Summer 2023 Videogames: Disney Illusion Island and More!

By Steven Kent


When Mickey and company travel to Monoth Island to discover three missing books, they find themselves in a high-flying, free-wheeling 2D adventure that requires every ounce of magic they can muster. An adventure to be played by one to four players, Disney Illusion Island (Nintendo for Switch) promises the kinds of safe danger that Disney delivers best.


A Wonderful Life (XSEED Games for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PC) tells the tale of a farmer who has given up farming. But as the game begins, he returns to the family farm to find happiness raising chickens, tending crops and starting a new family. Virtual farm life is satisfying, social and busy, busy, busy. Most of all, it’s fun!


Crash is back in Crash Team Rumble (Toys for Bob for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One)! Full of color and fun, the four-versus-four brawler lets players compete as iconic heroes or villains of the Crash Universe Battle while trying to capture more Wumpa fruit than their opponent. Each character has unique skills and abilities they can use to take down the other team and protect their team’s fruit.


(Mojang Studios and Xbox Game Studios for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PC)

When the snout-nosed hobgoblins of the Minecraft universe launch their invasion, players must gather resources, rally troops, build fortifications and conquer. Saving the Minecraft world won’t be easy, but it will be fun — because everything in Minecraft is fun.


Remember when you took games to play on trips? Now you can take trips to go on games!

Super Nintendo World: Universal Studios Hollywood has opened a new Mario-themed park that lets you explore the Mushroom Kingdom. Similar worlds are under construction in Florida, Japan and Singapore.

Disneyland and Disney World: Both have Spider-Man and Toy Story-themed rides/games.

The Galloping Ghost: Not just the biggest videogame arcade in the world but likely the largest arcade in history, Chicago’s The Galloping Ghost has nearly 1,000 different arcade games on its floor.

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