Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today the release of Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book, based on Walt Disney Studios’ highly anticipated stop-motion animated film directed by Tim Burton, Frankenweenie, in theaters October 5, 2012. Capturing the creative process from concept to completion, the interactive book integrates videos, vibrant music, and original sketches to offer readers a fully immersive behind-the-scenes look into the making of the movie. Available on the iBookstore, this book is Disney Publishing’s first to be created with Apple’s iBooks Author.
An instant* success (* just add water!), the game went on to introduce several free expansion packs, two variants of gameplay and spinoff apps including ‘Where’s My Water? FREE’ and ‘Where’s My Perry?,’ based on the popular Disney television series, ‘Phineas and Ferb.’ Before long, an entire line of plush and other collectibles were introduced and the loveable reptile is set to star in his own web series before long.
Today, Ubisoft and ESPN are announcing a collaboration to develop unique content for ESPN Sports Connection™, the next generation of multi-sports games that brings families and friends together for an interactive and engaging sports experience. Developed by Ubisoft Barcelona, ESPN Sports Connection will be available in North America exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U this holiday. It also marks the first collaboration between Ubisoft and ESPN.
Disney Interactive today announced that the highly-anticipated ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two’ video game will be available for Nintendo’s Wii U™ system this holiday season. Wii U players will experience their adventure through Wasteland, an alternate world filled with more than 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions, in HD graphics and enjoy enhanced game features.
‘It’s exciting to bring Nintendo fans “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” on Nintendo’s revolutionary new game system,’ said Bill Roper, vice president and general manager of production, Disney Interactive. ‘The technological advances of the Wii U system have allowed us to enhance player direction and provide our fans with an immersive as well as unique gaming experience.’
He may have been the first person to break the million point barrier on Donkey Kong, but ‘King of Kong’ Steve Weibe will need quite a bit more practice when it comes to facing Wreck-it Ralph in the game of ‘Fix-It Felix Jr,’ based on both Wreck-It Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios and the legacy of 8-bit video games.
At the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) this weekend in Seattle, Warren Spector and Junction Point Studio will be unveiling a brand new level from ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2,’ which attendees will be among the first to experience. Fort Wasteland, as the area will be known (formerly the Disney Gulch), is based on Frontierland as it appeared at the Disneyland theme park in 1955, featuring attractions such as the Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland and Fort Wilderness on Tom Sawyer Island.
In an age where Kinect and PlayStation Eye/Move are encouraging less traditional interaction with video game consoles and cameras are a mainstay in virtual everything, let alone most mobile devices, one man at Disney Interactive sees video game systems moving even further from the path of the familiar and letting the console games make their own decisions based on — you guessed it — physical appearance.
Both ‘System and method for number of players determined using facial recognition’ (US Patent Application 20120214585) and ‘Gender and age based gameplay through face perception’ (US Patent Application 20120214584) list Phillippe Paquet as the sole inventor and offer to leverage existing technology in interesting ways.
Disney Interactive has released a new featurette for its upcoming ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two,’ titled ‘The Power of Character.’ In the video, the creative team at Junction Point talk about the importance of choosing elements and the attributes of the characters that appear within the game. In addition to talking about Mickey and Oswald’s special abilities, Warren Spector discusses the influence that Oswald’s galpal, Ortensia, will yield in the game (including some great looks of her in action — no samples of her speaking yet, unfortunately) and the internal struggles of the Mad Doctor who marks his return in the game’s sequel.
Right before Finding Nemo 3D from Disney/Pixar lands in theaters on September 14, 2012, Disney Interactive will release ‘Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue Special Edition‘ for the Nintendo 3DS, according to a listing by Amazon.com.
In addition to 3D clips from the film, the game itself will essentially feature more than thirty mini-games in which the player can compete for sea tokens to be redeemed for items for their interactive reef. An additional baggy mode will allow players to re-create the dentist escape scene from the film and unlock additional characters from the tank gang to be able to use in the mini-games in addition to Marlin, Nemo and Dory.
After SEGA’s iconic character Sonic the Hedgehog was spotted as the face of keeping order in Wreck-It Ralph’s Game Central Station during a clip played during the Walt Disney Studios presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, it’s only natural that life imitate art and that Ralph himself would appear alongside Sonic on the small screen as well.