Monday, January 30, 2012

Aww the good old days. When licensed games didn't completely stink.

Back in 1989 when Capcom and Disney were best friends, licensed video games based in the Disney universe were actually good. Really good. In fact, some of the very best NES games were Disney games made by Capcom, case in point: DuckTales. I'm not sure what episode of the animated series Scrooge McDuck bounced around on a pogo-stick, but it sure did make for a compelling gameplay mechanic.

The basic premise of DuckTales is simple. Travel to exotic (and sometimes alien) locale attempting to collect as much treasure as possible. The platforming is simply a delight, mainly because the jumping mechanic of the pogo-stick brings a whole lot to the table. Not only do you use it to defeat enemies, but you also use it to traverse hazards such as spikes and reach normally unattainable areas. Does DuckTales win the award for "best game featuring a pogo-stick'? In my book, absolutely.

Obviously I have a huge affinity for retro music, but the DuckTales soundtrack holds a special place in my heart. As a child, I could never manage to beat the game completely, but I never remember getting frustration because all starting over meant was that I would get to listen to the stage themes all over again. The moon stage theme (which is the first Nintentune featured above)  is quite possibly the greatest song in the history of all mankind. Well maybe I wouldn't go that far, but it's pretty darn good. Yoshihiro Sakaguchi truly outdid himself with his compositions in the game, and in one of his earliest games, Keiji Inafune was simply spectacular.

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