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Mickey Mouse and friends return to gaming with the release of Disney: Illusion Island, an exclusive Nintendo Switch game from Dlala Studios, the developers behind the 2020 Battletoads game. While we don’t have an exact release date for the game, it is expected to come out sometime in 2023.
Right off the bat, the most notable thing about this game is the art style, which resembles the recent Mickey Mouse cartoon style. The game is also a cooperative platformer similar to Rayman Legends and Rayman Origins. You can run up and jump off walls and float across gaps, just like the characters in those Ubisoft games.
You can play as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck or Goofy. The game appears to feature the current voice cast for the characters used in other projects. None of the characters seem to have special abilities, so just pick your favorite of the four and get through the various obstacles on your way.
While this appears to be a new unique storyline and gameplay focus for Mickey and his friends, there have been plenty of high-quality 2D platformers from House of Mouse’s past. Castle of Illusion was the first and probably most fondly remembered Mickey Mouse game released in the 90s for the Sega Genesis. It later received a remake on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Several other games in the Illusion series were also introduced, but Illusion Island is the first brand new game we’ve seen use that naming scheme in decades.
We’re sure many people who grew up with the classic Mickey Mouse games are excited for the release of Disney: Illusion Island. Hopefully we’ll know more about this game sooner rather than later.