KH 3D – Famitsu Scans & Interview Translated

Kingdom Hearts 3D - Weekly Famitsu Scans & Interview Translated

SQEX-GAL has published magazine scans of the most recent issue of Famitsu Weekly, featuring a new interview with Tetsuya Nomura revealing new details on Kingdom Hearts 3D.  In addition, the interview has now been fully translated.

Kingdom Hearts 3D – Famitsu Scans

Tetsuya Nomura Interview

On the Ranking Results

Since I hear a lot of opinions that fans really like one particularly, I’m surprised to see that KH2 Final Mix ranked number one and then KH2 ranked after it. I didn’t want Birth by Sleep to seem like a spin off, so I’m happy to see it ranked in the top five.

My favorite character Sora must be ranked number one since he’s an uncomplicated, good guy. He gives us trouble though; when we make the promotional trailers it’s hard to find lines of his we can use since he doesn’t really say much useful.

The second ranked character Roxas, fans think he’s the most Final Fantasy-esque. Along with his friendship with Axel, they make an impressive set.

The most impressionable scenes for me were the endings of KH1 and KH2, and the scene in KH2 when Roxas’ summer vacation ends.

My favorite abilities are the popular Glide and Dodge Roll as well. They have a reinvigorating feel and are comfortable to do, so I like them. Along the same line, we’re including a one-handed rotation ability similar to Dodge Roll in FF Versus 13 too.

My favorite Keyblade is the top ranked Oathkeeper. It carries a deep meaning with the story and the design of it is clean, it’s the one I’m most pleased with.

With the most popular world, Twilight Town, we really fussed over embodying the image of coming from school as the sun sets. That song gave Shimomura-san a lot of trouble and pushed her to improve. We had an image derived around another artist’s song, but it really worked out well, the result was a song with a completely different sort of anguish.

The worst world to deal with was Atlantica, sorry it was so difficult to move. We had trouble adjusting the character’s movement while swimming and simultaneously fighting.

The popular enemies like the Shadows, Neo Shadows, White Mushrooms, Dusks and so on; I drew them myself. The enemies dictate the overall design aspects of the series, so I work them out with the staff afterwards. The hardest enemy for me was the Dancer Nobody, it was formidable enemy.

On Story Development

The story is mixed with elements of surprise. I try to develop it so that the parts that you expect to go one way go another.

We don’t come together and decide on the story from beginning to end. The staff helps flesh things out and I supervise myself making the final decisions. Since I’m the only one who can see the big picture and knows what happens after each development, I have a hard time figuring out how to draw it up for the staff.

On Internationalization

Though it’s an international series, it isn’t regulated for specific regions since I believe it will be well received if it’s interesting enough. Those at Disney said it has a very Japanese sense about it, I guess you could call it ‘Eastern thinking’. I thought that we’d make the storyline simple and clear, but I received this single piece of advice from Hironobu Sakaguchi: “If you don’t make it more complex like with Final Fantasy, you won’t be able to compete.” So from there the development moved to make something that would engage the colorful imaginations of the fans.

The storyline for KH3D is considerably difficult to understand. I am discussing it with Disney now, but they couldn’t understand it all at once. I’m explaining the reason and the established connections for each mystery one by one. It’s troublesome for the interpretation and localization, but there are many people in Disney who love the Kingdom Hearts series, somehow they’re following along with it.

There’s a sense that Kingdom Hearts appeals to wider age range of fans compared to Final Fantasy. Ratio wise, more fans are female. I’m especially happy to see that there is strong support for the series from fans in foreign countries too.

On Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Since there are so many mysteries to wonder about that are unrelated to the main volume, we aren’t trying to explain all of them. (Things like the personal information of the characters, the Room of Sleep, and the Room of Awakening.) KH3D deals with Sora’s concealed data, I’ll reveal more about the other mysteries another time.

The development status of KH3D is about 40%-50%. We’ll start recording the voices soon. The theme this time was “bold action”, but we also wanted to stress the importance of the story’s tempo. Though the story is important to fans as shown by the results of the survey, it won’t be drawn-out.

