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Watch five minutes of hardcore Japanese Disney action


Japanese Mickey is the best
Jul 06
// Chris Carter
Parents, if your kid enjoyed Disney Magical World, you may want to break out your wallets, because the sequel has Frozen in it -- like every other post-Disney property tends to do. Other included properties are Lilio & S...
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Disney Magical World

Disney Magical World 2 is coming to the 3DS in Japan


Also known as 'Magical Castle'
Jul 01
// Chris Carter
Disney Magical World was released in the west last year, and it was a decent entry-level Animal Crossing game that resonated with a younger audience. Bandai Namco has just announced a full sequel, which is titled Disney Magical Castle 2: My Happy Life in the east. Evidently the full unveiling will happen on July 6, at which point we'll get more information on some updated features.
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Nintendo/Disney

Disney making pan-media partnership with Nintendo, according to rumour


Tarzan remake starring Donkey Kong
Jun 26
// Joe Parlock
Disney and Nintendo have never really had a good relationship. Sure there was Epic Mickey, but then Epic Mickey 2 was released on every platform. Then there was Wreck-It Ralph, which ­­only featured a few minor Ninten...

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Release date planned

Kingdom Hearts III worlds set, mostly new


Tangled up in...Tangled
Jun 23
// Steven Hansen
Hoping some fan favorites from series past would make it into Kingdom Hearts III? Well you should let it go. That notion, I mean. Let it go, like from the movie Frozone. Tangled was also confirmed at E3. Anyways, Gematsu tra...
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Good will hunting

'Star Wars is a multi-generational brand'


Good will hunting
Jun 15
// Steven Hansen
If you did not feel sold to thus far in Sony's conference. If you instead felt wonder and awe and giggling excitement. Well, Star Wars x Disney Infinity has tried to ruin that, to wrench us back down to reality with gross marketing speak and money-making toys. Boba Fett is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 limited edition, at least "before the holidays."
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Toontown Rewritten

Toontown Rewritten brings back my first MMO


Somehow Disney lawyers haven't noticed
Jun 15
// Joe Parlock
Toontown Online was my very first MMO, back when I was a wee child. It was pretty rad at the time: teaming up with people all over the world was a novel idea at the time, and even though I never subscribed, I can still vivid...
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Kingdom Hearts survey

Kingdom Hearts survey references last-gen consoles, Vita, Wii U


Also asks about localization
Jun 10
// Jed Whitaker
The official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page posted a survey for fans to fill out that will be available till June 12. It asks about how important it is to fans to have games localized in their own language, be it text...
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amiibo

Disney Infinity exec slams amiibo shortages


Calls shortages 'irresponsible and rude'
Jun 09
// Laura Kate Dale
If you, like me, got really into collecting amiibo when they launched late last year, you have without a doubt at some point come to realize that they're really damn annoying to collect. Artificial supply constraints, limited...
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Check and check
If you're making a Star Wars game with pilotable ships, I'm going to want to zip around Hoth in a snowspeeder and tie knots around some AT-ATs. I'll also want to shoot down a bunch of TIE Fighters on my path to destroy the De...

