Square Enix has revealed the latest new world for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III. The 2D “Game and Watch” inspired level is titled the “Classic Kingdom”. This news comes from a new trailer revealing details of the new level. Fit with a classic gamepad layout, the new kingdom is reminiscent of the old LCD handheld games. The trailer highlights characters like Donald, Goofy and Mickey alongside Sora, all in the 1930s Steamboat Willie style. The gameplay is in a similar minigame style to the original handheld games. The trailer does not reveal or tease any link to Smash Bros. favourite Mr. Game and Watch. As Sora is playing a LCD handheld system in the trailer, The Classic Kingdom looks like a series of minigames rather than a full Kingdom. While Square Enix haven’t revealed an official release, Kingdom Hearts III is out for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2018.
Other confirmed Kingdoms
The Classic Kingdom is just one of the many confirmed worlds for Kingdom Hearts III. While familiar favourites like Twilight Town, the Mysterious Tower and Mount Olympus have been spotted in trailers, there are also many brand new levels already confirmed.
- Andy’s Room – The biggest reveal so far is Andy’s Room from Pixar’s Toy Story. The inclusion of Disney’s Pixar properties is long overdue. The art style of Kingdom Hearts works perfectly with the Toy Story CGI animation and the toy Sora, Donald and Goofy look right at home. Here’s hoping Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprise their roles as Woody and Buzz.
- Monster’s Inc. – Speaking of Pixar properties, Square Enix has confirmed Monster’s Inc. The monster versions of Sora, Donald and Goofy fit in right besides the colourful Sully and Mike.
- San Fransokyo – Big Hero 6’s fusion of Toyko and San Fransisco looks like the closest fans will get to any potential Marvel worlds. While Disney’s ownership of Marvel leaves hope for an Avengers world, Big Hero 6 will certainly satisfy the superhero craving.
- Kingdom of Corona – Since the release of Kingdom Hearts II, Disney has not only expanded, with the ownership of Marvel and LucasFilm, but also maintained their quality of films with a new animation direction. Disney’s shift to 3D began with the instantly popular Tangled, so it’s only fair Tangled should come to Kingdom Hearts. The colourful fields and lush fairytale setting are perfect for the Kingdom Hearts aesthetic.
With the reveal of the Classic Kingdom, fans’ imagination has run wild. It’s easy to imagine Star Wars themed trench runs in the gummy ship, or a musical minigame for Frozen’s Let It Go like the Little Mermaid sequences in previous games. What new worlds would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below.