Capcom achieved great things with the suite of licenses for the cartoons of the Disney Afternoon programming block in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The most well-remembered product of that era has to be 1989's DuckTales which sent Scrooge McDuck on a worldwide treasure hunt through places such as the Amazon, Transylvania, the African Mines, and even the Moon. It's a beloved game for many and presumed long lost due to all kinds of licensing issues, but today the company announced that it's bringing it back to the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii U as DuckTales Remastered. Woo-ooh! Here's some of the press release:
DuckTales Remastered has seen the development team take the levels and layout from the original 1989 release as a foundation before expanding upon them to significantly enhance the gameplay experience but where this update truly impresses is its graphics and sound. All of the visuals from the 8-bit game have been beautifully re-created as hand-drawn and animated sprites, across a backdrop of luscious, re-envisioned level backgrounds. Furthermore, original Disney Character Voices talent, including some from the cartoon TV series, bring in-game characters to life with charm and wit, while the classic melodies of the original soundtrack are given a modern twist.
Further additions to the original include an all new tutorial level where players can get familiar with the iconic pogo jump and cane swing; while Scrooge McDuck’s Museum allows players to track all their stats and compare their progress with others via global leaderboards.
Short of Darkwing Duck, I can't think of any other Capcom production from the Nintendo Entertainment System years that I'd want to see revived in this format. WayForward is handling the development with its usual hand-drawn animated flair. This really is the best way to bring DuckTales back; suddenly a lack of a Virtual Console release doesn't seem so bad, eh? The trailer is gorgeous and makes me feel like I'm just home from elementary school and eager to plop down in front of the television for another visit to Duckburg. Nostalgia is a power force! DuckTales Remastered is due out this summer and Capcom can have my money on day one for this.