22, 2002
August 22, 2003 (Platinum)
August 26, 2003 (Platinum)
F23908BD (PAL-I)
F6DC728D (PAL-F)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPS-25105
SLPM-66122 (Ultimate Hits)
SLPM-61025 (Trial)
Release date: March 28, 2002
September 8, 2005 (Ultimate Hits)
CRCs: 3E68955A
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): SquareSoft
Publisher(s): SquareSoft (JP, US), SCEE (EU), SCE Australia (AU), Square Enix (US, JP)
Genre: Action, RPG
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic85/100
Game description: For the first time ever, Disney films come together in one game, but it's up to you make it their world the happiest place on Earth. Kingdom Hearts follows Sora in his quest to find his friends and Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy as they set out to find the missing King Mickey. The three searchers meet and embark on a magnificent, but dangerous, journey across familiar Disney worlds filled with monsters. Over 100 characters appear in the game including Jafar, Tarzan, and Hercules. Play as Sora, Donald, and Goofy to fight the Heartless!

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • ?
  • ?
0.9.7 r3113 GSdx r3068 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X r3117 1.4.0
  • LilyPad r2930 0.10.0
FPS: 60, Works great. Sev7en77
NTSC-U (?) ?
  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2160 @ 2.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT
0.9.8 r4600 GSdx r4600
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.10.0
Hacks: INTC, Wait Idle Loop, mVU Flag Hack. Only slow in a couple places, mostly 60+ FPS. Machina
NTSC-U (?) ?
  • ?
  • ?
0.9.9 r5001 GSdx r5012
  • SPU2-X ?
  • LilyPad ?
EE CycleRate (3): noticeable speedup. INTC Sync Hack: small if any speedup. Idle Loop Fast Forward: noticeable speedup. mVU Flag Hack: Good speed up. mVU Block Hack: Good Speed up. MTVU: Noticeable speedup. Only played the beginning. Only issues are of course the minor graphical glitches in the subtitle text due to upscaling. Rather low on the scale of CPU demand. Hellbringer616
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core2 Duo T5750 @ 2.00 GHz
  • Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family 384MB
1.0.0 GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.00(14/06/2004), EE/VU Rounding: Chop/Zero, EE CS: 3, None, Plays Great, 50-60 FPS Steady, doesn't Drop During Intense Scenes, No Game Fixes Needed, None
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 r5480 GSdx r5442 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs at 200% speed.
NTSC-U (?) ?
  • ?
  • ?
1.1.0 r5619 (svn) GSdx r5464
  • SPU2-X ?
  • LilyPad ?
Works great, played through the whole game, only lag during major effects, mostly water and giant magic effects (during Boss Battles, Cutscenes, Summons) But, only had one major crash with Chernabog (giant black devil in The End of the World) repeatedly, but other then that nothing major. Also, rather low on the scale of CPU demand. Bot2345
PAL Windows 10 x64
  • Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB
1.5.0 (dev-779 g247d33a) GSdx
  • SPU2-X ?
  • LilyPad ?
Runs extreme good. Resolution at 6x (3072x2682) with 50 FPS on the Island after the Tutorial. scorpionking95

Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Core2 Duo @ 2.40 GHz
  • ATI Radeon HD4850
pre 0.9.7 Beta r1736 ZZogl 186
  • ZeroSPU2
  • ZeroPad 0.9
Playable from start to finish. No specific issues, only Whales region is slow (30 FPS). Resolve hack 1 recommended, slight improvement of picture. AA x4.


  • Original names: キングダム ハーツ (SLPS-25105) & (SLPM-66122)

Known Issues

Parts of the title screen and other garbage data can be seen in videos

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Jumbled up parts of the title screen and other graphics can been seen in the letter boxing area during per-rendered cut scenes
  • Workaround: Switch to Software mode by going to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, and setting Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options. Alternatively, you can also go to Config > Emulation Settings > Game Fixes > Enable manual gamefixes, and then turn on "Switch to GSdx software rendering when an FMV plays".

Sunlight can be seen through walls and objects

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Sunlight can sometimes be seen through various walls and objects.
  • Workaround: Switch to Software mode by going to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, and setting Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options.
  • Note: This minor issue is not really noticeable and not worth the performance hit.

Visual artifacts in subtitles when using scaling

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Visual artifacts can be seen in subtitles when using scaling.
  • Workaround: Use PCSX2 SVN r5560 or newer and use the TC offset hack with (525,0).

Intro logos changing sizes or thin lines in certain textures or logos

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: The beginning logos can change scale or have thin lines during up-scaling signifying the texture is either overlapping or is "tiling." This is a possible limitation of the emulator or possible rounding in coding that would have otherwise gotten by in native resolution. Could also split the pause menu on larger up-scaling.
  • Workaround: Using the built-in resolutions (2x native, 3x native, etc.) (as this game does not like being widescreen) and enabling TC Offset Hacks can both make certain textures clearer and move them into a more (not 100 percent accurate) position. Using 2x native, both TC offsets will need to be set to 100, adding 100 to both multiplications. Anybody using a custom resolution will either need to do the math or just try setting both TC Offsets to numbers in between 0 and 1000. Both should scale with from the native Resolution.

Repeated Crashes at or around same spot

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Repeated Crashes at or around same spot.
  • Workaround: Use GSdx DirectX 9 in native or DirectX 9 software mode, uses the recommended settings bar to safest possible settings, and turn of all hacks that may compromise compatibility (the widescreen hack appears to work fine) until you are out of area (Defeating a boss or world). If that does not fix or help alleviate crashing, set EE and VU to full and extra (respectively).

Gameplay Screenshots

Public compatibility forum links