Dream Drop Distance Synopsis

This synopsis pretty much covers everything we know about Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. The story, plot, gameplay, worlds, and ect are covered. Artworks are also available. Everything has been detailed to the fullest and as news arouses. The synopsis will be updated.


Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance occurs after Kingdom Hearts Coded. During Coded, Mickey has been informed of the tormented which Sora must free them of. Mickey has written a letter to Sora enlightening him on the situation. After the events of Kingdom Hearts 2, Ansem and Xemnas have met their demise by the keyblades’ chosens: Sora, Riku, and Mickey. Yen Sid, a former master, has spoken with Mickey about future events and he has asked Mickey to summon Sora and Riku to take the Mark of Mastery Exam. Yen Sid’s motives are a direct result of Xehanort’s heartless and nobody destruction, which insures Xehanort’s resurrection. In order to combat this returning threat, Sora and Riku must become full fledged Keyblade Masters. Dream Drop Distance will be a bridge connecting to Kingdom Hearts III.


Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is the next new installment of the Kingdom Hearts Franchise. The plot takes place after the events of Kingdom Hearts: Coded. Sora and Riku will embark on their mark of mastery which Yen Sid will oversee. Their goal is to unlock “The Keyhole of Sleep” and return to the realm of light. In turn, the power locked in sleep will be bestowed upon them and Yen Sid will recognize them as “True Keyblade Masters”. In order to unlock the keyhole, Sora and Riku will depart to the realm submerged in sleep. There, sleep occurs which dreams also lie. Here is where the title comes into play; “the distance in which you fall in your dreams”. In Kingdom Hearts I, the worlds were engulfed in darkness eventually being restored by Sora, but not all worlds were restored. Those unfortunate worlds were submerged in sleep. The dreams of these worlds will be the setting. Sora and Riku will progress through new worlds and areas “waking” them; therefore restoring them from their repose. Dream Eaters, creatures which eat dreams, are the key to traveling between worlds and finding the keyhole of sleep located in the slumbering worlds. These new creatures are split into two types: “Nightmares”, who eat dreams and implant nightmares , and “Spirits”, who eat bad dreams. Bold Action is the concept of the game which will be displayed throughout the story and gameplay.


The gameplay is fast paced and it is on par with that of a console game. It includes a “Drop Gauge” which should be easy to use. Sora and Riku’s abilities are dependent on the world and dream eaters that accompany them. During the story, you may be playing as Sora then unexpectedly you switch to Riku. The leveling of the Dream Eaters are based on Sora and Riku’s leveling system. There will also be some type of multiplayer function.

Co-Op Techniques

When the pink gauge fills, you can expend the achieved points to perform devastating techniques with Spirits and other allies. The touch screen and button controls are both used during Co-Op Techniques. You can use two Dream Eaters simultaneously. For example, Sora mounts upon Wonder Cat and strikes while leaping to and fro, also you can perform a technique by influencing enemies like the Kuma Panda and launching it.

Free Flow Action

Press Y when in close proximity to a wall or pole to execute spectacular actions. You can Press A for a Free Flow Action such as “Kick Dive”, after springing from a wall; you target the ground and damage surrounding enemies, and “Turn Cutter”, which you whirl around a pole inflicting damage to enemies close by.

Reality Shift

A specific marker will appear on an enemy. Press the X or A button to activate reality shift mode. The action will be in suspension which Sora or Riku will depart from the upper screen and emerge at the bottom screen. Sora’s Slingshot is an example of Reality Shift and other special techniques can be achieved through this method.


Sora is the main protagonist of Kingdom Hearts. He and his friend, Riku, are taking the Mark of Mastery Exam. The self taught knowledge of the keyblade has been reset for him and a new attire given.

Riku is the best friend of the protagonist. He and Sora are taking the Mark of Mastery Exam. Riku doesn’t think he is qualified to be master after being corrupted by darkness. The self taught knowledge of the keyblade has been reset for him and a new attire given. The passage of time is also shown by his haircut.

Mickey is the King of Disney Castle and a keyblade wielder. King Mickey has also shown the Mark of Mastery which means he is a Keyblade Master. He summons Sora and Riku to Yen Sid’s domain. Yen Sid is his master.

