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June 19, 2012

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights Disney Pixar's Brave Week: The Bravest Disney Video Games Characters

If you had a chance to change yer fate, would jeh?

This week, one of the most exciting Disney Pixar movies yet, Brave, premieres. As tradition goes, when a big Pixar movie is released in theaters, a video game adaptation of the story will soon hit store shelves. Based on the trailers and screenshots of the game, Brave: The Video Game will have all the action the movie hopes to deliver with Princess Merida being the lead character. However, I won't be talking at all about this video game, the main reason being that I have not played it yet. Instead, I will celebrate Brave by focusing on its ideals: to stand up to your enemies, to have the courage to face your mistakes, and to fight for your own beliefs. This week, in honor of Brave and its heroic princess Merida, I will be talking about the bravest Disney video game characters ever.

Without further ado, let's start with the two characters that started it all at Disney...

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse (Epic Mickey, Epic Mickey: Power of Two)

While Mickey Mouse has starred in countless video games, Epic Mickey was the game that put focus on his character development in one of the most unique Disney worlds ever conceived in any Disney production. Much like Merida, Mickey's curiosity and desire for adventure caused him to accidentally destroy the Wasteland, a world created by Yen Sid, dedicated to all things Disney that have been forgotten or left behind. In this world, one of Disney's first, and sadly forgotten, creations, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, lies as its leader. Realizing what he had done, Mickey sets out to correct the wrong unleashed onto this world by using the power of a magic brush that has paint and paint thinner. With it, he can erase world elements and create new ones. Not only that, Mickey's choices have a bearing on the story's outcome.

Epic Mickey was first released on the Wii, and it was seen as one of the most important Disney video games of the year. Not only was it one of the first times in years that Mickey had starred in his own video game, it was the first Disney production that starred Oswald the Lucky Rabbit after they had obtained the rights back from Universal. The gameplay was met with mixed reactions, but fans loved the characters, the references to both modern and classic Disney, and everyone loved seeing Mickey reunite with his long lost brother.

The game was so successful in that regard that a sequel will be released later this year, Epic Mickey 2: Power of Two. Whereas Mickey and Oswald were rivals divided by jealousy and anger in the first game, in the sequel they unite to fight against the threats that have invaded the Wasteland once more. The focus of the game will be to combine their powers. Mickey will be using his paintbrush once again, whereas Oswald will be using high tech gadgets as well as his own comical stances such as using his ears to fly around.

Sora and Riku (Kingdom Hearts series, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance)

In case you have been missing my on-going Kingdom Hearts Retrospective, Kingdom Hearts stands as one of the most memorable and ambitious Disney video games ever made, Epic Mickey only rivaling its size, scope, and roots in Disney history. At its core lie two original Disney heroes: Sora and Riku. Sora has been the series' lead since the first Kingdom Hearts game was released in 2002. He is a very traditional Disney hero, always fighting for the side of good, with a deep love of life, adventure, and his friends. Starting off as an unlikely hero, Sora has stood up to giants of darkness and defeated every Disney villain known to fans. Like Merida, at times his actions are reckless, but it all proves that Sora will stop at nothing to make sure that light reigns over darkness.

Speaking of darkness, Riku, Sora's best friend and rival, was tempted by Maleficent and her powers of darkness. The deeper into darkness he dove into, the darker his heart became. By the end of the first game, though, he had redeemed himself by saving his friends. Throughout the games, he has been going on his own journey to control the darkness within him. Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, which will be released in late July, reunites him with Sora in an adventure where players can do into the dreams of worlds that have been destroyed by the darkness, including a world based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Both Sora and Riku will be playable and with their own unique skills and abilities. Series creator Tetsuya Nomura has said that we are nearing the end of this part of the story, and based on the early buzz, there will be many revelations as well as plenty of Disney fan service.

Scrooge McDuck (DuckTales, DuckTales 2)

Brave takes place in medieval Scotland. Yet, this isn't the first time Disney has been influenced by this country. Long before even Merida challenged her home, culture, and country, there was a Scottish Disney character that delighted everyone young and old. That character was Scrooge McDuck. Scrooge would make many appearances throughout his career as being part of the Duck family. But it was in his starring role in the Disney Afternoon show DuckTales that gave him superstardom with the Disney fans. The mix of high flying adventure, great comedy, and perilous capers made the show one of the staples of Saturday morning cartoons. Not one but two video games were created in honor of the TV show.

The first DuckTales game (which I highlighted here), is considered to be one of the best Disney games ever made, and for good reason. It was a magnificently designed game with great music and a high level of challenge gamers of all ages enjoyed a great deal. Scrooge McDuck may rival Merida in terms of braveness as in his game he goes to the jungle and even to the moon all in the name of treasure! The sequel, DuckTales 2, was not as well received but it was also a very fun, addictive title featuring one crazy Scottish duck.

There you have it, folks! These are some of the bravest Disney characters to ever appear in video games. There are plenty of brave Disney video game characters, and Merida is shaping up to be one of the most fascinating of them all. But only time will tell if she has what it takes to stand proud with the big guys.

Like a certain home wrecker that is both a video game and a Disney character, who is also hoping to change his fate as well!


Just what could this mean? Stay tuned next week


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