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[[caption-width-right:350: [[TheHero Sora]]'s "Wow, [[LampshadeHanging awesome]]!" suggests he's happy to be in the ''Film/TronLegacy'' world [[AudienceSurrogate just as much as we are]].]]

-> '''Gabe:''' Did you grab the ''Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop'' [-[''sic'']-] demo? [[GushingAboutShowsYouLike It brangs the heat!]]\\
'''Tycho:''' [[KudzuPlot I never really understood what was going on in these games.]] You've played them all, right?\\
'''Gabe:''' Yeah.\\
'''Tycho:''' What is the dealio?\\
'''Gabe:''' [[RuleOfCool Well]], MickeyMouse [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot is a king and a wizard]], and [[FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] is there, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and sometimes Cloud]], and [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer you can]] ride a [[{{Film/Tron}} Light]] [[Film/TronLegacy Cycle]] with [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Jack Skellington]] and I don't know what the fuck else [[NoIndoorVoice you want!]]
--> '''Webcomic/PennyArcade''', [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/07/02 "Melange"]][[note]](Gabe later provided [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/2012/08/06/dream-drop further commentary]] regarding the game, as follows: ''"Iíve put a good 13 hours into Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance now and so I feel comfortable telling you that itís awesome. With that said, If youíre going to play it you need to put up with the wonky camera, [[https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8cPyvE2GTjOMzE4MTVlZTctMjE5Yi00YzAzLWJjZTAtZTllODY2OTc2MTMx/view?hl=en_US&sle=true&pli=1 the ridiculous story,]] the complicated nested menus, and systems piled on top of systems. Trust me though, buried under all that crap is a lot of gold. The combat system is fast and fun, the Pokemon style monster collection is great, the Flick Rush card battle game could be sold all by itself, and visually the entire game is just gorgeous. Kingdom Hearts is a strange series. I find that people either love it or hate it. On some level I realize that Iím being manipulated. Itís fanservice and if you donít love Disney you probably just look at the KH series and shake your head. I canít really explain why getting to jump into all these Disney worlds is such a thrill for me. Think about it this way though: What if it wasnít Disney, what if it was Nintendo? What if Soraís Keyblade let him fight alongside Link and Samus in their worlds? What if he battled Bowser and collected actual Pokemon? What if Donkey Kong[[{{Angrish}} klajhsd]] Sorry, I just blacked out there for a second. I need to go lay down. -Gabe out-"'')[[/note]]

''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', by now, can be considered the biggest hype machine ever seen in the franchise, so much that [[SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced this trope]]'s entry in the YMMV tab was [[UpToEleven twice as long as the rest of the page combined]]; in other words, it's only ''natural'' that now we have a separate subpage ''for this trope alone'' (that might well be the first one for a single work in the entire wiki). Suffice to say, nuke-like cleanups do not apply here.

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* A playable Riku ''without'' a [[KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories card system]], [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 an entire game divided into about ninety missions]] or a [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII few seconds deadline]], and the fact that all of the Disney-based worlds will be entirely new. Also, there's rejoicing about Sora being ''Sora himself'' and [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep not Ventus, Terra, Aqua]], [[KingdomHeartsCoded a Data replica]], [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 Roxas, or an unlockable character]].
* The first confirmed Disney world? ''[[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Notre Dame.]]''
** Two words: [[Disney/HunchbackofNotreDame Frollo]] [[BigYes confirmed.]]
** [[http://kh13.com/zenphoto/articles/weekly-sh-nen-jump/november-18-2011/image001.jpg.php PHOEBUS!!]]
* The ''mere fact it's gonna be a brand new [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome Square-Enix title]] '''in glasses-less 3D''''' should qualify.
* Release date March 2012: which is an amazingly quick development cycle for a mainline KH game; both ''[=KH2=]'' and ''BBS'' took 3 years from announcement to release. The game has gotten an official US and UK release confirmation, and if Square Enix France (and their leaky website) are to be believed, it's very likely we'll see this game in English by late July or early August. That's a localisation turnaround of 5 months, which is very quick for a ''Kingdom Hearts'' title.
** That's quick for Square Enix, period.
* ''There will be a [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Reapers' Game]] in [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/09/14/kingdom-hearts-3d-features-characters-from-the-world-ends-with-you/ Traverse]] [[http://www.rpgsite.net/images/screens/1/TGS_33.jpg Town,]] complete with Neku.''
