Sunday, February 28, 2010

Disney's Wonderful World of Video Games (part 3)

Hey there! Remember me‽ I used to blog here! Well school and work has taken control of my life. Terrible excuse, right? Well I'm a bit more in control of things again and I've thought of some good blog ideas. For one, let's talk about something cool Disney's doing in the parks... Oh wait... I was in the middle of something, wasn't I?

Top 10 Disney Video Games 4 through 1... That's right...
Well Let's do this thing! Here's your soundtrack :

Click play or click here

#4) Aladdin (Sega Master Drive and Genesis, Game Gear, NES, Game Boy, and the Super Nintendo)
  • Aladdin was an interesting game because there are different versions made by different companies. At the time it came out Capcom still had the rights to produce Disney's games for Nintendo. The Capcom/Super Nintendo version is all right. Very typical platformer. Jump from place to place and defeat your enemies by jumping on their heads. You also could throw apples to knock guys out for a moment. The music was sub par for a SNES game, sounding like a rendition of Aladdin's soundtrack being played through a tin can.
    As much as I've always been both a Nintendo fan and a Capcom fan, but in the case of the Aladdin games they were second place compared to what came out for Sega. The Aladdin game for the Sega Genesis was made by Shiny entertainment. They're known for making the ingenious and beautiful Earthworm Jim games for the Genesis and Super Nintendo. The quality of Aladdin for the Genesis is far superior than the one for the Super Nintendo. The sprite animation (with the assistance of actual Disney feature animators) was gorgeous. The music was pleasant and reminiscent of the classic songs from the movie. Oh and you had a scimitar. That alone kicks Super Nintendo's Aladdin's butt. It was so much fun, but don't take my word for it.
#3) Mickey Mania (Sega Genesis, Master Drive, and Super Nintendo)
  • What a fantastic game. Control Mickey Mouse and navigate through some of his most famous moments, including Steamboat Willie, the Mad Doctor, The Price and the Pauper, as well as other classics. The animation is wonderful and there are some very innovative elements for the time it came out. One of my favorite experiences this game brings is the bringing color to the black and white world of Steamboat Willie, simply genius. I highly recommend giving this game a play through soon, what with the upcoming Epic Mickey game and all (another innovative look at Disney history with their main mouse at the helm). The music is also pretty great, you can have a listen here.
#2) Ducktales (NES)
  • Oh what a hard time I have not making this game #1. It is such a great game. It is fun, challenging, and has one of the greatest songs included in a video game (The Moon). Actually I'd say for an 8-bit generation game I'd say the whole soundtrack is pretty phenomenal, actually having a bit of depth rather than being short little repetitive annoyances. The graphics are beautiful, being rich with color yet not eye straining. The game play is fluent and easy to get used to. Huge replay value as there are plenty of secrets in each level to be found.
    This game was (and still is) so great that it is 15th best selling game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (out of over 793 games for the system, not too shabby). Having sold 1.67 million copies it was a bigger commercial success than such legendary video games as Dr. Mario, Metroid, and all the Mega Man games!
    There was a sequel, too. It isn't as well remembered as the first one, though supposedly it is also very good. I haven't had the opportunity to play it because, like most everyone else, I was already absorbed with the 16-bit generation of gaming to notice another game for an old, 8-bit system. Such a pity.
Okay I'm sure anyone who knows the least bit about video games knows what #1 is going to be. That being said, That's all I have in me to write tonight. I will get the last part of this series up soon, though. Promise.