Classic Disney 16-Bit Platformers Arrive on PC Today

Sega Genesis's Aladdin, The Lion King, and Jungle Book are now available on PC via GOG.

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Fans of the old Disney platformers of the '90s will be glad to hear they're coming back. Disney has brought The Lion King, The Jungle Book, and the Sega Genesis version of Aladdin to PC via GOG.com.

All three games have been updated to work with modern computers and controllers, though don't expect a visual upgrade. Each game features its original graphics, sound, and gameplay. The regular price for each game is $10, but if you buy them at launch, you get a $1 discount. However, if you want to buy all three, they also come in a $20 bundle.

The Lion King was developed by Westwood Studios and The Jungle Book was made by Virgin Games. Sega's Aladdin, on the other hand, was developed by Virgin and Disney Software, while Sega handled publishing. Aladdin is the only game of these three that differs from its Super Nintendo counterpart, as Capcom developed and published that version.

GameSpot showed off some of these games in our Megabit series. You can check out our episode on The Lion King here and our Aladdin episode here.

In Double Fine's "Devs Play" YouTube series, Westwood co-founder Louis Castille talked about the early '90s Disney games. Westwood developed The Lion King, and Castille discussed how content from the movie still ended up in the game. You can watch the full thing here.

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leeko_link

Damn Disney should really starting putting these on virtual game service: Chip 'N Dales 1 & 2 (NES), Darkwing Duck (NES & GB), Duck Tales 1 & 2 (NES & GB), Pocahontas (Genesis & GB), Pinocchio (SNES, Genesis), Toy Story (SNES & Genesis), Talespin (Genesis & NES), Goof Troop (SNES), Mickey Mania and the Magical Quest games (Genesis & SNES), and the Donald Duck Maui Mallard games (SNES & Genesis).

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crazynotstupid

Sweet Nostalgia !! I finished all 3 of these games multiple times. The Lion King was easy but the other two were quite tough, especially Aladdin.

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the_master_race

Oh Nostalgia. .. ..

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SkyHighGam3r

at 10$ a pop you can go **** yourself.

Stop with these expensive ports and just release the rom for 1-2$.

Price vs Convenience.

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tonyleo01

LOVE THOSE GAMES!! not sure if I wanna pay 10 bucks a piece for it though...

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DrunkenPunk800

This pack should be $8 tops. Too pricey for so few games. Been playing these on my pc for years.

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SkyHighGam3r

@DrunkenPunk800: Right?

I'd gladly pay like 1 or 2 bucks for a rom if it was delivered easily via some itunes style service.

But 10$? GFYS at that point lol

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GirlUSoCrazy

@DrunkenPunk800: What? Disney greedy?

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SkyHighGam3r

@sticktaler36: OR Spot goes to Hollywood, and I'm like 90% certain there was another one that predated Hollywood and Cool Spot

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GirlUSoCrazy

@sticktaler36: Cool Spot by Virgin Interactive

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Ripper_TV

Anyone knows why there was a different version of Aladdin for each system?

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leeko_link

@Ripper_TV: Capcom's license with Disney was over (so to move on to licensing partnership with Marvel) near the end of 1993 so Aladdin (Super NES) was the final Capcom Disney license game to be released. After that Disney partner with Virgin and work on a different game based on that same franchise but for the Sega Genesis and eventually brought Lion King and Jungle Book to multiplat. Whereas Capcom's license Disney games were more simple in platformer and side-scrollers, Virgin's Disney games were more action and puzzle.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@Ripper_TV: Nintendo had certain deals with publishers to make exclusive versions so that they could justify the "only on Nintendo" text that was on nearly every game box for that system.

Also the systems had different capabilities, the Genesis games often running in 320x240 compared to the SNES 256x240 which meant sometimes games had to be redrawn for the SNES otherwise they'd look stretched out.

The Genesis often shared games with Amiga and other Japanese PCs (X68000 etc) because tech and ability wise they were closer, and the SNES version would have to be developed from the ground up for the more custom hardware in that system.

The Genesis did have a 256x240 mode but it was not commonly used... Notably Street Fighter used it because sprite work was brought over from the SNES instead of from scratch, and Monster World used it because some sprites / aesthetics were brought over from the TG16 games.

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DrunkenPunk800

@Ripper_TV: That was quite a common practice back then. You'd have two completely different games (sometimes from the same publisher) on the different platforms.

Taz Mania, Sparkster, Animaniacs, and Shadowrun were the same way.

In the case of Aladdin, the SNES version was devoloped by Capcom, and the Genesis version was by Virgin Games. I don't really like the SNES version. The Genesis version was so much better. Better graphics, smoother animation, better gameplay. Luckily, that's the version used for most of the ports.

Honestly, I miss those days. Gave you a reason to own multiple consoles.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@DrunkenPunk800: I have a feeling that because Aladdin was better on Genesis, that is why Disney dropped Capcom as a licensee and went all in with Virgin for Lion King, Toy Story, and other Disney games across both platforms in the future.

Now I'm curious if Lion King looks stretched out on SNES vs Genesis.

I liked the nes Disney/Capcom games, and Magical Quest on SNES, but after that all the good Disney games came out on Genesis. Even Toy Story was better on Genesis, although that's when their games took a nosedive in quality. Toy Story on all systems felt janky AF, but the Genesis version had extra graphical effects the SNES one didn't.

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DaVillain-

@Ripper_TV: At the time, I did play both Aladdin games on Sega Genesis & SNES but I like the Genesis version more so cause that version Aladdin is using a sword and the graphics were sharper then the SNES but of course, the big difference is, Genesis version was made in Japan and the SNES version was made in North America at there times.

