The Disney company has created many forms of merchandise over the years to help promote their brand and entertain their fans and one of the most exciting areas of this are the video games they have produced. With such a wide variety of characters and almost endless story possibilities, there have been some cracking Disney games released over the years. Here are some of our favourites.
Mickey Mania - Released in 1994 for the two main platforms the Sega MegaDrive and Super NES, saw players take Disney's main character through side scrolling levels based around the Mickey Cartoons from 1928 to 1990. This excellent platformer is a great way to discover some of the history from Mickey's early cartoons and is a great fun game as well. The game was also released on the PlayStation in Europe under a different name.
DuckTales - Based on the hit animated TV, DuckTales the video game was released for the NEW in 1989 (1990 in Europe) and followed Scrooge McDuck as he travelled the world looking for treasure. The Capcom produced game was highly regarded at the time for its game play and still is remembered fondly by fans of retro games.
World of Illusion - These days we are used to multi player and co-op games where you can join in the fun with your friends. But in the early days of home consoles, these types of games were few and far between. World of Illusion was a fantastic 2 player side scroller co-op that allowed friends to control Mickey and Donald Duck. Released in 1992 and for the Sega Genesis, this game was a whole lot of Disney fun.
Toy Story - Amazingly, the first Toy Story movie was released all the way back in 1995 and the inevitable movie tie-in-game was released the year after on Mega Drive, SNES, Game Boy and PC. This great playing game has brilliant animation for its time and some clever level design. One criticism that older games often get accused of, was that Toy Story was deemed to hard for younger players.
Kingdom Hearts - Square Enix have made a name for themselves over the years for producing some of the best games ever in the form of the Final Fantasy series. So of course game fans got very excited when hearing the company had joined forces with Disney to create Kingdom Hearts. The first game combined characters and elements from the Final Fantasy franchise and the Disney universe for a unique hybrid. The series is now 9 instalments in, with a 10th due in not too distant future.
These are just some of the amazing video games based on the Disney Universe that have been released over the years. Of course, many weren't included as we just didn't have time. Remember if you want to see all the characters in real life, why not head to one of the fantastic Disney theme parks. All your favourites from timeless video game classics will be walking around the park ready to give you a hug and a photo. Just remember not to bore them about your tales of how you were stuck on that one level for hours on end.