Mickey Mouse, that long time favourite character, has had a makeover and is set to return as action mouse, taking on heroes like Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Disney who created the character has transformed him into a vintage-looking yet three-dimensional cartoon character in the hope that he can do for Disney what Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog is doing for Nintendo.
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“We’ve pulled Mickey out of the world of cartoons which is where he belongs and feels comfortable and safe and we pull him into a world we call the Cartoon Wasteland,” says game designer Warren Spector.
According to the Guardian in the UK, the new Mickey Mouse will be seen for the first time in a new console game called “Disney Epic Mickey” which will be available for the Nintendo’s Wii console.
Disney Interactive Studios general manager Graham Hopper says: “This started from a belief that I had when I came into this business a few years back, that we were not treating Mickey properly in the videogames space and that he had a lot more potential than we had unlocked.
When Disney came up with new-look “cartoon character thrown into turmoil”, game guru Spector built on the idea of Cartoon Wasteland where Mickey has big problems to solve and a world that needs saving.
A guilt-ridden Mickey roams the wasteland and faces up to friends he cast aside and eclipsed with his own fame.