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.
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.
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.
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
Conclusion: Nostalgia can only take you so far as DuckTales: Remastered proves. I appreciate the homage to a NES Classic but games have moved so far beyond this simple structure that it's more frustration than fascination at this point.
Conclusion: Some wise person once said it's best not to revisit your dearest childhood memories when you're older as you may be in for a disappointment. This cannot be more true than when it comes to video games. Yet there are exceptions to the rule however, and DuckTales was one of those 8-bit games that is actually enjoyable when dusted off and plugged into the NES 20 odd years after the fact.
Pros: The memories alone makes this one a must for many. Nice animations. Music nicely enhanced.
Cons: Narrative won't dazzle you. The cutscenes are a bit uncanny.