If you grew up on the classic video games, you can finally enjoy the never-ending excitement that is modern video gaming. How so? Disney has decided to give a new lease of life to two of its most popular video games from the 1990s starting October 19th, 2019.
On August 28th, the entertainment giant confirmed the remake of classic "Aladdin" and "The Lion King" video games through a press release. Physical copies of the two popular games featuring new features and enhancement are available for pre-order. This is fantastic news for fans wishing to revisit these classics.
The Disney classic video game remakes will be released for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo SwitchTM, and PC.
Riding on Movie Remake Success
With the recent success of reboots of the classic movies Aladdin and TheLion King, remastering the classic games was a no-brainer for Disney.
Aladdin and The Lion King topped $1 billion
to become some of the biggest releases this year. It is on the background of this success that Disney has decided to take its fan down memory lane with its latest video games announcement
The Lasting Classic Movies’ Influence
Disney has over the years spawned a variety of products based on their popular movies games. Lion King and Aladdin are among the most successful animated movies from the stable and it made financial sense to base video games on these films.
The Lion King video game was originally a product of Westwood Studios with Virgin Interactive Entertainment publishing it in 1994. It launched on SNES and the Sega Genesis before moving to other portals.
The Aladdin video game, on the other hand, was a product of Virgin Games and launched on the Genesis in 1993.
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What to Expect
With these classic video games coming back almost two decades later, fans can expect upgrades on the originals. These will include upscaled graphics to support high definition displays (reports indicate they will hit 1080p resolutions)and also enhance playability on multiple consoles ion the market.
Fan-favorite game versions of each original title will be available while Aladdin video game fans will get a brand new original Aladdin “tradeshow demo” and a “final cut” of Aladdin. These have not been available to the public since the original release in 1993.
For The Lion King,there’s the Super Nintendo version, Sega Genesis version, and the Game Boy version but no tradeshow demo.
Classic soundtracks will feature in the game versions. A notable addition is an Assist feature. There’s also the Watch Mode feature allowing the player to move forward past any point and jump back in later.
Other impressive features include the "Rewind" button to jump back up to 15 seconds, instant saves, and infinite lives.
Fans should also look forward to the standard updated and original graphics, music player and virtual artwork museum where you can learn some game’s history, including interviews.
The lean-on an Interactive Game Viewer feature puts the game on autopilot until you're ready to play. If the game is too difficult to play, you can save it and play at a later time.
From the trailer, it is obvious that these are not just upscaled versions of the 16-bit titles. The game remakes have modern creature comforts which you have come to expect in every new game release.
For Disney, this is a perfect time for a remake of these classic video games. It joins a host of other entertainment companies milking video game nostalgia to make a killing.