Throwback Thursday – Ducktales on Nintendo

Everyone is familiar with Ducktales from the Disney Afternoon TV block, but did you know there was a Ducktales game on the original Nintendo Entertainment System made by Capcom?  AND IT WAS AMAZING!!

The game takes place in locations around the globe, and you play as Scrooge McDuck who is looking to become richer than he already is by finding treasures hidden in each level.  There were a total of 5 levels that you could complete in any order and took you to locations such as Transylvania, the Amazon Jungle, the Himalaya mountains and what is perhaps the most well known level in the game, The Moon!  (More on this in a minute.)

Various characters from the TV show appeared in the game such as Gizmoduck, Huey, Dewey and Louie, and various villains like The Beagle Boys, Magica De Spell, and the game’s big badguy, Flintheart Glomgold.  Some of characters would open up a new part of the level for you, others would give you various power ups, and others provided hints for other parts of the world.

The game played similarly to how other 8-bit platforming games, that you may know, such as as Super Mario Brothers or Mega Man.  You would use Scrooge’s cane as the “weapon” and you could bounce on the baddies, or use the cane to hit various objects to find diamonds or trigger secret passages.  Ducktales is widely regarded as one of the best games of the original Nintendo era of gaming thanks to it’s gameplay, use of the franchises character and one of the most memorable soundtracks in gaming, even today.

Finally, I mentioned The Moon Level earlier..for a game that was made with 8-bit technology, the music for this level alone is one of most popular, and redone pieces of gaming music among the gaming community.  It’s catchy, it fit the level perfectly and it’s simply just amazing for its time.  I’ll leave you with the original incarnation of the music from the moon, and one of it’s most popular re imaginings.





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4 Responses to Throwback Thursday – Ducktales on Nintendo

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  2. Rich T says:

    Great post — this really was a terrific game! Good news: the upcoming 3DS Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (a sequel to both Epic Mickey and the Genesis game Castle of Illusion) pays tribute to the DuckTales game. Even better news: the game’s producer has expressed interest in making a genuine sequel to NES DuckTales!

  3. Nathan Smart says:

    There actually is already a sequel to DuckTales on the NES. It came out as the SNES was already gaining steam so it’s not talked about much.

  4. Mark says:

    Rich – I cant wait for the new Epic Mickey games. I still need to finish the first one, however. I remember many of the older Disney and Mickey centered games of the 90′s and will eventually cover them here!

    Nathan – I thought I read that somewhere! I dont remember it however, but would love to get a copy of it. That end of the NES era still had some great games even after the SNES launched. Startropics 2 comes to mind!

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