Back in 2019, Nighthawk Entertainment partnered with Disney to release two classic games from the 16-bit era based around their IPs: Aladdin and The Lion King. While the two games mentioned were there in their entirety and included extras like handheld variants and prototype versions, there was still some stuff missing. This week Nighthawk announced the game will be re-released with those missing elements added.
Aladdin for Genesis was one of the most influential games of the 1990s. The sprites were animated by the team from the film, the level layout was by Shiny Entertainment (Earthworm Jim), and it looked like no other video game at the time. It sparked a graphics arms race that Nintendo responded to with Donkey Kong Country.
They had to do something because the SNES version of Aladdin was a completely different game, developed by Capcom. Despite lacking innovative graphics tricks, it was a very solid title and had just as many fans as the Genesis game (it’s still a topic of debate in retro gaming circles which is better). Nighthawk couldn’t get the rights to the SNES Aladdin in 2019. They have them now, so….rerelease time!
To make up for the wait, they’re throwing in another game: The Jungle Book. Released around the same time, it wasn’t quite as much of a hit as Aladdin and Lion King, but it was made with the same hand-drawn graphics techniques as its more successful cousins. Like the other two, it will also have its own cornucopia of bonus features like behind-the-scenes sketches and a music playback section.
So what does this mean if you’re one of the millions who bought the original release? Don’t fret and fume…you can upgrade your existing copy of Disney Classic Games Collection with a $10 DLC purchase. Now you have it all!
The deluxe Disney Classic Games Collection will be released November 9 for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, XBox One and PC.