According to this article, the transformation of Evil Mickey will be toned down from creepy rat like creature to something more “Smudgy”.
During a recent demonstration of the latest iteration of the upcoming Wii game that has been on display at this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Spector said the decision to scrap the malevolent-looking Mickey was made because of negative feedback during focus testing of the game, which features Mickey trekking through a cartoon wasteland.
“People don’t like it when you mess with Mickey,” said Spector. “We did a focus test that was really eye-opening for me. There was a biker dude saying, ‘Oh, I’d never play a Mickey Mouse game,’ and then we showed him images of a changed Mickey. I was sitting there thinking, ‘You’re gonna love what we do,’ but he said, ‘No! Don’t mess with my childhood.'”
Lame. That biker dude saying that he would never play a Mickey Mouse game already shows that he has bias against Mickey Mouse games. It would’ve been kinda cool to see an evil rat like creature Mickey, but I don’t think the appearance change would affect the game too much.