Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion is a side-scrolling platform game developed by DreamRift and published by Disney Interactive Studios for the Nintendo 3DS in 2012. It is part of the Epic Mickey series, released alongside Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, is touted as a tribute to Sega's Illusion series of Mickey Mouse games Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. With players taking control of Mickey Mouse, the game mixes side-scrolling gameplay from games such as Castle of Illusion with the paint and thinner mechanics from Epic Mickey. Using the 3DS touch-screen, the player will be able to bring items scattered throughout each stage into existence. How well the player traces these items will affect their performance. For example, tracing a cannon will ensure that it only harms enemies, but an imperfect cannon could be a danger to everyone in the area, including Mickey himself; some time after the first two games, Mickey is contacted once more by Oswald. Mickey sneaks into Yen Sid's study and takes the magic brush once more before jumping into the portal to Wasteland in his television.
However, Minnie arrives shortly afterwards. Meeting up with Oswald, Mickey examines the castle, remembering it as the Castle of Illusion ruled by the evil witch Mizrabel, they end up trapped inside. Mickey meets Jiminy Cricket. Mickey comes face to face with Mizrabel, who now looks like Maleficent, taunting him to try saving the characters she trapped. Mickey reaches a safe haven. Oswald arrives and explains that Mizrabel is draining the paint of popular characters, hoping to use their accumulated Heart Power to escape Wasteland. Mickey sets out to save the characters; when enough Heart Power is accumulated from rescuing characters, it breaks the witch's illusions, revealing new areas of the castle. Mickey fights his way through the east hall, which Mizrabel's illusionary magic has made look like London and Neverland, he comes across a copy of the Jolly Roger. Having been put under a spell by Mizrabel, Hook thinks. However, Mickey defeats him and breaks the trance, sending Hook to the Fortress with the promise of not harming the other characters.
After Mickey's fight through the west hall, which looked like Agrabah and the Cave of Wonders, he arrives in a replica of the Sultan's room. Inside, Jafar has captured awaits Mickey. Jafar says that Mizrabel has made him the most powerful sorcerer in the world, that she warned him that Mickey would arrive. Jafar is swiftly defeated. Jafar realises that Mizrabel lied to him and agrees to go to Fortress to await being returned home. Mickey fights his way through the southern hall, which looks like Atlantica and the shore by Prince Eric's castle, ending up in Mizrabel's chambers; the room is a replica of Maleficent's home. Mizrabel turns into Dragon Maleficent to fight Mickey. However, he frees Minnie, forcing Mizrabel to escape. In the core of the Fortress and Oswald send everyone back home, imparting advice to both the heroes and the villains; when Mickey returns home, he tries telling Minnie about his adventure, but finds that she knows about them as a dream since her paint was in the Castle of Illusion as well.
On March 20, 2012, rumors began to circulate about a new game in the Epic Mickey series titled Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion coming to the Nintendo 3DS, after a member of the official French Nintendo magazine leaked the game's title onto Twitter. On March 23, 2012, it was confirmed by Nintendo Power that Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion was in development for the Nintendo 3DS; each stage in Power of Illusion will be based on a different Disney animated feature, including Peter Pan, Beauty & the Beast and Tangled. The Power of Illusion will use hand-drawn sprites and scrolling parallax backgrounds, according to developer Warren Spector. On the Epic Mickey Facebook page, fans were asked to vote for their preferred cover art for the game. One features Mickey Mouse surrounded by several Disney villains like Jafar, Captain Hook and The Queen of Hearts. After a vote, the first cover was chosen as the final cover for the game. Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion was released alongside Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two on November 18, 2012.
The game is one of the first third-party retail titles outside Japan to be available as a Nintendo eShop downloadable, the first to be available digitally as the retail version. In Japan, the game was named Epic Mickey: Mickey's Marvelous Adventure; the Japanese version was published by Spike Chunsoft alongside its home console companion. Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion received mixed reviews, holding a Metacritic score of 63 based on 40 reviews. GameTrailers gave the game a score of 7/10, praising some unique ideas and presentation, but criticising slow gameplay mechanics and copious amounts of backtracking. IGN gave it a 7/10. Destructoid gave it a 6/10, stating "The building blocks of the ultimate Mickey Mouse game are here, but we'll have to wait yet another day to see that vision become reality." Eurogamer gave a critical review, saying that "Power of Illusion is unlikely to entertain fans of the Mega Drive game beyond the initial buzz of nostalgia, kids of today won't fancy trekking all the way back through the Neverland jungle to find Wendy's needle wh
Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south; the kanji that make up Japan's name mean "sun origin", it is called the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan is a stratovolcanic archipelago consisting of about 6,852 islands; the four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido and Shikoku, which make up about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area and are referred to as home islands. The country is divided into 47 prefectures in eight regions, with Hokkaido being the northernmost prefecture and Okinawa being the southernmost one; the population of 127 million is the world's tenth largest. 90.7 % of people live in cities. About 13.8 million people live in the capital of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with over 38 million people. Archaeological research indicates; the first written mention of Japan is in Chinese history texts from the 1st century AD.
