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    Disney Infinity 2.0 made a Marvel-ous first impression with E3 attendees

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    A year after the showcasing of Disney Infinity at E3 in Los Angeles, the parent company returned with a much stronger identity for the franchise. Disney Infinity 2.0 was an improvement in every sense of the word. The original Disney Infinity debuted in stores just before Black Friday 2013. It got the drop on the competition, most notably Activision's Skylander series. Yet Infinity was not without its faults on launch. Players reported random freezes, crashes and other glitches on the Disney online...
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    Gamers want to know: Why hasn't Disney Interactive produced a full version of "Wreck-It Ralph" 's Sugar Rush game yet?

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    When it comes to Disney and gaming, we here at JHM take the subjects seriously. Where entertainment and good business cross paths chances are that Disney will be at the forefront. "Iron Man 3," released by Marvel and Disney was one of the biggest films of 2013. It made $372 million in its first weekend including domestic and international ticket sales . Compare that to the weekend that Grand Theft Auto V had when it debuted. In just three days, Take-Two Interactive's crime action game...
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    Disney Inteactive and Harmonix have high hopes for "Fantasia: Music Evolved"

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    The Disney films are synonymous with music. Chances are most fans can remember at least one song from every animated film that they've ever seen. I shouldn't have to mention that Disney "Frozen" has been at the top of the Billboard charts over the past 13 weeks . Disney films however do not have a great track record in the video game arena, especially not titles that were predominantly music-oriented. Music is a big part of gaming. The soundtracks for some of the biggest action...
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    Will "Magic Castle Online: My Happy Life" make Disney Interactive a major player in the 3DS universe?

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    Disney hopes to capture lighting in a bottle twice on the same game. JHM readers may remember that the site had a short look at the Disney Japan game Magic Castle Online . The free-to-play online game featured player controlled characters interacting with Disney icons and other gamers in a persistent world that was a sort of virtual Magic Kingdom. Players could enjoy mini-games and earn virtual currency to buy or win character costumes and other prizes. The game was popular among the visitors to...
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    Disney Infinity is a real game changer for the Mouse House, delivering top quality fun for gamers & non-gamers alike

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    The gamers at JimHillMedia.com -- Alice, Shelly and myself -- have spent the past few days exploring the world of Disney Infinity. This new Disney Interactive release game came out on August 18th. But the game is so robust that it deserved a few days to get an accurate sense of the entire experience. Alice, Shelly and myself had been interested in the title since John Lasseter gave the first public debut exclusively for D23 members in January. In fact we had spent time following the progress on the...
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    DuckTales: Remastered looks to be much more than a remake of this classic video game

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    Video game remakes are nothing new. In the history of computing there have been hundreds of remakes over the past three decades. Some of the remakes were done to be compatible with the various gaming devices, consoles and PCs. The best selling games were often ported to every imaginable device, including cell phones. Classic console games, even extremely popular ones were rarely remade. Instead publishers like Nintendo , Capcom and Sega often relied on sequels to keep a franchise going. Yet despite...
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    Disney's "Where's My Mickey?" is a fun new game for mobile users

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    Disney has just released a fantastic game for smartphone and tablet systems titled " Where's My Mickey ?" The game is the spiritual successor to the wildly popular and highly successful " Where's My Water? " series. Technically this is the third major iteration of the game. " Where's My Perry? " introduced new physics and motion elements to the water-puzzle genre. The new title introduces other gameplay elements that are also unique to the genre, this time...
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    How do "Superman Unbound" and "Iron Man 3" ultimately measure up as movies? Noe knows

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    The most recent DC Universe Animated Original movie , "Superman Unbound " , is not the best release by Warner Bros. Animation . The production quality is up to par with previous releases. "Unbound" has solid animation, memorable action sequences and a good story. However the film was lacking. Copyright 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved The movie was based on the story arc " Superman: Braniac " which was an attempt to understand the classic villain...
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    Will Disney Infinity prove that the third time actually is the charm for Disney Interactive?

