Nintendo Direct: Epic Mickey: Rebrushed Gives the Wii Original a Fresh Coat of Paint

Mickey and Oswald are making a comeback!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 02/21/2024 16:18 Comment on this     ShareThis

Disney’s Epic Mickey was polarizing when it launched on Nintendo Wii back in 2010. Developed by Warren Spector’s Junction Point Studios, the game was especially famous for bringing back Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who was Walt Disney’s original cartoon mascot before giving up the rights to Universal and moving on to create his own animation studio. Infamously, Disney opted to trade football broadcaster Al Michaels, who hosted the company’s Monday Night Football broadcasts on ESPN, to Universal for the rights to Oswald, which it had acquired some 80 years prior. All so that Spector could use the character in his new game. That’s quite a swap!

Still, you might be wondering what was so polarizing about the game? Ultimately, Epic Mickey was gorgeous to look at and had a fun story but was hard to play owing to its finicky camera. Its gimmick of creative and reductive “painting” mechanics weren;t enough to make the game a legitimate classic. During today’s Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase, however, it was revealed that a revamped version, Disney’s Epic Mickey: Rebrushed, will be coming to Switch sometime this year, ostensibly giving Spector’s misstep a chance at redemption. Take a look:

Developer Purple Lamp is handling production duties this time around (Junction Point went under many moons ago), but alas there’s no word on when Rebrushed will launch save for an enigmatic “2024” release window. Hopefully when it does hit Switch, the problems with the camera will have finally been properly sorted. It will also be curious to see what control options will be available, given the original was very dependent on swinging around a Wii Remote. Once we learn more, we’ll let all of you know.

Source: Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase 02.21.24

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