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Hot off the heels of the announcement of the multi-platform sequel to Epic Mickey, Disney UK has announced probably the most baffling, yet awesome idea I’ve seen come from Walt Disney’s factory of joy – Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, which we are told has a lot in common with the Mega Drive/Genesis classic Castle of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse.
According to the press release, the fabled Castle of Illusion suddenly appears in the Wasteland from the first Epic Mickey, a land that is filled with forgotten Disney characters, theme park attractions, and now forgotten videogames. Determined not to be left in obscurity, the evil witch Mizrabel devises a plot to escape the shackles of the Wasteland by using the Castle of Illusion to imprison and then drain the “cartoon essence” from currently famous Toons.
Using the 3DS’ hardware, players will be able to use the touch screen to create rough versions of objects they want to appear which will manifest into reality once complete. These will be crude 2D designs that when transported to the top screen become fully 3D and inked. Mickey will also have use of the Paint and Thinner abilities from the first game. Warren Spector – Vice President of Junction Point and the man who brought Mickey Mouse back from the brink in games, took some time to gush about the Mega Drive game, before talking a little about the “sequel”.
The original ‘Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse’ changed the face of video gaming by allowing players to play as Mickey Mouse in a side-scrolling adventure full of dynamic environments. We’re honoured to be able to pay tribute to this classic video game by creating a title that truly takes advantage of the unique capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS, putting the magic of Disney and the historic Castle of Illusion in the palm of your hands.
Being developed by DreamRift in collaboration with Disney Interactive’s Junction Point, it is clear from the screenshots alone that the inspiration is largely based on the old Mega Drive relic, but the new features seem interesting enough to keep it fresh. Personally, I never forgot about Castle of Illusion myself as it is just one of those cult classics from the days before the Mega Drive took off (before Sonic the Hedgehog). Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion is currently slated for a Fall 2012 release on the Nintendo 3DS, and I can’t wait to see what the developers do with this promising prospect.