Influence from other regions China, followed by periods of isolation from Western Europe, has characterized Japan's history. From the 12th century until 1868, Japan was ruled by successive feudal military shōguns who ruled in the name of the Emperor. Japan entered into a long period of isolation in the early 17th century, ended in 1853 when a United States fleet pressured Japan to open to the West. After nearly two decades of internal conflict and insurrection, the Imperial Court regained its political power in 1868 through the help of several clans from Chōshū and Satsuma – and the Empire of Japan was established. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, victories in the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War and World War I allowed Japan to expand its empire during a period of increasing militarism; the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937 expanded into part of World War II in 1941, which came to an end in 1945 following the Japanese surrender. Since adopting its revised constitution on May 3, 1947, during the occupation led by SCAP, the sovereign state of Japan has maintained a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy with an Emperor and an elected legislature called the National Diet.
Japan is a member of the ASEAN Plus mechanism, UN, the OECD, the G7, the G8, the G20, is considered a great power. Its economy is the world's third-largest by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by purchasing power parity, it is the world's fourth-largest exporter and fourth-largest importer. Japan benefits from a skilled and educated workforce. Although it has renounced its right to declare war, Japan maintains a modern military with the world's eighth-largest military budget, used for self-defense and peacekeeping roles. Japan is a developed country with a high standard of living and Human Development Index, its population enjoys the highest life expectancy and third lowest infant mortality rate in the world, but is experiencing issues due to an aging population and low birthrate. Japan is renowned for its historical and extensive cinema, influential music industry, video gaming, rich cuisine and its major contributions to science and modern technology; the Japanese word for Japan is 日本, pronounced Nihon or Nippon and means "the origin of the sun".
The character nichi means "sun" or "day". The compound therefore means "origin of the sun" and is the source of the popular Western epithet "Land of the Rising Sun"; the earliest record of the name Nihon appears in the Chinese historical records of the Tang dynasty, the Old Book of Tang. At the end of the seventh century, a delegation from Japan requested that Nihon be used as the name of their country; this name may have its origin in a letter sent in 607 and recorded in the official history of the Sui dynasty. Prince Shōtoku, the Regent of Japan, sent a mission to China with a letter in which he called himself "the Emperor of the Land where the Sun rises"; the message said: "Here, I, the emperor of the country where the sun rises, send a letter to the emperor of the country where the sun sets. How are you". Prior to the adoption of Nihon, other terms such as Yamato and Wakoku were used; the term Wa is a homophone of Wo 倭, used by the Chinese as a designation for the Japanese as early as the third century Three Kingdoms period.
Another form of Wa, Wei in Chinese) was used for an early state in Japan called Nakoku during the Han dynasty. However, the Japanese disliked some connotation of Wa 倭, it was therefore replaced with the substitute character Wa, meaning "togetherness, harmony"; the English word Japan derives from the historical Chinese pronunciation of 日本. The Old Mandarin or early Wu Chinese pronunciation of Japan was recorded by Marco Polo as Cipangu. In modern Shanghainese, a Wu dialect, the pronunciation of characters 日本; the old Malay word for Japan, Japun or Japang, was borrowed from a southern coastal Chinese dialect Fukienese or Ningpo – and this Malay word was encountered by Portuguese traders in Southeast Asia in the 16th century. These Early Portuguese traders brought the word
The Sword in the Stone (1963 film)
The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released by Buena Vista Distribution. The 18th Disney animated feature film, it was the final Disney animated film to be released before Walt Disney's death; the songs in the film were written and composed by the Sherman Brothers, who wrote music for other Disney films like Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats and Broomsticks, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The film is based on the novel of the same name, first published in 1938 as a single novel, it was republished in 1958 as the first book of T. H. White's tetralogy The Once and Future King; the Sword in the Stone was released to theaters on December 25, 1963 to mixed reviews, though it was a box office success. A live-action adaptation of the film directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is scheduled to be released in 2019; the King of England, Uther Pendragon, no heir to the throne is named, leaving England threatened to be torn apart by war.
