Castle of Illusion remake due in northern summer

Monday, 15th April 2013 23:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Confirming weeks of leaks and teases, Sega has announced a PC and console release for a new version of Castle of Illusion featuring Mickey Mouse.

Described as “a complete re-imagining” of the 1990 Mega Drive (that’s Genesis, Americans) title, the remake will hit PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in northern summer. It’s been “completely rebuilt from the ground up”, apparently, with as-yet unrevealed new gameplay mechanics. Saving would be nice. Did you know it’s impossible to finish the Game Gear version on a standard battery pack?

Fondly remembered for its delightful graphics and audio, as well as solid gameplay at a time when billions of dire platforming clones made you want to throw your console under a bus, Castle of Illusion has Mickey saving Minnie from the evil witch, Mizrabel.

“The original Castle of Illusion was tremendously entertaining and has a well-deserved reputation as a Sega classic. Castle of Illusion Featuring Mickey Mouse brings this great game to a new generation,” said Sega America digital business VP Chris Olson. “Mickey is back and he looks fantastic.” Is he? Trailer and screens below for your judgment.

Interestingly, the game was developed by Sega Studios Australia, which will close later this year. What a swansong, eh?



  1. Clupula

    What is up with all the remakes of Disney 8-and-16-bit side scrollers?

    And yet, Gunstar Heroes remains forgotten.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Tweetytunes

    Oh plz lord let Quackshot be next. I love that game so much.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Clupula

    If only Fester’s Quest got this kind of love.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. dex3108

    Nice :D And i would like to see DuckTales on PC too.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ClubCyberia

    What’s northern summer?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. SplatteredHouse

    :D \o/
    @5: The time of year that’s not Northern Winter.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. TheWulf


    I am very pleased by this news. So soon after DuckTales, too! I approve of this, Disney. Very much so.

    @1: Oh shush. There’s much more involved in getting a Gunstar Heroes remake done than with these — with these, the rights belong to Disney, whereas with Gunstar Heroes it’s a messier affair. Plus, these games are every bit as good as Gunstar Heroes, anyway. Better if you’re not so much into shooting things.

    @2: Yes!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Clupula

    @7 – Gunstar Heroes is probably the greatest Genesis game ever made, with Phantasy Star IV and Streets of Rage 2 very close behind it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Clupula

    @6 – Now you’ve put the Game of Thrones theme in my head.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Brenna Hillier

    @5 summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This is an international website and acknowledges the fact that 100% of the planet exists.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Gheritt White

    This, the Flashback and the PoP2 remakes will make me a very happy gamer this summer!

    #11 2 years ago

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