Ten Disney Classics That Need a Remastering

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The Walt Disney Company has been moving to get directly involved in the video games industry for a number of years now. This idea moved them to acquire Warren Spector’s talents for their Epic Mickey reboot and push heavily in to the mobile and online sphere of gaming.  While the success of these new ventures have been hit and miss, it finally seems like Disney has settled down and decided to invest in what they do best; they’ve decided to attack our nostalgia.

It’s not a bad idea really. Disney has been farming our nostalgia with their re-releases of classic films like Beauty and the Beast for decades. They have this all down to a science to attack each up and coming generation. With a rich history that the company has in gaming, this is a natural step. So in keeping with that mindset, I’ve set before you 10 games that I believe need a remastered touch.

Now for those looking to complain about the lack of certain games on the list, I do have to remind you what a remaster does. A remaster keeps the same gameplay and only looks to update it for current systems. A remasters primary job is just to make a game pretty, not fix a game or add on top of it. Since Disney seems keen on keeping their games on XBLA and PSN, it also means it has a budget. So, with all those caveats in place, lets look at the 10 games that truly need to be reborn in HD.

Rescue Rangers

Game: Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers
Original Console: NES
Original Developer: Capcom

The fact that DuckTales is the title that kicked off this talk of remasters makes Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers really the best option for Capcom to pursue next. Its only natural that Capcom’s second NES Disney collaboration followed suit. This is quite possibly my favorite NES game of all time as its pick up mechanic truly made it stand out among all platformers on the console. The ability to screw over an ally by picking them up and throwing them off a ledge seems perfect for online multiplayer and it would be a darn shame if there was an opportunity for this to get prettied up and somebody passed on it. If Duck Tales can get a remaster, the Rescue Rangers surely must be next.

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Captain

Game: Captain America and the Avengers
Original Console: Arcade
Ported To: SNES and Genesis
Original Developer: Data East

A part of me wants this to just come as a straight port similar to what Konami did with X-Men: the Arcade Game. However, there is an opportunity for this game to properly get a re-release. With Iron Man and Captain America getting movies that will probably build in to Avengers 2, this makes a remaster all the more important. I’m not sure if it is G-Mode (Burger Time: World Tour) or Paon (Klonoa: Door to Phantomile) who would have to be bartered with for the licenses, but both certainly have showed interest in remakes. Captain America and the Avengers needs a bit of work, but with the talent in smaller devs these days, that should certainly be easy. If they were somehow able to replace the Vision for somebody worth a darn (Thor perchance?), this could easily become a big hit for both Disney and whoever brings this together.

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TieFighter

Game: Star Wars Tie Fighter
Original Console: PC
Original Developer: LucasArts

With Disney’s newest acquisition in Lucasfilm, this means there is now a wealth of history for the company to dig through. Star Wars is a cash cow and while there are quite a few games to choose from, the X-Wing series has that old style Star Wars feel to it with its focus on dog fights instead of lightsaber duels. With the success of games like FTL, there is certainly still a market for space commanders out there. Since Tie Fighter hasn’t had anything added to it since CD-ROMs were used to sell games, it might be time to remake and rebuild the X-Wing series in to something really cool. With plenty of new material from the expanded universe and the prequels, there is a lot of new content to justify a revisit to Tie Fighter and we’re long over due for a remake.

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Goofy
Game: Goof Troop
Original Console: SNES
Original Developer: Capcom

When people think of great Shinji Mikami games, few look back to Goof Troop. What we would get is a game that was under appreciated in its time, but one that would go on to be fondly remembered later. This is by far one of the best examples of a proper cooperative multiplayer game. I know the Goof Troop brand name doesn’t hold up much these days compared to DuckTales, but what it brought to the table was a fantastic take on top down puzzle solving. I’m not sure if I’m all that excited with A Link To The Past 2, but I would love to see somebody put a nice shine on what is one of the more fun licensed puzzle games.

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MickeyMania
Game: Mickey Mania
Original Console: Genesis and SNES
Ported To: Playstation and Sega CD
Original Developer: Traveller’s Tales

I’m not really sure who you would have to go through to get this game remastered. Traveler’s Tales is now a part of Warner Bros., David Jaffe is busy making another studio and Sony should be interested in publishing it, but Nintendo and Sega might still have claims which could be the reason it was released on PSN everywhere but North America. That aside though, there is a reason why Mickey Mania should be remade. It is the game that Epic Mickey tried to recreate in the 2d sections, but ultimately failed. Since Warren Spector couldn’t successfully recreate platforming through 90 years of Disney history, why not just recreate the game that did the best job so far. By letting someone combine the best aspects of Mickey Mania’s ports, we could all finally get the Mickey Mania Master’s Edition we’ve been wanting since the mid-90s.

