I hope more people do this going forward
Disney games used to have a reputation: a good one! There were so many classics, and for a time, you could actually count on licensed games to be of at least average or above quality. Hell, even Toy Story Racer slapped.
The Aladdin and Lion King games are almost in a league of their own for some people, and it looks like they’re going to get their due once again when Nighthawk Interactive and Digital Eclipse unleash the Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King on collection October 29. Although it does indeed sport multiple versions of Lion King, the Aladdin Genesis port (the better Capcom SNES game is not included) will be the golden goose of the set, as the development duo had access to original team members over at Virgin Games.
Speaking to CNET, Digital Eclipse confirmed that it is making “subtle” changes to improve the original game at the behest of the original team. this includes a better camera, more enemy variations, boss alterations, “improved sword impact,” and new content. This is in addition to the typical modern retro re-release conveniences like a rewind feature and filters.
Digital Eclipse also confirms that sadly the same love and care couldn’t be applied to Lion King because that team wasn’t as accessible. And that’s fine! The Aladdin situation is already above and beyond the call of duty, and I sincerely hope more curators of the past are afforded that same kindness.