So, Disney recently announced remakes of both DuckTales and Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. If Disney wanted to, they could stay on this 8 and 16-bit revival kick for a long time, because they made a lot of games back then. Just to give you an idea, between 1987 and 1994 (a time period roughly covering the heyday of 8 and 16-bit gaming) there were a whopping 16 Mickey Mouse games released. That’s just Mickey Mouse, and I’m excluding all the weird educational PC Mickey games in that number.
When you take into account all of their TV, classic cartoon and movie characters there were dozens upon dozens of Disney games released on the NES, SNES, Gameboy, Game Gear and Genesis. Not all of them were good. If you’re listening Disney, here are five classic Disney games that deserve a remake, and five that most definitely don’t…
Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers (NES)
Okay, so this is an extremely obvious inclusion, but no article about great classic Disney games would be complete without it. Amongst my friends Chip N’ Dale was actually even more beloved than DuckTales. Thankfully Capcom has pretty much come out and said Chip N’ Dale will happen is DuckTales sells well.
During the early 90s Disney after school syndicated cartoon series + Capcom pretty much always equalled gold. TaleSpin was the one exception, which was a shame because TaleSpin was possibly my favorite of Disney’s syndicated series. Basically Capcom just went with the obvious and made a bland, overly difficult side-scrolling shooter out of TaleSpin. Unlike their other Disney games, it’s clear Capcom just wasn’t inspired by the TaleSpin license.
The Jungle Book (Genesis)
One of the highlights of owning a Sega Genesis were the various Disney movie-based games made by Virgin Interactive. These games looked great, animated well, and really captured the spirit of the movies they were based on. Oh, and they played well too! The SNES usually got ports of these games, but they usually weren’t quite the same, and in some cases they were actually totally different (usually inferior) games. The Jungle Book was one of Virgin’s first Disney games and one of the best they did.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (NES)
Oh God, this game. Every kid who owned an NES played Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (How could you not when it had Jessica freakin’ Rabbit on the cover?) and we all hated it. This is the one time Disney made the mistake of letting licensed game hucksters LJN (aka Acclaim) get their hands on one of their properties, and the results were predictably heinous.