A series of three video games, released by Capcom for the Super Nintendo, and later ported to Game Boy Advance. The Magical Quest games take Mickey Mouse and (depending on the installment,) Minnie Mouse or Donald Duck on a quest to give Peg-Leg-Pete the boot, out of the Magical worlds.The game's main gimmick is the ability to change the character's outfit during gameplay, so as to use different powers to defeat Mooks or make for easier platforming.
Also doubles as a Designated Villain. Pete is always cast with imposing titles like Emperor or Baron, holes up in a dark, ominous castle that looms over the rest of the colorful world, and practices black magic. His only really "evil" acts, like kidnapping Pluto or wrecking the circus, are more like jerkass moves with his only motive being because he can.
Big Boo's Haunt: The Haunted House, the third stage of The Great Circus Mystery.
Book Ends: The Magical Quest begins and ends with Mickey and Pluto playing catch with their friends, except that the ending part is for real.
Butt Monkey: While Mickey gets the coolest costumes, Donald always seems to be getting the ridiculous ones. That doesn't stop them from being useful in their own way.
Character Select Forcing: The knight forms of Mickey and Donald in the third game work differently. Mickey can walk and jump with his shield raised, but Donald can only hide in his barrel and roll clumsily. Because of this, while fighting against the Cannon Dog, Donald has to rely on him always shooting low, which may not happen often.
Alternatively, Mickey's metal knight form is useless in water as it causes him to automatically sink. Donald's wooden barrel costume on the other hand allows him to automatically float, which can make getting through watery areas much easier.
Circus of Fear: The first stage of The Great Circus Mystery is a circus that is being invaded by Baron Pete's mooks.
Continuing Is Painful: After a Game Over, you can usually continue from where you were, but the last level must be played from the beginning. And you always lose your coins.
Continuity Nod: In The Great Circus Mystery (Disney's Magical Quest 2), you get to fight a living painting of Emperor Pete, the final boss from the first Magical Quest, complete with the same music. In Magical Quest 3, you get to see statues of Baron Pete, the final boss from the second game, at the start of Pete's Castle.
Jungle Japes: The Jungle, the second stage from The Great Circus Mystery.
The Lost Woods: The second stage in both Magical Quest 1 (Dark Forest) and 3 (Spore Forest). A similar stage in 2 is taken up by the Jungle (see Jungle Japes above).
Magic Knight: In the third game, where Mickey and Donald get Magician and Knight Outfits.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: Played with in regards of Pete in Magical Quest 3. He is supposedly set up as the game's villain, but it turns out that that is only for the sake of the story and that in his heart, he really means well.
Messy Pig: The boss of the first stage in Magical Quest 3 is an enormous pig who rides a hollow pumpkin suspended by crows.
Promoted to Playable/Ascended Extra: In the first game, Donald only appears in the title and during the ending cutscene. In the second he has a slightly bigger role of giving Mickey and Minnie their first costume. In the third, he's now the second playable character after Mickey.
Updated Re Release: The GBA port of the first game adds Minnie as a playable character, multiplayer minigames, and a unlockable password for use in the Magical MirrorGameCube game. All three ports also feature a Save option.