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5 Disney Games that Need an HD Remake

/ Sep 3rd, 2013 No Comments

Castle of Illusion Release Date

The launch of Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse will no doubt have gamers reminiscing about their favorite Disney games of yesteryear. DuckTales Remastered released earlier this summer, proving developers are listening to fans and are willing to bring their favorite titles back in an enhanced form. Mickey Mouse and Scrooge McDuck are not the only Disney characters that have captivated gamers and Disney Infinity is just not cutting it for retro gamers. Disney should consider giving these games an HD facelift.

Goof Troop

 

Goof Troop video game

The Goof Troop video game

Designed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, Goof Troop was an underrated title when it released on the SNES in 1993. The title was based on the animated series of the same name and developed by Capcom. In gameplay that would fit right in with the indies and puzzlers of modern times, players controlled Goofy and his son Max and worked together to solve puzzles through local multiplayer. The bright worlds would look great in HD and the multiplayer option only adds to the appeal.

 

Toy Story

 

Woody stars in the Toy Story video game.

Woody stars in the Toy Story video game.

Toy Story brought the impressive computer-generated visuals of the movie to the Sega Genesis and SNES in 1995. It also used the same inventiveness as the Disney and Pixar film to bring the world of toys to life digitally. The game mostly played as a platformer but also had some unique level variations. Aside from its difficulty, Toy Story was mostly known for its 3D-rendered visuals that were rare at the time. Seeing those visuals redone using modern technology would be like getting a brand new toy to play with.

 

Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers

 

Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers video game

Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers video game

Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers released for the NES in 1990 but is still regarded as one of the best Disney games of all time. The game followed in the mold of DuckTales, which was also developed by Capcom and based on an animated series. Players jumped and ducked their way through the side-scroller, picking up objects such as acorns to throw at enemies along the way. Gamers could even play with a friend through cooperative multiplayer. While the gameplay from Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers would not need much tweaking, the environments could use the same makeover as Castle of Illusion.

 

The Lion King

 

The Lion King video game

Simba works on his roar in The Lion King video game.

The Lion King is one of the most overlooked Disney video games. Critics regarded the game as one of the best of 1994, over titles including Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Like most of the games on this list, it was difficult even when played on the easy setting. However, The Lion King was mostly touted for its colorful sprites and wonderful soundtrack. Bringing the platformer back with enhanced visual and sound quality would bring the game the respect it deserves.

 

Aladdin

 

Aladdin video game

Aladdin on a magic carpet ride. Don’t you dare close your eyes.

Aladdin was released on SNES and Sega Genesis in 1993 with different versions for each console. The debate over which version is better still sparks debate today. Licensing issues may prevent it from ever happening, but an HD remake featuring all levels from both versions of the game would be the ultimate magic ride. Visuals were already stunning in the game but the precision controls of modern consoles make the game feel like a whole new world.

Honorable Mention: The Jungle Book, Darkwing Duck, The Magical Quest starring Mickey Mouse

  

Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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