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  • News Nintendo And Disney Are Teaming Up For A Show About The Switch

    Keeping it in the family

    Entertainment juggernauts Nintendo and Disney are joining forces to create a TV show based around the Switch and its games. Dubbed "Nintendo Switch Family Showdown Contest", the show will make its debut this summer on the Disney Channel and Disney XD. Each show will feature four families competing against each other...







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    Review Disney Magical World 2

    Disney World in your own home... sort of

    What happens when you combine life in a fantasy world, lots of the most recognisable fictional characters on the planet, some bonus magic, sparkles and cheery songs into a tiny 3DS cartridge? Theoretically, the answer you're looking for is "success". Luckily in the case of Disney Magical World 2 this is also...







  • News Unleash Your Creative Side with Disney Art Academy

    Launching on 3DS in May 2016

    Grab your styluses! Disney Art Academy launches on May 13th for 3DS in North America, though Europeans will have to wait until 15th July. Using a variety of tools and enhancements, you can learn to draw characters such as Elsa and Olaf from Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Friends, Winnie the Pooh, and characters from Pixar's...


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    Wii U

    Review Just Dance: Disney Party 2

    A Dance Party for some

    You never know how poorly coordinated you are until you play a round of Just Dance: Disney Party 2 - this is a rhythm game that's almost true to its name. While it does involve just dancing, it could also be named Just Dance: Disney Party 2 for The Skilled. Rhythm games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and Dance Dance Revolution...

  • Video Take A Trip Through The Magical Kingdom In Capcom's Most Underrated NES Disney Outing

    But what's Donald Duck's middle name?

    Capcom produced plenty of amazing games for the NES, and many of those were based on popular Disney properties such as DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale and TaleSpin. However, one such game never seems to get much attention, despite the fact that it offers a pretty unique concept which sets it apart from its licenced...

  • Random Disney Engineers Play NES Classics In Innovative Fashion

    8-bit, 8-player, 8-projector madness!

    Disney has always been known for its innovative flare, including within the videogame industry through its licenses and Disney Infinity titles. However, Disney Infinity is not the topic of discussion here, for the Disney Research team has revolutionised a way of revisiting NES classics in the form of...



  • Video Here Are The Features In The Disney Infinity 3.0 Toy Box

    Now includes farming!

    In preparation for the North American release of Disney Infinity 3.0 on 30th August, Disney Interactive has released a trailer showcasing the new features and toys in the Toy Box 3.0. One of the highlights includes the addition of farming, where players can feed, clothe, and nurture townspeople sidekicks and then put them to...

  • Video There's Almost Too Much Disney In This Disney Magical World 2 Trailer

    My life is now happy

    Disney Magical World 2 - known in Japan as Disney Magical Castle: My Happy Life 2 in its native Japan - is getting a big promotional push in the Land of the Rising Sun at the moment, with publisher Bandai Namco trying to build up as much interest as possible leading up to its November launch window. A few days ago the game's...

  • News Disney Infinity Sales Struggling To Maintain Momentum

    Disney Interactive revenue falls by $58 million

    Prior to more recent releases such as Nintendo’s amiibo line, and even the upcoming heavy hitter, LEGO Dimensions, the toys-to-life category has been dominated by Activision’s Skylanders and the Disney Infinity play sets. With market saturation in the toys-to-life category now at an all-time high,...





  • Reaction DeNA and Its Games With Disney

    A match made in heaven for Nintendo?

    With all the chatter around the announcement of the 'Dedicated Game Platform' Codenamed 'NX' in Nintendo and DeNA's recent presentation, we thought it would be a good idea to brush up on our knowledge of Tokyo based DeNA Co., Ltd. to see what they are likely to do with Nintendo's beloved IP on smartphones...






  • Video Marvel Characters Making Their Way to Disney Infinity

    Interestingly referred to as "version 2.0"

    After Disney's acquisition of Marvel in 2009, it seemed fitting that speculation would crop up regarding the usage of the comic book giant's characters in the NFC-driven Disney Infinity. After all, that game's universe-merging crossover potential would only be better served by the appearances of...

