As a child growing up in the late 80s through 90s, Disney cartoons like Aladdin and Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers were some of my favourite viewing pleasures to sit crossed legged in front of the TV to. My favourite of the bunch however was most definitely Ducktales with its hilarious cast of characters, exciting adventures and quite possibly the greatest theme song ever produced. It had everything a child on a Saturday morning could ask for.
The cartoon was so successful that in 1989 it ended up spawning a video game for the NES a title which would go on to become an absolute classic not only in terms of the platforming genre, but games games overall. I never had the chance to play the original when it was released (after all I was only born in 1988!) and never really tracked it down as I grew older. Fast forward 24 years though and what seemed almost impossible has become possible. Capcom and Disney working together to release a remastered version of the very same NES game. Who would have thought it?
While I never tried the original, my friend (who played the original to death) claims that Ducktales Remastered definitely stays true and faithful to the NES title by keeping the same level designs, basic gameplay mechanics and even some of the very same sound effects. Obviously the game has been given a fresh lick of paint in terms of its visuals and newly added voice work. This isn’t a bad thing by any means, as the game now offers a decent mix of 3D visuals for the backgrounds along with a 2D cartoony look for the characters and enemies that look as though they’ve leaped right out of the TV show itself. To add even more authenticity, nearly all the original voice artists from the TV show have reprised their roles for the game. It’s great hearing all the voices again even though Alan Young’s (voice of Scrooge) performance seems slightly off. However at the age of 93 it’s a commendable effort.
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