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Arcana Heart
AH Logo
Developer(s) Examu
Atratvia Japan (FULL! ver.)
Ecole Software (PS2 ver.)
Publisher(s) Arcade
Lucky Co. Ltd.
Examu (FULL! ver.)
PlayStation 2
JP AQ Interactive
NA Atlus
Genre Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Platform(s) Arcade
PlayStation 2
Rating CERO: B
ESRB: Teen
Release Arcade
September 23, 2005
March 9, 2006 (FULL! Update)
PlayStation 2
JP October 12, 2006
NA April 11, 2007

Arcana Heart (アルカナハート, Arukana Hāto) is the first entry in the Arcana Heart series. It was originally released in September 23rd, 2005 for the Arcade, then later ported to the PlayStation 2 on October 12th, 2006 in Japan. It was later released outside of Japan on April 11th, 2007.

The game would receive an manga adaptation from 2008 to 2009.


When someone begins to tamper with the barrier separating the human world from the elemental world, the Ministry of Elemental Affairs take notice and call the Extraordinary Rare Maiden, Heart Aino, out to investigate.


The game features a cast of colorful girls representing various moe archetypes. Upon starting the game, the player(s) is given 30 seconds to choose one, along with 20 seconds to choose an elemental Arcana.

Playable CharactersEdit



Main MenuEdit

  • Story Mode
  • Arcade Mode
  • Versus Mode
  • Training Mode
  • Gallery Mode
  • Options

Options MenuEdit

  • Difficulty
    • 1-8 (1 = Lowest, 8 = Highest)
  • VS Matches
    • 1-5
  • CPU Matches
    • 1-5/1-5
  • Time Limit
    • 60/90/Infinity
  • Output
    • Stereo/Mono
  • Music
  • Sounds
  • Voices
  • Interface
  • Controllers
  • Save/Load
    • Save
    • Load
    • Auto Save
  • Default

Updates and PatchesEdit

Arcana Heart FULL!Edit

Arcana Heart FULL! Logo

A patch introduced early on for the Arcade version on March 9th, 2006. It fixed a variety of issues, including toning down overly-powered characters, increasing the strength of the weaker, etc. However, controversially, the Patch had been priced in comparison to other games, which released patch updates for free.


The PlayStation 2 released version of the game was affected by this patch. It allowed players the option of playing characters in the 'original' or 'full' format of the Arcade version. Voice acting was also presented in the story-mode segments.


  • When the game was released outside of Japan, the Japanese voices were kept for gameplay but removed from the victory screens and story segments. Due to Atlus during Sony Computer Entertainment America's policy against games without English dubs.



Arcana Heart Series
Arcana Heart · Arcana Heart 2 · Arcana Heart 3
Manga · Card of Glory · BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
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