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    Review Disney Magical World

    A magical world indeed

    To anyone familiar with the handheld’s lineup, it may seem like a bad business decision to make a life simulation game for the 3DS at this point. Three years into the console's life we've seen two Harvest Moon titles, a Rune Factory game, and The Sims 3. All that, and we haven't even mentioned

  • News Walmart's Mickey 3DS XL Will Sell for $199.96, Does Not Include Game

    Some better images and box art emerge

    We reported yesterday that North America will be getting a special edition Mickey-themed 3DS XL on 11th April to coincide with the release of Disney Magical World. Now we know the Walmart-exclusive 3DS XL will retail for $199.96, and it will not include a copy of the game... despite the Dis


  • News Disney Interactive Cuts Around 700 Jobs, A Quarter of Global Staff

    Mobile and Disney Infinity likely to remain as priorities

    In news surprising for its scale if not, unfortunately, its occurrence, the Disney Game and Internet Division — better known as Disney Interactive — has laid off around 700 employees today. The strong performance of Disney Infinity last year helped improve the financial performance of the...



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    Review Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest

    A short and chilling quest

    Those of you that are keen movie buffs will know that Frozen is Disney's latest animated motion picture, and — judging from the enthusiastic critical and commercial reaction — it's fair to say that it has gone down a treat with adults and children alike. Full of lovable characters and boasting a good soundtrack (like...

  • News Disney Magic World Sells Half A Million Units In Japan

    Namco Bandai's Walt simulator is a hit

    News has reached our ears that Namco Bandai's 3DS adventure Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life has managed to sell an impressive 500,000 copies across both physical and digital formats in Japan. The game allows you to take your Mii into the magical kingdom and buddy-up with a cast of famous Disney faces. You...


  • News Disney Interactive Co-President Resigns

    Other co-president will assume full control

    Disney Interactive has seen its fortunes turning around as of late, thanks largely to the release of Disney Infinity, but that doesn’t mean the division still isn’t doing some restructuring. According to the New York Times, Disney Interactive Co-President John Pleasants announced

  • News Disney Interactive Sees Big Financial Boost in Q4

    Disney Infinity is keeping this steamboat chugging

    Disney Interactive has been a financially struggling arm of the Walt Disney Company, but its investment in Disney Infinity is showing a significant payout as more game consumers are putting their money where the mouse is. According to Disney's latest earnings report, Disney Interact

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Goof Troop


    In the late '80s and early '90s Capcom created a range of games, based on Disney franchises, for the NES and SNES. The likes of Darkwing Duck, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers and DuckTales all made appearances, the latter of which has even been given the HD treatment for modern systems, including Wii U. One of the more interesting titles was...


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    Wii U

    Review Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff

    Not the best quest ever

    Have you ever read a book on parenting? Libraries full of instruction manuals exist on how to raise a child properly, ranging from topics such as bathing to teething to using the potty for the first time. Imagine, if you will, that there was a video game version of those books. A video game designed entirely to teach children...



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    Wii U

    Review Disney's Planes

    Plane sailing or just plane bad?

    Disney's Planes — the movie, not the game — was originally intended to be a straight-to-DVD spin-off of the popular Cars franchise helmed by DisneyToon Studios instead of Pixar. Presumably Disney's executives looked at the release schedule for 2013 and decided it was looking a bit barren, because the movie was...


  • First Impressions Disney Infinity

    To Infinity and beyond

    To be completely fair and totally honest, these are not our first impressions of Disney Infinity for the Wii U. Our first impressions came to mind long before we had a chance to play the game, and they were assuredly similar, if not identical, to most people’s thoughts. Our first impressions of Disney Infinity were something...


  • News Disney Registers Racing-related Domains

    A new game taking the starting grid?

    A lineup of domain registrations by Disney Enterprises is pointing to the possibility of an upcoming racing game. The domain names include DisneySpeedster.com, DisneySpeedsters.com, DisneyRacers.com, DisneyKart.com, DisneyKartRacing.com, DisneyKarting.net and DisneyRacing.com. All of the domains were discovered...

  • News Disney Interactive Suffers Financial Loss in Q1

    The only Disney division to not turn a profit

    The House that Mickey Built made a strong financial showing in the first quarter of 2013, but the Games that Mickey Makes can’t share in the good news. While Disney as a whole reported a 32 percent increase in its net income to $1.5 billion, Disney Interactive saw a loss of $54 million for the same...

  • News The Force Is Strong In EA's New Star Wars Publishing Agreement

    But will Nintendo fans see any benefit?

    EA has signed up "exclusive" rights to Star Wars video games following the closure of LucasArts last month. The multi-year deal appears to cover original games, rather than those linked to the forthcoming movies. To confuse things further, Disney has retained the rights to certain mobile, online and tablet...