Not meaning that we’ve decreased the number of cutscenes, but having each one explained one by one reduces the tempo of the game, so we’re introducing a new system to make up for it. Again it’s directionally different from FF Versus 13. In KH3D, Sora will fight alongside various friends too. There’s also a secret movie being prepared.

On the Future of Kingdom Hearts

We’ve prepared a response in KH3D for the fans who are always saying, “We want KH3 to release!” The series that has developed so far as “the Xehanort saga” should end once and for all in KH3. I’ve outlined a tentative plot that takes place afterward, so we could continue onto a new chapter. Sora would remain the main character; that wouldn’t change. About an HD remastering, whether we release one or not is a different story, we have to think about the technical aspects of it.

I’ll read everyone’s opinions carefully.

From this summer to next spring, we’ll continue releasing information and sales dates for KH among other titles from the first development department, so please look forward to it.

23 Responses to “KH 3D – Famitsu Scans & Interview Translated”

  1. Lizzie1238 Says:

    Wow, I actually agree completely with everything Nomura said in the section “On the Ranking Results”

  2. Theking Tga Says:

    hd remake plz i will buy it even if it jp i know how to play that what you need

  3. Org. # zer0 Says:

    Im kinda hoping tht they make an aftrwords story, like he could some how work in M.F. from  khbbs as some kind of  ally from the future or a warrior form the past or somein about ansem the wise. I just know Famitsu and Nomura won’t let down (obviously).   

  4. Lizzie1238 Says:

    Why is kh2 fm so good? It just has a few extra cutscenes, a critical mode (which I’ll never play) and recom (which I already have). That said, they still need to bring it to NA, maybe in a HD remake collection (including, kh1 and 2 fms with recom).

  5. Silver95 Says:

    It also has a new Roxas battle, and it also has all the organization members for you to fight in a new area in hollow bastion, plus everything else you mentioned….

  6. Silver95 Says:

    Oh, I forgot…
    You can also fight Lingering Sentiment a.k.a Terra..

  7. Lizzie1238 Says:

    But is it really any different besides the extra boss battles? (I still REALLY want it though)

  8. Austinholeman Says:

    I hope they do make an HD remaster. and I hope it has more than just trophies and semi better graphics. maybe they’ll final gives us the final mix extras in the remaster. and fix the atlantica swimming. that’s a real remaster.

  9. Beau Says:

    I think the reason people like KH2:FM+ the best is because with the added content, it makes it the definitive version over KH2. They are essentially the same game – but if you had a choice, would you buy KH2, or KH2 with additional content for the same price? I think that’s why people like it the most – it’s the ultimate version.

  10. Guest Says:

     KH2 by itself felt like it was really lacking. There was just something empty about it – perhaps the number of things to do outside the main story (side quests, secret bosses, etc). KH2:FM+ rectified that and became the game that everyone was expecting KH2 to be.

    That said, to answer your question of any real difference, it depends on how you look at it. Story wise, there’s just a few extra cutscenes with no voices. Content wise, there’s a very big difference:

    Additional secret movie
    Additional cutscenes
    An entire new area within Hollow Bastion
    Extra keyblades, additional monsters (Org. XIII mushrooms were sweet)
    Critical mode
    S buttload of extra bosses
    New synthesis materials/items to make
    New abilities
    New drive form
    Additional area changes/game mechanic changes (such as drive form being increased to 9)
    A full additional game to play (exclusive at the time)

    The list goes on. There was A LOT of added content for FM+. That’s what makes it so good.

    I’ll always play FM+ over the original KH2, just for the extras. I had so much fun on critical mode, as hard as it was – hard being a complete understatement. The bonus area in Hollow Bastion was amazing as well.

  11. Maurice Hoek Says:

    HD Remastering is what I really like to see! And what I want them to do with it is the following:
    Kingdom Hearts 1 (Final Mix – HD)
    Kingdom Hearts: Re:Chain of Memories (HD)
    Kingdom Hearts 2 (Final Mix – HD)

    I want the Final Mixes because we europeans never got the chance to experience the full story of both of them.
    Also I’d like a Re:Chain of Memories here in Europe since they never gave us a copy of it.
    I did have the GBA edition, but who wouldn’t like a PS2 styled version, completely remastered in HD for PS3 while your at it! =)
    And hey, a few trophies for all those games would be neat!
    I love(d) trophies for my other PS3 games, and trying to get them with my Nr. 1 most favorite game would be bad-ass, since I really enjoyed getting all of them on KH:BBS! =)

