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All Articles: Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
The Death that stars in Darksiders II isn’t taking a holiday, but he did take the top spot in The NPD Group’s list of bestselling games in August.
Two other August releases, New Super Mario Bros 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, round out the top three, making August the first time all Summer that three new releases lead the bestseller list. New releases Sleeping Dogs (#6) and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (#7) also made the list.
The remainder of the August top ten looks very similar to previous months and you can find it after the break. (more…)
We’re turning the calendar over to August this week, but that’s not going to put a stop to the Summer games drought. Although this week is a bit more loaded than recent weeks.
A big part of that is the release of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for the 3DS. Dream Drop Distance is the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series for the handheld and Square Enix picked a perfect time to bring it across the Pacific.
Another anticipated RPG makes its way to stores this week. Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time, from Atlus, is a strategy RPG for the PSP that was originally released on the PS2 (as Growlanser IV) in 2003. However, that version of the game never escaped Japan, so Wayfarer of Time is technically a “new” game.
Marvel Pinball 3D leads this week’s smattering of 3DS eShop releases. But shooting a virtual metal ball through tables based on Iron Man, Captain America, and the Fantastic Four doesn’t compare to this week’s biggest addition: a Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance demo.
Tongue-twisting titles aside, Nintendo also added a second demo to the 3DS eShop today, the Sega-published rhythm game Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure.
In other news, Nintendo is jumping on the weekly bargain bandwagon with their “3DS eShop Game of the Weekend” promotion. The first title to get a temporary price cut is indie side-scroller VVVVVV, which will be available for $4.99 this weekend.
Want to read more about this week’s new Nintendo Download titles? Hit the jump for more, including a pair of DSiWare titles. (more…)
Square Enix is using this year’s E3 Expo to show off all the shiny new toys it acquired from Eidos and Activision over the last few years.
Those toys include the rebooted Tomb Raider; Hitman: Absolution, Agent 47’s next mission; and Sleeping Dogs, the Activision open-world game that was previously known as True Crime: Hong Kong.
Also on hand will be a slew of handheld titles (correction… 3DS titles) including Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Heroes of Ruin, and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. A new Final Fantasy game for iOS and Android, Final Fantasy Dimensions, will also make its debut at this year’s big show.
Finally, the publisher plans to showcase Quantum Conundrum, one of my favorite games from PAX East.
Hit the jump for Square Enix’s complete E3 lineup. (more…)
Kingdom Hearts 3D coming to US in 2012
We all knew it was going to happen eventually, but today, Square Enix officially announced that Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance will be released in the US in 2012.
The 3DS exclusive title brings Sora and Riku together as playable characters in the Mark of Mastery exam as well as introduces new Disney worlds like The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
King Mickey and Yen Sid prepare for an impending threat by putting Sora and Riku through the Mark of Mastery exam. Sora and Riku are sent into the Sleeping Worlds, where they will face enemies and allies that have never been seen before. If they can successfully complete the task they are given, they will be deemed true Keyblade Masters.
According to series creator Tetsuya Nomura, Kingdom Hearts 3D is the beginning of the end of “the current Kingdom Hearts saga.” Nomura also said, “The story of this game will serve as the opening chapter of the final conflict, and, as always, will be full of surprises. This title will not only be a bold, exhilarating tale of adventure, but also a first look into the future form of the Kingdom Hearts series.”
As of this morning, a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance has been released. The trailer displays both cinematic and gameplay segments of the upcoming Square Enix game, both of which look incredibly smooth and polished – at least by the 3DS standards.
While the trailer showcases much of Destiny Island and Traverse Town, it looks like there will be a few new worlds for the player to travel in, specifically the cutscene showing Sora running through what looks like the bell tower from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Several new types of gameplay seem to be added as well, as Sora is shown tearing up turf around Traverse Town. It appears as though lamps and obstacles may not just be for show anymore, thereby incorporating more of an interactive action feel to the game.
Despite how interesting KH3DS looks, I’m not alone in saying that it’s time for a full-fledged Kingdom Hearts 3.