Posted by Evolve on Apr 16, 2018 | In: General News
Kingdom Hearts 3 keeps on getting further teases and surprises dripped out of it for fans as they wait for its release date charges onwards. Previously, it was the reveal of the Monsters Inc. world, with Sora, Donald, and Goofy's (always that order) forms in them. Before that, we got the reveal trailer of the Toy Story world, which showed similar slices of cutscenes and gameplay set in Pixar's vibrant world of toys come to life. Both these trailers have left fans eager to see what the game holds in store, especially now that Pixar has been included in the Disney/Final Fantasy mix. While the newest trailer doesn't quite feature the length or content or bombast of those prior ones, it does introduce something fairly intriguing: retro games.
The trailer dropped during the recently held Kingdom Hearts Union X Fan Meeting and shows a couple of interesting things right from the get-go in its relatively brief run time. The first thing is the reveal of Hayner, Pence, and Olette's return. Fans of the series will remember these three as the Twilight Town friends from Kingdom Hearts 2. In a rather hilariously nonchalant fashion, the trailer reveals them to be in the game, hanging out with Sora, Donald, and Goofy (in a world not yet known) as they all look at what the trailer is really focused on the retro-styled minigames.
These minigames take the form of a handheld device Sora is using, and are inspired by the Game and Watch LCD handheld video games from the 1980s. In a twist that only Kingdom Hearts could pull off, the games use that Game and Watch aesthetic on the backdrop of old Disney cartoons featuring Mickey Mouse. Shorts like The Karnival Kid, The Barnyard Battle, Musical Farmer, and Giantland are all featured and playable in game form through these minigames. It's not Kingdom Hearts' first time intermingling with classic Disney cartoons of old; Kingdom Hearts 2 featured an entire world based off of 1928's Steamboat Willie, where the graphics became black and white, audio muffled, and Sora, Donald, and Goofy took on classic appearances. The same applies to them in these minigames. Unlike the story significance of that world from KH2, this appears to be more of a side mechanic that players can have fun with and enjoy. Fans who play the mobile spin-off Kingdom Hearts Union χ Cross will be delighted to find out that these retro games will be playable in that as well, but no date for when yet.
Sadly, no details about this new mechanic were revealed in the trailer, so it's still unknown how it will actually work in the game or how it will be unlocked. Even so, it's nice to get these little sneak-peeks as we approach closer to Kingdom Hearts 3's release. Square Enix has been tight-lipped about the release outside of confirming that the game will drop sometime in 2018 this year, but there hasn't been anything more specific yet. Many fans are hoping this may change at E3, but this is according to rumors. When the game eventually does release though, you'll be able to get your hands on it at long last and play on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, making KH3 the first Kingdom Hearts title to show up on Microsoft's consoles. You can check out the trailer below to see these retro minigames for yourself. It's only a minute long, but it's nice to see more KH3 wherever we can get it. Stay tuned for any updates!