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As frustrating as it was to hunt for out-of-print games on eBay without spending a squillion quid, at least you could still get them. When digitally-distributed games are no longer sold, they’re just gone as far as the well-mannered electronic entertainment enthusiast is concerned. After tomorrow, Sega’s remake of ’90s Mickey Mouse jumpyjumper Castle of Illusion will be pulled from sale on Steam for… possibly forever? Sega won’t be allowed to sell it any more, because business. But folks who buy it before then will keep it, so Sega have helpfully put it on sale for 1.50.
I’m doing day one, week one of the Couch To 5k down memory lane on this story, so please excuse any wheezing and sweaty patches. It was, ooh, 23 years since the original Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion was released. Games were a different beast back then: we found about them mostly from papery things with bright colours, staples and in-jokes. If you wanted to see them moving before you bought them, you had to ask your dad to take you to a shop so you could stare at a TV on a counter. That’s how I first saw the original Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion, and the next time I saw it was on my little TV in my house. Now I’m trying to figure out if it was any good, because the remake of it is out this very day. Trailer below. (more…)