E3 2010 might be remembered for the big names associated with Nintendo but let's not forget another big player in the company-mascot game. Ever since its initial announcement, the return of Mickey Mouse has been the source of anticipation and intrigue thanks in part to the apparent darker direction that the game will be taking.

Epic Mickey was one of the many highlights at this year's E3, with several game details revealed on the Wii-exclusive title. The game seems to focus on the polarising effects of paint, and paint thinner. Players control Mickey as he sets off on an adventure that sees him dealing with the creativity of paint, and the destructive nature of thinner.

Set in an alternate world called Wasteland, the game is inspired by Disney animations and theme parks so regular fans might be able to spot subtle influences here and there. From what we saw at E3, it seems to share similar characteristics with Super Mario Sunshine and the 2D platform levels are based on classic Mickey Mouse cartoons, with the level displayed taking place within Steamboat Willie. Players will have to use a combination of these two DIY materials on characters and in-game objects to alter the way they appear. The real-time effects are impressive and all in all, the visuals in Epic Mickey should be worth keeping an eye on.

With more details sure to come in the coming months, the game is scheduled for release this Holiday Season.