Fans of Disney’s classic games should get ready to relive fond memories. Come October 29, 2019, the 16-bit Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King video games will be making their way to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC. The titles will boast new features and enhancements.
Both upcoming titles will have upscaled graphics to support “high definition displays and additional upgrades to enhance playability on current consoles.”
Furthermore, the collection also includes a brand-new “final cut” of Aladdin and an original Aladdin “tradeshow demo” that has not been publicly available since 1993.
According to the press release:
Fans will be able to revisit these beloved games and take advantage of a variety of modern support options, including instant save states, a “Rewind” button to jump back up to 15 seconds, level select, invulnerability, infinite lives, and an “Interactive Game Viewer.” The Interactive Game Viewer enables players to view full game playthroughs, with the ability to skip forward, jump in, and start playing at any point.
In addition, Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King features:
- Authentic Game Content with Modern Improvements – Fans old and new can enjoy the original game builds, upscaled graphics, customizable controls, special filters for visual enhancement and more.
- Variety of Game Versions – The collection includes multiple playable platform versions of the games including their Sega Genesis, Game Boy, and Super Game Boy releases, as well as The Lion King Super Nintendo Entertainment System version.
- A Helping Hand – Players who want to experience the Disney magic in true “Hakuna Matata” fashion can use the Interactive Game Viewer, Rewind feature and cheat codes to aid gameplay progression.
- Curated, Explorable Museum – A treasure trove of behind-the-scenes development assets including interviews, an art gallery, and a music player shares the rich history behind the Aladdin and The Lion King 16-bit games.
These titles have been updated for current consoles and PC by publisher Nighthawk Interactive and development studio Digital Eclipse.
Take note, Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King is coming to retailers on October 29, 2019, for the Nintendo Switch, the PS4 system, Xbox One, and PC.
Pre-orders are available through all major retailers (links above). The collection is rated E10+ by the ESRB.
Nighthawk Interactive is built by a team of industry veterans. It aims to “combine their proven experience with the ever-changing needs of modern game development. With a strong focus on publishing, co-publishing, retail distribution and business development support, Nighthawk is about helping developers make the great games we love to play.”
As for Digital Eclipse, it is “globally recognized for its best-in-class restorations, remakes, and anthologies of classic games. More than a nostalgia play, Digital Eclipse infuses dormant intellectual properties with new life, re-igniting revenue streams and franchise interest with today’s audiences. Digital Eclipse is the signature brand of independent developer, Other Ocean Emeryville, based in Emeryville, California.”
I remember playing both games as a kid. I found The Lion King to be tougher than Aladdin. I can’t wait to replay them!
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