Kingdom Hearts 3D arrives July 31

Square Enix bringing role-playing game to Nintendo 3DS this summer; portable music game spin-off Theatrhythm Final Fantasy drops July 3.

Though Kingdom Hearts 3 is nowhere to be seen, Square Enix today dated new franchise entry Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for July 31. Previously, the game was expected to ship on an unknown date in 2012.

Kingdom Hearts 3D comes to the US on July 31.

The game will once again combine a cast of Disney standards like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck with original Square Enix characters. Described as "the opening chapter of the final conflict" for the series' current storyline, Kingdom Hearts 3D follows Sora and Riku through a Mark of Mastery exam required to become Keyblade Masters.

The game shipped in Japan last week and sold 213,579 units in that region.

On top of announcing a release date for Kingdom Hearts 3D, Square Enix also today dated rhythm game spin-off Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for July 3. Gamers in Boston, Massachusetts, this weekend for PAX East 2012 can play the 3DS title at Square Enix's booth on the show floor.

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