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SUPAH STAH WAHS
Game: Super Star Wars
Original Console: SNES
Original Developer: Lucasarts

I say Super Star Wars, but lets be honest, the whole trilogy needs to get remade. The reason for this is the fact that even though most Americans should know Star Wars, there is always a new generation coming up. While they might know the Clone Wars cartoon, who is to say they recognize the originals. George Lucas did a heck of a job of turning 3 simple films in to an empire, but Disney needs to still find new ways to reinvent the old guard. While a slew of new re-releases seems obvious, it seems to me there would be nothing like pairing a release of the original trilogy with an upgraded re-release of the best platformers in the franchise.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit-1
Game: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Original Console: NES
Original Developer: Rare

Here we have a game that certainly doesn’t deserve a re-release of any kind. That is, at least on paper it doesn’t. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is just another one of those LJN games that never seemed to be any good with its wonky controls and crazy hints. It must be said though, what if somebody decided to come back and give it a shot. The game is a byproduct of beloved studio Rare and has some really interesting mechanics at work. It is one of those games that could really be improved with the understanding that we all have of top down maze games like the original Grand Theft Auto and Retro City Rampage. Maybe a focus on redefining the controls. Heck, the game even looks like a mashup of LA Noire and classic Grand Theft Auto if you squint really hard. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an important piece of film making and deserves another chance for somebody to show it off right. The fact that the film itself is 25 years old this year also makes some real interest in an Anniversary event.

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QuackShot
Game: Quackshot Starring Donald Duck
Original Console: Genesis
Ported To: Saturn
Original Developer: Sega

There are plenty of platformers that are better than Quackshot. What makes Quackshot so much fun is what it brought together. It was like Sega’s version of Donkey Kong Country, and while it wasn’t as pretty or as technical, it had a better sense of adventure in the game. In the same way that Sega brought some magic to Mickey in Castle of Illusion, Quackshot gave Donald Duck an Indiana Jones explorers cap. This is one of those platformers that feels like so many others, but eventually wound up being something special.  With Sega already locked in to Castle of Illusion, it would be a shame to forget about Donald.

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StarWars
Game: Star Wars
Original Console: Arcade
Ported To: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Colecovision, Enterprise 64, Apple II, Acorn Electron, ZX Spectrum and Gamecube.
Original Developer: Atari Games

This was the original Star Wars arcade. While that other Star Wars Arcade that was uber popular is a good choice, that game deserves a full remake utilizing many of the ideas and expanding on them for a Wii U title with a packed in light saber. The original 1983 Arcade game however intrigues me because I just love old school wire frame space shooters. This is one of those titles that could be expanded on several ways. All it really is, is a bunch of lines on a black background, but there is something truly fun about flying first person to destroy the Death Star. With Disney wanting to create a fresh batch of new content to push on to the die hard Star Wars kids out there, why not start by introducing a classic with a fresh coat of paint on it. I don’t think getting any licenses back from Atari will be an issue these days so its certainly worth a look.

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DuckTales2
Game: DuckTales 2
Original Console: NES
Ported To: Gameboy
Original Developer: Capcom

Maybe this one’s a bit obvious, but if DuckTales does well enough critically and commercially it might be worth investing into. While DuckTales and DuckTales 2 have almost been synonymous as the same game, I think it is worth noting that DuckTales 2 is kinda the dark horse of Capcom’s Disney games. DuckTales 2 hit at that time when the NES was phasing itself out and the SNES was taking over. I think this game could finally get the love it deserves as a worthy sequel to the original. Plus, WayForward has an engine sitting around with Scrooge McDuck sprites already programmed in. How about we just let those guys keep working if DuckTales HD becomes successful.

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Now obviously there are quite a few bigger and better games out there that really deserve a second breath of life. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic certainly stands out. For these bigger titles however, I would much rather see studios like Bioware give the game a full remake with many of the new techniques the studio has mastered since the Xbox days. I would have loved to include a Spider-man title, but let’s be honest, there were a lot of old Spider-man games that just weren’t all that good and the good ones all have had their formulas copied in to each sequel.

So with this wishlist, I hope that both the Castle of Illusion and DuckTales HD remakes do as well as I expect them to. If they do, this means Disney can dig deeper in to the vault and dust off some more of their classics gaming collection, slap on a new coat of paint and bring it out to the masses.

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I have been gaming for 20 years and have seen this industry go from one geared towards children, to one that has grown to accept all demographics. I've grown up side by side with video games and I've seen it turn into this phenomenon. Of course I also enjoy entertainment in all mediums whether it be film, book or sports. I'm just a huge nerd that loves writing about his hobbies.

  • Scott Desavouret

    So a quick few points. One at first I was a little disappointed that this list contained games that Disney now owns but had nothing to do with at the time (I do totally agree with Tie Fighter and Captain America, Super Star Wars can go to hell though), but I understand because otherwise it would mostly be Capcom Nintendo games (with Aladdin from the Genesis). Although I would like to point out that Stunt Island was published by Disney Interactive back in ’91 I think and it was amazing (in fact I wrote an article as to why it should be remade). The last point is Who Framed Roger Rabbit was not made by Disney, although still worthy of someone taking a look at again.

    • Scott Desavouret

      Well I guess it says Disney on the title screen of Who Framed Roger Rabbit but it was made by Touchstone which was a studio Disney owned. So totally wrong about that. I loved that movie as a kid and was pretty sure it wasn’t a Disney movie. Oh corporations.