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March 26, 2013

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: DuckTales Remastered revealed, and why it matters!

Last Friday, many gamers and Disney fans, myself included, woke up to perhaps one of the best news of the year (so far): Capcom has teamed up with Disney yet again to bring back a beloved classic to brand new digital life, courtesy of WayForward Technologies: DuckTales Remastered!

DuckTales Remastered

Yeah, you read that sentence right, a remake of the classic NES DuckTales game is coming to HD consoles THIS SUMMER! To explain the sheer magnitude of this magnitude would be an undertaking, but Walt Disney did say that it is fun to do the (somewhat) impossible, so here we go! The first thing you should know is that DuckTales Remastered is coming this summer as a digital download to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U systems.

DuckTales Remastered will be partly a remake of the NES, as in, the developers will be using the NES game as a starting point, borrowing elements of that classic game while still presenting itself in a brand new way, hence why it is called 'Remastered.' And speaking of developers, WayForward Technologies may not have the same brand appeal as a Capcom or even Disney, but this is a company we all should follow and respect. The company is best known for its beautiful work on 2D, hand drawn games, such as the Wii's The Boy and his Blob. They are also best known for creating surprisingly solid licensed games like Adventure Time and Happy Feet Two for Warner Bros.

DuckTales Remastered

Capcom has also promised that the game will remain loyal to both the classic NES game and the DuckTales franchise in general, confirming that they will recruit the original voice actors behind the television show for a very authentic feel. Beyond those basic details, nothing else is known about this remake save for what was presented in the announcement trailer (which will be posted here soon), except that it is a fantastic piece of Disney news. Why? The cynics may say that this is the entertainment industry lacking ideas and thus relying on creations of the past to fund their business and cash in on nostalgia... yet again. I, however, don't see it this way.

DuckTales Remastered

As you may recall on my original article about DuckTales (which you can read here (insert link to article here) ), I mentioned that the game stands as a shining example of how great a licensed and Disney game can be. To this day, the industry celebrates the game as how to do licensed games right. It takes a Disney franchise many loved back in the day and added another layer of legacy to it with a fantastic game. Due to that, fans clamored Disney and video game companies to create a new DuckTales game. That's how important the game is. Very few like it are able to achieve such an amazing legacy in the industry.

DuckTales Remastered

This new remake may further extend that reach in gamer's hearts. Not to mention that this will give brand new players the opportunity to relive what we experienced many years ago as kid. The reason why is because the original game has yet to be released on any digital medium due to its licensing fees by Disney. The new game, however, will be able to entertain a brand new generation of gamers. In addition, it just makes DuckTales relevant beyond nostalgia. Like much of their television franchises, Disney has relegated DuckTales into a nostalgic thing that gets brought up every once in a while.

DuckTales Remastered

DuckTales shaped the way we watched television cartoons forever. Today's famous shows such as Adventure Time wouldn't exist had Disney not taken the risk with DuckTales. Unfortunately, its lead hero Scrooge McDuck has been relegated to a 'long lost friend,' never mind his appearance as the main character in Mickey's Christmas Carol and the legacy of his television show. Re-introducing him to the new gaming audience could inspire Disney to revisit the franchise themselves and, much like the game is poised to do, create something brand new while still firmly rooted in the past.

Wish I could say more about the game, but for now, enjoy the announcement 'sing along' trailer by Capcom:



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