As you’ll probably recall from earlier this year, Capcom announced that their classic NES game ‘DuckTales’ would be receiving a HD remake with revised graphics and gameplay by Way Forward. This news set most of the internet on fire for a good few days or so, and excited fans across the world.
And now, they’ve gone and released some new screenshots of the game showing three levels in all their remade HD glory! You’ve got the Amazon level, Transylvania and one more, and you can find pictures of all of them below:
So as you can see, the game looks absolutely fantastic on Wii U and other modern systems. Could this be the best remake of a classic NES game in years? I think so.
What do you think about these new pictures of DuckTales Remastered?
Let’s see… it starts with a view over an ominous castle, it cuts to some toy soldiers like those in the Toyland level and shows what appears to be Mizrabel (the original game’s finale boss) and ends with a mention of Disney and the game coming in Summer 2013.
Seems like a fairly good hint that this is meant to be a teaser trailer for a Castle of Illusion remake.
What do you think the mystery game shown in the trailer is?
That’s the rumour anyway, and it seems like the evidence is piling up. First and foremost, here’s what we now do know; this game will be rereleased on at least the Xbox Live Arcade sometime in the future with Sega as the publisher and this as the ‘box’ art:
Yes, it’s been rated by the Brazilian rating board for the Xbox 360, Wii U, PS3 and Playstation Vita so far. So with that box art and that near cast iron evidence of the game’s existance, it seems at minimum a Virtual Console style rerelease is right around the corner.
But this aside, there’s some far more interesting rumours going around about this game too. Namely that it’ll get a brand new HD remake in the style of the new Duck Tales game! Now I don’t know where the likes of GoNintendo are getting this stuff from, but with the recent Duck Tales remake announced a few days ago and the talk of more Disney games potentially being in line for the same, could we potentially be seeing the same thing occurring with this Disney tie in game classic too?
I hope so. It’d be especially nice after the supposed failure that was Epic Mickey the Power of Illusion. And I’m sure those Mega Drive/Genesis players among us would want a remake, right?
Either way, get ready for a Castle of Illusion remake/release coming to the Wii U some time in the future!
Okay. I am not kidding here. They have quite literally announced a new Duck Tales game for the Wii U (and PS3, Xbox 360 and other systems). It’ll be available on the eShop, and here’s the first trailer for it:
So what is this game? It’s a reboot of the classic Duck Tales series Capcom worked on back in the days of the NES, except now with beautiful HD graphics and all the trimmings of more modern games and platformers! So in other words, a remake of the original with remixed music, redone graphics, new levels and missions and stuff in addition to the old ones and god knows what else! Here’s the official press release for it:
BOSTON – March 22, 2013 – Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, ended its panel at the PAX East convention today with the announcement that three titles from its revered catalogue – DuckTales, Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara – are making a welcome return on multiple platforms in the coming months.
Originally released in 1989 on the Nintendo Entertainment System, DuckTales was widely acknowledged as one of that generation’s seminal platform titles. Taking its cue from the Disney cartoon series of the same name, DuckTales Remastered follows the adventures of Scrooge McDuck as he explores differently themed worlds to collect their treasures and become the world’s richest duck.
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.
A Disney Interactive licensed property, DuckTales Remastered is being developed for Capcom by WayForward and is scheduled for release digitally on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii U™ this summer.
As the first modern role playing game, the Dungeons & Dragons franchise from Wizards of the Coast gave birth to numerous products including two arcade titles from Capcom, Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and its sequel Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara. Both these titles are now being re-released with updated HD graphics and a wealth of other enhancements as a definitive double pack entitled Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara. Scheduled for release digitally on PlayStation® 3, Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360, Wii U and Windows PC in June, the title is being developed for Capcom by Iron Galaxy and will be priced at $14.99/€14.99/£11.99/1200MSP.
Just as in the arcades, up to four players will select their character class before doing battle against the mythical beasts from the Dungeons & Dragons’ universe with a mix of melee, range and magic attacks. But now, thanks to GGPO, there’s no need to jostle for position around a cabinet as Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara offers seamless drop-in/drop-out online gameplay in one of two modes. In addition to the classic arcade mode with its branching paths and multiple endings, players can utilize the all new House Rules feature and customize gameplay for a completely different experience.
The new extras don’t stop there. The Character Visualizer lets players track which characters they and their friends use most often and can help create a more balanced multiplayer dungeon party, or point out which characters are most under-used; with further gameplay stats tracked via a global leaderboard. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara also includes a Challenge system that sets players in-game goals in return for level-ups and coins which can be spent in the Vault: a treasure trove of unlockables and gameplay loot. Finally, owners of the Wii U version will be able to use the GamePad touch screen to select spells and items with ease, allowing for a more streamlined gameplay experience.
And here are some screenshots of the game:
Really, this is everything you could ever want in a DuckTales remake. Heck, the very concept alone is something I didn’t expect to see in a million years, yet here it is as a reality! DuckTales with HD graphics everyone!
Best licensed game of all time practically confirmed! What do you think of DuckTales Remastered?
Long, long before Epic Mickey was ever a thing, when licensed Disney video games were actually seen as good and when 2D platformers on the SNES and Genesis were a major thing, there was this rather well known Mickey Mouse game called Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. It was a fantastic 2D platformer that ended up getting multiple sequels, and one that’s forever been held in licensing limbo due to Sega not having any control over the Mickey Mouse license any more.
But could this finally be about to change? Could Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse really be about to be rereleased for the Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Playstation Vita? Perhaps so, and I have to say that’d be pretty awesome.
Yes, apparently Sega have renewed the trademark on the title and there’s discussion of being rereleased for modern systems. Here’s the information from the original source:
Título: CASTLE OF ILLUSION STARRING MICKEY MOUSE (Estados Unidos da América – 1990)
Titular dos Direitos Autorais: SEGA OF AMERICA, INC.
Distribuidor(es): Sega Of America, Inc.
Classificação Pretendida: Livre
Plataforma: Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita/Wii U
Tipo de Análise: Sinopse e Vídeo
And here’s some video footage from the game in case you don’t know what the original was like. You probably do though, Mushroom Kingdom Fusion took its Toyland level and boss from the game and many people probably learned about the game from that. Still, here’s how the original game looked and played:
So what do you think about this? Are you happy that Castle of Illusion might finally be seeing a rerelease? And more importantly, does anyone else think Sega should also make it available on the 3DS eShop for those people who played Epic Mickey the Power of Illusion and wanted to try out the original?