On July 31, 2012, Square-Enix and Disney Interactive officially release Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance to keyblade fans in North America. Created for the Nintendo 3DS, Dream Drop Distance is the seventh installment in the wildly popular Kingdom Hearts series, which team Disney characters with heroes from Square-Enix's Final Fantasy RPG titles.
Sora and Riku return as the game's main characters, continuing the storyline set in Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. The duo must prepare for the return of the Xenahort, as the heartless villain aims to re-establish Organization XIII.
For Disney fans, Kingdom Hearts 3D will feature new worlds based on Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004), and TRON: Legacy (2010). Mickey Mouse returns with Donald and Goofy, topping the long list of Disney characters who appear in the new game. Although Disney is prominently featured, Square-Enix has chosen to omit most of its Final Fantasy characters from Dream Drop Distance, with only one moogle appearing in the storyline.
Originally released in Japan on March 29, 2012, North Americans have had to wait several months for their regional release. However, Square-Enix presented glimpses of Kingdom Hearts 3D at E3 (June 5-7, 2012) and the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International (July 12-15).
To make up for the long wait, Square-Enix will offer North American gamers a chance to acquire special content exclusive to the region. Gameplay will be identical to earlier releases (from regions like Japan & Australia), but the limited edition Mark of Mastery set sold in North America, bundles the game along with featured artwork, a Kingdom Hearts Nintendo 3DS case and the ability to unlock bonus content, including special Dream Eaters.