  • News 3DS Disney Infinity Name And Details Revealed

    Get ready to party?

    The ESRB has posted ratings information on the upcoming Disney Infinity series’ 3DS rendition and it looks to be taking some planning tips from Mario Party. Disney Infinity: Toy Box Challenge is referred to as a “multiplayer ‘party game’” including various game boards and competitive mini-games. The standard fare of...


  • News Disney Infinity Pushed Back To August

    "It gives us a little more time to add bells and whistles"

    Disney Interactive has revealed that its Disney Infinity video game and toy range will be launching in August instead of June, as was originally planned. August 18th is the proposed launch date in North America, with other regions getting the game two days later. Speaking to The New York...

  • News Namco Bandai Announces Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life For 3DS In Japan

    3DS LL bundle also revealed

    Namco Bandai, together with Disney Japan, is developing a new 3DS title, Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life. The game will release in Japan on 11th July, and will also receive a limited edition 3DS LL bundle; the handheld itself is white and includes a special design on the surface, with gold and white Mickey Mouse...

  • News These Disney Infinity Accessories Will Drain Your Wallet

    The need for a second job, is now

    Accessory manufacturer PDP unveiled a line-up of peripherals that will be available alongside the launch of Disney Interactive Studio's upcoming summer hit title, Disney Infinity, for the Wii U. The specialist company is planning to release cases and stands which can store your character figures, as well as...


  • News John Lasseter Speaks of His Appreciation For Video Games

    Pixar's chief creative officer is excited by Disney Infinity

    Disney Infinity is due to be released this summer on Wii U, Wii and 3DS as well as other platforms, and it looks to be Disney Interactive's most ambitious project yet. It allows the player to scan real-life toys into the virtual world from all sorts of Disney universes like The Nightmare...

  • News Toys R Us CEO Hints at Exclusive Disney Infinity Figures

    "Plenty of room" for both Skylanders and Disney Infinity, too

    Jerry Storch, CEO and Chairman of Toys R’ Us has spoken to Family Gamer TV about his stores’ anticipation of Disney Infinity to further substantiate the toys-to-life genre. Talking at the Skylanders Swap Force launch event, Storch confirmed that he thought there was “plenty of...


  • News Warren Spector: "I'm Sad But Excited For The Future"

    Former Junction Point chief is proud of the studio's achievements

    Yesterday Disney announced that it was closing Junction Point Studios indefinitely, resulting in around 160 people sadly losing their jobs. Warren Spector was the man who headed up the operation at Junction Point, and because of the closure he too has left Disney Interactive. In a...

  • News Disney Confirms That Junction Point Has Been Closed

    Warren Spector's studio closes its doors

    It has emerged today that Junction Point Studios, the developer behind the Epic Mickey series, has closed its doors and in the process made its employees — of which there were around 160 in early 2012 — redundant. Rumours were circulating yesterday about the studio's demise, and now a Disney...

  • Rumour Has Junction Point Hit A Dead End?

    Troubling tales regarding Warren Spector's studio

    Various reports have been circulating around the internet in the past couple of hours saying that Warren Spector's Junction Point has been suffering some problems, with the development studio being closed down by Disney. A tweet originating from Roberts Space Industries sparked the chatter, but it...

  • News Disney Infinity Will Have A New Game Released Every Year

    Games will be forwards and backwards-compatible

    Disney Interactive will be launching its ambitious Disney Infinity title this summer on pretty much every platform you can imagine, including Wii U, Wii and 3DS. The game allows the player to scan real-world toys into the environment and will feature characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean, The...

  • News Disney Infinity Pricing Emerges

    Warn the bank manager

    We can imagine a tired old Executive at Activision in late 2011, working through yet more paperwork and then coming across sales figures for the experimental Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, a game where the publisher was boldly asking parents and enthusiasts to buy the game and a load of toys. Their eyes would have widened,...

  • News Activision On Disney Infinity: We're Flattered

    But still "well positioned" to remain on top

    Last night, Disney announced its own take on the Skylanders "toys to life" concept: Disney Infinity. It hasn't taken long for Skylanders publisher Activision to react to the news, with John Coyne, Vice President of Consumer Marketing, telling Forbes: We are thrilled by the incredible success that the...

