Every year, there are one or two high profile 3rd party Wii games that aspire to actually shoot for mainstream acceptance. There are a lot of reasons why these games are so few and far between, not the least of which being the fact that it's always bad business to compete against Nintendo. There are few companies in the world that have developed a reputation for quality and universal appeal like Nintendo has, in game development or otherwise.
Disney may be the only brand that can outdo Nintendo in terms of breadth of appeal and history of excellence. In fact, a love of the animation of Walt Disney has been repeatedly cited by Shigeru Miyamoto (Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros.) as one of the reasons he got into cartooning, and as a result, game development. That relationship comes full circle with Epic Mickey. The game works to fuse the classic works of Walt Disney and modern Miyamoto masterpieces Super Mario Galaxy and The Legend of Zelda into one cohesive package.
Disney Epic Mickey (Wii)
Like I said in this preview, Epic Mickey is a love letter to the forgotten and/or ignored side of Disney's legacy. You wont see any references to the High School Musical or Aladin in this game. Instead, you'll see recreations of black and white Mickey Mouse cartoons, the return of long buried or rejected Disney characters, and more of a general sense of reverence for Disney's history that you're likely to find on the Disney channel. It's a lot like the old 16-bit platformer Mickey Mania, except it goes much deeper.
The paint/thinner difference is more than skin deep. The game works really hard to make the paint solutions totally different from the thinner solutions. The "good" method of solving a problem (usually involving paint instead of thinner) is generally much harder to figure out and implement, which adds a lot of depth and re-playability to the game, particularly with the bosses. I'd go as far as to say that a lot times, Epic Mickey feels like two games in one, the "paint" game and the "thinner" game. It's up to you to choose which you want to play.
A mixed bag like this is hard to score. Parts of the game are definitely a 4, while other bits are a 10, with a whole lot of stuff in-between. Guess I'll split the difference and go for a...
THE VERDICT - Disney Epic Mickey
Reviewed by Jonathan Holmes
|11:00 AM on 05.17.2013|
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