Miraculously, the "Sword in the Stone" appears inside an anvil in London, with an inscription proclaiming that whoever can pull it out is the rightful King of England. Many try to remove the sword, but none succeed, the sword is forgotten, leaving England in the Dark Ages. Years a 12-year-old orphan named Arthur called Wart, meets Merlin the wizard, his talking pet owl Archimedes. Merlin declares himself Arthur's tutor. Sir Pellinore announces that the annual jousting tournament will be held in London, the winner will be crowned king. Sir Ector, Arthur's foster father, decides to put his son, Kay through serious training for the tournament and appoints Arthur as Kay's squire. In order to educate Arthur, Merlin transforms himself into fish to learn about physics. Afterwards, Arthur is sent to the kitchen as punishment for relating the lesson to a disbelieving Ector. Merlin enchants the dishes to wash themselves transforms Arthur and himself into tree squirrels to learn about gravity, they return to Ector.
Arthur defends Merlin. Resolving to make amends, Merlin plans on educating Arthur full-time. However, Merlin's knowledge of future history confuses Arthur, prompting Merlin to appoint Archimedes as Arthur's teacher. Merlin transforms Arthur into a sparrow and Archimedes teaches him how to fly. During their lesson, Arthur meets Madam Mim, an eccentric, evil witch, Merlin's nemesis. Merlin arrives to rescue Arthur, outsmarts Mim, illustrating that knowledge can be more important than strength. Kay is knighted, but his squire comes down with the mumps, forcing Ector to reinstate Arthur as Kay's squire. Archimedes congratulates Arthur, but Merlin is disappointed and, in a fit of frustration, transports himself to 20th century Bermuda. On the day of the tournament, Arthur realizes that he has left Kay's sword at an inn, now closed for the tournament. Arthur sees the Sword in the Stone in a nearby churchyard, removes it effortlessly, unknowingly fulfilling the prophecy; when Arthur returns with the sword, Ector and another knight, Sir Bart, recognize it and the tournament is halted.
Ector places the sword back in its anvil. Thinking anyone can pull the sword now, Kay attempts to remove it himself, Ector tries to aid Kay, but several other men battle Ector and Kay over it, leading to Bart rebuking their behavior. Pellinore and Bart stand up for Arthur, demanding for him to be given a chance, encourage him to pull the sword again, which he does, revealing that he is England's rightful king; the crowd all proclaim Arthur as king, as Ector bows down to Arthur to beg his forgiveness for how he has treated him, orders Kay to bow down to Arthur. Kay, reluctantly does at first after looking at Arthur, accepts the situation, does so sincerely; the newly crowned King Arthur, feeling unprepared for the responsibility of ruling, calls out to Merlin for help, Merlin returns to reassure him, elated that Arthur is the king he saw in the future. Merlin tells Arthur that he will go on to lead the Knights of the Round Table, accomplishing many amazing feats and becoming a great king. Rickie Sorensen, Richard Reitherman, Robert Reitherman as Arthur known as Wart, Disney's adaptation of legendary British leader King Arthur.
Arthur was voiced by three actors, leading to noticeable changes in voice between scenes — and sometimes, within the same scene. The three voices have American accents contrasting with the English setting and the accents spoken by most of the other characters in the film. Mari Ness of the online magazine Tor.com suggests that, "Given that the film is about growing up, this problem might have been overcome" with the three voices being interpreted as Arthur's character development both mentally and physically. She notes further that "Two were brothers, sound somewhat similar, she notes the issue of the American accents of the voices contrasting with the English setting and the accents spoken by most of the other characters in the film, noting that "The only positive: the vocal issues with Wart do help distract attention from the fact that the Brits aren’t good here either." Karl Swenson as Merlin, an old and eccentric wizard who aids and educates Arthur. Merlin was animated by several of Disney's Nine
Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928. An anthropomorphic mouse who wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, white gloves, Mickey is one of the world's most recognizable characters. Created as a replacement for a prior Disney character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey first appeared in the short Plane Crazy, debuting publicly in the short film Steamboat Willie, one of the first sound cartoons, he went on to appear in over 130 films, including The Band Concert, Brave Little Tailor, Fantasia. Mickey appeared in short films, but occasionally in feature-length films. Ten of Mickey's cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beginning in 1930, Mickey has been featured extensively as a comic strip character.
