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.
Excerpt: Bah, humduck! Nostalgia can be both a blessing and a curse. Some people criticize companies that use it as a crutch ( *cough* Nintendo *cough* ), while others appreciate the fond memories that pour forth while playing a game like, well, DuckTales Remastered . The actual craft of nostalgia often gets lost in the debate—simply repackaging a once-great product does not constitute a worthwhile use of nostalgia.
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.