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April 23, 2013

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse: The HD Remake

Developed by: Sega

Systems: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

As I stated in my write up of Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life, 2013 is looking to be one of the busiest years in Disney gaming yet. It seems that every few weeks one Disney game is announced that gets people excited at the possibilities, and this is without taking into consideration that the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has yet to start! Not only do we have Disney Infinity headlining the original Disney games, we have DuckTales Remastered representing the classic games of yesteryear brought back in a modern way. Recently, yet another game has been announced, this time along the lines of DuckTales Remastered: a classic game remade for a new generation. This game happens to be none other than Sega's Castle of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse.

Castle of Illusion

Last year, I wrote about the classic Sega Genesis game, and mentioned how it is seen as not just one of the best games on the system, but also one of the best Mickey Mouse games ever made. In actuality the game is a standard 2D platformer, but one done with a lot of care and detail in its design. It felt like a magical Disney game, one that seemed ripped right out of a Disney animated classic. Such is the legacy of this game and several follow up games were made, and was the starting point for last year's Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion for the 3DS, continuing the story where it left off.

In the last few games, a teaser trailer was leaked that only hinted as the possibility of the remake existing, but didn't flat out say what it was. You can watch it here:


The black and white aesthetic along with the creepy noises and ambiance made it clear that it would be a very magical but still foreboding title, all without indicating that it would be a Mickey Mouse game. The main reason gamers figured out it was a Disney game was because the toy soldiers and the villain looked like they were ripped right out of the game. A few days later, the game was fully confirmed, this time featuring a color trailer with Mickey Mouse appearing at the start:


Very little is known about the game at the moment, except that it will be an HD 3D remake handled by Sega's Australia studio, that will retain the same elements that made the first game a classic, and that it will be released this summer as a downloadable title for the major systems. "If you have played the original game, you will also see that we have kept intact many of the major iconic elements of the game that helped define this groundbreaking game at the time of its original release," Sega senior digital brand manager Mai Kawaguchi said when the game was finally confirmed.

Castle of Illusion

Much like DuckTales Remastered, it does open up a lot of questions, like will these two games be the first of many classic Disney games re-released as downloadable titles, reboots and remakes? There are many games that have been hailed as some of the best ever made, and what was once considered old is new again in many a gaming circle. Many young Disney games grew up without experiencing these games firsthand, and introducing them for the first time not only keeps the legacy of the originals alive, it may inspire other companies to invest on brand new Disney games.

Stay tuned as more news about Castle of Illusion is unveiled.

Castle of Illusion


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