Disney Infinity 3.0 expands with the Star Wars and Inside Out playsets

Jun 01 // Alessandro Fillari
For those who aren't familiar, or maybe just a bit confused about what Disney Infinity is, this title brings players into an open world and unified experience to craft unique and original playgrounds for Disney characters from the past and present. Much like the Skylanders series, characters are acquire by purchasing actual figurines that can be uploaded into the game via a world disc, a real world scanner. While you can create levels and unique scenarios and share them with others online, you can also dive into unique playsets centered around specific Disney films and television shows. In its third year now, Disney Infinity has seen a number of upgrades and additions. With last year's expansion introducing Marvel characters, they've also spent some time upgrading the gameplay and general design. In order to do this, they recruited help from independent developers such as Ninja Theory, Sumo Digital, and United Front Games where they worked on the key areas of combat, racing, and additional character support respectively. With general development handled by Avalanche Software (note: not the same Avalanche behind Just Cause), they've found the creation of Disney Infinity to be a rewarding and satisfying experience. "The two words that come to mind are 'humbling' and 'gratifying," said the GM of Avalanche Software John Blackburn while reflecting on his work on Disney Infinity. "I feel so fortunate to work with all these brands, and it's a dream come true in a lot of ways[...] I'm pretty happy that people have responded to it in the way that have, and have accepted it and are looking forward to the new versions right now. I want to make sure we're doing a good enough job that we're really trying to make high quality kids and family entertainment, because that's been more and more difficult as a business to do. So it's very gratifying to see that we're doing it right." With the 3.0 expansion, new environments and characters will be added to the core game, such as the recently announced Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic (based on the prequel trilogy), Rise Against the Empire (original trilogy), The Force Awakens, and also Pixar's Inside Out playsets. While Star Wars will be largely combat and vehicle focused experiences, Inside Out will experiment more with platforming in surreal environments. Much like the film, the gameplay centers around the emotional state of a young girl named Riley and her changing perception and feelings. Set sometime after the film, players take control of Riley's emotions Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger, and Fear, when she experiences a nightmare after falling asleep during a scary movie. The playset focuses on platforming gameplay through Riley's dreamscape, where environments and enemies take on a variety of different properties, such as warped gravity and the ground turning into hot lava. Each character has their own unique abilities and skills which will serve them throughout the adventure. After seeing the movie, I was itching for another trip into the bizarre and evocative world from Inside Out, and the Disney Infinity playset serves a great follow up to the film as it's basically the sequel to the film. Moreover, it fleshes out many of the settings and areas from the film, such as the dream productions studio where Riley's subconscious craft her dreams by way of old school film production. It's a very colorful and imaginative world, and it's likely the most unique playset Disney Infinity has had yet. The devs at Disney Interactive were very excited about what the new playsets can offer. "Every year a new fan is born," explained the VP of production John Vignocchi. "We're sitting here in the hallowed halls of Pixar, and everyone there will be someone who sees Toy Story for the first time, and we want to make sure that when they pick up Buzz Lightyear, or another favorite character, and when they play with them inside of Infinity, that he is just as cool as he was in the film." Even though I've only had some minor experience with Disney Infinity, I was quite surprised with the creativity found in these playsets. Perhaps this was coming off of my high after seeing Inside Out a month early, but I was very pleased with the translation from film to game. With the writers and directors from the film working with the devs, along with the same voice cast including Amy Poehler and Bill Hader, they wanted to ensure that it would be as faithful as possible. It's pretty crazy to see how much Disney Infinity has grown over the years. What was once a strange experiment trying to catch on to the Minecraft and Skylanders craze, has now turned into a title that's really come into its own. It's pretty impressive to see how much detail and content is packed in the title already, and with the new 3.0 expansion hitting this Fall, the Disney universe is about to get a bit bigger for fans to explore.
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It's a small world after all
Who knew that Disney's strange and bizarre mishmash of characters into one large game would turn out to be such a big hit? I know, a Disney title with a bunch of Pixar, film, and legacy characters would've sold regardless, bu...

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Disney Infinity 3.0

Disney Infinity 3.0 has Star Wars, Marvel, and Mulan


The Starter Pack releases this fall
May 06
// Jordan Devore
Following last week's leak, Disney has come out with full details for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, which introduces Star Wars to the game/toy platform this fall. For Play Sets, we're looking at: Star Wars: Twilight of the R...
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Disney Infinity Star Wars

Stars Wars looks all Clone Wars-y in Disney Infinity 3.0


Ahsoka and Annakin
Apr 30
// Jordan Devore
Star Wars and Disney Infinity, together at last. As reported by DisKingdom and ComicBook.com, a German retailer listing has pinpointed an August 20, 2015 release for Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars on Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360...
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Pregnant Elsa

Rub kiwi juice on pregnant Elsa's belly, and more terrible Frozen games


Do you want to clean a baby?
Apr 20
// Brett Makedonski
A few months ago, Jordan dutifully informed us of a game that we probably could've gone our whole lives without knowing about: a Frozen game in which Anna gives birth. What if I told you there are more Frozen pregn...
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Disney Infinity

Did someone just leak a load of new Disney Infinity 3.0 characters?


