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DuckTales Being Remastered by Capcom and WayForward

by Ron Duwell | March 26, 2013March 26, 2013 12:01 am PDT

WayForward has swiped some impressive titles overdue for revivals, but they might have really outdone themselves this time. Turning to the NES for inspiration, they recently took to digging up Capcom’s old Disney games and have given the greenlight for their 8-bit classic DuckTales to be remastered in HD.

During the peak of their popularity on the NES, Capcom struck a deal with Disney in bringing all of their Saturday morning cartoon shows to the 8-bit machine. Resulting were a handful of popular titles such as Chip N’ Dale, Darkwing Duck, The Little Mermaid, Tail Spin, and the most impressive of the lot, DuckTales.

These games weren’t treated as b-side projects, as Capcom had their Mega Man crew working in between entries to make these come to life.

DuckTales has proven to be the most memorable of this successful run thanks to its non-linear gameplay, excellent “pogo stick” mechanic, and a rockin’ soundtrack only capable of the NES era Capcom. The Moon is still regarded as one of the high points of 8-bit chip tunes.

Although WayForward has said they will make the game a bit easier, they are bringing an edge of authenticity to the project by signing all of the original actors from the classic TV show. Scrooge McDuck’s voice actor might be 94-years-old, but he apparently still enjoys playing the character. Who wouldn’t? DuckTales is an amazing show, and more worthy of reexamination than many other of Disney’s offerings.

As most fans of DuckTales will tell you, be careful with that trailer. You’ll be humming the song all day.

DuckTales Remastered will be released on XBLA, the Wii U shop and the PlayStation Network. Anyone care to see any other Disney classics again? Chip ‘n Dale‘s co-op seems tailor-made for this day and age of online cooperation.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...