Disney Interactive Studios has recently released a trailer for its upcoming Toy Story 3 video game for most gaming platforms. The video, seen below, includes some gameplay as well as an exclusive look at the all-new innovative ‘toy box’ mode in which players can build their own Toy Story world.
Although it’ll still be another couple of days before anyone can actually experience them on the new iPad from Apple, the iPad apps floodgates opened today and Disney quickly debuted and previewed a slew of iPad exclusives from all across the Walt Disney Company family.
Disney Digital Books has offered up a couple of its interactive storybooks in the form of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, even offering the former for free. The Toy Story 2 Read-Along is $8.99 but that also includes a one month’s subscription to the online service where hundreds of interactive Disney books are already online with more added monthly. In addition to the Toy Story iPad apps, Disney Publishing will soon be offering apps featuring stories from The Princess and the Frog, Phineas and Ferb, Winnie the Pooh and — of course — Toy Story 3.
As part of its ongoing strategy to provide original creative content where and how consumers want it, Disney will offer applications from all of its businesses on the new Apple iPad.
The ABC Player app extends the reach of ABC.com’s full episode player onto the iPad. iPad users will have the ability to watch free, ad-supported episodes from approximately 20 popular ABC series through a wi-fi connection. The application will also allow iPad users to purchase downloads of episodes via the iTunes store. The ABC iPad app brings the full experience of ABC.com’s Emmy Award-winning full episode player to a touch-screen, handheld device for the first time. Additionally, the ABC.com site is now optimized for the iPad, complete with full-functionality for all its features, including short-form video.
Disney Publishing Worldwide has built two original “Toy Story” read-along apps for the iPad, both combining Disney stories and unique activities with cutting edge technology. Each “Toy Story” read-along is an immersive multimedia experience – the books feature video from the feature films, karaoke and voice record features, the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, songs from the movies, original games, and even an interactive coloring feature that lets kids finger-paint with up to 10 fingers on the screen. The “Toy Story” app is free and the “Toy Story 2” app is $8.99 and comes with a one month free subscription to disneydigitalbooks.com. In addition, new “Disney Princess,” “Phineas & Ferb,” “Winnie the Pooh” and “Toy Story 3” apps will go live on the iPad later this spring.
Disney Online has built a custom iPad version of its flagship website, Disney.com, which focuses on exclusive video content. iPad videos featured at launch include new scenes from highly-anticipated Disney films “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” full-episodes of popular Disney Channel and Disney XD series “Hannah Montana,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Suite Life on Deck” and “Phineas & Ferb,” and a new Muppets music video, “Stand by Me.”
“The iPad provides a very compelling consumer experience, and we are pleased to have new forms of original, interactive content on this great device,” said Bob Iger, President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company.
In addition to the ABC player and “Toy Story” read-along apps, Disney, ABC and ESPN will launch the following applications:
Owners of the Nintendo DSi portable gaming system now have the opportunity to purchase Disney Fireworks from Disney Interactive Studios.
For 800 DSi points, gamers can light up the night with Disney Fireworks! Touch and flick to trigger a dazzling nighttime extravaganza of color and fun. Aim rockets to their matching colors in the sky to set off an explosion and score points. Time them perfectly to improve your Wow Meter and unlock special surprises and rockets. Disney Fireworks comes with five themed environments, original music, 15 challenging levels for each world, high-score tracking and much more.
Remaining free, version 2.0 of the app includes the following new features:
- Additional voting option with “Click to Call”
- Music and sound effects for the introduction and paddle feature
- Push Notifications available for start of show & eliminations information
- Facebook Connect option to post support for any dancer.
Have you ever wanted to reach out and touch a star? Now you can! All the excitement, glitter, and sexy spray-tanned talent you love to watch on Dancing With The Stars is literally IN YOUR HANDS thanks to your iPhone!
Available to own for the Nintendo DS on March 23, Stitch Jam from Disney Interactive Studios lets players assume the role of Stitch as he embarks on rhythm-based missions that take place in ten stunning locations, from tropical beaches to outer space and defeat Dr. Hamsterviel in an epic galactic showdown to save his kidnapped girlfriend, Angel.
Disney Stitch Jam is also equipped with two-player co-operative play via download, where players can share the game with friends and play as Stitch and Angel and includes special additional features such as:
- Complete story mode to unlock and play as Angel, Reuben and Felix in free mode
- Unlock special costumes and accessories to disguise Stitch and friends, and download special co-op stage and play with a friend as Stitch and Angel
- Includes access to DGamer, the online community exclusively for Disney gamers on Nintendo DS, allowing them to chat with other players and unlock additional items in their game
The PlayStation 3 edition of Toy Story 3 from Disney Interactive Studios will be among the first titles to support the PlayStation Move motion controller in addition to the DUALSHOCK3 and SIXAXIS controllers according to a list posted by Sony. The controller, along with Microsoft’s Natal for XBox has been causing waves of whispers around the net recently, offering hope for non-Nintendo enthusiasts that the upcoming Junction Point title Epic Mickey may eventually find its way on other gaming systems besides the Wii.
Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep will be released in North America this Summer. Coming exclusively to the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, the game is a prequel that reveals the untold origins of the popular KINGDOM HEARTS franchise.
KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep is the highly anticipated fifth installment in the beloved RPG series that has shipped over 14 million copies worldwide. Enjoy three unique gaming experiences through three main characters – Terra, Ventus and Aqua – in order to uncover the mysteries of the story. With a distinctive battle system and multiplayer mode, KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep adds a new depth to the KINGDOM HEARTS franchise.
Reporting from the 2010 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, G4 takes a first look at the upcoming whodunnit? party game, Disney’s Guilty Party from subsidiary Wideload Games, available to own on July 27.
In a promising preview, G4 goes over some of the details in playing the tutorial mode and how the game operates in a ‘party’ environment, particularly with what they refer to as the diabolical mode in which the player in control can very cleverly gain an edge over competing players who are witness to the whole game.
G4 also offers about a dozen images from the game.
Earlier today, Nintendo of America announced some of its anticipated lineup for 2010 ranging from the introduction of the Nintendo DSi XL in March to a slew of video games including the first collaboration between Disney Interactive Studios and its subsidiary, Wideload Games.
Disney Guilty Party is described as a fun and hilarious family-friendly mystery party game and is expected to arrive during the second half of 2010, exclusive to the Wii.
Guilty Party tells the thrilling tale of the Dickens Detective Agency as they solve crimes set in motion by the master criminal known as Mr. Valentine. Up to four players can solve crimes in a variety of locations all over the world to unlock the secrets of Mr. Valentine’s grand scheme.