His self-titled newspaper strip, drawn by Floyd Gottfredson, ran for 45 years. Mickey has appeared in comic books such as Disney Italy's Topolino, MM - Mickey Mouse Mystery Magazine, Wizards of Mickey, in television series such as The Mickey Mouse Club and others, he appears in other media such as video games as well as merchandising and is a meetable character at the Disney parks. Mickey appears alongside his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto, his friends Donald Duck and Goofy, his nemesis Pete, among others. Though characterized as a cheeky lovable rogue, Mickey was rebranded over time as a nice guy seen as an honest and bodacious hero. In 2009, Disney began to rebrand the character again by putting less emphasis on his friendly, well-meaning persona and reintroducing the more menacing and stubborn sides of his personality, beginning with the video game Epic Mickey. "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse." Mickey Mouse was created as a replacement for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, an earlier cartoon character created by the Disney studio for Charles Mintz, a film producer who distributed product through Universal Studios.
In the spring of 1928, with the series going strong, Disney asked Mintz for an increase in the budget. But Mintz instead demanded that Walt take a 20 percent budget cut, as leverage, he reminded Disney that Universal owned the character, revealed that he had signed most of Disney's current employees to his new contract. Angrily, Disney refused the deal and returned to produce the final Oswald cartoons he contractually owed Mintz. Disney was determined to restart from scratch; the new Disney Studio consisted of animator Ub Iwerks and a loyal apprentice artist, Les Clark, who together with Wilfred Jackson were among the few who remained loyal to Walt. One lesson Disney learned from the experience was to thereafter always make sure that he owned all rights to the characters produced by his company. In the spring of 1928, Disney asked Ub Iwerks to start drawing up new character ideas. Iwerks tried sketches of various animals, such as dogs and cats, but none of these appealed to Disney. A female cow and male horse were rejected.
They would turn up as Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar. A male frog was rejected, it would show up in Iwerks' own Flip the Frog series. Walt Disney got the inspiration for Mickey Mouse from a tame mouse at his desk at Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1925, Hugh Harman drew some sketches of mice around a photograph of Walt Disney; these inspired Ub Iwerks to create a new mouse character for Disney. "Mortimer Mouse" had been Disney's original name for the character before his wife, convinced him to change it, Mickey Mouse came to be. The actor Mickey Rooney claimed that, during his Mickey McGuire days, he met cartoonist Walt Disney at the Warner Brothers studio, that Disney was inspired to name Mickey Mouse after him; this claim, has been debunked by Disney historian Jim Korkis, since at the time of Mickey Mouse's development, Disney Studios had been located on Hyperion Avenue for several years, Walt Disney never kept an office or other working space at Warner Brothers, having no professional relationship with Warner Brothers, as the Alice Comedies and Oswald cartoons were distributed by Universal.
Disney had Ub Iwerks secretly begin animating a new cartoon while still under contract with Universal. The cartoon was co-directed by Ub Iwerks. Iwerks was the main animator for the short and spent six weeks working on it. In fact, Iwerks was the main animator for every Disney short released in 1928 and 1929. Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising assisted Disney during those years, they had signed their contracts with Charles Mintz, but he was still in the process of forming his new studio and so for the time being they were still employed by Disney. This short would be the last. Mickey was first seen in a test screening of the cartoon short Plane Crazy, on May 15, 1928, but it failed to impress the audience and, to add insult to injury, Walt could not find a distributor. Though understandably disappointed, Walt went on to produce a second Mickey short, The Gallopin' Gaucho, not released for lack of a distributor. Steamboat Willie was first released on November 1928, in New York, it was co-directed by Ub Iwerks.
Iwerks again served as the head animator, assisted by Johnny Cannon, Les Clark, Wilfred Jackson and Dick Lundy. This short was intended as a parody of Buster Keaton'
North America is a continent within the Northern Hemisphere and all within the Western Hemisphere. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea. North America covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers, about 16.5% of the earth's land area and about 4.8% of its total surface. North America is the third largest continent by area, following Asia and Africa, the fourth by population after Asia and Europe. In 2013, its population was estimated at nearly 579 million people in 23 independent states, or about 7.5% of the world's population, if nearby islands are included. North America was reached by its first human populations during the last glacial period, via crossing the Bering land bridge 40,000 to 17,000 years ago; the so-called Paleo-Indian period is taken to have lasted until about 10,000 years ago. The Classic stage spans the 6th to 13th centuries.
The Pre-Columbian era ended in 1492, the transatlantic migrations—the arrival of European settlers during the Age of Discovery and the Early Modern period. Present-day cultural and ethnic patterns reflect interactions between European colonists, indigenous peoples, African slaves and their descendants. Owing to the European colonization of the Americas, most North Americans speak English, Spanish or French, their culture reflects Western traditions; the Americas are accepted as having been named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci by the German cartographers Martin Waldseemüller and Matthias Ringmann. Vespucci, who explored South America between 1497 and 1502, was the first European to suggest that the Americas were not the East Indies, but a different landmass unknown by Europeans. In 1507, Waldseemüller produced a world map, in which he placed the word "America" on the continent of South America, in the middle of what is today Brazil, he explained the rationale for the name in the accompanying book Cosmographiae Introductio:... ab Americo inventore... quasi Americi terram sive Americam.
