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Nintendo Mouseketeers are getting a double shot of Disney's mascot with the release of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for Wii and Epic Mickey: Power of the Illusion for 3DS. Both games will feature Mickey and his magic brush in familiar Disney locales, but judging by Dreamrift's first set of screenshots for the mouse's 3DS chapter, that's where the similarities end.

A study of the new images shows Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion to be an ode to classic Mickey Mouse side-scrollers; specifically, Sega's Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. Not that this is a bad thing. in fact, GR has a certain soft spot for Mickey's video game past, as evidenced in last week's feature, "Why Mickey Mouse used to be at the cutting edge of video game entertainment. No, Really..." (really!)

A handful of other Disney characters appear to be coming along for the ride, including Scrooge McDuck, Peter Pan, and Beast. But while Power of Illusion looks to be heavy on unique cameos, its re-use of the same enemy type in every locations is slightly concerning.

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion is slated for a fall 2012 release, while Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two has a more concrete launch window of September 2012. You can read our early thoughts on the latter console edition in Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two preview - what's new?

12 comments

  • b-con - April 5, 2012 1:07 a.m.

    Anyone concerned about the graphics looking old school, that's something you might've heard of called "retro", which is a good thing. A game looks good based on if it looks good, not on how modern it looks. No one would look a good Genesis game and say "dam, that's ugly". They'd more likely get a boner due to the sprite based beauty
  • FOZ - April 5, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Just look at Muramasa and try to tell me this completely generic GBA art style is preferable to that. Or that Trine 2's look doesn't benefit from modern visuals.
  • fullmetallegend - April 4, 2012 6:58 p.m.

    Kingdom Hearts meets Mega Man.
  • FOZ - April 4, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    This basically looks like an early DS game. Just saying.
  • cubine - April 4, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    Early DS? I would even say GBA game. Which is just sad. They could at least give us some higher-res sprites like the ones found in Odin Sphere or Rayman Origins.
  • FOZ - April 4, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    The bottom screen being empty aside from meters or one big picture made me think early DS. Especially with all the GBA ports that only used the touch screen for menus at the time, so GBA isn't far off either.
  • linorn - April 4, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    I hope he doesn't have that vacuous grin for the entire game.
  • IceBlueKirby - April 4, 2012 1:40 p.m.

    I never played the old Illusion games (I really should) but I'm always up for a good sidescroller, and hopefully this will be a fun one. I'm more likely to get this before I get Epic Mickey 2, although I'll get both either way.
  • b-con - April 5, 2012 1:03 a.m.

    Lay off the meth. Mickey smiles because he's a happy dude. Partially because he's a cartoon character. And partially because he's not a meth addict like you.
  • b-con - April 5, 2012 1:10 a.m.

    previous comment @linorn btw
  • b-con - April 5, 2012 1:30 a.m.

    double btw, I'm from Kentucky. So I assume every person who says crazy things is on meth
  • shawksta - April 4, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    2D sprite mickey huh? Interesting, ironically 2D images make one of better 3D looks so this should be interesting, same goes for Rayman Origins. Lets hope they dont screw this up and not rehash enemies new game needs new enemies.

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