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Castle of Illusion coming to XBLA on September 4

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Publisher Sega has confirmed on its blog that Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse will be launching on Xbox Live Arcade on September 4 for 1200 Microsoft Points. This reimagining of the Sega Genesis classic is built from the ground-up with voiceover and tweaked content to modernize an old favorite. The creators were very clear to say this is not a kid’s game, but a love letter to classic gaming.

To learn more about Castle of Illusion, check out our full preview.

Source: Sega blog

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Sega’s Castle of Illusion looks to change the game for remakes

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XBLAFans stopped to chat with Sega Studios Australia’s Omar Woodley, producer on Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse during E3. We discovered that calling the new version of Castle of Illusion a “remake” or “rerelease” doesn’t do it justice. Unlike other modern ports of classic games, such as Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia Classic or Capcom’s soon-to-be-released Ducktales Remastered, Castle of Illusion was described to us by Woodley as “a full reimagining of the game.”

The biggest, most immediately noticeable change beyond updated graphics and sound (which includes a charming voiceover for Mickey during gameplay) is the addition of a hub world. In the original game, Mickey wandered the Castle of Illusion to introduce each new level. Here, the castle is envisioned along the lines of Super Mario 64, as a three-dimensional hub world by which all of the levels are accessed. It’s a fun change that makes the castle feel like an actual place, instead of merely a setpiece for the plot.

According to Woodley, Sega Studios Australia had lots of “creative freedom to redesign the levels… When we played the original and we tried translating that to the new 3D world, some of those levels weren’t as challenging as they were back in the day. They actually played out to be quite long in length to this contemporary feel so we had to compensate for that, and we also just wanted to challenge the player and keep that difficultly setting pretty high to what the classic was. So we added these various components and a few different puzzles and tricks here and there to keep the challenge intact.”

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Sneak a peak inside Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

SEGA of America has released the second installment of their behind-the-scenes glimpse at Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, a complete re-imagining of the beloved Genesis classic. The minimentary focuses on the team in the throws of development, balancing their respect for the original with light-handed improvements through modern technology.

The teased footage screams “Disney”, something SEGA has specifically tried to inject into the offering. “Everything that Disney touches has an air of magic to it,” explained Daniel Hooley, lead designer at SEGA Studios Australia. “They try to, as a company, encompass that in all their products.”

Though we don’t have an official release date yet, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is slated to hop onto Xbox Live Arcade this summer. Hopefully this is just the first re-imagining from Disney’s vault of SEGA classics. Coupled with Capcom’s upcoming Ducktales Remastered, this summer is shaping up to be something of a second childhood.

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Behind the scenes with Castle of Illusion

In March of this year rumors of an enhanced remake of the 1990 Sega/Disney sleeper hit Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse began to surface. A month later it was all but confirmed that the remake was indeed real via digital box art and a short teaser trailer. The box art was hastily removed from Xbox.com until the official announcement was made shortly thereafter. And now we get our first look into just what makes this remake tick. The developers have hired Emiko Yamamoto, director of the original game, as an advisor for the enhanced remake. Additionally, the video delves into what sort of licenses they chose to take given the updated technology of our day. No firm date has been set, but the magic 8-ball points to some time in Q3 2013.

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Castle of Illusion receives new screenshots and trailer

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Sega of America has released new screenshots and an extended version of a trailer teased earlier this month for Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse.  The game, described as a “complete re-imagining” of the original released in 1990 on the Sega Genesis, will join the already announced Ducktales Remastered for a summer 2013 launch on digital platforms, including XBLA.  With any luck, this trend of Sega and Disney teaming up will continue and bring even more classics out of the vault.

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Castle of Illusion box art, teaser trailer out in the wild

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New assets have surfaced that all but confirm the upcoming XBLA release of classic platformer Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. As unearthed by tipster @lifelower, Sega of America has posted a teaser trailer to its official YouTube channel, and what appears to be the game’s box art has today been hastily removed from Xbox.com.

