Disney confirms Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for Nintendo 3DS, details revealed

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion has officially been confirmed for the Nintendo 3DS, making it the first title available for the handheld in the Disney Epic Mickey franchise.

Disney Interactive Media Group revealed details about the game which "features an interactive combination of painting, dual screen integration and 3D transformation capabilities designed to give players the unique ability to create objects and even characters they can place in the world of Wasteland."

"In “Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion,” Reality is What You Paint of It," the company said in a press release today.

The game offers a special drawing and painting function that allows players to create rough versions of objects that magically transform into classic Disney-style 2D illustrations. Utilizing the game’s unparalleled dual screen integration, players then move their creations to the top screen where they are further transformed into full-color, fully-rendered 3D visuals.

Being created by critically acclaimed DS developer DreamRift, in collaboration with Disney Interactive's Junction Point, Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion pays tribute to the classic Sega Genesis title Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse.  As such, Power of Illusion focuses onthe fabled Castle of Illusion, which has " fallen into Wasteland, an alternate world filled with 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions – and now forgotten video games."

Unwilling to reside in Wasteland, the evil witch Mizrabel, the villain from the Sega classic, unleashes a plot to escape using the Castle of Illusion to imprison and drain the cartoon essence from currently famous toons.  Your role, playing as Mickey Mouse, is to utilize his magic brush to wield paint and thinner to confront Mizrabel and save the Toons.

“The original ‘Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse’ changed the face of video gaming by allowing players to play as Mickey Mouse in a side-scrolling adventure full of dynamic environments,” said Warren Spector, vice president and creative director, Junction Point. “We’re honored to be able to pay tribute to this classic video game by creating a title that truly takes advantage of the unique capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS, putting the magic of Disney and the historic Castle of Illusion in the palm of your hands.”

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion is scheduled for a Fall 2012 release on the Nintendo 3DS.  For more information check out this month's issue of Nintendo Power magazine or check out Disney's Epic Mickey hub.

In other Epic Mickey news, it was recently confirmed that Warren Spector and the Junction Point dev team are also working on a sequel, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, which is due out for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii in Fall 2012.  Check out our preview of the game for more details.