Kingdom Hearts 3DS Is Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

By Spencer . January 18, 2011 . 1:22am

kh3dAt the Square Enix Production 1 press conference Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix director Yasushi Yasue formally introduced Kingdom Hearts 3DS under its proper title, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.


Yasue says the Nintendo 3DS game will use stereoscopic graphics when players fall from high places or fly far distances. The game will give players a sense of breakthrough speed. The team put forth an effort to make the action part feel new. Players will be able to switch between Kingdom Hearts series protagonists Sora and Riku in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. This tactical element will make the game’s tempo feel fresh, Yasue explains.


Yasue promises to put in plentiful use of the Nintendo 3DS’ functions in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.


Update: The game’s tagline from the official site is when darkness and light are next to each other, light fades to darkness.


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  • maxchain

    Oh NO, they’re doing this with the initials again?

    • malek86

      And this time it’s even cheesier than on DS.

      • PersonaBull

        Okay, after a couple times of seeing this comment I’m officially confused. What other title did they “do this with the initials”? How was 358/2 Days cheesy? ReCoded? Birth by Sleep? Chain of Memories?

        Please explain, cuz I’m not getting it :/

        • malek86

          I was talking about stuff like Deadly Silence, Dual Strike, Dust Strikers…

          I don’t remember if Squenix ever did something like that before, though it wouldn’t surprise me.

          • PersonaBull

            Ahhhh okay, that makes sense then. Thanks :)

  • holyPaladin

    Dream Drop Distance, 3Ds…
    Sounds weird for me

  • wait so this is a new game

    • PrinceHeir

      nope still the 3DS game only changed to 3D

  • badmoogle

    The title sounds silly.

  • PrinceHeir

    i wonder if KHIII will have a slogan?

    maybe Kingdom Hearts III Keyblade Wars?

  • I bet when this name was announced you could hear a pin drop from a distance that felt like a dream.


    • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

      They had to pick something that had 3 Ds. Can you think of something better?

      • Ren

        Dead (can also be ‘Die’) Demented Developer(Nomura), Deep Deep Dive, Don’t Dwell (on) Disney?

        • How about “Do Destroy Disney”?

  • Silly Title, yes, but the new Gameplay Stuff Sounds AWESOME (Stripper!Sora and Shinobi!Riku? Sign me up!!

  • Seems like the game would have drop in and drop out coop play? Is that what they mean by freely switching characters on the go?

  • SonicRulez

    Dream Drop Distance. I guess the 3DS will continue the DS’ naming system.

  • dusk

    …Got it memorized?

  • Kingdom Hearts Ninja Arts… i’ll go with that name.

  • PersonaBull

    Gameplay looks beautiful. I finished up ReCoded the other day and my anticipation for KH3D and KH3 just shot up tremendously. I’m interested in how the drop system will work. I guess it’ll be kinda like Trine? That final part with Riku running up to “Ansem” and Sora running up to Xemnas seemed like it was happening simultaneously, so there’s probably some correlation between Sora and Riku’s “dreamscapes?”

    I’m just throwing out terms and theories at this point, but I’m certainly excited!

    • Masengan

      Yeah I noticed that and if you look closely you can see Xemnas behind Ansem and vice versa but in a ghostly transparent way.

      • PersonaBull

        Ohhhh, nice catch! I didn’t see it until it was Xemnas with the “Ansem ghost”s hair flowing behind.

  • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

    The fact that both Ansem and Xemnas are there leads me to believe this is some sort of virtual training, which leads me to believe this game will be the whole Keyblade Warrior test thing that they talked about at the end of re:coded.

  • neocatzon

    it seems there’s enough Sora for everyone

  • GamerKT

    Okay, this looks really fun.

  • thebanditking

    “Dream Drop Distance” oh I see what you did there S-E, you’re so cleaver…..

  • Is it me or the 3D drop distance subtittle looks kinda crappy o.0, it doesn’t suits that much, the color and style

    • vadde939

      It is crappy. Terribly crappy. But 358/2 Days still holds the record of worst ever KH subtitle imo. When I found out it was pronounced three-five-eight-days-over-two I facepalmed. D:

      • PersonaBull

        He wasn’t talking about whether or not it had a nice “ring” to it. He was talking about the actual design for the logo.

        • vadde939

          The logo design is pretty bad too. Purple on silver does look pretty strange.

    • PersonaBull

      I can’t say I particularly like it, but I understand why it is the way it is. If you’ll notice, the rest of the KH logo itself is very two-dimensional. The font design for the “3D Dream Drop Distance” gives it a sort of “popping-out” and, yes, somewhat out-of-place feel. That’s how I see it, anyway.

      • Yeah, but maybe a bluish color would had been better o_o, well, it’s not as important as the game but meh xD

  • vadde939

    Well I suppose the subtitle isn’t quite as awful as 358/2 Days, but ‘Dream Drop Distance’ , really? I suppose this is just the sort of thing to expect from Square Enix. -_-

  • Masengan

    The game play looks really cool, will be getting a 3DS when this comes out and hopefully the 3DS lite or whatever will be out by then too =D.

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