Five classic cartoon video games that should receive the Disney Classics treatment

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#1. Aladdin (SNES)

What’s that you say? We’re already getting the best version of Aladdin with the upcoming Disney Classics release? Oh no, you are so wrong! You have been hoodwinked and bamboozled by some admittedly amazing graphics that hide some somewhat sub-par gameplay!

Look, I totally fell for it as well over 25 years ago. I was a Sega fanboy. Aladdin was then, and remains to this day, my favorite Disney film. The Sega Genesis version of the game looked and sounded more like the movie, therefore, it must be the superior game. That’s how it works, right?

While the Genesis version remains quite the technical feat, if you were to play both today, there’s not really a question. Aladdin by Capcom for the Super Nintendo is the superior game.

It’s no slouch in the graphics and sound department either, but it does roughly look like what you’d expect a good licensed video game to look like. It brings Capcom’s peak 2D 16-bit gameplay along with it.

What you get with the Genesis version looks pretty, but it’s both insanely cheap and hard, and has some frustratingly stiff controls. It’s Earthworm Jim with an Aladdin skin painted over it more or less, hoping to distract you with great animation and cool set-pieces so you don’t notice how mediocre the gameplay actually is.

So it’s quite the shame that this superior version of Aladdin isn’t going to be included in the upcoming collection.  I get why; the other versions were all by Virgin Interactive so it would be going out a getting a completely different set of rights from Capcom, which may not want to be on the same box. But Capcom is no stranger to digging into their back catalog and we did get that Disney Afternoon Collection not that long ago. Hopefully, the SNES version of Aladdin developed by Capcom coming to modern platforms is just a matter of time.

That’s the list of five classic games based on animated cartoons we’d like to see on modern platforms. But that’s only five, there’s plenty more out there. Which ones would you like to see? Let us know in the comments.