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Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion becomes palpable with first screens and concept art

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If you’re hankering after a modern game with an old-school vibe then Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for 3DS may be just what you’re looking for. This tribute to the classic Sega Mega Drive / Genesis title ‘Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse’ uses hand-drawn sprites and scrolling parallax backgrounds to create a visual style that closely resembles Disney’s 16-bit era titles such as Aladdin and The Lion King.

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Power of Illusion is set after the events of Disney Epic Mickey and will feature levels based on Disney animated features such as Tangled and Sleeping Beauty. Here’s some more information on the game courtesy of Disney UK’s press release:

“In “Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion,” Reality is What You Paint of It. The game offers a special drawing and painting function that allows players to create rough versions of objects that magically transform into classic Disney-style 2D illustrations. Utilising the game’s unparalleled dual screen integration, players then move their creations to the top screen where they are further transformed into full-color, fully-rendered 3D visuals.

“Paying tribute to the classic Sega Genesis title “Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse,” “Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion” focuses on the fabled Castle of Illusion, which has fallen into Wasteland, an alternate world filled with 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions – and now forgotten video games. The evil witch Mizrabel, villainess from the classic “Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse,” finds herself an unwilling inhabitant of Wasteland, and unleashes a plot to escape using the Castle of Illusion to imprison and drain the cartoon essence from currently famous Toons. Players will take on the role of Mickey Mouse as he utilises his magical brush to wield paint and thinner to confront Mizrabel and save the Toons.”

Here’s some new Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion media, including the first screenshots for the game:

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Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion will be available exclusively for the 3DS during the fourth quarter of 2012 and will release alongside Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.

Are you digging this 3DS title’s old-school look? Does it bring back memories of playing Disney platformers during the 16-bit era? Let us know in the comments.


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