Yes. Yes, it did
Apr 20
// Vikki Blake
Eagle-eyed Disney fans have spotted a buttload of new figures suspected to be part of a new and as-yet-unannounced Disney Infinity 3.0. The pictures -- which first graced retailer Taobao and were later picked up by Infin...
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DuckTales

In case you missed it, DuckTales Remastered is on iOS and Android


With controller support
Apr 13
// Chris Carter
DuckTales Remastered was released in 2013, and despite a few nagging issues, it was a fantastic platformer. Now thanks to WayForward you can play it on iOS and Android for $9.99, and it's actually not half bad. The key is to...
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Tron

Giorgio Moroder says he's scoring a new Tron game


Whoa, what? Yes!
Feb 16
// Jordan Devore
Giorgio Moroder is back and I can't fully express how happy that makes me. In a word: ridiculously. Since contributing to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, the legendary record producer has kept busy: he's been DJing, worki...

To Infinity and beyond: A chat with Disney Infinity's executive producer

Feb 05 // Jason Faulkner
Infinity had its work cut out for it as it entered the market. Skylanders had a monopoly, but Vignocchi stated that all it did was prove market opportunity. The team behind the series knew that the Disney IP, software innovation (through the Toy Box), and higher figure quality would be the key to differentiate the series, and focused on those aspects. When designing the games and figures, the designers try and follow Pixar's maxim to "make movies (games/figures) that they would want to see (play)." The most important aspect to them is, does this character "allow us to bring unique and incredible gameplay" to the series? What's going on in the world of Disney, theatrical releases and other key events, have some bearing on which characters make it to life, but if it wouldn't be fun to play them, they won't get made. I also inquired about the recently released Toy Box 2.0 app for the iPhone, I was curious as to whether a future version of the app would utilize the NFC capabilities of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus if they were unlocked by Apple. Vignocchi stated that the approach right now was to consolidate and connect the Disney Infinity series across all platforms, console, iOS, and PC. Right now the figures are unlocked on PC and iOS via a unlock code included with the figures, and did not mention plans to expand NFC capabilities to any other platform. My final question concerned a dream of mine I've had since I was a child, to go on a magical adventure with Boba Fett, The Hulk, and Mickey Mouse, and being two-thirds of the way there has haunted me for months. The first Disney Infinity release was solely Disney properties, 2.0 added Marvel to the mix. I was hoping I would get confirmation that Star Wars was part of a massive Disney Infinity 3.0 that also included favorites from original LucasArts games, so that I could finally give up on the material world beyond my Disney Infinity playsets and PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, Vignocchi stated that he had "nothing to announce at this time." But for a moment, I felt like I could sense a twinkle in his eye from across the Atlantic.
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NFC won't let me be
The near-field communication (NFC) figure craze was at its height this past holiday season. Skylanders, amiibo, and Disney Infinity figures flew off shelves in droves. I know my local Wal-Mart looked like an adorable Bat...

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Star Wars

Relive the era of good Star Wars games with these new releases from GOG.com


Return to the land of 56k lightsaber battles
Jan 27
// Jason Faulkner
Through Disney's generous licensing agreement, GOG.com is helping bring Star Wars memories and more back with its second wave of LucasArts game releases. These three great games became available today and for the first 7...
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Star Wars on GOG.com

Are you ready for some X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter and X-Wing Alliance?


More Star Wars games on GOG.com
Jan 20
// Jordan Devore
The re-releases of X-Wing and TIE Fighter were lovely, but they were only the start of GOG.com's plans for Star Wars. Today, the DRM-free game distributor added six new titles: Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter + Balance of ...
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Anna Giving Birth

A game about Frozen's Anna giving birth


Let it go
Jan 14
// Jordan Devore
Another treasure from the mobile games space courtesy of former Destructoid editor Nick Chester. This one's called Anna Giving Birth and while I ponder what kind of audience this iPhone/iPad game exists to serve, I'll let the...
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Disney Infinity 2.0

Disney Infinity 2.0 is coming to the Vita, will have Black Suit Spider-Man


An exclusive figure
Dec 08
// Chris Carter
Disney Interactive has announced a Vita version for Disney Infinity 2.0, and it'll be getting some exclusive swag with it. According to the publisher, buyers of the Vita edition will get a Black Suit Spider-Man figure when it...
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LucasArts

