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Watch Kingdom Hearts 3D's New Battle Systems in Action

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Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance plays a lot like past titles in the series, especially Re:coded and Birth by Sleep, however there have been a few major changes.


The first is the "free-flow" system which allows you to perform special attacks by interacting with enemies or the environment in certain ways. These attacks are always more powerful than normal combos and magic so a well-placed grind rail or light pole can make a difficult battle into a simple affair.

A new type of shooter stage has been added as well. Sometimes they revolve around collecting items or defeating a certain number of enemies. Other times, they're just massive boss fights.


To see both normal combat and the shooter stages in action, be sure to check out the video above.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance was released in Japan on March 29, 2012 for the Nintendo 3DS. A Western release is planned for sometime in summer 2012.

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The battle looks great, and the music sounds nostalgic.

I might actually pick it up, but I expect to be hella confused, skipping out on reCoded, 3986/182369 Days, and not finishing BBS.

But whatever, it'll iron itself out, right?