TGS 2011: Kingdom Hearts 3D trailer highlights new characters, abilities, and more

So last week on the floor of the Tokyo Game Show we were left in a strange position: we played a demo of the upcoming 3DS title Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and then wrote an informative preview. Only we lacked any new screens or video for the new areas, and instead relied on months old footage. Today the Japanese publisher finally released the game’s TGS 2011 trailer to the public, so now everyone around the world can get a glimpse of what we saw.

As we mentioned in our preview, you see there Sora first meeting with Neku from The World Ends With You, as well as Riku meeting up with Quasimodo, with both heroes facing the bosses of their demoes. You also get to soak in their new costumes, and see some of the special attacks we were talking about. However, that trailer has several things that weren’t in the demo, starting with the important story point of Yen Sid sending off Riku and Sora on their mission (did you see Donald and Goofy in the background?).

Additionally, we spotted a new minigame involving Sora flying (falling?) to a new area, a feature that probably looks pretty cool in 3D, and some new details on the new bad guys the Dream Eaters. Just as we guessed in our TGS preview, there’s some sort of enemy recruitment system, as they can join your team, with you even interacting with them in some AR, virtual pet system using the 3DS camera.

We’re happy to see Square’s Japanese side finally letting the world see the trailer from TGS, but you know what would be cooler? If Square-Enix would confirm the English language version that we all know is inevitable. With it hitting Japan in early 2012, there’s barely any time left for a confirmation that won’t seem incredibly late.

Sep 20, 2011


  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - September 21, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    These motherfvckers better make KH3 the single most amazing thing our generation has ever seen.
  • psychicpsyco91 - September 20, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    I am completely geeking out about this. I feel like it's gonna be a while before it hits the US. That person with Braig looked like Aqua's hand, also the two figures on the floor Ansem and Lenzo (adopted kid). I'm so flippin excited for this :D
  • rampagingraptor - September 22, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    I highly doubt that it was Aqua's hand, seeing as it was holding Master Xehanort's keyblade.
  • soranamineforever - September 20, 2011 4:43 p.m.

    I'm really not liking how Square is shoving monster recruitment into this and FFXIII-2. Especially seeing as how you're going to end up fighting alongside Neku and Quasimodo anyway.
  • losthero15 - September 20, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    I am not feeling the monster capture system. Half the fun of the game is seeing what new Disney/Square npartner you get in each world. Generic enemies are boring.
  • tymillz102 - September 20, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    YES!! I've been dying to see some new footage for this game! :D This game will be the only reason i actually get a 3DS. As soon as a N.A. release date is announced i'm going to get me a 3DS. Next up after this is KH3 :)
  • codystovall - September 20, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Does the game feel as empty as 358/2 when walking through towns, that was my problem with that game and I wondered if they went a bit more all out this time.
  • Ilyere - September 20, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    Squeee~! :3 I wonder if Neku will fight alongside you?
  • oufour - September 20, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    Well yeah why wouldn't he?
  • Corsair89 - September 20, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    AS hesitant as I am with KH spin-offs, this one looks pretty good. I think it has the potential to rival BBS. I'm beginning to wonder if they are ever going to release KH3.
  • oufour - September 20, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    Believe it or not there actually is a coherent (And damn good) story to KH if you can sort it out and 3D is essentially the lead up to KH3. Remember that exam they had to take in BBS to become true keyblade weilders? That's what Sora and Riku have to do in this one.
  • Corsair89 - September 20, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    It's less the story and more the gameplay of the KH spin-offs that take me out of it. IMO, the Chain of Memories card combat wasn't very good, 358 was unbearably boring and repetitive, and Re:coded had the same problems as 358 but to a lesser degree. Birth By Sleep came the closest when it comes to feeling like a true Kingdom Hearts game.
  • shawksta - September 20, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    COM, once you get used to it, its fun, and 358 was techically different in a certain degree, moving around the usually empty atmosphere is my only problem, and able to use the other members of the organization,including Xemnas is fun.
  • EnigmaSpirit - September 20, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    I agree with everything just said. CoM was unbearable to me (at least Re:Com, I mean the generic rooms were just awful. 358 was, like you said, boring and repetitive. I couldn't get through more than 5 hours of both. The only spinoff I liked was BBS. I am waiting for a proper sequel too, but this has promise and NEKU! Also I wonder why they decided to use the younger Sora and Riku in this game. Does ANYBODY prefer those versions to the older ones?
  • shawksta - September 20, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    Im so happy quasimodo finally makes his KH debut :)
  • yoshiking - September 20, 2011 7:20 a.m.

    uh....why did they cut Riku's hair? WHY DID THEY CUT RIKU'S HAIR?!
  • Asloveszuko - September 20, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    *Sob* I know!!!!! Where are those lushious locks? And I've said this before on the preview, but why are they younger than their KH II selves if this is set after KH II? Older Riku was even hotter than young Riku....
  • yoshiking - September 20, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    They totally resemble their younger selves (especially Riku)... what the hell is happening? Wasn't there screenshots of both of them at Destiny Island as their older selves?
  • shawksta - September 20, 2011 6:58 a.m.

    Awesome! And a recruitment system? Cool! If TWEWY is getting here,Who knows what Square will pop out of their asses, I cant wait, that is, if its localized.
  • SpadesSlick - September 20, 2011 6:48 a.m.

    Also is that aqua at the end of the trailer? Sure seems that way.

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