Star Wars: X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and other LucasArts classics are joining GOG.com


Around 30 games planned for re-release
Oct 27
// Jordan Devore
Digital distributor GOG.com will expand its library with games from a mysterious publisher tomorrow -- perhaps you've seen the countdown? Users recently dug up familiar-looking fonts suggesting it's none other than LucasArts ...
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Disney Fantasia Music Evolved demo is out


Try it out!
Oct 10
// Dale North
I believe that Harmonix's Disney Fantasia Music Evolved is one of those games you'll have to experience for yourself to really get. You can read our previews and get some idea of how it made us feel, but I really think that t...
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I'm a sucker for a good Kingdom Hearts trailer: HD 2.5 ReMIX


Sparkles and chimes
Oct 08
// Dale North
That very first trailer for the first Kingdom Hearts game killed me. I still remember that first viewing, being completely overcome with goosebumps and trying to hide that I was tearing up. Moving? Oh man. Yes. I still love ...
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Steam

A bunch of Disney games are now on Steam


Keep 'em coming
Oct 06
// Jordan Devore
Disney has added a number of games to Steam today and while many of them are movie tie-ins and not particularly great ones at that, there's some good stuff in here. Notably, Split/Second, a racing game with action set pieces ...
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Star Wars

Disney removed Tiny Death Star without telling its developer


Taken down to focus on Star Wars Commander
Oct 03
// Jordan Devore
Disney has pulled two mobile Star Wars games -- Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team -- and in the case of the latter, developer Nimblebit wasn't even given a heads up. "We had no prior knowledge that the game would be ...
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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5

Well, here are some more Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix screenshots


Still lookin' familiar
Oct 02
// Brittany Vincent
Just in time for the two new trailers that debuted in Japan, we've got a whole new bushel of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix screenshots for your viewing pleasure. There's about 30 here, of which Sora making a goofy face nex...