** Alright, [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Joshua and Beat]] fans. [[http://www.kh2.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/vjumpkh3d121411-3.jpg You can all die happy now.]]
** Then there's the [[http://images.wikia.com/twewy/images/9/95/CAT_Street_in_KH3D.jpg CAT graffiti]] in Traverse Town. Many [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou TWEWY]] fanboys/girls rejoiced that day.
** Although most of us already [[IKnewIt knew it]], it still wasn't confirmed and as such someone feared there would be TheOtherDarrin, but now we know that Jesse David Corti, Neku Sakuraba's original voice actor in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', [[http://kh13.com/forum/topic/29451-jesse-david-corti-hints-at-voicing-neku-in-kingdom-hearts-3d/ basically confirmed]] that ''he's gonna reprise his role as Neku in KH3D.''
*** An update about that announcement, seen in the same link, has Corti not only confirming his role, but also that he ''already recorded his lines as Neku.'' That, coupled with the similar announcements from RichardEpcar and James Patrick Steward above as well as [[http://kh13.com/forum/topic/29608-vincent-corazza-finished-voice-work-for-ienzo-in-kh3d/ this one from Vincent Corazza]], altogether seem to imply that ''voice acting for the English-speaking versions of the game has already been '''completed.''''' Never [[Dissidia012FinalFantasy (almost)]] we've seen SquareEnix rushing like ''that'' for localization - and given how games such as the first ''Dissidia'' took one year before getting fully localised, that's saying a lot!
* The second confirmed Disney world? [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} PINOCCHIO]]!!!
* [[MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers The Three Musketeers]] World? HELL. YES.
* ''Vanitas and Young Xehanort'' [[VoiceOfTheLegion talking in unison to Sora.]] If that weren't shocking enough, they're talking about ''[[OhCrap how they know that he's harbouring Ventus' heart]]''. Granted, Nomura's explanation is that Vanitas isn't actually there, but that it's a reaction of Ventus' heart to Xehanort's darkness, but it's still a cool cameo.
* And then there's the ''Film/TronLegacy'' world. TWEWY characters include Shiki and Rhyme as well. Lea is in, too. There's so much to rejoice about, it's not even funny!
* Jump Festa 2012 proudly presents: ''Dream Eater Plushies! First up:'' '''''[[http://images.khinsider.com/Merchandise/Wonder%20Nyan%20Plushie.jpg Wandanyan!]]''''' Cue the countless squeeing.
* [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/1/1a/Terranort_and_Vanitas.png Here,]] [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/4/4a/CGI-Xion.png just]] [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/9/90/CGI-Roxas_Xion.png take]] [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/6/60/Beat_calling_a_dream_eater.png a]] [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/f/fb/Sora_and_Mickey.png damn]] [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/1/1d/Maleficent_3D.png look]] [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/d/d4/Joshua.png by]] [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/3/30/Rhyme_and_Moogle.png yourself]] [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/2/2a/Shiki_and_MrMew.png and]] [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/0/0d/Ienzo3d.png wet]] [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/f/f0/RinzlerKingdomHearts3DvsSora.png your]] [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/5/55/Terranortkh3d.png pants]] [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/7/7d/Aeleus3d.png accordingly.]]
** Ditch the pants. You're gonna need another outfit by the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zlex8ja2eNI this.]]
** The same trailer shows that, for the first time, Riku has a world-centric outfit: [[http://kingdomhearts.wikia.com/wiki/Data_Form Data Form,]] originally seen in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', is back for the Film/TronLegacy world in KH3D, and this time, [[http://images.wikia.com/kingdomhearts/images/8/85/Riku_Tron.png even Riku gets to wear]] TronLines!
** The CG sequence that will presumably serve as the game's opening recaps the entire series to date very nicely indeed, even giving Xion a look in, and giving the barest of hints towards the eventual final battle with Xehanort.
* Then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zlex8ja2eNI this]] summed alot of it up, and...
** ... after that trailer summed up most of the rejoicing on this page, [[http://kh13.com/forum/topic/27987-fantasia-world-confirmed-and-tron-legacy-world-featured-in-v-jump-february-2012-article-for-kingdom-hearts-3d/ now comes word that]] ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' is one of the new worlds, with the first character being Mickey in his Sorcerer's Apprentice Costume. And not [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep as a D-Link summon]], no, ''as Mickey Mouse himself.''