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    Disney Interactive keeps trying to play catch up with the gaming industry but often misses out with gamers. The upcoming title Disney Infinity is another attempt for the company to reinvent themselves for audiences. The previous two high profile showings from the company have failed to turn heads. In early 2010 the studio had touted the evolution of the racing game by marrying the reality TV show concept with the spectacle of big budget chase films like The Fast and The Furious , and Gone in 60 Seconds...
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    Though Epic Mickey 2 gets all of the Disney-related details right, it's still somewhat frustrating for gamers

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    Epic Mickey 2 the Power of Two (EM2) is out now on multiple consoles including the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii and Wii U. The game deserves special consideration for readers of JHM because it is layered with several generations worth of material from the Disney Archives, theme parks and film library. The world of Epic Mickey, or "Wasteland" is so saturated with history that it could catch trivia specialists flat-footed. Warren Spector, lifelong Disney fan and creator of the game had said...
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    Is Disney now ready to really step up its game when it comes to videogames?

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    With "Marvel's The Avengers" having sold a billion dollars worth of tickets worldwide after just 19 days in theaters, the ripple effect that this Joss Whedon film is causing will be felt for years yet to come. Children will grow up dreaming of robot suits and flying aircraft carriers, some will undoubtedly be the next generation of visual effects artists, engineers and programmers. Toys, cartoons and action figures will all get a boost this summer and holiday season. Parents and kids...
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    Magic Castle Online allows Tokyo Disney fans to virtually visit a Disney-themed town

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    Japan is filled with with millions of Disney enthusiasts and they have been a buzz these past few months. Both the Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Parks have changed the themes to their shows and parades for the seasons, some of the floats are returning favorites. The parks are exploring a unique mix of Japanese and Western-themed holidays. For example last year the park combined the Christian Easter celebration with the Asian Lunar New Year , which happened to fall on the year of the rabbit...
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    Disney's "Motorcity" -inspired game, "Drive," sets online gamers hearts racing

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    Visitors to the Disney websites have probably noticed that the "Games" button is listed prominently next to "Stars and Characters." No longer considered a passing trend online gaming is a billion dollar industry that has caught the eye of Disney. The company has done well targeting younger gamers and families through the Club Penguin online community but has found it a little harder to find a game that caters to the larger gaming public. Previous efforts to tie in characters and...
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    All-Star Superman is a stellar home premiere version of DC's Eisner Award-winning series

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    DC Universe Animated Original Movies has done it again with the latest addition to its series of top quality home premieres, All-Star Superman . A skillful screen adaptation of that bi-monthlu comic series that Grant Morrison wrote and Frank Quitely penciled. All-Star Superman ranks right up there with the very best installments in this Warner Premiere / Warner Bros. Animation / DC Comics series, Green Lantern: First Flight and Justice League - The New Frontier . Copyright Warner Home Video. All...
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    The Big Line Up

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    JHM contributor Peter Bell returns with his take on all the new rides, shows and attractions that were recently announced for the Disneyland Paris Resort....
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    Is Walt Disney Studios about to get a toon-up?

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    JHM contributor Peter Bell returns with another great column about this troubled Parisian theme park. This time around, Bell reveals the Goofy plans the Imagineers supposedly have in store for WDS....
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    It's a (Sea) Dog's Life

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    JHM guest writer Peter Bell reveals some intriguing rumors about the Adventure Isle section at Disneyland Paris. Could it be that Capt. Jack Sparrow is about to set down roots inside of the Swiss Family treehouse?...
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    Making a Splash in Frontierland

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    Could everyone's favorite flume ride finally be on its way to Disneyland Paris? JHM contributor Peter Bell shares some of the stories that he's heard about what may in the works for Disney's Parsian theme park....
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    Is a shiny new future in store for DLP's Discoveryland?

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    JHM guest writer Peter Bell returns with a brand new column that shines a spotlight on what may be in store for this side of Disneyland Paris. Which is good news for all you Buzz Lightyear fans, but bad news for you "Timekeeper" fans....
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    A detailed look at Disneyland Paris' Space Mountain: Mission 2

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    JHM guest writer Peter Bell returns with an intriguing column about the revamping of this popular Discoveryland attraction. Is DLP's Mission 2 a sign of better things to come, or a last gasp for this financially troubled resort?...
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    A Question of Atmosphere

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    JHM guest writer Peter Bell contributes an intriguing column to the site, suggesting that Walt Disney Studios' main problem may be its absence of detail and theming....
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