First there was Epic Mickey, and everyone was happy. But not really. You see, the video game (we have the Wii version) is a lot of fun, and the entire family loves to play it, but we could only do so one person at a time (there is not a two player option). We are not a one person family, so we fought about it. Loudly.
In order to compromise, share, and pacify, we would set a timer for allotted time and one family member would control Mickey Mouse as he used ink and thinner to correct what was wrong with the world (in this case the world is known as Wasteland and features a number of classic, retired, and twisted variations of Disney characters and attractions), while the rest of us sat on the couch and cheered/criticized the player. You know, family fun.
This went on for a year or so. It was the best of times and, depending on where you were sitting, the worst of times (where “times” equals video game activity and not actual world issues).
Then word came that Disney Epic Mickey 2 would team Mickey with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and allow two players to share the fun. We couldn’t wait.
Now we have the Wii version of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, and the title says it all. Two, as we all know, is better, and family video game play has suddenly become a much friendlier environment — even those of us waiting our turn have found reason to mellow and show encouragement where once there was yelling and hurtful words (I’m looking at you, boys).
Epic Mickey 2 is about working together, and in doing so it brings families together, too, which is nice.
I guess Oswald really is lucky.
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is available now for Wii, Xbox 360, Wii U, Playstation 3, and PC/Mac systems.
Thanks to Disney for providing a copy of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for my family to play together.
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