Tagged "Epic Mickey"

Dec 29

UK Charts

In the Christmas chart every game in the top 10 was a sequel or part of a franchise. Had this week’s chart been the Christmas chart though then that wouldn’t have been the case thanks to Kinect Sports sliding up #15 to #8 and Michael Jackson: The Experience jiving from #12 to #10. The top 5 is unchanged though, meaning Call of Duty: Black Ops is still #1.

Epic Mickey has been slowly creeping up the chart – it was at #36 last week but it’s now at #26. With the price cut in the sales to around the £25 mark it may even reach the top 20 next week. Monopoly Streets enters at #28 thanks to the some TV advertising while the apparently quite poor Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time teleports in at #29.

In the single formats Tron: Evolution is in at #24 in the PlayStation 3 chart and #34 in the Xbox 360 chart while THQ’s Megamind makes an appearance in the lower half of both the Wii and DS charts.

Dec 13

UK Charts

There’s no joy for Golden Sun: Dark Dawn in this week’s top 40 chart but Epic Mickey has finally made an appearance at a rather lowly #37. Call of Duty: Black Ops holds onto #1 and is followed by FIFA 11 at #2 and new entry World of Warcraft: Cataclysm at #3.

Donkey Kong Country Returns has done a little bit better than last week – it entered at #13 on launch and has now managed to swing up to #8. Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary has done the reverse though – it was at #22 but it’s now at #31. This may be because both Game and GameStation bumped the price up last week from £19.99 to £24.99.

In the single format charts, Tony Hawk SHRED flaps in at #34 in the Xbox 360 chart and #35 in the Wii chart while our friend Barbie enters the DS chart at #40. I wonder if our review helped?

Dec 06

UK Charts

Never mind being bad, Michael Jackson: The Experience has had a good week – it’s up from #32 to #6. Poor old Epic Mickey can only wish for such luck – it still hasn’t managed to enter the top 40. Donkey Kong Country Returns swings in at #13 though while Super Mario All-Stars makes a chart appearance at #22.

Gran Turismo 5 has lost its #1 placing after just one week – it’s now at #4 with Call of Duty: Black Ops back on top followed by FIFA 11 at #2 and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood at #3.

Thanks to price cuts (it’s £19.99 this week at GameStation) Medal of Honor is back on the rise going from #25 to #14. Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows has done the opposite going from #15 to #27. If there was a decent game attached to the license I would imagine that it would knocking around the top 10 still. Learn this lesson for next time, EA.

Nov 29

UK Charts

Reviews of Epic Mickey may not have been epic, but it hasn’t even sold well enough to get into the top 40 chart this week. The best it can do is #11 in the Wii chart. Maybe it’ll do a little bit better in America? Who knows.

There’s a new #1 though – Gran Turismo 5 has shoved Call of Duty: Black Ops from the top of the pile. Two games have re-entered the top 10 as well – Art Academy has somehow (and rather amazingly) risen from #27 to #8 while Fallout: New Vegas rises from #13 to #10.

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare proves that not everybody has access to DLC – it’s at #14 this week. Michael Jackson: The Experience moonwalks (too clichéd?) in at #32; Vanquish re-enters at #38.

Word of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II’s failings must be spreading – it has gone from #15 to #28. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is on the up though, going from #20 to #15.

Nov 25

This Week’s Games

Reviews for Epic Mickey are starting to appear and are off to a bumpy start – the Official Nintendo Magazine gave it 85% while Eurogamer painted a 6/10 on it. I’d wait for a few more reviews before splashing the cash, especially seeing that Donkey Kong Country is out next week. Raving Rabbids Travel in Time should be approached with caution too – NGamer Magazine really didn’t like what they saw while previewing it. Pac Man Party didn’t go down too well with them either. NBA Jam is apparently good fun though. It’s only going to be sold at HMV for some reason. Worms Battle Islands is also out on Wii this week via THQ.

Red Dead: Undead Nightmare is now available in a box as a standalone game. It’s £17.99 on Amazon, making it a rather good gift idea for Christmas.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom and Splatterhouse are two of the other interesting games out today. Majin has a whiff of Ico/Shadow of the Colossus about it while Splatterhouse had a huge delay and a revamp halfway through development. Reviews have been above average for both so far.

Fans of singing, dancing, keeping fit and looking like a fool are well looked after: Zumba Fitness, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Karaoke Revolution Glee, Get Fit with Mel B and Def Jam Rapstar are all out this week. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Michael Jackson: The Experience aren’t out until next year. Have you seen what they’ve done to him on the DS version? Ow indeed.

Lastly, CGI movie Megamind gets the videogame treatment in no less than three flavours – Megamind: Ultimate Showdown on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, The Blue Defender for DS and PSP and Mega Team Unite on Wii.

Next week: Donkey Kong Country Returns, The Sly Collection, Super Mario All-Stars, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Dodge Racing: Charger vs. Challenger.

Aug 14

When Deus Ex creator Warren Spector was asked by IndustryGamers if Epic Mickey could pave the way for more Disney titles, they received a beyond enthusiastic answer:

“A day does not go by where I don’t tell somebody at Disney ‘Gimme the ducks. Gimme the ducks’! Uncle Scrooge, come on! Donald! Huey, Dewey, and Louie! Come on, let me do a duck game! So yeah, I would love to do a duck game. Uncle Scrooge is the coolest character, you know? He was Indiana Jones before Steven Spielberg was a gleam in his mother’s eye, you know? I mean, come on. He’s a great character.”

The 8-bit and 16-bit Donald Duck games were pretty good – Quackshot on Mega Drive and Duck Tales on NES were particularly fine.

Oct 29

During an interview with the Official UK Nintendo Magazine, Warren Spector revealed that Epic Mickey – the most promising looking Wii-exclusive in a long, long time – was originally for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. To quote:

“The reality is that we started Wii development in 2008, but before that we were a PC, PS3, and 360 title.”

“It’s burned in my brain – Graham Hopper [Disney Interactive boss] pulled me into my office one day and said ‘What does it take to deliver on the goals we have for this product? And I said, well, you need enough time and enough money to be competitive. And it’d be awfully nice if we could focus on one platform.”

“At that time we were talking about a Wii port and I was begging people – no, we can’t just port to the Wii, it’s not going to work. It needs to be its own game. A lot of the design ideas just won’t work on the Wii, we need to give the Wii its dues. Graham looked at me and said ‘What do you think about a Wii exclusive?’ And I went ‘Holy cow – yeah!’”

“They walked away from three other platforms – no other publisher on the planet would have done that. It was a magic moment for me. No-one has even mentioned other formats since that point.”

The game itself looks like a combination of Okami and a Tim Burton movie, set in a world of forgotten Disney characters who have become jealous of Mickey’s popularity. There’s some screenshots and art-work here. Robotic Donald Duck looks deeply disturbing.

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