Updated: Aladdin and The Lion King 16-bit classics getting HD remasters

Updated: We now know that the collection will definitely launch by the end of this year for $29.99 (that is half the normal retail price, so around R499 or so) and the versions that will be included in the bundle are as follows:

  • Disney’s Aladdin – SEGA Genesis version
  • Disney’s Aladdin – Game Boy version (includes “Super Game Boy version,” which implies a bit more color, Super Game Boy-style)
  • Disney’s Aladdin Final Cut – We don’t know what this is but asked (we haven’t heard back)
  • Disney’s Aladdin Trade Show Demo – A demo version “that has not been publicly available since 1993,” according to the press release
  • The Lion King – SEGA Genesis version
  • The Lion King – Super Nintendo version
  • The Lion King – Game Boy version (also includes “Super Game Boy” version)

As with other classic retro remasters it’ll come with unique features too:

  • Upscaled graphics (Although you can access the original builds, too)
  • Filters for visual enhancement (It looks like scanlines are simulated in the screenshots)
  • Customizable controls
  • Interactive Game Viewer that lets you watch a pre-recorded play and jump into the game at any time, like the SNK 40th Anniversary
  • Collection
  • A rewind feature so you can undo your mistakes on the fly
  • An “explorable museum” of “behind-the-scenes development assets including interviews,”
  • Art gallery
  • Music player

Here is the official box art for Switch:

Original: Unless you enjoy a bit of nostalgia, this might mean very little to you. But, if you can appreciate that Disney launched some of their best games in the 16-bit era, then there are two particular classics that’ll forever be considered as some of the best 2D platformers of our time – Aladdin and The Lion King.

Both these titles are being remastered for the current generation and will head to PS4, Switch and Xbox One later this year. This was announced during Gamestop Con. If you recently played the Disney Afternoon Collection then I think it provides a good idea of what to expect from these two titles. The games will include both the Super Nintendo and SEGA 
Mega Drive soundtracks for you to choose from and will be available to purchase as a physical game too. Whether that is the case locally remains to be seen.

The confusing bit comes in the form of the rights. Capcom brought Aladdin and The Lion King to the Super Nintendo, while Virgin worked on the Mega Drive version. The Super Nintendo and SEGA Mega Drive versions of either game is completely different. So, either all four titles will be included, or they’ve selected a version and remastered it. Time will tell.

Expect it to drop at the end of this year.

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