For Waldseemüller, no one should object to the naming of the land after its discoverer. He used the Latinized version of Vespucci's name, but in its feminine form "America", following the examples of "Europa", "Asia" and "Africa". Other mapmakers extended the name America to the northern continent, In 1538, Gerard Mercator used America on his map of the world for all the Western Hemisphere; some argue that because the convention is to use the surname for naming discoveries, the derivation from "Amerigo Vespucci" could be put in question. In 1874, Thomas Belt proposed a derivation from the Amerrique mountains of Central America. Marcou corresponded with Augustus Le Plongeon, who wrote: "The name AMERICA or AMERRIQUE in the Mayan language means, a country of perpetually strong wind, or the Land of the Wind, and... the can mean... a spirit that breathes, life itself." The United Nations formally recognizes "North America" as comprising three areas: Northern America, Central America, The Caribbean.
This has been formally defined by the UN Statistics Division. The term North America maintains various definitions in accordance with context. In Canadian English, North America refers to the land mass as a whole consisting of Mexico, the United States, Canada, although it is ambiguous which other countries are included, is defined by context. In the United States of America, usage of the term may refer only to Canada and the US, sometimes includes Greenland and Mexico, as well as offshore islands. In France, Portugal, Romania and the countries of Latin America, the cognates of North America designate a subcontinent of the Americas comprising Canada, the United States, Mexico, Greenland, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, Bermuda. North America has been referred to by other names. Spanish North America was referred to as Northern America, this was the first official name given to Mexico. Geographically the North American continent has many subregions; these include cultural and geographic regions. Economic regions included those formed by trade blocs, such as the North American Trade Agreement bloc and Central American Trade Agreement.
Linguistically and culturally, the continent could be divided into Latin America. Anglo-America includes most of Northern America and Caribbean islands with English-speaking populations; the southern North American continent is composed of two regions. These are the Caribbean; the north of the continent maintains recognized regions as well. In contrast to the common definition of "North America", which encompasses the whole continent, the term "North America" is sometimes used to refer only to Mexico, the United States, Greenland; the term Northern America refers to the northern-most countries and territories of North America: the United States, Bermuda, St. Pierre and Miquelon and Greenland. Although the term does not refer to a unifie
Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, released in Japan as Mickey Mouse: Densetsu no Oukoku, is a 1995 platform video game. It was released for the Game Gear in 1995, with a Master System version released in Brazil at the end of 1998. A dark shadow has struck the land and King Pete is told by the advisor that only a king can find the legendary water of life to heal the land; the cowardly Pete makes a laundry boy an honorary king. Reluctant at first, Mickey sets off to save the kingdom. Unlike the other two Master System/Game Gear Illusion games, Mickey defeats enemies by throwing bars of soap to defeat them rather than by bouncing on them. There are puzzles that need to be solved to progress through the stages. One of the stages is a scrolling shooter. If all gems are collected in the final level, the player is rewarded with an alternate ending after King Pete is beaten. Reviewing the Game Gear version, GamePro mildly criticized the sounds, the lack of challenge, the Game Gear's limited controls, but praised the "Disney quality" graphics and concluded the game to be "worth playing".
The four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly gave it a 7.5 out of 10, commenting on the impressive graphics, the solid controls and playability, general fun of the game. Ed Semrad concluded, "It seems. Action gamers and Disney fans alike should check out this outstanding game." List of Disney video games List of Sega video game franchises List of Sega Master System games List of Game Gear games Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse at MobyGames Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse at GameFAQs
Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck
Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck, released in Japan as Donald Duck no 4tsu no Hihō, is a Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear title released in 1993. It is a Disney-licensed game developed by Sega; this game is a platform game reminiscent of Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, as both have similar gameplay elements. Donald's chief means of attack are kicking blocks and consuming chili peppers, which temporarily enable Donald to plow through all enemies at high speed; the player can choose map locations to begin the game. If a player loses three lives the game is over. Donald Duck is beckoned by his uncle Scrooge McDuck from a curse which has puffed him up into a floating balloon. In 1999 Majesco re-released this game, under license from Sega, along with re-releasing the Game Gear system itself and several other titles in the United States; these games are sometimes found in discount bins or dollar shops, since Majesco has shifted focus to new game franchises. Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck at MobyGames