More nostalgia is on the way for fans of classic Disney games with a recent announcement confirming that two of the biggest-and most challenging- classic games in the Disney bank, The Lion King and Aladdin, will be making a remastered return this year.
The Lion King and Aladdin both had live action remakes released this year which did incredibly well at the box office, with both titles raking in over a billion worldwide. It makes sense that Disney would want to grab hold of our already rampant nostalgia by bringing back more of our childhood in a different medium. The two games, both of which were originally released in 1994, will come together in one package under the title Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King. The games will have high definition, updated graphics and all a variety of all new features.
Visually, the game will have special filters for the player to choose from as well as the previously mentioned updated to the graphics on top of the original game build. These should help bring the games into the world of twenty first century gaming whilst maintaining the originality and retro feel that we remember so fondly. Sega Genesis, Game Boy and Super Game Boy versions of both Aladdin and The Lion King and will be available to play in the new collection as well as the Super Nintendo version of The Lion King . New features are aplenty in the collection too. The Interactive Game Viewer will let players watch the game play and jump in at any time whereas the Rewind feature lets you go back to certain parts of the game and try again. I’ll be spending most of my time rewinding the Cave of Wonders level in Aladdin and the Elephant Graveyard level in The Lion King. On top of that, there will also be some behind the scenes content to explore, including a tradeshow demo of Aladdin never released since its debut in 1993. This will also include concept art, music and interviews that die hard and casual fans alike are sure to enjoy.
If this release is successful, it could lead to a plethora of nostalgic Disney titles being released under a whole franchise of Disney Classic Games (Toy Story 2 and Mickey’s Wild Adventure on the PlayStation One would be awesome additions). Despite the recent criticism of the live action Disney remake movies, I think we can all agree that these are the sort of remakes that we would be happy for Disney to give us.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and the Lion King will be released on October 29th for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.