Disney Epic Mickey is the much hyped Nintendo Wii video game that is finally coming out tomorrow, November 30th. You may have caught my initial impressions of the game on November 17th that noted the interesting storyline, impressive (for the Wii) graphics, and poor camera. The bulk of the reviews that have come out since then echo my initial thoughts. You can find a number of “professional” reviews over at Gamerankings and Metacritic. Epic Mickey currently has an average score of 77% on Gamerankings and 77 on Metacritic, which is pretty good, though far from excellent. The scores boil down to how many points the reviewer docks for the unfortunate camera and controls. IGN sums it up succinctly, “The ‘easier’ stuff – finding a camera system that works, finding a control scheme that’s suitable – is flawed to the point where the larger experience becomes damaged. If story and character matter more to you than technical details, or if you and your family are Disney fans, many of these problems won’t matter.” Despite the camera issues, Epic Mickey is a lot of fun. I would strongly recommend it as a “must purchase” this holiday season if you own a Nintendo Wii.
Epic Mickey has actually been out since November 25th in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, sales are very low. It failed to make the top 40 best selling video games for the week ending November 27th. When just Wii games are considered, Epic Mickey came in 11th. While it’s true that Epic Mickey was only on sale for three of those days (since it came out the 25th), Gran Turismo 5 came out just a day earlier and ended up number one on the overall chart, despite being a Playstation 3 exclusive. In other words, Epic Mickey is seeing what I’m sure are disappointing sales so far in England.
Television commercials are beginning to turn up for the game and Disney blogs and video game websites have been hyping it for months. Time will tell how well it does in the United States. This may be a game that has steady sales for an extended period of time, rather than selling millions the first week and then falling off the charts forever.