    Anyway, I really can’t wait for KH:3D Dream Drop Distance alone Nomura!
    You really rock!
    I love how the story got more serieus and dark from CoM/KH2 and so on!
    I never liked FF due to the RPG style, and KH was what was missing in FF from the start.
    A good story that is enjoyable by playing ACTION/RPG style.
    That’s why I bought Crisis Core and both Dissidia’s as well! ^^
    Maybe you oughta think about getting us a cool KH Movie like you did with Advent Children.
    I got the normal version on UMD and recently bought the COMPLETE (BluRay) version and it was even more epic.

    Long story short..
    I love everything you did and do Nomura, keep up with giving us everything you can bring on the market.
    I’ll always be one of your faithfull fans.
    And yeah, haha I gave The 3rd Birthday a try as well!
    Got it this weekend, and it rules!


  12. SeptemberTheObserver Says:

    “The storyline for KH3D is considerably difficult to understand. I am
    discussing it with Disney now, but they couldn’t understand it all at

    Considering the storyline up til now….utterly NOT a good sign.

  13. Lizzie1238 Says:

    Disney was told it all at once. When we play through it, it will be over the course of many hours so we will come to understand the story slowly and bit by bit.

  14. Lizzie1238 Says:

    I’m shocked Riku didn’t make the top 5 in the poll. Like seriously? And I’m sure a bunch of people who voted for Terra and Aqua have ONLY played bbs and no other games. Not that they’re bad characters though.

  15. Rohca Baux Says:

    no more Xehanort after 3 remember?? I wish they made an MMO about restoring all the worlds into one again, like it was before the KB war..

  16. Ashley Welsh Says:

    I wouldn’t mind a HD remastered, but it is Tetsuya Nomura’s decision on that.
    I can’t wait for KH3D! I don’t believe its going to be a “spin-off”. A bunch of people that think Chain of Memories and 358/2 Days are spin-offs from the story line, but I don’t think they are. Chain of Memories is getting you ready for KH2, because of the Org. XII and it having hints of Roxas. 358/2 Days is getting you ready for KH3 because Xion is in it and she, along with Roxas, Axel, Ven, Terra, and Aqua, need Sora to end their hurt. The same is for KH3D its also getting us ready for KH3 with Sora and Riku doing the Mark of Mastery and probably them learning more about Ven, Terra, and Aqua. Like, BBS introducing them and telling us about what happened before Sora got the Keyblade and how everything has come to be.

  17. Sora Says:

    I’m really starting to get fed up with Nomura and them. I understand the series is a cash cow but enough with the spin offs on different consoles.

    If they had spent the time they wasted on those games actually working on KH3 we’d have the game we all have been waiting for! Stop making up Kairi clones and trios and give us the final game. ugh

  18. Xander R Says:

    I don’t understand… what do they mean by “HD Remastered”?! are they going to make the previous games up to date with the graphics we have today and add more to it? or they are going to make the previous games like “Final Fantasy Graphics”??

  19. Ninkoro Says:

    And then the series would be a whole lot shorter. Real fans don’t want kh to be short and quick game, so its super long story spanning across many games gives fans much more memories. Its not just because its a “cash cow”, its because fans want more kh games.

  20. Rj Stipek Says:

    Hell it would be awesome if they did a total remastering of KH, KH re:chain, and KH3 for the ps3 like they did for the God of War series…. Kingdom hearts was an amazing game and would love to play it at anytime over again on my ps3 and not having to use a ps2…. but im already pumped up for KD3D its going to be awesome and already looking forward to KH3!!!!

  21. Darkmesna Says:

    they should just make a riku story honestly. no one knows exactly what happened with him and how he got around (i know maleficent brought him from planet to planet through darkness). how he found kairi and all the fine details behind that stuff. also itd be SOO cool to play as riku without those DAMN cards getting in the way like in RE CoM

  22. Soraismyname Says:

    People who only played the first game game prolly hated himm
    I know I did ;_; He killed me in proud mode for about 2 months

  23. people search Says:

    i agree with you

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