"The presentation of Epic Mickey 2 will take place next week. 3DS version, Power of Illusion, more "classic" 2D is also planned."
Sounds like an exclusive new game, and maybe harkening back to the old Genesis 'Illusion' games? I hope so. Those games were pretty awesome. I really dug Castle of Illusion.
Good news, eh?
Here are some new details from the latest issue of Nintendo Power (April 2012):
Power of Illusion is being put together by DreamRift, the studio behind 2011's Monster Tale for the Nintendo DS. The game, which is its own side-scrolling, platforming title (instead of a mere port of The Power of Two), is a follow-up to Epic Mickey, but more interestingly, it's also a follow-up to Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, a 1990 game for the Sega Genesis!
Power of Illusion will make heavy use of the Nintendo 3DS's stylus. By tapping the item icons exist in every level, you'll be able to "paint" (trace) those items into existence, including cliffs, cannons, and floating platforms. The more precisely you trace, the better for Mickey. A flawlessly-painted canon will only damage Mickey's enemies, for instance, but if you mess up the painting, the canon will be a danger to everyone in the area.
Sometimes you'll need to erase objects, which is done by spreading thinner. Again, the stylus comes into play here.
The hand-drawn sprites in Power of Illusion are extremely compelling, and, thanks to scrolling parallax backgrounds (a heavily-used graphic technique in the days of 16-bit gaming), reportedly look great in sterescopic 3D. Even better, every level in the game is based on an animated Disney adventure, from "Sleeping Beauty" to "Tangled" and lots in between.
As a final declaration of oldschool love, every character that Mickey saves in Power of Illusion will take up residence in the fortress that Mickey uses as his home base, a confirmed nod to the esteemed Suikoden RPG series. Sometimes you find references in the unlikeliest of places, but that's part of what makes video games fun. Right?
There's no release date set for Power of Illusion (Fall 2012 is a general target), but expect lots more information on this game as the weeks march on like Mouseketeers.
-The witch from Snow white is the main villain again -There will be worlds from all eras of Disney, From Peter Pan to Tangled -Scrooge Mcduck is in the game -Characters you 'save' will appear in a fort of sort that acts as a HUB when you progress on, like Scrooge McDuck or Peter pan will be in it and decorate the fort. -Oswald will be in it along with Minnie
Hmm, I guess it makes sense to make the handheld version its own thing. Although, are we still getting a Wii version? Wii is probably closer in power to 3DS than it is to PS3/360/Wii U. Would it make sense to have the 3DS and Wii versions be the same?
"Classic" 2D?? Please, please, please!! The Wii version can be set to the backburner so this version can take the spotlight. I thoroughly enjoyed Disney's Magical Quest on SNES and Castle of Illusion on Genesis, and would love the chance to play a new quality 2D Mickey game. This is very good news, indeed.
@carlosrox I would have to imagine that if a Mickey title is going to XBox and PS3, then it'd be a no brainer to bring it to Wii. Just don't know why they wouldn't have announced it if that's the case. A Mickey title would obviously do better on a Nintendo console.
Is there any chance the 3DS and Wii versions will be the same, while a WiiU version would be the same as the 360 and PS3 version?
I still haven't played the first one. It really gives me a Kingdom Hearts vibe. But that might just be the fact that Disney characters appeared in it.
As an aside... I miss that franchise. I played the first title when I was younger. I started playing the second one. I remember I bought it right after I read the 7.6 review from IGN. Although I never finished it, however. I think I ended up trading it and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas for a used GameCube. Good times...
God I hope this is more like Castle of Illusion. I never had a Genesis growing up, but I was a bit jelly of my buddy's system when I went over to his house. I don't really have like, a really high opinion of the Genesis, but man that Mickey Mouse game was boss. No joke.
It's kind of a shame that the bottom 3DS screen isn't bigger. They could put the action on that and have you drawing things with the stylus.
With Okamiden, didn't you press a button which brought everything to the bottom screen, so you could draw on it? Maybe they'd do something like that. I'm not sure if they'd bring back the 'painting' aspect of Epic Mickey though. It could just be a standard 2D sidescroller with regular controls (which would probably be for the better).