New Kingdom Hearts 3D trailer is eight minutes of foreign-language awesome

Disney/Square Enix fanboys have been waiting for a proper Kingdom Hearts III for some time while making due with a collection of good-to-great spin-offs. The next side game is Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for the 3DS, a cross-dimensional adventure starring both Sora and Riku that takes place after KHII. Almost all the footage has been Japanese-only so far, but that doesn’t detract from the greatness of trailers like this one. Watch the full eight minute video to see new gameplay, collectible pets, CG cutscenes, and Disney/Square Enix cameos.

While this featured a tiny bit of what we saw during Tokyo Game Show, this new video has so much going on it’s hard to keep up with. We get to see Riku and Sora head to Traverse Town and meet different cast members of the criminally underrated World Ends With You. We not only get to see more of Pinocchio’s stage, but also the first footage of the Three Musketeers world (we were comforted to see more of Donald and Goofy). We saw the new AR pet feature, a fancy CG opening (we’re assuming), and more all with an orchestral version of Simple and Clean in the background.

There’s probably something really revelatory we missed that Kingdom Hearts diehards caught, which we’d love to know about in the comments. Kingdom Hearts 3D is planned for a March release in Japan, while Square Enix has been quiet on US plans, though it’s hard to believe it won’t be localized eventually.


  • OmegaWeaponGeanC - December 26, 2011 6:54 a.m.

    Got it memorized? Im so glad I bought a 3DS now!!!
  • GameManiac - December 20, 2011 11:20 a.m.

    Some people are saying that the second Riku is Repliku (the Riku replika from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories). My brother absolutely adored Lea's entrance into Disney Castle. "My name is Lea, got it memorized?"
  • grendelxii - December 19, 2011 8:03 p.m.

    Even more spin offs, yet no third installment. I think I will pass on this installment.
  • xarab4lyfex - December 19, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    If you see what rhyme says, she talks about how she'll get her memories back eventually. This was a big question Twewy fans had when they finished the game as it never did say what happened to her memories, officially proving that this happens after Twewy, and maybe we can finally get an answer as to what was the memory she gave up for the game. Also Joshua is in his human form and Shiki is for some reason, in Eri's body. Idk if it's just for the hell of it, but it'd be amazing if they were more than just cameos and each played large roles in the game. Maybe even coming back in more than one game, or a sequel please?
  • Cyberninja - December 20, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    i will just assume everything is based off when they were in the game hence shiki in eri's body again
  • sweetchiliheat - December 19, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    I was hoping they'd save Tron Legacy for KH3. Glad to see Axel, Xemnas, Terra/Xehanort & Vanitias return, after their apparent demises in previous games.
  • xarab4lyfex - December 19, 2011 7:33 p.m.

  • nomis - December 19, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    Still workin on the first kingdom hearts but this makes me excited to play the rest
  • smashpro1 - December 19, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    Tron: Legacy world!
  • Zzombie99 - December 19, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    For as convoluted as the plot's getting, they may as well have a Metal Gear Solid world in this game. Still, this looks freaking awesome, I love KH and if anything is going to make me get a 3DS, this is it.
  • samsneeze - December 19, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    Kingdom Hearts has a combat system that is as deep as Dynasty Warriors', and a story as bad as Infinite Undiscovery or Star Ocean III. Who the hell keeps buying these games at full price?
  • Cyberninja - December 19, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    as deep as dynasty warriors which game are you playing 1 is the only one i will agree that may be true for but after that it has been exceptional especially BbS and the story isn't bad in any case just because its complicated doesn't make it bad
  • samsneeze - December 19, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    Did you not play the DS titles? How about the Kingdom Hearts II? They all had the bash "X" or "A" until you win controls. Hell, I think Kingdom Hearts II was worse because it had that appalling section some people call a Quick Time Event. It's really just press Triangle and win the cutscene. The only Kingdom Hearts games I think switched it up was Birth by Sleep(Only a bit here) and Chain of Memories. It's not a bad story because it's complicated, I understand what's going on for the most part, it's just bad because everything in the story feels contrived and drawn out so the series can find more ways to make more money.
  • Cyberninja - December 19, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    i have played all the entries and really the bash x or a example only works for the huge groups of common heartless/nobodys, like for large bodys you cant just wail away on x you have to wait until they expose their weak point and your DW comparison ingores both KH bosses and foes that you need magic to beat. but i can understand where you are coming from to a point
  • xarab4lyfex - December 19, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    I'll be the first to admit that the d.s titles were not good, but 2 was actually pretty good. Mashing x does work....on easy or normal. Try a harder difficulty, especially final mix's critical mode where mashing x will get you killed, especially against people like Xemnas or Terra or Sephiroth. And the story , while i do understand it, is really confusing, tbh i only care about the BBS characters and the main characters
  • samsneeze - December 19, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    You're implying I haven't been playing on Proud Mode already. I haven't played a Kingdom Hearts game yet that was beyond "decent." They never really make me feel like I should keep playing, I'm honestly just in it for the time wasting button mashing. The story isn't really interesting at all. It doesn't matter if I'm the only one or if I'm one of a billion. The game is just easy for me. As with most games the only noticible change I could spot was the amount of damage done to your enemies lessened and the amount taken was increased. The A.I. for the enemies, like most games nowadays, is terribly easy. Plus the repetitive gameplay and predictive enemies really don't add to the difficulty. Like I said earlier just because a game is hard for you, it doesn't mean that the game is hard for anyone else. Button Mashing is the key to success in Kingdom Hearts. That's just the way I play them. Critical mode is laughable, save for a few boss fights. To be honest, it's not different from going against Lu Bu on Chaos difficulty in Dynasty Warriors.
  • ChaosEternal - December 20, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    Suit yourself, I personally love the series. Of course I was 11 when I first played KH and KH II, so the story was fine for me. Now it seems somewhat silly, but I still enjoy the games.
  • sirdilznik - December 19, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    Okay, Donald Duck speaking Japanese is just plain awesome. The game looks great too. I hope we get at least a tentative North American date soon.
  • ReSoul - December 19, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    TWEWY actually sold pretty well everybody! Check out it's sales! I am so glad this game is coming out. Brought tears to my eyes seeing Axel again and I am a gigantic KH fun so screw off. Only reason to buy a 3DS to me. And I'm so buying one for this.
  • MsSmith - December 19, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    Agreed, also TWEWY cameos is the ultimate in in fan service for me!

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