He’s been a staple in the gamersphere longer than some of our readers have been alive, and in entertainment longer than the rest of them. He’s been a racer, a golfer, a dancer, a king, a friend, and a hero. But he’s not the mustachioed plumber you might be thinking of, because he’d rather forgo the cheese on his spaghetti and just have the cheese, please.
He’s the one and only leader of the club that’s made for you and me – the irrepressible Mickey Mouse, and we here at GotGame wish him a very happy 85th birthday today!
Mickey’s first big break in video gaming came in the late 80s with Capcom’s first foray into the Disney universe, Mickey Mousecapade. Though the game was not a critical success, the game began the partnership between Disney and Capcom, which would lead to classics such as DuckTales and Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers. Mickey would leap over to the Sega Genesis to star in the original Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, which would later go on to be remastered for PSN and Xbox Live.
Though Mickey had a starring turn in Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse and sequels in the Illusion series, he and his Disney pals were long regulated to cameos in themed party and dance games, including Magical Tetris Challenge and Mickey’s Dangerous Chase. Then, in 2002, someone had the strange but intriguing idea to combine the Disney universe with that of the mythos of Final Fantasy. And thus, Kingdom Hearts, featuring King Mickey, was born. The action RPG would go on to spawn multiple sequels across several platforms, creating worlds representing various Disney franchises such as The Lion King, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Aladdin.
In 2010, Mickey showcased his mischievous side in Epic Mickey, where after causing an accident by snooping around in Yen Sid’s lair, learned he could either restore parts of the long-forgotten Wasteland, or thin them into non-existence. The decision to paint or thin would emerge in game details, such as if people would regard you as a hero, or simply a irritating brat. The title that would also revive the career of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit produced a sequel and a spin-off paying homage to the original Illusion series on the 3DS.
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Happy birthday from all our company, Mickey. Here’s to many, many more, inside the gamersphere and beyond.