Let me see your Epic Mickey


Yeah, that joke will only play in certain parts of the world. 
 
Anyway, perhaps you've already seen it on Destructoid but some information has been revealed about the upcoming Wii exclusive "Epic Mickey". Game Informer put up a substantial article and an interview that deals with some of the specifics of the game. More interesting, however, is the visual material included in the article. More concept art is revealed and also some character models are shown; take the time to check the three videos that show Mickey in motion. 
 
Was this what you expected? Remember that concept art that first revealed this title? Remember when you went on to read that it would be for Nintendo's Wii? Remember how we then became divided; there were those that defended it and those that hated it (but the divide was actually more about the Wii's graphical capabilities than about the game itself). I do. I also remember writing that I was sceptical. Sure enought, the concept art has awesome potential and it certainly looked like they weren't messing around when they decided to call it Epic Mickey. But I had to voice my concern with how all this would be realized on the Wii's hardware. 
 
Now the obvious route for me is, of course, to write something like "I told you so" or some other dismissive comment. Instead, I will say that I'm actually kind of impressed. It certainly is not what I expected and seems a far cry from the epicness of what was revealed a couple of weeks ago. Still, reading Game Informer's article and looking at the new concept art, it seems that the developers are--at the very least--on track to deliver a quality Disney game. Don't get me wrong, I'm disappointed to see nothing--or very little--of the epic promise I've seen earlier. Putting that disappointment aside, it becomes clear that the guys working on this are truly trying to capture the glory seen in Mickey's past. Then again, there is this one screenshot in there of what appears to be an actual level and it kind of comes across as something straight out of a CDi-game. Yeah, remember that thing? 
 
Giving it more thought, this game seems very reminiscent of Mickey Mania  for the SNES. That was a great game that certainly lived up to Mickey's greatness in concept while also delivering a very solid side scrolling platformer. If the developers succeed in living up to this heritage, delivering it to this age of computer games, I will be very impressed. That said, maybe what I want more than anything is to just play Mickey Mania again.
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Posted by RVonE

Yeah, that joke will only play in certain parts of the world. 
 
Anyway, perhaps you've already seen it on Destructoid but some information has been revealed about the upcoming Wii exclusive "Epic Mickey". Game Informer put up a substantial article and an interview that deals with some of the specifics of the game. More interesting, however, is the visual material included in the article. More concept art is revealed and also some character models are shown; take the time to check the three videos that show Mickey in motion. 
 
Was this what you expected? Remember that concept art that first revealed this title? Remember when you went on to read that it would be for Nintendo's Wii? Remember how we then became divided; there were those that defended it and those that hated it (but the divide was actually more about the Wii's graphical capabilities than about the game itself). I do. I also remember writing that I was sceptical. Sure enought, the concept art has awesome potential and it certainly looked like they weren't messing around when they decided to call it Epic Mickey. But I had to voice my concern with how all this would be realized on the Wii's hardware. 
 
Now the obvious route for me is, of course, to write something like "I told you so" or some other dismissive comment. Instead, I will say that I'm actually kind of impressed. It certainly is not what I expected and seems a far cry from the epicness of what was revealed a couple of weeks ago. Still, reading Game Informer's article and looking at the new concept art, it seems that the developers are--at the very least--on track to deliver a quality Disney game. Don't get me wrong, I'm disappointed to see nothing--or very little--of the epic promise I've seen earlier. Putting that disappointment aside, it becomes clear that the guys working on this are truly trying to capture the glory seen in Mickey's past. Then again, there is this one screenshot in there of what appears to be an actual level and it kind of comes across as something straight out of a CDi-game. Yeah, remember that thing? 
 
Giving it more thought, this game seems very reminiscent of Mickey Mania  for the SNES. That was a great game that certainly lived up to Mickey's greatness in concept while also delivering a very solid side scrolling platformer. If the developers succeed in living up to this heritage, delivering it to this age of computer games, I will be very impressed. That said, maybe what I want more than anything is to just play Mickey Mania again.
Posted by Dalai

You really should've put a NSFW disclaimer in your title.

Posted by Hailinel

Who's to say that this game won't be an epic?  Last I knew, epic is not innately associated with the sort of darkness that the early concept sketches everyone saw imply.

Edited by RVonE

@Dalai: yeah I hadn't thought it through. 
 
@Hailinel: Of course. You are totally right about that. As I point out I'm here talking about the epicness of the original concept art. Like I said, I'm still intrigued by this game and it could become epic in a Mickey Mania kind of way but at this point it doesn't look like the kind of epic that we've seen a couple of weeks ago.
Posted by Hailinel
@RVonE said:
" @Dalai: yeah I hadn't thought it through.  @Hailinel: Of course. You are totally right about that. As I point out I'm here talking about the epicness of the original concept art. Like I said, I'm still intrigued by this game and it could become epic in a Mickey Mania kind of way but at this point it doesn't look like the kind of epic that we've seen a couple of weeks ago. "
How do you quantify "epicness" in concept art?
Posted by Al3xand3r

We have a thread about Epic Mickey Game Informer updates here and here.

Posted by RVonE
@Hailinel:
That's the thing, no? Epicness is a quality, not a quantity. It has to do with a feel and resonance, or other such vague and indeterminate concepts. At the same time, quality is not uniform which allows me to say that this epicness is not that epicness. Anyway, the thing is that what I've seen from the pictures that were released I feel that the art direction is not qualitatively different (not necessarily worse) from the initial concept promo that we've seen. Let's just say that I'm disappointed and surprised (in a good way for now) all at the same time. 

@Al3xand3r:  
Yes, thank you. However, this is just an entry on my blog which I have attached to the proper game. You are free, of course, to discuss the articles in the other threads.