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July 19, 2011

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Disney's Ducktales
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Developed by: Capcom

Disney Ducktales remains one of the most important television productions of the late 80s. It kick started a new decade of original Disney television series that made great use of their famous characters and franchises as well as unleash new ideas onto the world. This would be fondly remembered as the Disney Afternoon, featuring series such as Goof Troop, Bonkers, Darkwing Duck, and many more. So it should come as no surprise that video games were created based off of these shows. We have already covered the Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers game for the NES, so now it is Ducktales' turn.

Developed by Capcom, the Ducktales NES game remains one of the most beloved pieces of gaming of all time. This is thanks to Capcom's great attention to polish and detail. Ducktales the game uses the license very well, keeping the series' tradition of adventures around the world. Unlike other games of its kind, Ducktales allowed players to select the stage they want to complete. Whether it was Transylvania or even the moon, no destination is too wacky or far off for our intrepid heroes.

You will be playing as Scrooge McDuck as he sets out to find even more treasure for his already vast fortune. But just because Scrooge is "old" it doesn't mean he isn't capable of tacking on an adventure.  He can use his walking cane as both a weapon and a pogo stick. These skills will become important as they are used to defeat enemies, reach new areas and destroy various objects.

Alongside Scrooge is the rest of the show's cast. Launchpad McQuack will drop Scrooge off at the stage, Huey, Louie, Dewey and ,even Webigail, will appear throughout the stage to give hints and Gyro Gearloose will offer Scrooge new gadgets.

But perhaps the one element that has made Ducktales for the NES such a relished gaming experience is the music. At the time, Capcom was known for creating some really memorable pieces of music on the system, despite the limitations it presented. Ducktales has music that ranges from the appropriately creepy to the very cool. One of these themes, the moon stage song, has become an iconic video game tune, remixed time and time again by it fans.

Ducktales still stands as one of the finest examples of how a licensed game can work. The polished platforming, the solid use of the license, and the soundtrack all contribute in creating one of the best Disney games ever made.


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