Square Enix has released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III showing off Classic Kingdom, a Game & Watch-style mini-game collection. The feature was revealed during a fan event where Kingdom Hearts III co-director Tai Yasue said Classic Kingdom is “inspired by Disney cartoons and 1980s LCD games.”
In the trailer, which you can watch above, Sora, Donald, and Goofy are shown crowding around a portable games console, at which point tiny black and white versions of Sora and Mickey must use a platform to climb a construction site and rescue Minnie Mouse from Pete.
Classic Kingdom seems to be made up of multiple mini-games, including one where you whack enemies with a hammer as they approach you. Another requires you to deliver food, and a third that involves moving around a table as a giant stomps his fists and stamps his feet. It’s all simple and charming in the way classic LCD games were.
Classic Kingdom will be available to play in both Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross]. At the fan event it was also revealed that 300 Union χ[Cross] players will be selected to have their names appear in Kingdom Hearts III as part of the Make Your Mark campaign.
Kingdom Hearts III is expected to launch in 2018 but a specific release date hasn’t been confirmed yet. Tetsuya Nomura, who is directing the game alongside working on the Final Fantasy VII Remake, explained the extremely long wait last year, saying there were numerous factors that contributed to it, one of which is a change in engines.
We’re pretty excited for the game and have put together a list of 9 Things We Want From Kingdom Hearts III, which includes a cameo of a certain Final Fantasy prince, some tweaks to combat, and a certain famous aquatic paradise.