News Desk: ESRB Describes Disney Infinity on 3DS

Disney’s action figure-meets-video gaming cross over might be taking a Mario Party-esque twist.

By Andy Hoover. Posted 04/23/2013 18:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

When Disney announced Disney Infinity it was pretty obvious that the company had been inspired by the huge success Activision had with its Skylanders line of games and toys, a near perfect marriage of action figure collecting and family friendly gaming. However, Disney wanted to do more than simply rip off the idea; yes, it would feature figurines you would scan into the game, but it stretched across the Disney portfolio, from Pixar’s CG masterpieces to the Pirates of the Caribbean films, bringing in a varied collection of characters and places that the player will use to create unique worlds with crazy casts of seemingly disjointed characters. But if the ESRB’s description of Disney Infinity: Toy Box Challenge proves correct, 3DS owners might be getting a significantly different experience.

With each rating, the ESRB includes a description of the game with an emphasis on the material most responsible for its rating. And no, the surprise doesn’t come from the use of words like “decapitations” or “drug-fueled sprees of wonton destruction,” because both are completely absent for some reason. Instead, we have words like “party game,” “game boards,” and “mini-games” used to describe the title. In other words, it seems to suggest a game that is more like Disney meets Mario Party instead of Disney meets Skylanders like its console brethren. The description goes on to specifically list “puzzles, racing, fighting, and collecting various items” as mini-game activities as well as promise the opportunity to shoot giant squids and duel pirates.

While it is never fair to be overly judgmental of a game when so little about it has actually been discussed, I can’t help but feel that some folks out there might be disappointed, especially when you consider that the game’s most direct competition, Skylanders, has always made a concerted effort to deliver a 3DS experience that is comparable to the console versions. Regardless, let us reserve judgment and wait to see the final product when it hits store shelves on August 18 for North America and August 20 for Europe.

Source: Nintendo Life

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