It's truly a magical time for Walt Disney fans, as both "Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two" (Xbox 360 and PS3, $60) and "Disney's Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion" (Nintendo 3DS, $40) are hitting store shelves in time for the holidays. The games follow up the events from the original Wii game that was released two years ago. It put Mickey in an alternate universe known as "The Wasteland," battling enemies with the help of a magical paintbrush, which he could use to generate worlds — or destroy them, using thinner. To celebrate, we've decided to take a look back some of the greatest Disney triumphs in video games. Several are for current gaming devices, and you can find most older titles at your local used game shop or on eBay.
A long while back, Disney had a daily afternoon line-up with a variety of shows. Among them was "DuckTales," featuring the adventures of treasure hunter Scrooge McDuck and his nephews. Capcom faithfully translated the spirit of this animated series in this fun platforming adventure, where McDuck traveled everywhere, from the Amazon to the Moon, searching for goodies and bopping enemies on their heads with his cane.
Another classic favorite from the iconic Disney Afternoon days is the "Rescue Rangers." You can play as the heroic chipmunks as they throw objects and run through levels, in the hopes of stopping Fat Cat, a villain who's planning on taking over the world. This one's a lot of fun, especially when a friend joins you for two-player action.
This charming game features actual Disney animation, so it looks crisp and lively. And it has a brilliant sense of humor. When you strike a guard with your sword, his pants fall around his ankles, revealing, even to his surprise, hearted boxer shorts. The iconic Genie has his own special level.
Taking a slightly more serious turn than usual Disney fare, "Kingdom Hearts" is a sweeping adventure that places familiar characters in exciting new situations. You'll fight alongside Goofy and Donald Duck in battles against enemies, and visit worlds based on popular films like "The Little Mermaid" and "Chicken Little." The sequels that followed will be re-released through an "HD Remix" for PlayStation 3 sometime next year. In addition, "Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance" for Nintendo 3DS keeps the story going strongly, but the first game is still the best.
Mickey Mouse made his debut on the Sega Genesis with "Castle of Illusion," a game that actually inspired the recent 3DS release "Power of Illusion". However, if we had to pick just one game from that 16-bit era, it has to be "World of Illusion," which teams the heroic mouse with his buddy Donald Duck. You can play through their adventures solo, or team up with your friends for two-player co-op action. Featuring beautiful music and engaging gameplay, this one's still fun by today's gaming terms.
Not your typical licensed movie fare, "Toy Story 3" broke out from the norm with excellent level design and plenty of action-packed gameplay, whether you were running through canyons with Woody and his loyal steed Bullseye or flying through space with Buzz Lightyear. But the true delight is the "Toy Box," where you can build your own city out of items earned over the course of the single-player game. This one's going for $20 in most stores new, and is well worth the price.
In this game, Mickey revisits several cartoons from his past, including "Steamboat Willie" and "The Prince and the Pauper," solving puzzles and destroying enemies by jumping on their heads. Featuring outstanding music (especially on the Sega CD version) and beautiful graphics, this ranks as one of Mickey's best adventures.