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Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance]
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Review Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Also Available on: N/A
Release Date: 20/07/12
Kingdom Hearts 3D, for those unaccustomed with the series, is the seventh game in Square Enix’s action-based franchise which blends Disney’s lovable characters and worlds with incredibly deep, and often confusing RPG elements from the developer’s own Final Fantasy.
E3 has only just been and gone, yet Nintendo couldn’t resist showing off their lovely presidents’ faces once more – this time to boast about a brand new, re-modelled Nintendo 3DS with huge screens and to give us some details regarding some upcoming games for 3DS, Wii and DS. Here’s our round-up of this morning’s events:
- Europe’s presentation is now starting!
- Thanks for making us feel so welcome, Iwata.
- Time to hand of to Nintendo of Europe’s president, Satoru Shibata – “the European variety of Satoru” – to take over direct from Nintendo of Europe’s factory.
- And we’re kicking off with New Super Mario Bros. 2… on a much bigger screen! Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for Europe!
- Nintendo’s handheld with the biggest screen ever. That red & black model looks gorgeous.
- 4.88 inch upper screen. 90% larger screen, 46% larger console. Improved battery power adds 1-1.5 extra hours of playtime.
- Will come bundled with a larger SD card than current 3DS models, but not include and AC adapter or charging cradle to keep costs down.
- The launch date is ‘not far away’ – releasing next month on 28 July! Releasing in blue, red and silver.
- New games coming on the same day to take advantage of the larger screen – Kingdom Hearts 3D is the first…
- Free demos of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy available from the Nintendo eShop in Europe NOW!
- New Art Academy (‘New’ being a noun, not an adjective) coming to 3DS on July 28th to make use of the 3DS XL’s larger screens.
- No way – a retail sequel to FreakyForms: Your Creations, Alive! announced, entitled FreakyForms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! Adds multiplayer and RPG elements; why couldn’t we get a sequel to Pullblox!?
- In the RPG mode you explore dungeons, level up your Formees and defeat bosses.
- Back to New Super Mario Bros. 2, the game’s releasing in Europe on 17th August via retails outlets and the Nintendo eShop.
- A deep-voiced voice-over man is now explaining the methods you can use to collect as many coins as possible.
- You can share your how many coins you’ve collected in-game via StreetPass, the ultimate goal apparently being 1,000,000.
- The game will also have paid downloadable content some time after launch – will add extra Coin Rush stages.
- SEGA’s Sonic brand director now has some exciting news regarding Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games…
- A new, free application called Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Virtual Card Album will become available through the Nintendo eShop.
- Offers virtual card collections which sees you using Nintendo Zone hotspots, StreetPass and other methods to fill your collection.
- You also get a ‘special card’ for completing your collection, but the ones distributed via hotspots will only be available until September.
- Nintendo announced 20% discount on best-selling games on the Nintendo eShop, which will last for two weeks.
- Inazuma Eleven Strikers coming to Wii in Europe on 28th September, just as we suspected.
- Pokémon Black and White 2 coming this Autumn, as well as Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro on the same day, but we already knew that.
- English gameplay of the DS games asks you the most important question of all – “Are you a boy or are you a girl?”
- Pokémon Typing Adventure is also coming to Nintendo DS – includes bluetooth keyboard which is compatible with other devices… such as Wii U, maybe?
- Arriving in Europe in September.
- Nintendo’s finally remembered that Heroes of Ruin actually exists and has decided to show off a trailer – “37 Cool Things About Heroes of Ruin.”
- We’d love to list them all, but alas…
- One of said 37 cool things is “3D TREES!”
- New trailer now – “Professor Layton comes to Nintendo 3DS.”
- Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle is the first in the prequel trilogy, and is set to launch this November.
- Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem news now!
- Who said anything about good news? The games have been delayed, and are now on course to launch in early 2013.
- Nintendo of Europe confirms that Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be co-developed by Namco Bandai.
- Masahiro Sakurai remains the games’ producers, and will oversee development at Namco.
- Head to www.nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect to read messages from Sakurai and Namco Bandai’s Kobayashi.
- Mario Tennis Open QR code, when scanned, unlocks ‘the most powerful character’ in the game – Metal Mario. You can find it here: http://yfrog.com/ntig8pp
- Shibata’s now offers a reminder of the upcoming 3DS games we have to look forward to. Take a look here: http://yfrog.com/oc3prep/
- And that’s a wrap! We hope to see you at the next one too, Shibata!
Wow! More exciting than E3 in its entirety?! Are you going to purchase the new Nintendo 3DS XL when it launches next month, or any of the games we’re too tired to recall the names of? Let us know! Oh, and don’t forget to download your free demos from the Nintendo eShop!
If you thought the Wii U’s got a lot of games on the way before Christmas, just wait until you see the 3DS’s line-up… unless you’ve already scrolled down and skimmed through the list already, in which case we’re sure you’ll agree that the 3D handheld has a lot going for it heading into the Christmas period.