An XBLA release of the Castle of Illusion, which first appeared on Sega Genesis and the Sega Master System in 1990, has been rumored since March, when the title received ratings from Australian and Brazilian classification authorities. Today’s teaser trailer suggests that Castle of Illusion is likely to release this US summer, although Sega is yet to make an official announcement.

Source: Lifelower

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Ratings suggest Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse headed to XBLA

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The side-scrolling Sega Genesis classic Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse may be coming to XBLA if recent classification ratings are any indication.  Not to be confused with the recent 3DS release of Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion,  Joystiq reports that Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse has received digital ratings from the Australian Classification Board and its Brazilian equivalent.

While Sega has not made an official announcement yet, the trend of re-releasing classic games for digital download makes this rumor one to keep an eye on if you’re already a fan of the Illusion series or Disney Epic Mickey.

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The Cave is about finding the good kind of ‘being stuck’

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In a video interview posted over at the Sega blog, lead designer of The Cave, J.P. LeBreton, explains that devising the game’s puzzles presented a unique kind of challenge.

Double Fine’s LeBreton, who also worked on BioShock, explained that the trick is to find the good kind of “being stuck.” Providing just the right amount of information is paramount when designing any game’s puzzles. But he learned that a straight-up adventure game like The Cave presents additional hurdles at the user-testing stage.

“You don’t have clear metrics like you do with a game that’s based around combat, where you can say, ‘OK, they died this many times and they took this much damage, and we’d rather it be this way, so let’s put more health packs or whatever in the level,” he begins.

“With [The Cave], it was more just like, ‘Well, they were stuck in this area for a long time. A, are we OK with that? And B, what do we want to do about it? Do we want to give them a hint in this direction? No, that’s too much of a gimme; let’s figure out something else. Or let’s just leave it, because it’s actually good because it’s late in the game, or it’s the right kind of difficult puzzle for this kind of situation.’”

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‘No plan’ to release Virtual-On or Virtua Striker in North America, Europe

Sega currently has “no plan” to release Virtual-On or Virtua Striker, the second two entries in its XBLA and PSN retro arcade revival series known as Model2 Collection, in North America (NA) or Europe (EU), a recent tweet reveals. The revelation came just one day after Sega revealed that the duo would release on February 13 for 800 MSP each, without initially explaining if that date applied to all territories or only to Japan.

Sega also neglected to make any mention of North American or European releases when the first Model2 games (Virtua Fighter 2, Fighting Vipers and Sonic the Fighters) last year, but the publisher eventually made public its plans to release them in late November in NA and early December in EU.

That trio went on sale on XBLA for 400 MSP each, meaning the 800 MSP price point announced for Virtua Striker and Virtual-On is twice as much as their predecessors cost. Interestingly, the premiere Model2 XBLA releases were once planned to release at 800 MSP per game themselves, but Sega lowered the price following a bit of a fan backlash.

Source: Sega

(Thanks, @lifelower)

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The Cave review (XBLA)

The Cave was developed by Double Fine Productions and published by Sega. It was released January 23, 2013 for 1200 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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The Cave will make you laugh. The Cave will make you curious. The Cave will make you confused. The Cave will make you think. Yes, The Cave will make you a lot of things as you solve puzzles that are only occasionally as frustratingly abstruse as they are clever. Unfortunately, one of those things Double Fine Production’s point-and-click-is-dead/long-live-point-and-click adventure game will make you is bored. Playing Double Fine’s XBLA adventure game will will inspire in you feelings of pride and contentedness during your moments of puzzle-solving clarity, but it will also inspire you to go play something else when you’re (frequently) stuck shambling along its mostly lifeless halls for the umpteenth time.

You’ll uncover the shady pasts and green-eyed and avaricious desires of the game’s seven playable characters — if you’re willing to play through the game three separate times — as you explore ever deeper while the Cave itself plays the dual roles of court jester and adjudicator. These stories are intriguing despite their simplicity, and the game will have you smiling and chuckling a bit when the Cave is narrating proceedings or morbidly recounting a character’s past. The experience breaks down, however, when you’re hopelessly stuck on one of the more perplexing puzzles without the benefit of the titular narrator distracting you from the tedium of your aimless wandering.

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