Disney Patent Aims to Create New Generation of Guitar Superheroes

Possible embodiment of musical instrument edutainment systemThere’s just no denying the success of video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band (even to the point of successful ports to the iPhone), but when it comes right down to it, they’re nothing like playing actual instruments. Instead, the plastic ‘guitar’ one holds is nothing more than a glorified typical video game controller with a bunch of colored buttons. Hardly beneficial to anyone who wishes to learn the real thing.

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Disney Interactive Studios Will Bring the Magic to Nintendo DS with ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

Sorcerer's Apprentice for Nintendo DS by Disney Interactive StudiosDisney Interactive Studios today announced the company will publish The Sorcerer’s Apprentice video game, inspired by the upcoming feature film “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is scheduled to appear in North American retail outlets on July 13, 2010, exclusively for Nintendo DS™.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is an action-packed 3D arcade video game that casts players in the role of Dave, the powerful sorcerer’s apprentice, as he joins a mystical fight against the ultimate evil in a world filled with fantastical quests and magical combat.

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‘Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam’ Official iPhone App with Free Limited-Time Music Download Released

The Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam app is now available from the App Store. The app lets iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users hear music clips, watch videos and more from the Disney Channel Original Movie and its soundtrack.

The Camp Rock 2 app is available for $.99 and features:

  • Free song download “Can’t Back Down,” with vocals from Demi Lovato plus Alyson Stoner, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle and Char Ligera. The free download will be available for the first 30 days, beginning May 26.
  • Exclusive day and date audio and video premieres of Camp Rock 2 music and behind-the-scenes content.

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Phineas and Ferb Return to Nintendo DS with New Adventures, Gadgets and Rides!

'Phineas and Ferb Ride Again' for the Nintendo DS by Disney Interactive StudiosDisney Interactive Studios has announced Phineas and Ferb: Ride Again for Nintendo DS™. In this new game inspired by the hit Disney XD and Disney Channel television series, players will enter the world of Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher where they will adventure through the depths of Atlantis and outer space, not to mention their own backyard, to build the most wicked rides ever.

“With the success of the first video game, we are excited to offer a new Phineas and Ferb video game to fans this summer,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “True to the Disney Channel series, Phineas and Ferb: Ride Again will bring the humor and sense of adventure from the show home to fans of all ages.”

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‘Disney Sing It: Family Hits’ to be Released August 3; Now Available for Pre-Order

'Hakuna Matata' from Disney Sing It: Family EditionAmazon.com  now lists Disney Sing It: Family Hits as being released for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii on August 3, 2010.

The game features 30 songs from Disney and Pixar animated classics, allowing up to eight players to compete in karaoke in family mode. The game also features performance tips from Anika Noni Rose from The Princess and the Frog.

For more information, see the original announcement here. There are also additional screenshots from the game, such as the one featured here, on Amazon.com.

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‘Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep’ to be Released September 7, PSP Bundle Pack Available

Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX(R) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep will be available at North American retailers on September 7, 2010. KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep brings to life unexplored worlds from everyone’s favorite Disney stories, and will be appearing exclusively on the PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of May 16

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

Phineas and Ferb #7: Freeze Frame (Available Tuesday, May 18 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real (Available Tuesday, May 18 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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Split / Second (Available Tuesday, May 18 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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Disney Interactive Studios Announces ‘Disney Sing It: Family Hits’ Featuring Disney Film Classics

'Disney Sing It: Family Hits' from Disney Interactive for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3Nothing brings together families like the magic and music of Disney’s films, and today Disney Interactive Studios announced a new interactive way for families to come together and enjoy their favorite songs from their favorites films. Disney Sing It: Family Hits is a karaoke game featuring the most beloved songs and videos from 20 all-time favorite Disney films, alongside vocal tips from the Princess and the Frog’s Anika Noni Rose. Disney Sing It: Family Hits will be available for the PlayStation®3 system and the Wii™ console in summer 2010.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Video Game Offers Playable Zurg, Mini-Games Exclusively to PlayStation 3

Disney Interactive Studios today announced that Toy Story 3: The Video Game for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, releasing on June 15, 2010, will exclusively feature content and gameplay available only on the PlayStation 3 system (PS3™). Emperor Zurg, one of the most beloved villains of the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” franchise, will be a playable character exclusively on the PS3™ system. In addition, Toy Story 3: The Video Game will be one of the first games to market featuring the PlayStation®Move’s motion controller compatible gameplay.

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New Footage from ‘Split/Second’ Delivers Powerful, Explosive Gameplay

What happens when a half a dozen cars taking part in an illegal street race find themselves rolling through an exploding power plant at full speed? Such is the common-place, ordinary, humdrum scenario explored in the following new video featuring gameplay footage from Split/Second from Disney Interactive Studios and Block Rock Studio.

Available to own on Xbox, PS3 and Windows platforms on May 18, Split/Second is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

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