  • News Epic Mickey Future In Doubt After Sequel Falls Short In Sales

    Epic Mickey 2 only sold 270,000 copies to the original's 1.3 million

    Let's face it, Epic Mickey 2 was something of a critical disappointment. After the promise of the first game, we had high hopes that the follow-up would be even better, but as our Epic Mickey 2 Wii U review shows, it was a bit of letdown. It would seem that the poor reaction has...

  • News The Disney Projects That Never Came To Life

    Mickey Mouse titles that could have been

    It's come to light that Buena Vista Games - now known as Disney Interactive Studios - was experimenting with different ideas for a Mickey Mouse game long before Disney Epic Mickey became a reality. The proposed Mickey Mouse title - given the working title Spy Mickey - sadly never got past the concept phase,...


  • News New Details Emerge For Disney Infinity

    Looks set to be played across platforms

    Disney has always been about creating experiences. It has done it with its movies, its theme parks, its toys and also with games. Now though the company aims to create a gaming experience with a much grander scale than before; one with a lot of ambition. Disney Infinity is the company’s latest gaming...

  • News Warren Spector Hints At Epic Mickey 3

    Would also like to work with other Disney characters

    Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is out right now on Wii and Wii U. The game sees you painting your way through several Disney-esque levels with Mickey and his pal Oswald and is designed with two players in mind. In an interview with Red Bull, Warren Spector, the man behind Epic Mickey, has hinted...



  • News Disney Paints A New Epic Mickey 2 Trailer

    Now with 100% more Warren Spector

    Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is set to release next month, and to celebrate we've been given a new video which shows off some paint and thinner gameplay. Here's the official blurb: This new video features exciting gameplay as game developer Warren Spector discusses Mickey’s magic paint brush and his...


  • News Golly, Pluto! The Wii U Is Getting Epic Mickey 2 As Well

    Enhanced version with GamePad features announced

    Disney Interactive has confirmed that Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is coming to the Nintendo Wii U. Developed by Heavy Iron, the Wii U version of the game will take advantage of the console's increased power to deliver a more visually arresting experience, and will also bring additional features...

  • News Warren Spector Wants to Make a DuckTales Game

    Veteran developer keen to follow in Capcom's footsteps

    Speaking in an interview with 1UP at PAX 2012, Deus Ex creator Warren Spector has spoken a little about his love for Disney's DuckTales, and his desire to create a new title in the same universe. He wouldn't be the first person to attempt such a feat - Capcom released a DuckTales game for the...


  • News Disney Epic Mickey 2's Characters Explained

    Cast out

    It's time for a new Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two trailer, and this time Warren Spector and company have characters on the mind. The video explains the reasoning behind some of the game's cast and their abilities. Good old Oswald the Lucky Rabbit has electrical powers which can be used in puzzles and to stun enemies into...


  • News Go Behind the Scenes of Disney Epic Mickey 2's Story

    Power paintbrush

    Disney Interactive has given us a peek at the story writing process behind Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. But just a little one — you wouldn't want any surprises spoiled now, would you? Junction Point creative director Warren Spector and senior designer Brian Freyermuth speak of their excitement at Marv Wolfman joining...

  • News Wreck-It Ralph is in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    Sonic'll still win

    SEGA and Disney have collaborated to make Wreck-It Ralph's dreams come true: he's going to be a playable character in upcoming kart racer Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The character, who will star in Disney's computer animated movie Wreck-It Ralph, will rev up on the starting line alongside SEGA all-stars including...


  • E3 2012 Epic Mickey 3DS Daubs Shelves 18th November

    Pretty in paint

    Last night's 3DS Software Showcase wasn't the frenzy of new games that was anticipated, but some good came of it: a US release date for Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. DreamRift's portable take on the series will arrive on North American shores on 18th November 2012. Co-founder / creative director at DreamRift Peter Ong...

  • News Bowser and Bison Join Wreck-It Ralph in Therapy

    Bad boys

    Bowser will be making a return to cinema screens for the first time since that live action movie in Wreck-It Ralph, Disney's new computer generated film that's out later this year. Poor old Ralph has been stuck doing the same old job for 30 years: smashing up buildings in an Rampage-style arcade game. Bored of being the bad guy that nobody...



  • News Return to the Castle in Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion

    Castle crashers

    Warren Spector joined in the fun of Europe's Nintendo Direct to hype up Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. Developed by DreamRift in collaboration with Junction Point, the 2D platformer is due out on Nintendo 3DS in autumn. Though it's set in the same Wasteland as the console versions and lets you mess with the environment with...

