I love the idea of the Kingdom Hearts games. Problem is, I have missed out on playing most of them, especially the early ones. There are quite a few games in the series now, and I don't really relish the idea of going back and playing every single one - some are hard to find, and they do span a variety of gaming consoles. Not to mention the sheer time I would have to spend playing all of the games.
I am intrigued by Kingdom Hearts 3D( Dream Drop Distance), however. It looks like it would be a lot of fun to play, and it is on a system I already own (the 3DS). If I have never played any other Kingdom Hearts game, will I be totally lost in the story and have no idea what is going on? Or will I still be able to enjoy the game as it is, without having all the backstory?
If not, what is the minimum I have to play from the series to make sure I get all of the needed story and other elements?