The Amazing Spider-Man June 26
Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park October
Transformers Prime October
Skylanders Giants Fall
Code of Princess Fall
Madagascar 3: The Video Game June 5th
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game November 20th
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! Fall
Ben 10: Omniverse Fall
Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Pixar Finding Nemo September
Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure September
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Fall
Hotel Transylvania September 18th
Konami Digital Entertainment
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Fall
Hello Kitty Picnic October
50 Classic Games October
Junior Classic Games October
Jett Tailfin November
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning Q4
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Holiday
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Holiday
New Super Mario Bros. 2 August 19th
LEGO City: Undercover (working title) TBA
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure July 10th
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Holiday
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy July 3rd
Heroes of Ruin July 17th
Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] July 31
Storm City Entertainment
Chevrolet Camaro Wild Ride August
Old Skool Classics September
Word Wizard 3D September
Classic Games Overload: Card and Puzzle Edition November
Imagine Babyz October 23rd
Imagine Fashion Life October 23rd
Petz Countryside November 6th
Rayman Origins Q3
Rabbids Rumble Holiday
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes June 19th
LEGO Lord of the Rings Fall
Spy Hunter Fall
Scribblenauts Unlimited Holiday
Big John Games
Coaster Creator Fall
SpeedX 3D Fall
Order Up!! June
Planet Crashers June
Cave Story+ Summer
Alban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes Fall
Pokédex 3D Pro Fall
Pokémon Dream Radar Fall
Renegade Kid LLC
Bomb Monkey Summer
Prince of Persia Q2
Unchained Blades Summer
Pokémon Conquest June 18th
Pokémon Black Version 2 Fall
Pokémon White Version 2 Fall
It’s worth bearing in mind that this is the American line-up, so don’t be confused when some titles release a little earlier or later than is slated in this list over here in Europe. It’s also worth noting that Pokémon Conquest still hasn’t been confirmed for a European release, Rhythm Thief released over here a few months back, and Heroes of Ruin has been delayed in America.
All in all, though, not a bad line-up for the 3DS this year, with the exception of Ubisoft’s Petz and Imagine games after its phenomal support for the Wii U thus far.
Despite the game not being a numbered release in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, it seems Square Enix is going all out to make Dream Drop Distance the series’ best thus far.
Seemingly full of intricate details, Square Enix has eagerly revealed a list of famous actors to have had their voices recorded, ready for the game’s release in July via a press release:
- Leonard Nimoy – Best known for his role as Spock on Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy reprises his role as Master Xehanort, the main antagonist of the Kingdom Hearts series and archenemy of Sora and Riku.
- Haley Joel Osment – Known for his role in the critically acclaimed The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment returns to play Sora, the main protagonist in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, working to complete the Mark of Mastery exam and become a true Keyblade Master.
- David Gallagher - Remembered for his work on 7th Heaven, David Gallagher joins the cast again as Riku, struggling to become a true Keyblade Master alongside his best friend, Sora.
- Hayden Panettiere – Noted for her performance on Heroes, Hayden Panettiere returns to voice Xion, a 14th member of Organisation XIII, an organisation that stands against Sora and his friends.
- Jesse McCartney – Recording artist Jesse McCartney reprises his roles as the heroes, Roxas and Ventus.
- Quinton Flynn – Known best for his voice acting on Robot Chicken, Quinton Flynn returns as Axel / Lea, another member of Organization XIII
Have you heard of any of these actors? Do you think they’ll suit their given roles in Dream Drop Distance?
Square Enix has released a plethora of screenshots and artwork for its upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and you can find them all in our gallery below.
As promised earlier this morning, here’s our summary of the second Nintendo Direct presentation of the day, and the first to be specifically catered to us European gamers.
- Hi Iwata!
- Hi Shibata. Got your letter yesterday, thanks.
- Mario Tennis Open, release on May 25th.
- Mario Tennis Open features sixteen Mario characters, and Miis, which are customisable.
- Up to four-player Download Play support for Mario Tennis Open; regional leaderboards confirmed.
- Online multiplayer, which Shibata will be playing once the game launches across Europe for Mario Tennis Open.
- Around 200 items available for Mii customisation.
- More Kid Icarus: Uprising talk. ‘Short’ video offering tips on how to “beat your friends at multiplayer.”
- Spoilers! Some of us haven’t even played Kid Icarus: Uprising yet!
- Nintendo and Panini teaming up to distribute Kid Icarus AR cards.
- Heroes of Ruin multiplayer gameplay trailer! Auto-adjusts difficulty depending on drop-in characters.
- Up to three other players can drop into your game; friends or strangers.
- Voice chat with friends and strangers, if your parental settings allow it.
- Free daily DLC every day for a year for Heroes of Ruin! If that’s not generous, we don’t know what is!
- June 15th release for Heroes of Ruin.
- Pokémon Black and White 2 will be released this Autumn in Europe.
- Pokémon AR Searcher: requires you to catch Pokémon in the real life world. Available from the eShop later this year.
- Pokédex 3D Pro announced. Details every Pokémon ever, rather than just Black and White’s.
- Also “for sale” later this year.
- Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion for the 3DS is a unique, standalone game set in Wasteland.
- Offers all-new, side-scrolling gameplay; includes paint and thinner ‘gimmicks’ from previous game.
- Built from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS’s dual-screen and 3D capabilities.
- Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion – this Autumn!
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance trailer! Looking pretty darn lovely.
- … Releasing July 20th!
- Theatrhythm Final Fantasy features rhythm gameplay from each main series Final Fantasy game.
- Features over 70 pieces of familiar music from the Final Fantasy series.
- Theatrhythm releasing this Summer!
- Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise releasing on July 6th! Includes songs from the Japanese game! Hype!
- “The final part of today’s presentation.” :(
- April 25th for the next 3DS firmware update! The one which allows you to create folders!
- Up to sixty games per folder!
- Mid-May patch for Mario Kart 7 which removes “unfair shortcuts.” Shibata sorry for “frustrating experiences.”
- The Louvre’s exclusive 3DS audio-guide is being shown off.
- New Super Mario Bros. 2! In full development; a completely new game.
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 for worldwide release in August!
- Aiming for new standards in 2D Mario games.
- And there we go! I’m sure we will enjoy the rest of our day, thanks Mr. Shibata!
Did you watch the European conference? What’s your most anticipated release from the games that were shown off? Are you pleased about the other announcements such as the 3DS firmware update, or the Mario Kart 7 patch?