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leeko_link

@davillain-: There were also two different versions of Talespin as well, the Genesis version by Interactive Design and the NES version by Capcom. So Aladdin isn't the only Disney game that is different from the Nintendo and Sega system.

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uncle5555

@davillain-: "Genesis version was made in Japan and the SNES version was made in North America at there times."

You have them backwards. Genesis version was developed by Virgin Games USA (what would later be Shiny Entertainment of Earthworm Jim fame) and the SNES version by Capcom.

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javalino

Aladin and Lion King its a must for every gamer !!!! I think no one should start gaming in current gen, a father should properly introduce their kids by playing 8/16 bit games and then get going all the way to current gen.

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SkyHighGam3r

@javalino: I gave my nephew (he's 3) a sega genesis and bunch of games.

He can't destroy those lol

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DaVillain-

@javalino: As a father, my daughter at the age of 7 started to noticing me playing games everyday and wanted to play one of my games. I just gave her my old Gamecube I was playing back in high school, I introduce her to Mario Sunshine, SSB: Melee & Luigi's Manson. And from there, she loves it and now at age 9, she games on Wii U I gave her. I agree that I should've gave her my Ancient SNES but that console is very important to me and I always tell a parent this, let your child game on any Nintendo console (handheld) first and foremost.

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cornbredx

Oh, duh. Of course they have an article as well as a video. I should've known. I posted this on the video, but I'll paste some of it here (slightly edited):

"I had the shareware for these on PC (still do I think) and I have a couple on the Genesis still. If I recall the PC version is the same as the Genesis versions of these games (as Aladdin is different on SNES). The visuals may be slightly worse, though (even at the time the pixels looked chunkier on PC than they do on the Genesis).

My only problem with this is they are $10 each ($9 each and $20 for all three on sale right now). That's a really high price to ask for 20 some odd year old games. That's worse than Activision's classic game prices (which are generally, surprising as it may be, pretty fair on GOG).

This is cool other than the price. I recommend to anyone wanting these to wait for a sale. GOG can afford to have deep discounts still on these classic games because very little has to be done to make them run on modern computers so they, nor the publisher, actually loses much of anything. When they release these old games, unless they look at what they made back in the old days on them (I don't think they do), I think all they do is profit on them no matter what price they ask."

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Jasurim

Man, I loved The Lion King and Aladdin games back in the day.

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Domiddian

I'm thinking of a word which starts with "e" and ends with "mulator". And it costs nothing.

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javalino

@domiddian: if you have/had a genesis/snes and own the games, why not ?? but if you answer no for one of these question, then, it is a crime !!

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SkyHighGam3r

@javalino: What's a crime is charging 10$ for this.

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cornbredx

@domiddian: These are not emulated console games. They were originally released on PC as well as consoles and as such these are different games than what you'll find on an inferior emulation (not because it's emulating a console but because emulators are inferior to the real thing).

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edinko

@cornbredx: Sorry mate but you dont know what you are talking about. These are literally The sega genesis roms wrapped in an genesis emulation wrapper inclusive save states/quick saves.And no emulation is not inferior in any shape way or form to the originals.

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Coolman13355

@edinko: Actually on the GOG stream yesterday they said these are the DOS versions wrapped in DOSbox.

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SkyHighGam3r

@edinko: Actually MOST emulation is inferior. We just barely got to the point that SNES is considered 100% properly emulated.

To the player, most wouldn't notice small issues that occur, but most emulation is not equal.

That being said, **** them for thinking these are worth 10$ of my money. I'll continue to emulate these untill they release an emulation service like iTunes.

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GirlUSoCrazy

Note: PC versions based on the superior Genesis versions of the games, but with enhanced wave synth music! Probably the best overall versions of the games, which was real odd for PC at the time which generally lacked any console ports during the DOS years.

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DaVillain-

Cool, I enjoy playing both Aladdin & The Lion King on SNES many many years ago but never got the chance to play The Jungle Book game. $20 ain't bad for these Disney classic games.

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SkyHighGam3r

@davillain-: 20$ is absolutely absurd for these games.

They should be 1 or 2 bucks tops.

Especially when you factor in emulation.

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PLUG313

why not on Nintendo's virtual console? 😯

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SkyHighGam3r

@plug313: The virtual console is EVIL.

Nintendo downloads roms from the internet and sells them back to you, while at the same time trying to take down the very websites that in the majority of cases are the only reason that many games haven't faded into obscurity from the passage of time.

It's hypocritical and ridiculous.

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cornbredx

@plug313: These are not emulated console games. These games were originally released on PC as well as console. These are the original PC versions of these games.

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edinko

@cornbredx: Sorry mate but you dont know what you are talking about. These are literally The sega genesis roms wrapped in an genesis emulation wrapper inclusive save states/quick saves.And no emulation is not inferior in any shape way or form to the originals.

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PLUG313

@cornbredx: ohhh I wasn't aware! sorry

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Aladdin and that damn magic carpet level

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Domiddian

@Frogster8: Did you ever notice they got the music the wrong way round on the first and third levels on the Megadrive version?

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@domiddian: what!? I'll be looking into this, it's the first time ever heard of it and I've never noticed, how did you find that out?

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Domiddian

@Frogster8: Yeah, they have "Prince Ali" on the first level when it should have been "One Jump Ahead". The game basically follows the plot of the film so it shouldn't have been that way round.

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@domiddian: I hadn't ever noticed, I was about 8 when I played that game but now you've pointed it out I can completely hear it haha i love old game bugs