Uncle Scrooge is back, and he’s just as we remembered him from his NES days. With gorgeous visuals and immersive audio, DuckTales Remastered looks and feels like a modern game, but manages to pack one heck of a nostalgic punch at the same time. And at $15, it’s nostalgia done cheap.
As a gamer born in the 80s, I have fond memories of gaming-it-up on the original Nintendo, aka: NES. In 1989, there were two things I couldn’t get enough of: DuckTales on the television, and DuckTales on the Nintendo. Until WayForward and Disney announced DuckTales Remastered, I admit that I had no idea that both the series and the original game were that popular – especially not popular enough to warrant a remake of the game 24 years after-the-fact. I’m glad it was just me that was oblivious to it, though, because Remastered is pure nostalgia.
It takes only a couple of minutes of playing Remastered to understand the care that WayForward put into the game. Clearly, the goal was to retain as much of the spirit of the original game as possible, and the result is that things will feel instantly familiar to those who’ve played that one – even if it’s been a while.
To call Remastered a clone of the original but with updated graphics seems accurate to me. Even the menu system looks familiar, with three difficulty levels to choose from, and the same oversized computer acting as the level-select screen. The levels themselves also retain quite a bit of their original layouts, which is good to see.
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