  • News Bowser and Friends Confirmed for Wreck-It Ralph

    Roar power

    Upcoming Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph will feature a cameo from the Koopa King himself. Bowser will appear in the movie, due out in November, alongside an unnamed ghost from Pac-Man (we're hoping for Clyde). We don't know how the two fit in, but previous reports suggested a panel of villains — including Dr. Eggman — would...

  • News More Gorgeous Epic Mickey 3DS Screenshots Revealed

    What a Beauty

    Like us, you were probably pretty excited when you heard about Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for 3DS, a new 2D platformer from Monster Tale studio DreamRift. Now Disney has released a few more details on this intriguing upcoming title. The previously revealed painting mechanic involves sketching on the touch screen before the...


  • News Disney Epic Mickey 2 to Brush with Europe in September

    What a lucky rabbit

    Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is the game on everyone's lips at the moment, and according to Junction Point top dog Warren Spector we'll only have six months to wait to play Mickey's Wii sequel. Nintendo Master — the same site that tipped the Disney Epic Mickey 2 press event — rep

  • News First Epic Mickey 3DS Screen Shows Scrooge McDuck

    Colour us interested

    Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion on 3DS is a 2D platformer developed by Monster Tale studio DreamRift, so we knew it was going to look good, but the first scanned screen looks like the team's nailed the Castle of Illusion atmosphere. The still also scores bonus points for including Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales,...

  • News Epic Mickey on 3DS is a Castle of Illusion Sequel

    To the tower!

    Last year, Disney registered a Castle of Illusion trademark, which many thought would have something to do with the then-unannounced Disney Epic Mickey 2. Turns out those people were (probably) right, as Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion on 3DS is a sequel to the 1990 Mega Drive/Genesis classic. A Nintendo Power preview (via

  • News Disney Epic Mickey 2 is Built For Wii

    Not a weak port

    The not-at-all shocking announcement of Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two came with the even less surprising revelation the game's heading to PS3 and Xbox 360 too, leading some to worry Wii owners would get a weak port of the HD versions. Thankfully that's not the case. Junction Point supremo Warren Spector has confirmed his...

  • News Surprise! Disney Announces Epic Mickey 2 for Wii

    Never saw it coming

    After months of speculation, Junction Point's Warren Spector has revealed Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. Coming to Wii as well as PS3 and Xbox 360, the sequel is described as a 'musical', with characters regularly bursting into song. There's co-op play between Mickey and long-lost Disney character Oswald the Lucky...

  • Rumour Epic Mickey 2 Heading for 3DS

    Or is a powerful illusion

    We're almost certainly going to see Disney Epic Mickey 2 revealed next week, but on what platforms? According to the Twitter account of the French Official Nintendo Magazine, the mouse is coming to 3DS. The account tweeted the title Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion for 3DS, saying to look out for more details next week...

  • News Junction Point Holding "Epic" Event on 27th March

    What could it be?!

    After months of speculation, rumour and cat-out-of-bag-letting, it seems Junction Point is finally ready to lift the lid on Disney Epic Mickey 2. The developer has scheduled a press event for 27th March, saying nothing more than it will reveal an "epic project". Late last year a Disney newsletter mentioned Epic Mickey 2,...


  • News Are Bowser and Dr. Eggman in Disney's New Film?

    Looks like it

    Disney's new animated film, Wreck-It Ralph, is about a video game villain who unleashes a powerful enemy from a first-person shooter. According to these scans from D23 magazine, the movie might have an all-star cast of nemeses, too. This picture — reportedly of the movie, though admittedly not the finest quality — shows Bowser, Dr...


  • News Disney Newsletter Accidentally Outs Epic Mickey 2

    It's bound to happen

    Rumours of a sequel to Disney Epic Mickey continue to swirl around the Internet like paint in a pot, with a Disney newsletter seemingly outing the game before its official announcement. The email mentions a brand new Epic Mickey 2 in development for Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with a release set for fall 2012: Disney Epic...


  • News Disney Registers Castle of Illusion Trademark

    To what end?

    Here's a curious one: Disney has just registered a trademark for Castle of Illusion that explicitly states it refers to video game cartridges, discs and software. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse was a much-loved release back on the Mega Drive, and although it's unlikely this trademark could point towards the game's re-release...