'Disney's Planes' gets Nintendo video games

Disney Interactive is bringing "Disney's Planes," a flying adventure game inspired by the upcoming animated comedy adventure of the same name, to Nintendo Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS on Aug. 6, just a few days prior to the film's Aug. 9 theatrical release.

The game expands the storyline as players take off with Dusty, a big-hearted, speed-loving crop duster voiced by actor and comedian Dane Cook. Players will fly with Dusty and other characters, including Ishani, voiced by actress Priyanka Chopra; Echo, voiced by actor Anthony Edwards; and Bravo, voiced by actor Val Kilmer, and embark on global missions, air races and grand adventures.

Players choose one of 10 characters on consoles and one of six on handheld devices. Single-player competition is available on all platforms; two-player drop-in and drop-out gameplay is an option on consoles. Mission-based objectives include a narrative-based Story mode and a score-based minigame that challenges a player's precision flying skills called "Balloon Pop." The exploratory Free Flight mode and racing-based Air Rallies mode are exclusive to the consoles; the objective-achieving Challenge mode is only offered on handhelds.

The movie, originally developed as a straight-to-video release, is a non-Pixar spinoff of the "Cars" franchise. In the film, Dusty dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer, but is not exactly built for racing -- and happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps him qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty's courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.

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