Video games based around licensed TV and movie properties are rarely good, and this was especially true in the late 80’s and early 90’s. But one of the exceptions was the output produced by Japanese company Capcom. Their titles based around Disney Afternoon properties (DuckTales, Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck) are considered some of the best games for the NES, DuckTales especially.
Some of these games are hard to find today, with the exception of DuckTales which was remade a couple years ago as DuckTales Remastered and contained a copy of the original. But today Capcom announced the Disney Afternoon Collection for PS4, XBox One and PC. You get DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, DuckTales 2, Rescue Rangers 2, TaleSpin and Darkwing Duck, all in one $20 package.
- Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers – This classic lets players team up with a friend in co-op play as they assume the roles of the mischievous Chip and Dale as they take on memorable villain Fat Cat and attempt to solve the mystery of a missing kitten.
- Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 – Fat Cat has escaped and his plans are even more dastardly this time. The titular heroes and supporting cast Monterey Jack, Gadget, and Zipper must stop Fat Cat from his evil dream of world domination!
- Darkwing Duck – Play as the original caped crusader and fight a city full of criminals from the infamous F.O.W.L. organization in this action-packed platforming epic.
- DuckTales – In this iconic platforming adventure, players help Scrooge McDuck fill his feathery pockets with vast riches from across the world.
- DuckTales 2 – The sequel to the original game comes jam-packed with more action and an even bigger caper set in new locations like the Bermuda Triangle and Niagara Falls!
- TaleSpin – Take to the skies as Baloo the bear navigates his plane through exotic and dangerous locations in this side-scrolling shoot-em-up.
You may not remember DuckTales 2 and Rescue Rangers 2 because they came out very late in the NES’s lifespan (1993 and 1994 respectively). Most gamers had moved on to the SNES or Genesis by the time they were released, and carts are now rare and expensive. That’s why we should all thank Capcom for doing us such a big favor!
Is there anything here that wasn’t in the original games? Of course; it’s the 21st century. Boss rush and time-attack modes will be included for each game, and you’ll also have the ability to rewind your mistakes instead of replaying an entire level (though purists are free to play the oldschool way). There will also be a museum mode showcasing concept art and making-of content.
Look for The Disney Afternoon Collection April 18th for Playstation 4, XBox One and PC (missed opportunity ignoring the Switch, if you ask me).