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Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion for 3DS! (NEW DETAILS EMERGE!)
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March 20, 2012, 21:48:30
 
A unique, side-scrolling 3DS version of Epic Mickey 2 has been announced!

Twitter link.

"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?

UPDATE:

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.

Other details:

-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

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Posted: 03/20/12, 21:48:30  - Edited by 
 on: 03/27/12, 18:59:34    
 
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@GameDadGrant
Anything can look like a statue when it's not moving.

Speaking of which, I read the Nintendo Power preview. The main villain creates illusions of Disney characters, but you can also... rescue and use some real ones, like Scrooge? I should've read more closely. Anyway, the game sounds fucking awesome. Castle of Illusion is one of the DreamRift guy's favorite games. And the art is absolutely beautiful. You guys should see the full level spread in the mag.

Also, Xenoblade got 9.0, Kid Ic got 9.5, and that cool-looking black and white, dimension-swapping 3DS platformer (Shifting something?) got 6.5, I think, mostly for technical reasons.


Posted by 
 on: 03/29/12, 17:33:29
I'd go pick this up along with the Nintendo mag supposedly featuring AC3 (among other mags) but I went the other day to the Chapters downtown and their VG mag selection was fuckin pathetic. Like, 7 unique mags tops.


Posted by 
 on: 03/29/12, 19:11:24
@carlosrox
This issue has some Kid Icarus cards, too.


Posted by 
 on: 03/29/12, 19:15:26
New pics! Looks awesome.



Aww yeah, Cap'n Hook.


Posted by 
 on: 04/04/12, 19:16:40
This above anything else really makes me want to buy a 3DS. Man, can't they just announce the 3DS Lite already?? I'd buy that in a heartbeat. Part of the reason I haven't gotten a 3DS yet is I'll be super pissed if I buy it right before Lite announcement.

When does this release?

Oh and can you please post the rest of the pics Anon? Site doesn't work on my phone!


Posted by 
 on: 04/04/12, 19:23:40  - Edited by 
 on: 04/04/12, 19:29:08
Anand said:
Anything can look like a statue when it's not moving.

You just blew my mind.


Posted by 
 on: 04/04/12, 19:25:09
@GameDadGrant
Then there are certain street performers in Chicago and NYC who will blow it again.


Posted by 
 on: 04/04/12, 19:44:22
@anon_mastermind It does look good, although the characters don't seem to fit the background to me? Maybe just that shot.


Posted by 
 on: 04/04/12, 20:33:08
@Zero
I sort of thought the same thing, should get ironed out though.


Posted by 
 on: 04/04/12, 20:34:20
That could be totally intentional. Like hand-drawn cels on a painted background.


Posted by 
 on: 04/04/12, 20:50:01
Anand said:
That could be totally intentional. Like hand-drawn cels on a painted background.

That's the impression I got. I don't think it looks any weirder than an animated movie.


Posted by 
 on: 04/04/12, 21:23:57
That phrase always makes me think of Ska now...


Posted by 
 on: 04/04/12, 21:32:32
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