A platform game developed by Travellers Tales and released for the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Sega CD and the Playstation, Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse (known as Mickey's Wild Adventure on the PS1) was originally conceived as a game for Mickey's 65th birthday in 1993. When that release date slipped, Sony Digi Pen dropped that idea for it, but kept the overall theme- a journey through some of Mickey's most memorable cartoons. Throughout the game, you meet up with various Mickeys of the past in order to combat Pete in the final level. Well remembered for its breathtaking animation and challenging difficulty.The cartoons, in order are:
1: 1928's Steamboat Willie: Mickey's theatrical debut, and one of the earliest synchronized sound cartoons.
2: 1933's The Mad Doctor: One of Mickey's more infamous shorts, due to its macabre subject matter. The Mad Doctor from this short has recently gone on to be in Epic Mickey.
4: 1937's Lonesome Ghosts: Mickey, Donald and Goofy get called out to a haunted mansion by some ghosts for some fun. One of the more popular Fab Three cartoons.
5: 1947's Mickey and the Beanstalk, from Fun and Fancy Free: Mickey sells a cow for magic beans, and he, Donald and Goofy find themselves face-to-face with Willie the Giant.
5.5: 1935's The Band Concert: The first (publicly available) Mickey short in living color. Considered to be among the best cartoons ever made. The level is a bonus level in the Genesis, Sega CD, and Playstation version.
6: 1990's The Prince and the Pauper: The final cartoon of the game, and at the time, the most recent theatrical short. By far the longest cartoon in the game- both in terms of level length and length of source material.
The last section of Moose Hunters has you running away from the moose in a run-towards-the-screen section. The PS1 port added a similar section with Willie the Giant.
Big Boo's Haunt: The Lonesome Ghosts manor, filled with all sorts of ghosts which can't be defeated.
Butt Biter: Pluto gives a bite to Pete's rear end at the beginning of the final boss fight. (Just like in the cartoon.)
Chandelier Swing: Player has to gain momentum on these by swinging them side to side.
Dem Bones: Just like its source cartoon, The Mad Doctor has humanoid skeletons and giant spider skeletons.
The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: The Japanese version normally doesn't work in a non-Japanese console but if you run it on a emulator and then set the region system to Japan, then the game will say "Oh...This machine has somehow become an NTSC Mega Drive System."
Escort Mission: Inverted in Moose Hunters, where Pluto follows you. Instead of you protecting him, however, he points out the oncoming moose.
Floating Continent: Mickey and the Beanstalk, of course. It's at the top of the Beanstalk, after all.
Goofy Print Underwear: The dagger-throwing weasels in The Prince and the Pauper, as well as the final boss Pete in the CD versions.
Goomba Stomp: Mickey can defeat most (but not all) enemies this way.
Heavily Armored Mook: The weasels' helmets prevent damage from being jumped on, for the most part. Upgraded to Heavily Armored Boss, considering that Pete can't be hit with marbles unlike the Mad Doctor, nor can you jump on him.
Nostalgia Level: Kinda the whole point of the game, but the first level, Steamboat Willie takes the cake. It's even in black and white at the beginning, with imperfections in the "film reel" (though not in the SNES version), and crackly sound, complete with the sound of an old projector.
Port Town: The Steamboat Willie level proceeds from the steamboat onto a port side town.
Secret Level: As mentioned previously, The Band Concert. The whole level takes place on flying crates inside a tornado, so it's also unlike any other level in the game.
The hidden Mad Doctor Mickey seems to derive not from The Mad Doctor, but an earlier horror themed short, 1929's The Haunted House (although The Mad Doctor does have an instance of Mickey in an area so dark he has to light a match to see where he is, and while he is in the dark, only his eyes can be seen).
Also, in the Lonesome Ghosts level, a few rolling portraits from The Haunted Mansion appear in the background. Doubles as a Mythology Gag since the original concept for the Mansion was a dark ride based on Lonesome Ghosts.
Similarly, the music in this particular area contains a snippet of "Grim Grinning Ghosts" in the cartridge versions and Toccata and Fugue in D Minor in the disc versions.
While not definite, Mickey has thrown marbles as weapons before.
Super Drowning Skills: Mickey takes damage just from touching the water in the Lonesome Ghosts and The Prince and the Pauper levels, even when it's only a few feet deep. It doesn't hurt him when it's below his head, though.
Updated Re Release: The Playstation and Sega CD ports both add a level where Mickey has to collect pencils so that the Mickeys from the previous shorts attack Pete. All versions except the SNES version also feature the bonus stage, The Band Concert. The Mad Doctor had a spiral staircase section that was not on the SNES. The PS1 port added another running section, this time with Willie the Giant, as the last level of Mickey and the Beanstalk.
Vine Swing: The Mad Doctor and The Prince and the Pauper feature sections where the player has to use swinging chains for transport. In the case of latter, Mickey even lets out a Tarzan yell.
The Walls Are Closing In: One part of the third section of The Prince and the Pauper has you dropping through a shaft with the walls closing in on both sides, and you must drop through quickly to avoid getting crushed.
A Winner Is You: The game has no official ending other than showing all the enemies of the game.