February 18, 2013 by karynwolo
Soon after announcing the June 2013 release date of its INFINITY game, Disney confirmed that the characters playable at launch will include favorites from The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, Wreck-It Ralph, Cars, and Phineas and Ferb. Not a bad selection, but I feel like it doesn’t properly represent Disney’s storied history and empire of assets. As a gamer who is very close to the average gaming age of 30, I have no interest in Phineas and Ferb. If Disney wants my disposable income added to their coffers, they need to supplement these 21st century launch characters with some staples from my youth. With that said, I would like to present the top 5 sources that Disney should draw from in order to get me to buy into INFINITY.
The Muppets’ last console appearance was in one of 2003’s lamest video games: Muppets: Party Cruise. I wish I could say I made that title up, but alas, I did not. C’mon, Disney! The Muppets are an institution! They deserve better than this! With the 2014 release of The Muppets…Again! looming, this is the perfect opportunity to introduce a playset to house the entire Muppet universe. Who wouldn’t have a blast creating mayhem as Sweetums or Animal?
Disney has an amazing back catalog of under-exploited after-school cartoons, many of which have spawned fondly remembered 8-bit games. These action-packed series were full of colorful characters and environments that would undoubtedly lend themselves well to the Disney INFINITY concept. I personally would love to see a modern-day interpretation of Capcom’s classic Duck Tales games…or perhaps a playset that draws from the movie Treasures of the Lost Lamp. These 90s cartoons are a gold vault of potential!
As the 25th anniversary of this movie classic rolls around, a whole new generation of kids will be introduced to Roger and Jessica Rabbit via Blu-ray. It only seems natural for the whole cartoon cast, from Baby Herman to the weasel-led Toon Patrol, to get the Disney INFINITY treatment. Couple the unsettling villainy of Judge Doom with a backdrop that combines 1940s Hollywood glamour with the ever wacky Toontown, and you have a playset that I would pre-order in a heartbeat.
Lately, Disney has been pushing Pixar and the princesses in our faces to the point of overkill while ignoring many of its traditionally animated classics, which have stories, environments, and characters that can fit easily into the Disney INFINITY format. Just imagine solving mysteries as Basil of Baker Street, dueling as the wizard Merlin, saving abducted animals as the Rescuers, or robbing the castle of Prince John as the legendary Robin Hood. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
The stable of characters in Disney Infinity can expand in exciting ways if they are able to tap into their partnership with Studio Ghibli. Films like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle lend themselves well to Disney Infinity’s open world gameplay. For example, a Howl’s Moving Castle playset could include a city under siege by enemy aircraft and a large open field where the titular castle roams. With Howl’s magical powers and ability to turn into a giant bird, he would definitely make for an interesting character.
These five suggestions only begin to scratch the surface of possibilities Disney has at their fingertips. What characters and playsets would you like to see represented in INFINITY?