Disney Afternoon Collection Review - Late To The Game
When I kid, Capcom was a staple of our family's video game library. Classics like Mega Man 2 and Bionic Commando were regularly rotated inside of our NES system. However one brand that was exclusive on the NES to Capcom was the coveted Disney license. Featuring properties like Mickey Mouse, The Jungle Book, and more, it seemed that Capcom could do no wrong when it came to Disney. The Disney Afternoon Collection proves this as the games included in this collection represent some of the best that Capcom had to offer the video game world throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Featuring six titles the following NES games are all included in this wonderful retro collection for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC:
- DuckTales 2
- Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers
- Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers 2
- Darkwing Duck
Now, if you were to purchase these all individually when they first were released over 20 years ago, you would be looking at an upwards of $300. Today that figure has not changed much since DuckTales 2 and Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers 2 are both scarce due to rarity and popularity in turn commanding over $100 per cartridge on a good day. Luckily for players this collection can be had for the low price of $19.99 for all six games, and usually this goes on sale for even lower (I think I picked this up just shy under $8). Even at the retail price, paying just a little over $3 a game for these classics is well worth it, especially of those like me who grew up playing these over and over again.
The collection also boasts some neat additions. Rewind mode is included for those that forgot how challenging these games really were when they played them many years ago, allowing to go back to a point before a mistake was made. Two additional modes are included: Boss Rush and Time Attack mode giving veterans of these classic two new styles of gameplay. Finally, the museum houses extras like concept art, musical selections and more for those wanting to learn more about the franchises. The only real qualm I have is that this is a digital release only, which means you cannot get a physical copy for your shelf. I would also love to see a second collection that focuses on the excellent 16-bit Disney titles such as Castle of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse, Aladdin, Magical Quest, and more. Hopefully this collection does well enough that some sort of collection sequel will be in the works for the future. For now, I will be going back to these classics for some time to come.