Disney Afternoon Collection Delivers Concentrated Nostalgia In 10-Minutes Of Footage

by Nathan Birch

Most retro gaming fans assumed Capcom’s classic 8-bit Disney titles would never get the respect they deserve. Publishers generally don’t want to bother with the trouble or expense of re-releasing their old licensed games, which is usually no big loss. Most licensed games suck, but Capcom Disney games like DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, and Darkwing Duck are all-time NES classics. Thankfully, decades of praise and fan pleading has finally convinced Capcom to strike a deal to release The Disney Afternoon Collection.

But have these games made the jump to HD intact? We really haven’t seen much footage of The Disney Afternoon Collection in action since it was announced. What if the emulation is no good? What if the package feels like a cheap cash-in? Well, IGN recently posted 10 minutes of The Disney Afternoon Collection footage, and thankfully, it seems the compilation has turned out well.

The games look nice and crisp, the controls are responsive, and we get some hints of new features, like the new Rewind ability. For those who haven’t been keeping up, here’s what Capcom promises for the compilation:

“Starring a cast of beloved Disney characters, The Disney Afternoon Collection takes you back to a golden era of gaming and afternoons filled with adventure. The collection includes the following six games: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2, DuckTales, DuckTales 2, Darkwing Duck, and TaleSpin.

All six classic games feature new and improved visuals and include filtering options that replicate a retro look and feel. This collection also offers new ways to play with Boss Rush and Time Attack modes, and a new “Rewind” feature makes these challenging titles more accessible for newcomers. Best of all, the in-game Museum will provide history buffs with a wealth of extras to celebrate the era of the original releases, such as concept art, and music – all lovingly preserved.”

The Disney Afternoon Collection brings old-school fun to the PC, Xbox One, and PS4 tomorrow (April 18).

[via IGN]