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It's a bummer that seemingly came out of nowhere this afternoon, the news that Disney is exiting the video games publishing business and shutting down Disney Infinity following the upcoming release of figures from ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and FINDING DORY. Shocking as it may seem, I can't say I'm terribly surprised, as the hints of a crash have been coming - the "toys-to-life" gaming category having already peaked, its shelf life already dwindling. We've seen this before, with trends like music gaming dominating retail aisles with massive interactive displays and an ever-growing array of hardware, games and accessories. Eventually, consumer overload takes place, retailers get tired, and interest eventually plummets no matter how good the latest game in the series is. The biggest problem with games and toys and merchandising in general is pretty simple: there's just too much stuff available. We'll swing back to that in a minute, though...

On the first-ever episode of Disney Infinity NEXT, the makers of Disney Infinity 3.0 made a promise that the lifecycle of the 3.0 Starter Packs would be extended, and that there will be more content than ever coming to Disney Infinity this year. Just-announced is the MARVEL Battlegrounds Play Set (out March 15), which brings the brawling genre into Disney Infinity for the very first time. All that and more can be seen in the Spring 2016 edition of Disney Infinity NEXT...

Fans attending the D23 Expo in Anaheim next month have a new reason to get excited: Disney Interactive is breaking out the big blasters... the kind from a galaxy far, far away, and also from the world of MARVEL. From August 14-16, guests can visit the Disney Interactive Pavilion on the show floor to experience hands-on demos with the much-anticipated Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition (along with some rockin' giveaways, check out Electronic Arts' STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT, Namco's STAR WARS: BATTLE POD (which is absolutely fantastic, and has cost me money) and the latest mobile apps. But that's not all, a Sunday panel will also drop the curtain on some new info from Square Enix pertaining to KINGDOM HEARTS III. Want to know more?

As we approach the halfway mark of the year, 2015 is looking like a fantastic year for media, with the best titles yet to come. When it comes to games, one of the biggest on my most-anticipated list is the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition... aka the STAR WARS edition. Today comes a fresh look at one of the three STAR WARS Play Sets to be released for the game this year, STAR WARS: TWILIGHT OF THE REPUBLIC. Developed by Ninja Theory, in partnership with Avalanche Software, the game is set to deliver "an authentic family-friendly STAR WARS game experience with an enhanced combat system."

This week, Disney's CLUB PENGUIN launched their annual Music Jam event, letting kids rock out alongside a new assortment of penguins inspired by players’ favorite Disney music stars. There's a new musical cruise ship (and even an igloo tour bus!), along with the new SoundStudio in which players can make music of their own.

What's new from the "House of Mouse" this week? A lot, as always, and right here you'll find quick updates with all the latest news from the World of Disney. From Walt Disney Motion Pictures to MARVEL, Pixar, Walt Disney Records, Disney Junior and more, here's the latest, including details on the first-ever compilation album from Disney Junior (DJ SHUFFLE), the making of MICKEY MOUSE: GET A HORSE, and some printables from MUPPETS MOST WANTED.

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