Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed remakes underrated Wii exclusive for all major platforms

Disney Epic Mickey Rebrushed key art. Image courtesy Nintendo.
Disney Epic Mickey Rebrushed key art. Image courtesy Nintendo. /

The criminally underrated Epic Mickey is getting a remake. Announced today, Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed remakes the underappreciated action-adventure platformer that was originally released exclusively for the Nintendo Wii in 2010.

This time it's coming to all major platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC.

For those who never played the original game on the Nintendo Switch, Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed stars Mickey Mouse on an epic journey through the Wasteland, a realm of forgotten Disney characters. Armed with a magical paintbrush, Mickey can draw or erase objects in the world using paint or thinner, altering the environment and potentially uncovering hidden secrets.

Directed by the legendary Warren Spector in collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios, Epic Mickey was unique in that it leaned more into Mickey's mischievous and adventurous side. It was a refreshing take on a character normally portrayed as pleasant and cheerful.

The game was also significant in that it marked the first time that Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit had appeared together. Oswald was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and originally owned by Universal Pictures, but the Walt Disney Company gained ownership of the classic character in 2006, paving the way for his appearance in the game (and in other various Disney projects).

The remake will introduce new skills for Mickey Mouse such as dash, ground pound and sprinting. But there was no mention if the Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed will address some of the main criticisms of the original game, such as the frustrating camera and control issues.

Although Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed was announced during the Nintendo Direct, players on all major platforms will finally be able to experience this epic adventure. The game is set for release sometime this year.

The original Epic Mickey also received a sequel, released in 2012. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two was the last game to be released by Junction Point Studios before the game studio shut down. It's unclear if this will also be remade at some point in the future, but there's now renewed hope.

Who knows, if this remake proves successful, maybe we'll get a full-fledged threequel.