* [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120119021711/kingdomhearts/images/6/6a/Chernabog_%28Scan%29_KH3D.png Chernabog is confirmed!]]
** [[spoiler:...Then subverted. You fight him with Riku in Dive mode, and it only takes three hits to beat him. Unexpected that he would be so easy, nonetheless.]]
*** [[spoiler:YMMV on that. It's still a fight and it's still Chernabog with [[AwesomeMusic Night On Bald Mountain]] for the music.]]
*** And it's still a pretty challenging fight, with those creepy ghosts floating around and draining your life.
* Braig/Xigbar's and Xehanort's respective [[JamesPatrickStewart voice]] [[RichardEpcar actors]] both stated that they've started voice acting, thus essentially confirming that English voice acting ''has already begun''. For those not thrilled about this, bear in mind that it means the quick-localisation-within-2012 we've been promised has begun as well!
* [[http://kingdomhearts3dgame.com/index.php The English site]] has opened, with a Japanese trailer. It lasts for about four minutes, so how is it gonna top the latest one-- what, did you say it has new footage? And that there are the best bits of all the previous trailers in it? Awesome! Wait, what does that footnote below the video player say... HOLY SMOKES THERE'S GOING TO BE AN ENGLISH VERSION OF THIS VERY SOON.
** The above trailer, as part of its aforementioned new footage, shows there are such iconic scenes as, say, Frollo holding Esmeralda's arm. Sora arrives shortly after, strongly implying there's going to be ''a lot'' of CatharsisFactor. YES.
** Actually, the trailer they used was just the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r9RqCY5cwU short version]] from Jump Festa, which was released more than a month ago. Not that it detracts from any of the rejoicing though.
* [[http://twitter.com/#!/SQEX_eSTORE/status/167537522581311488/photo/1/large And now]] we have already the Boxart for the game, thus meaning that - AwesomeArt aside - the quick development cycle is really nearing its end as we've been promised! Score another one for {{Squee}}nix.
* There's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BssrlR_rdFc another new trailer]] out, and it's even [[labelnote:longer]] (almost ten minutes)[[/labelnote]] than the Jump Festa one!
* During the Feburary rejoice fest, some in game footage is shown, and to play as Riku, all you have to do is go ''to the main menu''! Yep, you don't have to beat the game and start a new file, or choose whose story you want to follow, you get both Heroes in one playthru!!
** That one aspect is actually an ATFR [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]] with TaintedByThePreview: first, it was announced they'd both be playable (ATFR); then, it was announced they both shared the same save file (ATFR); then Nomura said the switch between them happens randomly (TBTP); and then, it was finally announced that the switch-between-heroes-at-will is an unlockable feature (ATFR).
* Also, the series '''''[[AvertedTrope averting]]''''' its infamous case of ContinuityLockout for once, thanks to [[http://kh13.com/forum/topic/30377-memoirs-feature-in-kingdom-hearts-3d-explained/ the "Memoirs" feature,]] is already as awesome as it sounds by itself; however, if you add to that the speculation about the Ursula boss battle seen in the trailer allegedly being a boss battle "from the past" accessible through that feature, thus implying it allows players to ''live past classic moments from the series '''in 3D''', well...'' that definitely makes up for the relatively small number of playable worlds.
** In the end, it turned out [[spoiler: the Ursula boss battle is ''the first thing you do'' in the game]], but it doesn't detract anything from the fact that the Memoirs feature allows players to enjoy the game without needing any knowledge of the series' previous timeline. Complete information about the Memoirs feature has yet to be revealed, though.
* [[http://kh13.com/forum/topic/30595-kingdom-hearts-3d-set-for-july-27-2012-release-in-europe/ SUMMER 2012 can't come quick enough...]]
** The US release is July 31.
*** The European release? '''July 20!'''
* [[IKnewIt Although that was a given,]] [[http://kh13.com/news/27406-david-gallagher-haley-joel-osment-confirmed-for-kingdom-hearts-3d/ Sora and Riku's voice actors confirmed they'll reprise their role.]] However, there's a new spoilery detail: David Gallagher said he'll also voice [[CharacterS/KingdomHeartsVillains the BbS/3D Unknown, AKA the "Mysterious Figure"]] [[http://www.khwiki.net/Young_Xehanort (see also the proper article).]]