Yen Sid is a former master. He had ties with Master Xehanort and Master Eraqus. Yen Sid has foresight on Xehanort’s current status. As a result, he oversees Sora and Riku’s Mark of Mastery Exam. Yen Sid’s apprentice is Mickey Mouse.

Neku Sakuraba is the main protagonist of The World Ends With You. He is a 15 year old boy who grew up in Shibuya, Tokyo. In Kingdom Hearts, Neku is found in Traverse Town and he is a participant of the Reaper Game. He has lost his partner Shiki ,and Neku is accompanied by a Dream Eater called Neko Cat. He eventually teams up with Sora because of the rules of the Reaper Game. A pact must be forged with a partner to survive.

Disney and Original Worlds

The City of Bells is the home of Quasimodo from the Disney film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. The name “City of Bells” is not its official name. Esmeralda is also seen in this world and the festal of fools does take place during Sora and Riku’s travel.

Traverse Town has two new additional districts, District 4 and 5. In these districts, The Reaper Game is taking place which is a game played by the dead. Neku Sakuraba, the main protagonist of The World Ends With You, is a participant of The Reaper Game.

Dream Eaters

These creatures consume dreams, and they are the key to traveling between worlds. By investigating the Dream Eaters, they become important in locating the Keyhole of Sleep. These new beings exist within the Realm Submerged in Sleep. There are two categories in which the Dream Eaters are divided into two categories: Spirits: who consume bad dreams and fight along side you; and Nightmares: who consume dreams, implant nightmares, and fight against you.

Spirit: Koumori Bat

It is a furred bat with purple arched wings and spiked ears. Koumori Bat is Riku’s first Spirit.

Spirit: Wonder Cat

A blue contrasting cat with a white underbelly. It is also large and has a horn. Wonder Cat is Sora’s first Spirit.

Spirit: Kuma Panda

A large panda with bear claws and ears. Its colors mainly consist of yellow and purple.

Spirit: Neko Cat

Neko Cat is Neku Sakuraba’s Spirit. It is a blue cat with a lighter blue underbelly. Bells are located around its neck and on top of its ears.

Nightmare: Kuma Panda

A large panda with bear claws and ears. Its color scheme is darker than its Spirit counterpart and its eyes have a red menacing glare.

Nightmare: Torpedo Fish

This fish flies and soars through the air. It has jagged teeth and a spiked back.

Nightmare: Wonder Cat

A more sinister version of the Wonder Cat with a black body and pink underbelly.


Darkness becomes light.
Light falls into darkness.
Dreams are connected to each other.
When you fall into a dream
You are connected through dreams to “The world enclosed in sleep”.
And if you open the “Keyhole of sleep” in that world…
The world will be released…


Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance will be on the Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS has stereoscopic 3D display which gives characters and objects; space and depth. There is a 3D Depth Slider to control the intensity of the 3D display which allows 2D play as well. Motion and Gyro sensors enables reaction to motion such as tilting the handheld console. Augmented reality (a type of live display viewed by a camera with a digital element inserted) can be used to play with your Dream Eaters. For example, the 3DS’s camera will display your surroundings and a Dream Eater will move about the screen. Kingdom Hearts 3D is also compatible with the Nintendo 3DS Expansion Slide Pad which features an additional analog control.


The development team who created Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep are working on Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. It was announced at E3 2010 as Kingdom Hearts 3D and as a playable demo. It wasn’t until January 18, 2011 when it was officially unveiled via Square Enix 1st Production Department Premier Event at the Toho Cinemas in Tokyo, Japan. During the event, its first trailer was displayed. It was also established that trust was the theme. In July 2011, a Famitsu editorial with an interview from Tetsuya Nomura revealed Kingdom Hearts 3D was 40-50% complete and voice recording was about to begin. He also stated 3D would have a secret movie “shocking ending” like the other installments and a new enemy would be introduced. A Dengeki issue highlights another Nomura interview which he speaks of a possible Kingdom Hearts I remake for the PS3 for Kingdom Hearts 10th anniversary. He confirms a playable demo at TGS. During TGS 2011, Spring 2012 was set as the release date in Japan. The showing also divulge appearances from Ansem’s apprentices: Xehanort, Ienzo, Braig, and Even, Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Neku, and the Dream Eaters “goblins who consume sleep”. The September 2011 Famitsu editorial details Kingdom Hearts 3D as 60-70% complete and introduces Traverse Town District 4 and 5.