Disney's latest video game is certainly not what we were expecting. Announcing Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life, a social simulation a la Animal Crossing for the 3DS -- and currently exclusive to Japan. The title, clearly meant for younger audiences, lets players take their Nintendo Mii into the world of Disney to play an assortment of adventurous mini-games with all their Disney pals. Cute, cute, triple cute.
While My Happy Life likely won't appeal to a good portion of our normal readers, it does look like the perfect opportunity to introduce a more timid friend or family member to games. Who doesn't love a game like Animal Crossing, after all? Not to mention that Disney-branded games typically come with a reasonable standard of quality -- err, most of the time.
The mystery, it seems, is why Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life would be announced only for Japan. While I won't argue that social sim-style games are likely more popular over seas, with its broader audience of both sexes for 3DS, a Disney title like this seems like it would be great for American audiences too. As a Namco Bandai title, I suppose it's just the nature of overseas development. Hopefully we'll hear more about potential localization soon.
One last note -- the Temple Run guys and now Namco Bandai, not to mention the closure of Disney's studio that made Epic Mickey 2 -- is this Disney's new take on games? Lots of licensing out their properties, not so much big first party projects?
Check out the announcement trailer for the 3DS exclusive Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life below, along with a few screenshots including the customized 3DS that will be included in the game's launch bundle.