Review: Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes

Sep 18 // Chris Carter
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (iOS, PC, PS3, PS4 [reviewed], Vita, Wii U, Xbox One)Developer: Avalanche SoftwarePublisher: Disney InteractiveReleased: September 23, 2014 (NA) / 2015 TBA (Vita)MSRP: $74.99 (Starter Pack) / $34.99 (Play Set with two characters) / $13.99 (Individual characters) Since the toy-game market can be confusing as hell these days, here's exactly what you get in the Starter Kit. For $74.99, you'll net three figures -- Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow -- as well as the Avengers Play Set world, the USB base, and two pre-made Toy Box levels. That's what I'll be covering here in the review -- extra Play Sets and characters will be covered individually. You'll immediately notice that 2.0 comes with two less Play Sets than the original game (just Avengers) -- which was bundled with Monsters Inc., Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Incredibles. At first glance, it's pretty disappointing. But what Avalanche Software has done is flesh out the Play Sets in general so that the included Avengers area is now comparable in size to multiple stories in the first game. Not only that, but the two aforementioned Toy Box levels are basically mini-stories themselves, involving special types of gameplay like tower defense -- and they can be played with any character. Despite the fact that it shipped with three Play Sets, one of the chief complaints about the first game was how limited it felt. Not only could certain characters not play in certain Play Sets, but there weren't enough real Toy Box adventures outside of player creations -- some of which weren't really up to par. Disney Infinity 2.0 addresses both of these somewhat with collectible "crossover coins" (letting Iron Man crossover into Spider-Man's world, for instance), and a better Toy Box. [embed]281121:55657:0[/embed] Let's start with the main attraction, though: the Avengers story. Right from the start it feels like an authentic cartoony experience based off the film series, which is a good thing. The Avengers tower is already built and established, SHIELD is out and about, and any applicable character is a part of the campaign's cutscenes, whether you have the toy or not (Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Hulk). Cross-over characters like Nova and Rocket Raccoon are also incorporated and playable if you own them. The concept is based off the best set from the original -- The Incredibles. You'll basically have a "city in peril" situation to deal with, with Loki and MODOK at the forefront. The voice cast is full of people who have worked in animation, comic-book adaptions, or the videogame industry (Troy Baker does both Loki and Hawkeye), and they do a great job of performing the characters in Marvel Super Heroes. Samuel L. Jackson is a big get, and most of the Avengers are voiced by actors who play them in the Ultimate Spider-Man series. Nothing feels phoned in. Missions however aren't as lively, and are generally comprised of typical sandbox fare, like "protect this asset," "go to this location and kill these enemies," or "pursue this enemy." There's a decent amount of variation, but odds are at the end of every activity, you'll have to kill something. The game also doesn't look particularly stunning even on the PS4, and beyond the draw distance, it doesn't even feel like a real upgrade. There are a few dungeon-like sections to round out these missions, which usually have a fun boss battle or series of puzzles in tow.  Now, this is a game aimed at the younger audience mind you, so there isn't going to be anything mind-blowing in terms of plot nor is the base game particularly difficult, but there are a few concessions now with the new iteration for older players. Most notably, there's an additional difficulty level that can jack things up a bit, and if your character dies in combat, they have to be revived by a teammate, lest you restart at a checkpoint or put a new character in. It's not exactly punishing, but there's more at stake than the original game that had infinite respawns. But while missions may not stray from genre-conventions, Avalanche really nailed how each character plays. Iron Man is particularly impressive, as his animations and abilities directly mirror how you'd expect him to look in a game. Every Repulsor Blast and rocket sound effect is perfect, and every Marvel character feels like a big upgrade gameplay-wise over the Disney and Pixar cast in the first game. Skill-trees are in, which ups replay value considerably and helps differentiate the cast even further. Leveling up in the last game provided no major value to the toy in question, but the cap has been extended 10 levels to 20 here, and now skills can add extra things like super abilities, extra flight time, or new attacks. Hand-in-hand with the increased replay value, the Toy Box portion has been upgraded significantly. With the starter kit, you'll net "Escape from the Kyln" from the Guardians of the Galaxy universe, a Gauntlet-like top-down action romp with RPG elements, and "Assault on Asgard," a tower defense minigame. Like the Avengers story, both of these aren't the deepest experiences, but the big plus is that any character can be used in them -- even toys from 1.0. This solves a big problem I had with the first game in that "Toy Box-only" toys originally felt like half their gameplay was missing -- but now, you should get a lot of play with any figure. The included two minigames are a decent start, but I hope that Avalanche develops more gametypes in the coming months beyond the pair it has already announced. The level-building process is also improved, if you're one of those creative types. Now, you can access a news feed of information highlighting the top levels available (fan-made or created by developers). You'll also get a lot more storage for your creations, as well as an expanded favorite sorting system and a vote mechanic -- all of this makes it easier to find better content instead of sifting through everything there is to offer. Making levels is easier too, with new template options and more objects to choose from. In fact, pretty much the entire first game's object list is included on top of all the new items. There's also a create-your-own-house section where you can customize a living space for your characters. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is still aimed at the younger crowd, but the new Toy Box and attention to detail will speak to audiences of all ages. With stronger writing and even deeper gameplay options, the third game could really have universal appeal beyond the audience it already reaches. 2.0 feels like a natural evolution, and that's a good thing if you liked the original.
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Less finite than the first
Disney Infinity was quite the ambitious project, but it fell flat in a few key areas. This was mostly due to a lack of even game worlds, with a few of the universes overshadowing others that felt more rushed. The other a...

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Disney Infinity 2.0

Later this year you'll be able to download Disney Infinity 2.0's Toy Box mode separately


For $19.99 at the start
Sep 16
// Chris Carter
Later this month, Disney Infinity 2.0 will launch, allowing you to buy the core pack for $74.99. This will include a base, three figures, two extra Toy Boy levels, and an Avengers Play Set. But a ton of you out there alr...
Disney Infinity 2.0 photo
Disney Infinity 2.0

Yondu and Falcon revealed for Disney Infinity 2.0


From Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America 2 respectively
Sep 12
// Chris Carter
Disney Infinity 2.0 is getting yet another set of figures it seems -- Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy and Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Of course these are mostly tie-ins with the films, but both di...

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