More info has arrived on Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, including a trailer showing Neku Sakuraba from The World Ends With You as a partner character in Traverse Town. Also mentioned is the ability to control monsters known as dream eaters, who you can use team attacks with using the touch screen. Said cute monsters can also be played with in a separate mode using the 3DS’ augmented reality features, though the fast hard-hitting action is more appealing.
Kingdom Hearts 3D is due out in Japan this Spring, with a release overseas yet to be announced.
Be sure to watch the trailer after the break, and feel free to be as excited as I am.
The new Expansion Slide Pad(The english name will likely change, as this is a rough translation) add-on for the 3DS has been confirmed by the Big N at their big 3DS Conference earlier, as well as being priced and dated… In Japan, that is…
Well, if you live in the Land of the Rising Sun, it’ll set you back ¥1,500(or about $19) and it will be debuting on December 10th. This expansion requires 1 AA battery and adds a second circle pad and an R2 button to the 3DS, as well as acting as a grip.
As for software support, Monster Hunter Tri 3G will support it, as well as the newly announced Monster Hunter 4, Resident Evil: Revelations, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble, Dynasty Warriors Vs, and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Games featuring compatibility with the accessory will display so in an icon on the box, a la Wii titles, and it looks like it’ll at least be more successful than the Wii Speak, although one of the big titles pushing that was a Monster Hunter game as well….
Moving on, Nintendo also announced a new color to the 3DS assortment: Misty Pink. It’s planned to launch in Japan on October 20th, and Nintendo of America and Nintendo UK both were in the dark about the existence of this shade of handheld, with no plans to release it anywhere else in the world anytime soon.
There’s a gallery of both the system and accessory after the jump.
E3 was pretty big for the Kingdom Hearts franchise. We recieved a new trailer for Birth by Sleep and got two new titles announced for the franchise. What we didn’t get much of were details, especially for Kingdom Hearts 3DS. And while Square-Enix still isn’t saying much, they have released a few more details talking about their Nintendo related titles via an interview with Tetsuya Nomura.
Kingdom Hearts 3DS features 2 main characters, both Sora and Riku. The whole battle system is based off switching between these characters mid combat. As for 3D effects, Nomura wouldn’t go into details about it, but he gave the hint of “falling,” whatever that means.
As for the story of Kingdom Hearts 3DS, it takes place in the same time frame of the other Kingdom Hearts games. Nomura revealed that the theme of the story is trust, gives yet another hint: “A KH you can touch, a falling Sora, and a flying Riku.”
Moving onto the next topic, Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded is set for Japan on October 7th for the Nintendo DS. This is a retelling of the story from the Japanese only cellphone release, Coded. Nomura says fans can expect a similar battle system to that of what is found in Birth by Sleep and a growth system siimlar to the one in 358/2 days.
The title seems to be getting more streamlined with simpler controls. The game has an auto-jump feature and an assist feature for attacking enemies units. Difficulty can be changed at any time, similar to that in The World Ends With You.
Both titles are looking to be good entries in the series. Hopefully Kingdom Hearts 3DS can help pull away from all the reused Disney licenses the games have been recycling so often.