Capcom has sometimes been derided for its overreliance on rereleases of games, especially those in the Resident Evil series. However, I don’t think that rereleases are bad as long as the games being brought back out have some value in a modern context. Everyone who wants to play Resident Evil: Revelations has probably already done so in 2017, but how many folks on the street even remember that the legendary DuckTales for NES had a sequel? Capcom is looking to rectify that with The Disney Afternoon Collection, six NES classics drawn from Disney’s televised animation renaissance of the 90s.
Included in this collection is two DuckTales games, two Rescue Rangers games, Darkwing Duck, and TaleSpin. Unlike 2013’s DuckTales Remastered, this collection will feature 1080p versions of the original NES games along with filtering options for those who like to replicated the fuzzy visuals of a classic tube TV. In addition, the set will feature new Boss Rush and Time Attack modes complete with leaderboards and a Rewind feature to help players avoid some of the cheap deaths that are sometimes associated with NES games. When you’re done stamping out the evil forces of F.O.W.L. and Fat Cat, you can head into the museum section for a behind the scenes look at production materials and concept art for each title.
The Disney Afternoon Collection will be available digitally on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for $19.99 starting on April 18th. We have reached out to Capcom for information about whether there is a potential physical release or Nintendo Switch version, and will update this story if we learn more.
The original DuckTales came out during the NES’s heyday, but the rest of these games were early 90s games that were somewhat overlooked since they released long after the SNES launch. I’m excited to see these classic Capcom games get the rereleases they deserve, especially considering how poorly some licensed games are preserved over time. I’m very excited to see more of these kinds of throwbacks from Capcom!