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Darkwing Duck is amazing. Mega Man engine game's are amazing. If they released a tie in liscensed game with that engine it seemed to always be gold. One's I've played for sure. Darkwing Duck in and of himself was wonderful and I can't sing the praises of this game enough. Praise praise praise, *dramatic pause like in the opening intro* Darking Wing! Yeah Darkwing Duck. Amazing.

Also it's a decent Mega Man style Disney game, even without being called Mega Man, you can tell. The same way Ducktales 1 & 2 were Mega Man, Darkwing is Mega Man. You pick your level, you have a projectile weapon, platforming madness in some points. This is what I call a fun game.

So what makes this game good? Well I know you like platforming games where you jump around a lot. This has that. This has that with hooks. HOOKS. Darkwing Duck has to jump from hook to hook and I love it. It's brutally difficult at times in how many hooks there are and enemies flying ar you, but seriously, I'm just so into it. I can't down it for that. I know you like combat. This is the perfect Batman game (not unlike the actual Batman nintendo game) in that it gives you all of Batman, er, Darkwing's gadgets from the show to use as weapons. Remember his gas grenades? He has that. And uh, whatever. The game gives you lighting bolts that shoot out in goofy pattern as a weapon, an arrow, and other stuff that just seems fun to me.

If you've played Mega Man, you'll understand the controls. A few small changes. One button jumps. One button shoots. You can use your cape to block. That pretty much covers it. The rest of this paragraph is dedicated to how well this game uses the license. First of all the game looks like the show. It captures the look better than any 3D game could ever do. When I play this and walk down the street shooting goons, I'm Darkwing. The boss battles all feel appropriate. They look enough like the villains, although I don't recall a guy named Wolf Duck in the show and I've watched Darkwing Duck a lot. If I was going to throw away some money, I would buy the DVD sets.

Did I mention you get to pick your level? Seeing as how this Mega Man style, of course you do! Darkwing's enemies are attacking the city and you have to stop them. Pretty much nails the premise. You've got all the standard guys here, the water dog, the clown guy, whats his face with the battery pack, and the one with the steel beak. I think his name might actually be [large]steel beak[/large]. Clearing all the levels out gives you a final level to take on and a final boss, which I never beat for some reason if memory serves me correct. I'm so sad about that. I just don't have the time to sink into beating the game and getting to the final boss again. The worst thing about Nintendo games is their tendancy to mess up or randomly get lines in them or just get reset at the worst possible times. That and its probably not a good idea to leave a game on pause for days, but I'll do it anyway. Even now as I'm writing this I've a game on pause. That's just how I am I guess. I'm a pauser.

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Darkwing never got a sequel. Everything else did. Ducktales did. I'm sad by this. Maybe I'm the only one who loves this game. Did you ever play it?


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