** As of May 15, 2012, it seems more like BenDiskin is voicing him.
* Remember that premiere event? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YQKFmbTKgqA Square put up videos of what it looks like in great quality.]] If you're a fan, you ''have'' to see it.
* Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand now [[http://kh13.com/news/27569-kingdom-hearts-3d-coverage-so-far-just-a-photo-of-the-box/ we have word]] that, as expected, some retailers sold the game two-days-earlier than the official release date. [[http://kh13.com/news/27605-kingdom-hearts-3d-dream-drop-distance-coverage-day-1/ Newsposts]] on KH fansite KH13 are divided on a daily basis: expect a ''lot'' of updates below.
** This troper, who hadn't watched anything about the new game yet, accidentally clicked on a link to a KH fansite the other day, and..."Hey, a trailer. Might as well watch it. La la la this is pretty cool...OMG LEA! Lea is in it! Lea is okay! Lea is badass and a good guy! (Presumably) All the Nobodies got their hearts back after all!" I've been freaking out about it non-stop for days now!
** Was watching the first livestream. And Riku starts his way into Traverse Town. And then Joshua appears and starts talking. AND THE BACKGROUND MUSIC IS "CALLING".
*** True. See at around the ten-minute mark [[http://it.twitch.tv/apaulliao/b/313119353 of the first part of the live-streaming of the game,]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQsFz7U9Xtc simply see this video.]] Nice to see the best track from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' makes a reappearance!
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCQKV9H405U&feature=channel CALLING -KINGDOM MIX-]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X55i06MsRFQ&feature=channel TWISTER -KINGDOM MIX-]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFhH1fRWWis&feature=channel SOMEDAY -KINGDOM MIX-]]! My god, this soundtrack.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4letdnIwGuk The opening.]] All of it. And when the whole opening is an ATFR... you realise it's just ''the opening'', and wonder [[SerialEscalation how the rest of the game is going to be like.]]
** Some of the new keyblades. These include the ''Skull Noise'' from Traverse Town. Yes, a tribal-tattoo-like keyblade, with a Player-Pin-like skull for its "teeth, inspired by the Noise seen in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', and a modified (read: "enhanced", so to speak) rapier from the Three Musketeers' world.
** The World That Never Was has been revealed to be [[spoiler: the ruined one following the climax of ''[=KH2=]'']]; when Sora [[spoiler: confronts Xemnas and Xigbar]] there, he repats his [[spoiler: "my friends are my power"]] line... causing [[spoiler: Xemnas and Xigbar to freak out as a vision of ''Sora, Riku, Kairi, Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Terra, Ventus, Aqua, Roxas and Xion'' appears before them]]. Doubles as a MomentOfAwesome; before the video inevitably gets pulled from Youtube you can see it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1QdUQl6krA here.]]
*** And even better? Kairi is using ''her keyblade as well''. Only [[spoiler: Namine and Axel are missing from the group above]], but the former makes sense since she never had a weapon.
** After the final boss, we find out that Lea [[spoiler: ''has a Keyblade'']] now, making Sora, Riku, Mickey, Donald and Goofy go, like, [[BigWhat "WHAT?!?"]]. This one, however, had [[BrokenBase some rejoicing, but others raging.]]
** So there's a BonusBoss. Hmmm, nice! We feared this only to pop up in a future [[NoExportForYou Final Mix]], so it's already good news by itself-- wait, did you say it's a ''Disney'' bonus boss this time? Well, who did they get-- ''HOLY CRAP, IS THAT [[spoiler: '''[[RunawayBrain JULIUS]]?!?''']] IN TRAVERSE TOWN?!? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCsykz3TSX0 REALLY?!?]]'' Oh, come on, Square! Just take my damn money already!
** Well [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Atlantica]] isn't returning in the game, [[ScrappyLevel which is a good thing]]. With that knowledge, you start the game, expecting some overlong tutorial prologue like in the previous games and - HOLY SHIT! [[spoiler: THE GAME STARTS WITH A DISNEY BOSS BATTLE! AND IT'S URSULA USING THE EXAM TO EXACT HER REVENGE!]]
