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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

January 9, 2018  (originally published September 13, 2011)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Mickey Mousecapade
System: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Developed by: Hudson Soft

It's time to get a little honest here. So far, I've highlighted games that range from solid to great, nearly all featuring amazing appeal towards gamers and Disney fans. But there are many mediocre and even bad Disney games that put a damper on a fan's enjoyment. Today's game is an example of that mentality: Mickey Mousecapade, an adventure/platforming game for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

It was originally developed and published in Japan by Hudson Soft for the Family Computer (or Famicom as the system was known there), a company best known for games like the Adventure Island and Bomberman series. Capcom, famous for developing many famous Disney games, published the game in North America. The basic story behind Mickey Mousecapade is that Alice (From 'Alice in Wonderland') has been kidnapped. It is up to Mickey and Minnie to travel to various Disney themed worlds in order to rescue her and put down the vicious Disney villains once and for all.

So far, it all sounds really nice, right? Well, this is where things get sour. Mickey Mousecapade is notorious for being one of the most difficult games out there, for all the wrong reasons. What do I mean by this?

A video game can be challenging for two reasons:

-  The developers worked hard on designing an easy to learn, hard to master game that invites you to improve your skills in order to conquer the challenges that lie ahead

-  It features many glitches, poor level design and ideas that hinder the gameplay

Mickey Mousecapade suffers from the latter. One of the most common problems is that Minnie would often get stuck in places, not allowing Mickey to move on if she is not with him. The level design was at times very confusing and hard to navigate through. Worst of all, the game suffered from horrible slowdown that would cause the characters to flicker, making the game a chore to play through.

If the game really is that bad, why am I highlighting it? Well for two reasons. The first is that the game does have its fair amount of elements that will please the Disney fan. The Japanese version of the game featured a lot of references to 'Alice in Wonderland,' including a boss battle with the Cheshire Cat and a final battle with the Queen of Hearts. Characters from 'Peter Pan' made their appearances as well, with characters such as Captain Hook and Tick Tock the Crocodile proving to be worthwhile enemies.

When the game was localized for North American audiences, the game received some slight changes in cast. Rather than just focusing on 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Peter Pan,' characters from other Disney stories such as 'The Jungle Book' and 'Sleeping Beauty' were included. The references were indeed delightful, especially if you were a young Disney gamer.

Second, and most importantly, it's because Mickey Mousecapade was indeed the start of a great legacy of Disney gaming. This title was Capcom's first ever foray into publishing Disney themed games. Mickey Mousecapade was successful enough that it inspired the company to produce their own Disney games, creating in the process some of the best and memorable titles ever released.

In conclusion, without Mickey Mousecapade we wouldn't have gotten better Disney games. It was an experiment that yielded a lot of mixed results, but eventually lead to the quality games fans wanted, hence why it deserves an honorable mention in today's Gamer Tuesday article.

 

Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games
Hercules

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy
Pinocchio

Pocahontas
Tangled, the Video Game
Tarzan
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
Quackshot
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

Miscellaneous
101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
NintendoLand
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer
DisneyQuest

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Bonkers
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck
DuckTales

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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