Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance landed in the UK on Friday and has performed extremely well for a third-party Nintendo 3DS game. Ukie has confirmed that Kingdom Hearts 3D is the second biggest Nintendo 3DS launch in the UK this year, beaten only by Resident Evil Revelations. Kingdom Hearts 3D arrived in the UK all-formats chart at number 6.
Tai Yasue, director of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance has told Siliconera that the development team has no further plans to celebrate Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary. Yasue says that Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance for the Nintendo 3DS is their way of celebrating the series long history.
Do you have any other plans for the 10th anniversary?
“Not at the moment, no. Kingdom Hearts 3D is definitely our 10th anniversary title.”
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy released today in North America. So far, the game has received overall positive reviews and the game’s producer, Ichiro Hazama, is pleased with its reception. Hazama hopes that Theatrhythm becomes a series that includes Square Enix’s other franchises, such as Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts. According to Hazama, “Dragon Quest has a lot of music and Kingdom Hearts would be wonderful to do if it’s possible.” Theatrythm Final Fantasy will be released in Europe on July 6th.
Nintendo 3DS owners can now download the demos for Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance and TheAtRhythm Final Fantasy from the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Kingdom Hearts 3D is due for release on July 20th in Europe, and July 31st in North America. TheAtRhythm Final Fantasy is due to be released in Europe July 6th and July 3rd in North America.
Nintendo of Europe today announces that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Square Enix Europe, a leading publisher and distributor of video games, for the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS game Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance].
This brand new Kingdom Hearts adventure has been created specifically for Nintendo 3DS and under the terms of the agreement, Nintendo will be responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of the game throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand territories, with Square Enix Europe remaining as publisher. Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will be released from 20th July across Europe.
The co-director of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Tai Yasue, spoke with Kotaku during this week’s E3. Yasue revealed that he wants Pixar movies to play a part in the next Kingdom Hearts game. Yasue made it clear that he is only stating his wishes for Kingdom Hearts, which is by no means a confirmation. He also said that his favorite Pixar world is Toy Story. Which Pixar worlds or characters would you like to see in the next Kingdom Hearts game?
The voice actors of the main characters in the English version of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for the Nintendo 3DS have been revealed. Longtime fans of the series will be pleased to know that the majority of the cast from the original game, Kingdom Hearts, are returning. Are you tired of their voices or are you happy that Square Enix will not sway too far from tradition for the series’ seventh installment? The game will be released in less than two months.
Sora: Haley Joel Osment
Riku: David Gallagher
Xion: Hayden Panettiere
Roxas/Ventus: Jesse McCartney
Axel/Lea: Quinton Flynn
Xehanort: Leonard Nimoy
Dual Pixels is confident that a collection of the Kingdom Hearts games will be revealed at E3 next week. The series’ director, Tetsuya Nomura, wants to bring Kingdom Hearts back to consoles, so this may not be too far-fetched. The collection is said to include remastered versions of the original Kingdom Hearts, its direct-sequel, Chain of Memories, 358/2 Days and Birth by Sleep. If this claim is true, it will be released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Wii U. Does this collection seem too good to be true?
Square Enix has announced via a press release that North American customers who preorder Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance will receive a set of three augmented reality cards while supplies last.
One wild AR card will randomly unlock one of the three rare Dream Eaters: Ursa Circus, Sudo Neku or Meowjesty. The second AR card unlocks R&R Seal Dream Eater, and the last AR card unlocks the 360° viewing stand.
The Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance Mark of Mastery Edition will retail for $54.99 when the game goes on sale in North America on July 31st.