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You guys remember Epic Mickey on the Wii? When I was little I was so hyped to get the game. I played the game and it was amazing. The story was great, the choices to either paint or use thinner on bosses was really interesting, and it brought back Oswald the Lucky Rabbit! It's unfortunate they don't use him very often, though he has some silent cameos in other stuff. The dark box art reminded me of Kingdom Hearts and that's why I bought it. I always have a good time when I replay it. The second game fixes a few things from the first game but adds new ones at the same time. The added voice acting is cool, but a bit cringy when people like the Doctor sing. I loved it when I first played it, though. Such a shame they never made a third game, though there was a side game on the 3DS that is fun. I only played the demo but of what I played it seems like a nice little entry that uses the touch screen in smart ways. Anyways, thoughts?
 

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Rumor has it there's an HD port coming to PS4/Switch.

But in all honesty, I'm of the opinion EM would've been better served as a film than a game. The core concept is amazing & is probably the best plot Disney could ever come up with for a Mickey movie. The gameplay ideas, however (both the moral choices & the general platforming) never felt fully realized. & then there's the sequel that did everything worse: smaller-scale plot, shorter length, AI is too incompetent to make single-player enjoyable, but co-op has its own issues.

Also, while a world of forgotten Disney characters sounds interesting on paper, the execution of it is head-scratching. Smee is a forgotten Disney character? On what merit was that decided? There's also a bunch of different Petes, oh Pete himself isn't a forgotten toon, but alternate versions of him are? God, what a cop-out. How many alternate Mickeys are there in that case? Prince & the Pauper just off the top of my head.

Heck, Clarabelle Cow & Horace Horse are borderline as I was vaguely familiar with them prior to their appearance in KH2. Which, oh yeah that's right, some of these "Forgotten" characters had already appeared in KH before EM, which should've been an instant disqualification from Wasteland membership. Heck, KH actually one-ups EM with Clara Cluck, a character I actually never did hear of before KH2 & is not present in EM series.

Another thing KH has over EM, acknowledgment of the origins of all the characters. Jiminy's journals breaking the 4th wall to point out what short/film each character made their debut & what year. EM is filled with tons of references but fails to have any sort of codex to explain said references despite them all being obscure by design.

Other forgotten characters that didn't make it include Dumbella/Thelma (Della's original incarnations), Mrs. Goof & Goof Jr. (Goofy's wife & kid from old shorts, & Amelita/Felicity (Mickey's sister). There's probably loads more comic book characters that could be dug up if I were to continue digging.
 
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Rumor has it there's an HD port coming to PS4/Switch.

But in all honesty, I'm of the opinion EM would've been better served as a film than a game. The core concept is amazing & is probably the best plot Disney could ever come up with for a Mickey movie. The gameplay ideas, however (both the moral choices & the general platforming) never felt fully realized. & then there's the sequel that did everything worse: smaller-scale plot, shorter length, AI is too incompetent to make single-player enjoyable, but co-op has its own issues.

Also, while a world of forgotten Disney characters sounds interesting on paper, the execution of it is head-scratching. Smee is a forgotten Disney character? On what merit was that decided? There's also a bunch of different Petes, oh Pete himself isn't a forgotten toon, but alternate versions of him are? God, what a cop-out. How many alternate Mickeys are there in that case? Prince & the Pauper just off the top of my head.

Heck, Clarabelle Cow & Horace Horse are borderline as I was vaguely familiar with them prior to their appearance in KH2. Which, oh yeah that's right, some of these "Forgotten" characters had already appeared in KH before EM, which should've been an instant disqualification from Wasteland membership. Heck, KH actually one-ups EM with Clara Cluck, a character I actually never did hear of before KH2 & is not present in EM series.

Another thing KH has over EM, acknowledgment of the origins of all the characters. Jiminy's journals breaking the 4th wall to point out what short/film each character made their debut & what year. EM is filled with tons of references but fails to have any sort of codex to explain said references despite them all being obscure by design.

Other forgotten characters that didn't make it include Dumbella/Thelma (Della's original incarnations), Mrs. Goof & Goof Jr. (Goofy's wife & kid from old shorts, & Amelita/Felicity (Mickey's sister). There's probably loads more comic book characters that could be dug up if I were to continue digging.
The Smee encountered in Epic Mickey is different than the one in Kingdom Hearts for a simple, yet noticeable difference. The Smee in Kingdom Hearts and the film has a red beanie and blue striped shirt, while the one encountered in wasteland has a blue hat and red striped shirt. Minor difference sure, but the wasteland's multiple character models being repeated are explained in what I honestly think is genius (some are rough drafts left on the editing table).
 

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The Smee encountered in Epic Mickey is different than the one in Kingdom Hearts for a simple, yet noticeable difference. The Smee in Kingdom Hearts and the film has a red beanie and blue striped shirt, while the one encountered in wasteland has a blue hat and red striped shirt. Minor difference sure, but the wasteland's multiple character models being repeated are explained in what I honestly think is genius (some are rough drafts left on the editing table).
That sounds so damn stupid. Why can't Smee simply own more than 1 shirt?
 

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That sounds so damn stupid. Why can't Smee simply own more than 1 shirt?
Disney rules man, Disney rules. Why doesn't Donald Duck wear pants? why doesn't Sora ever need a change of clothes? why doesn't the keyblade break at this point?
Point being, if they needed a certain forgotten character, it's easier to write it off as a benched design and leave it at that. The Disney vault was packed full of such designs when warren specter was allowed in, so he used them. Just like how the gremlins fulfil the roles of guides and mechanics when other characters could have. It wouldn't make sense to have jiminy cricket around mickey when he isn't forgotten, but the gremlin's leader does.
 

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The Smee encountered in Epic Mickey is different than the one in Kingdom Hearts for a simple, yet noticeable difference. The Smee in Kingdom Hearts and the film has a red beanie and blue striped shirt, while the one encountered in wasteland has a blue hat and red striped shirt. Minor difference sure, but the wasteland's multiple character models being repeated are explained in what I honestly think is genius (some are rough drafts left on the editing table).
That's pretty cool. Kind of a cheap way of including him, but a really cleaver way of doing it! I didn't even notice that it was any different. Also real quick, I forgot to mention the soundtrack. Oh. My. God. It's some good stuff!!!
 

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That's pretty cool. Kind of a cheap way of including him, but a really cleaver way of doing it! I didn't even notice that it was any different. Also real quick, I forgot to mention the soundtrack. Oh. My. God. It's some good stuff!!!
It's better to at least have some canon excuse for why the same model is reused multiple times than not address it at all. Otherwise you'll get situations like one singular guard being copy and pasted repeatedly like in KH 2's Mulan world. What Warren Specter chose to do with the game was clever, regardless of what some might think.
 

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I loved this game so much when I got it and was so sad when the second one performed sadly in sales casing the whole series to be scrapped. If they ever made a remake I would be beyond excited. While the second one had some flaws, there are some features I wish were in the first, such as the post game options.

The story is so clever to me, and growing up with the parks, it was really cool to see this world based off of them. Wow what a nostalgia trip :,)
 
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