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May 10, 2011

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Toy Story Mania!
System: Wii
Developed by: Papaya Studio

There have been games based on Disney theme parks, like "Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour," and some Disney games feature references to classic Disney attractions, like the recently released, "Epic Mickey." But there has never been a direct port of a Disney attraction! As in, there hasn't been a game that looks and plays almost EXACTLY like the original attraction...until now. Toy Story Mania for the Wii is the first Disney video game to be created directly from an original Disney attraction. For those not in the know, Toy Story Mania is a shooting gallery game in which theme park visitors ride a carnival style car and use a gun to blast away at targets in different scenes hosted by the Toy Story characters. On top of this, the attraction is in digital 3D, and features an  amusing Potato Head audio-animatronic that delights guests with songs and witty comments. The developers of the Wii version took almost the exact same scenes fromt he attraction and brought it over to the Wii system.

Using the Wii remote's pointer, you aim and shoot at the targets on the screen. To aid you, an aiming reticule will be present on the screen. It's as simple as that. As previously stated, each scene is hosted by a Toy Story character and features different themes and challenges. Woody hosts the western style shooting gallery along with Bullseye and Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and the Green Men host the ring toss game in outer space, and Bo has you popping balloons out in the field, among more.

In addition to the stages seen in the original attraction, Wii exclusive mini-games have been added to this version. You'll be dancing with Hamm in one of the mini-games, and Bo will test your sight in a game of cups. Motion control has been added to the stages, prompting you to shake your Wii remote in order to gain more points and activate a secret hidden within the stage. In order to re-create the 3D illusion some stages are in anaglyphic 3D, and the game comes with two pairs of 3D glasses. Much like the original attraction, a second player can join in and aid you in your quest. Finally, in order to extend the replay value of the title, you can collect carnival tickets used towards the purchase of stages to play in free play, mini-games, and stickers for your collection.

Toy Story Mania for Wii may not completely recreate the experience of going to a Disney theme park, but it is a fun game that fans of any age can play and enjoy, regardless of level of skill. in a way, it's the best practice you can get before taking on the real thing.



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