Disney’s Planes, the Disney-led spin-off of the Pixar franchise Cars, is set to hit theaters on August 9. The video game tie-in, however, has already been cleared for take-off.
The movie is going to be loaded with major characters, many of whom take their place on the racing circuit that serves as the backdrop for the story. All of those characters, whom your kids will no doubt meet in theaters very soon, will be playable in the Disney Planes game. They’ll fly over 10 locations from the movie, including China and Propwash Junction, the hometown of the movie’s main character, Dusty (a cropduster, of course). There will also be drop-in drop-out co-op multiplayer and a story mode, along with several mini-games and challenges.
The handheld versions of the games will be more limited, with just six of the ten characters and locations from the console version. The handheld version will, naturally, also lack the local co-op that is only possible on consoles. While the console versions will have an exclusive free flight mode where kids can navigate the planes around maps at will, the handheld versions will have an exclusive challenge mode, stocked with more mini-games.
Disney Planes is out now for the Wii U, Wii, 3DS, and DS. The Wii U versions costs $50, the Wii and 3DS versions cost $40, and the DS version costs $30.