Summary: There are some classics that don't hold up today -- and there are some that absolutely need to be experienced by gamers of all ages. One of those classics is the original DuckTales on the NES, which set a gold standard for licensed games everywhere going forward. I was fortunate enough to play it at launch (as well as the frequently forgotten sequel), and to this very day, it remains one of my favorite games of all time.
DuckTales: Remastered Review: Dive Into the Coin Vault
27 August 2013
Excerpt: It’s important that I preface this review by letting you know that I never played much of the original DuckTales . Truth be told, I probably spent less than an hour playing that treasured NES title in my entire lifetime. I did, however, spend hours upon hours watching the old DuckTales cartoon, and because of that, I feel I have a strong connection with the series.
Excerpt: The late eighties and early nineties were exciting, at least for those of us who grew up in that period. People were still playing the NES, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the hit television show for kids, and Chuck-E-Cheese consumed every last quarter that we owned. Good times.
Summary: Just when it seemed like Disney had put the kibosh on any Disney-related video games not entitled 'Disney Infinity,' Capcom came out of nowhere to announce that the NES classic 'DuckTales' was making a comeback of the HD variety. This was to be no simple re-skin; however, as the visuals would eschew the 8-bit look in favor of a unique 2.5D hybrid. In fact, much about the classic game would be different.
Conclusion: That’s the gist of it really. Ducktales Remastered looks great and sounds great, but at the end of the day, it’s tired and repetitive. Does it color my perception of the older classic? Not in the least. But it will make me wary in the future, when a developer trudges out an old memory in new clothing, whispering the sweet siren’s call in my ear, telling me it will all feel the same. It might, sure, but it rarely ever does.
Excerpt: While I played a lot of NES games back in my formative years, there are a few that stand out in my memory as ones I played over and over and over and over again. Ninja Gaiden. Mega Man 2. Contra. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!!. DuckTales. All the Disney Afternoon games (Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck, etc.) hold a special place in my heart, but DuckTales stands above them all.
Excerpt: If we push aside our love of classic cartoon themes for just one second, we can see just how inane the lyrics to the DuckTales' theme are. There's little defense for lines such as "not pony tales or cotton tales but DuckTales," and there doesn't need to be. It's a catchy, silly jingle that gets us excited for some duck-related hijinks.
Pros: Pleasant visuals
Cons: Lifeless platforming and combat, Predictable boss fights, Frustrating punishment system, Boring (though mercifully skipable) cutscenes
Conclusion: The DuckTales cartoons might not be hot anymore, but DuckTales: Remastered is, in most ways, as good as Capcom’s legendary NES platformer ever was. It comes packing a few twists, some better than others. Refreshed boss fights are a nice touch, but Remastered’s confounding emphasis on its story is disruptive and annoying, even if it comes packing some great voice acting.
Pros: Beautiful graphics, Gameplay faithful to the original, Great voice acting, soundtrack
Cons: Consistently disruptive story, Some cheapness, inconsistencies