Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion returns to the Castle

Disney has officially announced Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for 3DS, for those of us without Nintendo Power subscriptions. It allows you to draw objects "that magically transform into classic Disney-style 2D illustrations," which then become 3D on the 3DS's top screen.

Dreamrift's 3DS sidescroller pays tribute to the Genesis game Castle of Illusion, portraying a future in which that game's title environment has been transported into Epic Mickey's "Wasteland." The witch Mizrabel attempts to drain the cartoon essence from popular Toons to pull herself out.

This plot point seems to be a convenient excuse to bring in more Disney characters, as the screenshots are absolutely crawling with them. Power of Illusion will be out this fall alongside Epic Mickey 2.%Gallery-152235%
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Reality is What You Paint of It as Player Illustrations Come to Life in 3D

London UK – 4TH April – Disney UK today announced the development of "Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion," the first Nintendo 3DS™ title in the "Disney Epic Mickey" franchise. The title features an interactive combination of painting, dual screen integration and 3D transformation capabilities designed to give players the unique ability to create objects and even characters they can place in the world of Wasteland.

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.

"The original 'Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse' changed the face of video gaming by allowing players to play as Mickey Mouse in a side-scrolling adventure full of dynamic environments," said Warren Spector, vice president and creative director, Junction Point. "We're honoured to be able to pay tribute to this classic video game by creating a title that truly takes advantage of the unique capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS, putting the magic of Disney and the historic Castle of Illusion in the palm of your hands."

"Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion" is being created by critically acclaimed DS developer DreamRift, in collaboration with Disney Interactive's Junction Point. The game is slated for a fall 2012 release on the Nintendo 3DS.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.