NPD: New Super Mario Bros 2 And Kingdom Hearts Chart Highly In August

New Super Mario Bros 2 and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance took the second and third spot as two of the best-selling games in North America during August. Neither game could dethrone Darksiders 2 as the best-selling game. Here’s the top ten best-sellers:

  1. Darksiders II
  2. New Super Mario Bros 2
  3. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
  4. NCAA Football 13
  5. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  6. Sleeping Dogs
  7. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
  8. Batman: Arkham City
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  10. The Amazing Spider-Man

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance – Launch Trailer

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance launched today in North America and, to celebrate, Square Enix released a brand-new trailer – shown above. We’ve awarded the action RPG with a great score of an 8.5/10. Kingdom Hearts 3D for the Nintendo 3DS is available for purchase in Australia, Europe, Japan and North America.

Kingdom Hearts 3D Review


Kingdom Hearts 3D is an aesthetically pleasing title with an impressive amount of depth and engaging characters, which put together, make this one of the most enjoyable and consuming adventures on the Nintendo 3DS. You’ll be reunited with old friends and instantly you’ll be flooded with fond nostalgic memories. Yes, initially there are too many tutorials which pop up all too often, but once they’re out of the way you are left to relish in what is undoubtedly one of the best action RPG’s you will play this year.

For a newcomer to the series, the game, and it’s over developed storyline can admittedly be a little bewildering, however the game does include mementos which clearly explain previous events scattered throughout the series. With regards to the gameplay itself this game isn’t without its flaws, and it’s yet another prime example that the Nintendo 3DS sorely needs a second Circle Pad, as some of the chaotic and fast paced action can cause camera issues, especially on boss battles.

Kingdom Hearts 3D is one of those rare titles where you never once succumb to boredom. The action is suitably fast paced and unrelenting – thanks to the flowmotion system, but it is bridged nicely by lavish and engrossing cut-scenes. You’ll soon find yourself transported away to the various desirable locations scattered throughout the game, all rich in history and dotted with some of the world’s most iconic characters. Clearly a lot of effort was put in refining and condensing the experience for a hand-held, and those long hours have clearly paid off.

8.5/10

Kingdom Hearts 3D Launch Event Announced, Plus Brand-New Trailer Released

Square Enix announced a launch event for their latest Nintendo 3DS game, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. The event will be held at the Nintendo World Store in New York City on July 28th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the event, attendees will be able to buy a regular copy of the game or the Mark of Mastery special edition three days early and will receive a “special gift” alongside their purchase.

Square Enix released a brand-new trailer of the game. The trailer – shown above – has the familiar “My Sanctuary” soundtrack, which was first used in Kingdom Hearts 2, playing in the background. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is out now in Europe and will be released in North America on July 31st. Will you be attending the event?

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance – New Worlds Trailer

Square Enix released another trailer for, the Nintendo 3DS exclusive, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. The upcoming game includes seven worlds, in which Sora and friends will adventure to. Worlds from Disney films – including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Three Musketeers, Fantasia, Pinocchio and Tron: Legacy – will be featured. The game will be released in Europe on July 20th, Australia on July 26th, and North America on July 31st. Which world are you most excited for?

Square Enix Reveals Comic-Con 2012 Lineup

Square Enix will be showcasing a few games, including two Nintendo 3DS titles, during San Diego’s Comic-Con this week. Comic-Con attendees will be able to preview Heroes of Ruin, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution and Tomb Raider.

  • Heroes of Ruin – Available on July 17, HEROES OF RUIN challenges players to carve their own adventure as a Gunslinger, Alchitect, Vindicator or Savage. Pushing social and online interaction to the forefront of gameplay through innovative use of the Nintendo 3DS™ system, players can trade rare and powerful items through an in-game shop which has an inventory updated through creative use of StreetPass™.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] – Celebrating the franchise’s 10th anniversary, KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] features a spectacular story that promises to be a fun backdrop to the colorful cast of Disney characters making their 3D debut on a handheld title. In addition to brand new worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will also feature never before seen gameplay elements and will be available on July 31.
  • Sleeping Dogs – Sleeping Dogs catapults players into the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, tasked with taking down one of the world’s most fearsome criminal organizations from the inside – the Hong Kong Triads. As players explore the bustling and crowded Hong Kong island, through its neon-lit side streets and sprawling street markets, an incredible story unfolds of loyalty and betrayal, where Wei begins to question his own motives as he is sucked in deeper than he could ever imagine.
  • Hitman: Absolution – HITMAN: ABSOLUTION follows Agent 47, a cold-blooded assassin, who takes on his most dangerous contract to date. Betrayed by those he once trusted — and now hunted by the police — he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world.
  • Tomb Raider – Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, TOMB RAIDER delivers an intense and gritty story into the origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor.