Game: DuckTales Remastered
Platform: PSN/XBLA/Wii U/Steam
Publisher/Developer: Capcom/ WayForward Technologies
Describe This Game in Three Words: The Legend Returns
Plot: Scrooge McDuck foils a robbery in his money bin, only to find that there's a treasure map hidden inside a painting in his office. Now he's off to the Amazon, Transylvania, the Moon, and more on his quest to be the richest duck in the world.
Up, Up: The original 1989 DuckTales for the NES is widely regarded as one of the greatest platformers of all time, rivaled only by Mario himself. This also makes it one of the best licensed games ever made, and that during a time when Capcom was putting out an unbroken string of excellent Disney properties as stiff competition to the title. In addition, despite the fame and success of Mega Man, it was actually Scrooge McDuck that reigned supreme as Capcom's best selling NES and Game Boy game of all time.
And then Capcom went ahead and redid the whole thing using 2.5D lush, beautiful artwork that puts even something like Donkey Kong Country Returns to shame. Not only is the game a treat for the eyes, the fast-paced, addiction gameplay has been ported perfectly so that you instantly fall back in love with the game, while first timers will have no problem getting in.
There's been some very pleasant additions to the game as well. Finding money unlocks concept art and the like, which keeps you interested in exploring more than the original did. To that end, they've also added a map featured that makes something as confusing as the original Transylvania level much more manageable. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better update of a classic.Flashback Top 10 NES Games We're Buying This Year
Down, Down: A great deal of interactions with the characters has been added, which makes the game feel like an actual episode. That said, sometimes the scripted moments drag on. If you wanted to pad out the hours involved in the game, it seems like you could have just also remastered DuckTales 2 while you were at it. While not as good, it was still a very solid title.
The boss fights were always the easiest parts of the game, and while WayForward did add a fair amount of tricks to try and make them more of challenge, they styles remain fairly repetitive and simplistic. Such animated potential could have been put to great use for more epic showdowns.
Also, it's very weird that for some reason they didn't animate the mouths moving.
Left, Right, Left, Right: This is literally one of the simplest control schemes ever devised for a video game. One button jumps, one button brings your cane into play, and besides a pause button that is pretty much it. Scrooge moves as well as he ever did.
B, A: Remember what I said about the interactions? Well, WayForward wasn't even going to bother with voice acting until Disney suggested that some of the original cast of the show might be willing to come out and reprise their roles. 94-year-old Alan Young himself returned to voice Scrooge once more, as did June Foray, Frank Welker, Terrence McGovern as Launchpad, it just goes on and on. You will literally feels as if you are in middle school again rushing home to catch the Disney Afternoon. What an amazing gift of a voice cast.
Start?: Video games remains the one medium where people love a good remake, and this is one of the best ever done. If you missed out on one of the top ten NES games of all time, or want to relive the magic, DuckTales is definitely worth your time.
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