Disney Art Academy is a Nintendo 3DS game where you draw and color Disney-themed pictures virtually. The main focus is to create pictures and drawings for your gallery so they can be put in the end art show for the camp. Right after entering the art “camp”, meeting the camp leader, and entering your name, you go right into the tutorials. In the lessons, you start with an easy character to draw, like Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse, and after working, step by step, through the drawing process, you unlock new levels. As part of the lessons, you learn new techniques and try different styles of drawing within the Disney-pixar character range. However, without finishing the level before, you can not move on. Once you finish a tutorial, a picture is unlocked under the Free Paint mode. In this section, you can choose any picture in your options and try it on your own. As you get better and better, you can post pictures that you’ve drawn and colored to Miiverse for others to see and even print out your artwork to look at.
Although Disney Art Academy is unlike any other normal Nintendo game (besides the other Art Academy games), this uniqueness can make it boring at times as you continue to go through tutorials to unlock new pictures. Also, even though it is made for the Nintendo 3DS, the 3D effect doesn’t do anything to change the gameplay. As for recommended ages, the game is what you make of it. It could be for older kids who like to be very detailed and precise, or it could be for younger kids who just like to take a shot at drawing these classic characters. On the other hand, it really did help with drawing these characters in real life with normal tools. Disney Art Academy is not the most fun Nintendo game yet, but if you want to draw realistic Disney-Pixar characters and are looking for a solid, yet soothing way to kill time, this is the game for you.