* The secret ending [[spoiler:features Kairi getting taken to Yen Sid's Tower, because she's to become the seventh and final Keyblade wielder to oppose Xehanort alongside Sora, Riku, Mickey, Terra, Aqua, and Ven. In fact, the whole thing hints that, in the confirmed "mystery game" that will be the last before [=KH3=] or in [=KH3=] itself, Kairi will be ''a [[TookALevelInBadass playable]] [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap character]]''.]]
* For those who like the cool {{Kaiju}}-esque "monster" bosses like ''[=KHII=]'''s [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Storm Rider]] and [[ColossusClimb Groundshaker]], some of the Dream Eater bosses like the [[TyrannosaurusRex Rex Tyrant]] and [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Bullet Gargoyle]] [[RuleOfCool invoked this reaction]].
** Screens have showed that the [[TyrannosaurusRex Rex Tyrant]] will '''also''' be an enemy Nightmare and a recruitable Spirit Dream Eater! YES!!!
*** [[http://www.khwiki.net/Boukun_Rex Confirmed]]. [[{{Pokemon}} Groudon]], is that you?
* The description for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv-v76i4Uz0 this video]] confirms that ''boss re-matches can be played and re-played at will.'' Oh, '''hell''' yeah.
* "Ansem", Xemnas, Lea/Axel and most of the past villains that [[EvilIsCool fans loved]] [[LoveToHate to hate]] are back. [[BackFromTheDead For real]].
* Hey, who's that at the very end after the credits roll? [[spoiler: '''VENTUS??''' He ''twitched''! After being stuck in a coma for ages he ''twitched''!!!]]
** He doesn't just twitch he smiles.
* Although it's not much, we now have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ugxGTt8-aM new English footage]] from the game!!
* Getting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTsrIa8Lr-0&feature=relmfu Dark Aura]] as an easily selectable command! Sweet sweet vindication!
* Here, have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhCvWzYmKzY&feature=g-u-u an English version of the nine-minute trailer]].
** While nothing's confirmed yet, it seems that Joshua's voice actor reprised the role, if his voice is anything to go by.
** The changes in the dialogue may be odd at times, [[{{Woolseyism}} but often make it less cheesy.]] Case in point: "I... I can't! This is what lights the darkness! The chance to make everyone happy!". "The key to everyone's smiles" would have been ''much'' more {{narm}}y.
*** After months of rumors to the contrary, Creator/LeonardNimoy is confirmed to return as [[BigBad Master Xehanort]]! And HaydenPanettiere gets a chance to voice [[spoiler:Xion]]!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=avs8xec1D0w Cue the E3 2012 trailer.]]
* [[http://kh13.com/news/28984-kingdom-hearts-3d-confirmed-for-digital-release-on-eshop/ And now comes word that]] the game will join the ranks, alongside ''NewSuperMarioBros2'', of the games that will be available as digital downloads. To clarify, the fact the same has yet to happen for important SquareEnix titles such as ''CrisisCore'' and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' - or at least that is the situation in Europe - has been a ''huge'' letdown for PSP Go users; the opposite happening for a KH title on a Nintendo console, on the other hand, made many fans rejoice.
* For an example more faithful to the trope's original description, the announcement that [[http://kh13.com/news/29072-kingdom-hearts-3d-to-be-localized-in-english-german-french-only/ Spain and Italy wouldn't see the game translated in their respective languages]] had fans crying "Ruined Forever"[[note]](Keep in mind that, with the exception of ''[[NoExportForYou Re: Chain Of Memories]]'', all previous KH games had Spanish and Italian text.)[[/note]] until [[http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/40/85881501.jpg/ Ben Bateman of Square Enix NA made it clear that there are people]] [[http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/743/29660472.jpg inside Squeenix NOT wanting Spain and Italy to get the middle finger.]]
** And now [[http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2012/06/nintendo_and_square_enix_sign_kingdom_hearts_deal it looks like]] Nintendo will handle the game's release in Europe and Australia. That may help, considering that, without counting the ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}'' series and similar few instances of NoExportForYou, they're not exactly known for FlippingTheBird to their fans. [[HopeSpot Maybe]] this will mean [[CueTheFlyingPigs localized text for the remaining countries.]]
* And now the demo is available on the [=eShop=]! Hooray!
* The game has been released... and the ending reveals that a fan-favorite character [[spoiler:gets a Keyblade. Specifically Lea.]]