Disney is looking to take advantage of its 1990s library of video games with the release of Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King. Fans are excited to be able to revisit two of Disney's best movie-based video games. However, they are also disappointed in the exclusion of the Super Nintendo version of Aladdin. This is due to this version being made by a different company from the others. That company is Capcom. Known now for the Resident Evil and Monster Hunter series, the publisher had a strong relationship with the house that Mickey built before. They made multiple games based on their Disney Afternoon cartoons that were huge successes. However, they also made a series of games based on nothing. It was an original idea and that series was the Magical Quest franchise. It was a fantastic series that should be replayed today.
Outfits Are The Name Of The Game
All three games in the trilogy were platformers with a slight bit of action and puzzle elements sprinkled throughout. Specifically, what gave the games their identity and added the action and puzzle elements was the costume mechanic. In each game, Mickey, and, in later games, Minnie and Donald could change outfits that were rewarded to them within different levels. Each outfit would give them new abilities that they could use as they continued along. Of course, the games would often have you switch back and forth between your outfits. And, unsurprisingly, the mechanics to each would change from outfit to outfit. This changed slightly with the third installment as the mechanics of the outfits changed depending on whether Mickey or Donald were wearing them.
As for the gameplay, in all three games, it was solid and enjoyable. Which wasn't much of a surprise as these games were made by Capcom and they know how to make quality platformers. In fact, after the previous Disney Afternoon games that they made on the NES, these games could be seen as their 16-bit successors. Each of the levels, much like the NES games, were straight forward. Mickey, Minnie, and Donald could grab and throw things, similar to Capcom's Chip n' Dale titles. And all three games also had a similar art style, albeit improved, as the NES titles as well. Most importantly, each level had bright colorful designs and many feature references to Disney's past.
What's To Come
Disney recently collaborated with Capcom to release The Disney Afternoon Collection. So it is surprising to see Capcom's version of Aladdin not make it in the Aladdin/Lion King collection. However, with a previous re-release of each game individually on the Game Boy Advance and the recent re-releases announced, there's a precedent for these games to return. Previous remakes such as the Castle of Illusion and Ducktales remakes earlier this decade were successful. This would indicate there's some reason to hope for a re-release of this trilogy (hopefully) soon. The audience is there -- let's just hope Disney is listening.