Disney Classic Games Retro Edition Features Old School Box and Manual

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Disney and Nighthawk Interactive have announced a special Retro Edition of Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King, available elusively at Best Buy stores in the US, for $49.99.

The Retro Editions are only available for the Nintendo Switch version of the Aladdin and The Lion King double-pack. Two boxed versions are available. A large box simulates the old SNES game boxes, while a plastic clamshell is available for Sega Genesis fans (it’s worth noting that Aladdin is the Genesis version).

Both versions also include an exclusive manual and full color game manual.

The Disney Classic Games set includes two 16-bit platformers from the early and mid 90s: Aladdin and The Lion King, along with upscaled graphics, customizable controls, and the ability to save the game! An Interactive Game Viewer can help guide players by showing live playthroughs, while the Rewind feature lets you quickly fix any mistakes. If all else fails, check out the built-in cheat code menu.

The retro set also includes a digital museum of behind-the-scenes development, including interviews, art gallery, and a music player.

The Retro Edition is available exclusively for Switch at Best Buy. The standard version of Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King is also available digitally and physically for PlayStation 4, PC (Steam), Switch, and Xbox One, for $29.99. It’s rated E10+.

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Classic Kingdom Hearts Games Coming to Xbox One Next Year

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During the annual Inside Xbox event in London, Square Enix announced that the older Kingdom Hearts games will be coming to Xbox One in 2020.

All of the Kingdom Hearts games save the most recent release of Kingdom Hearts 3, including Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 and the many spin-offs, will be available in two compilation packs.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix includes the following:

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD remastered cinematics)

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue includes the following:

  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage
  • Kingdom Hearts X Black Cover (movie)

Kingdom Hearts 3 launched earlier this year on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the first in the series to appear on an Xbox console. A free demo of Kingdom Hearts 3 is available on the Xbox and PlayStation digital stores, featuring the Hercules and Toy Story worlds. Save demo will carry over to the full game should you choose to purchase it with the same account. The demo also includes the Memory Archive feature, which includes cutscenes to catch players up to the current story.

Kingdom Hearts 3 is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix and 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue are available on PlayStation 4, and coming to Xbox in 2020.

Disney Tsum Tsum Festival Review

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Available On: Switch

The Nintendo Switch has a slew of Mario Party-like mini-game collections, including Mario Party itself. But none bring the inexplicable gush of joy from kids (and some adults) like Tsum Tsum.

Disney Tsum Tsum Festival transforms the mobile puzzle game into a multiplayer party game for up to four players locally or online, starring the adorably chubby and popular Tsum Tsum toys.

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Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King Now Available

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Two 90s 16-bit classics, Aladdin and The Lion King, have been bundled together and re-released with additional modern features and behind-the-scenes goodies. Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King is available now in digital and retail stores for PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, for $29.99.

Both games have been given upscaled graphics to support modern HD displays. Aladdin includes both the Sega version and a special tradeshow demo version that has not been available since 1993, but not the significantly different SNES version.

The modern ports have been developed by Digital Eclipse and published by Nighthawk Interactive. “Aladdin and The Lion King are iconic titles that redefined what a licensed game could be, so we took great care to deliver the kind of modern experience we, as fans, would want,” says Stephen Frost, senior producer, Digital Eclipse. “We wanted to highlight the rich history of both games and stay true to the originals, while also refreshing the experience for new players and all the fans of the 90s versions.”

Additionally the retro bundle includes several modern enhancements and improvements, such as the ability to save your game (yeah kids, that wasn’t very common in the early 90s!). Disney Classic Games also features a rewind ability, an Interactive Game Viewer to view playthroughs, and just straight up cheat codes to gain invulnerability, which will come in handy for the infamously difficult The Lion King.

The bundle also includes lots of development and behind-the-scenes interviews, an art gallery, and a music player.

Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King are available now on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One. It’s rated E10+.

Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared Review

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Publisher: Ravensburger
Age: 10+
Players: 2-3 (the full game supports up to 6)
Game Length: 40-60 minutes
MSRP: $24.99

The second stand-alone expansion to excellent asymmetrical card game Disney Villainous, Evil Comes Prepared, finally adds Scar as a playable villain, along with dark-horse picks Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove and Professor Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective. Scar is mildly disappointing but the others make up for it with unique and interesting play styles, proving that Villainous continues to host an impressive pantheon of Disney favorites.

Circle of Life

By now you should already be familiar with how Disney Villainous plays. Each player selects a Disney villain, which comes with their own deck of villain cards, a fate deck of meddling heroes, a player board with four locations, and a stylized 3D token. Each turn players move their token to a location, performing the limited actions at that location, such as playing cards, gaining power, and vanquishing heroes. Villains can also draw from their opponents’ fate decks to place heroes on their board, partially covering up their actions and thwarting their plans.

Part of the genius of Villainous is its asynchronous gameplay. Each villain has a unique victory condition, as well as their own unique card decks and player boards. No two villains play alike, though with the second expansion Evil Comes Prepared adding the 10th, 11th, and 12th villains to the game, we’re beginning to see some overlaps.

Surprisingly Scar is the weakest of the new additions in Evil Comes Prepared. Scar’s goal is to defeat 15 strength worth of heroes. Eliminating heroes is something most villains do anyway, though Scar has to defeat Mufasa before any defeated heroes count toward his goal. Defeating heroes doesn’t make for an interesting nor engaging goal, and most of Scar’s strength comes from playing a bunch of nameless hyena cards. I also question the theme, as Scar’s goal in The Lion King was to usurp Mufasa and take over the pride lands, not hunt down and kill all the heroes.

Professor Ratigan is much more interesting, featuring a two-in-one goal that changes if his initial plans are thwarted. As in the film, Ratigan’s goal is to replace the queen with a robotic version. The card costs a ton of power, however, which means Ratigan needs to play items and allies that reduce its cost. Once the card is played it needs to be carefully moved from one side of the board to the other. If Basil comes into play, the card is discarded, and Ratigan goes into a rage, physically flipping his goal over to defeating Basil. It’s a brilliant callback to the climax of the film, and often reflects the same playful frustration the Ratigan player is feeling.

Of the three new villains Yzma is the most radically different. Her setup involves separating the fate deck into four different stacks, with each stack at a single location. Yzma needs to spend her time locating Kuzco, then defeating him with Kronk. I’m less familiar with The Emperor’s New Groove than other Disney animated films, but Yzma has to make sure Kronk stays under her control, creating an interesting dynamic while trying to defeat Kuzco. Fating the Yzma player can be a bit of a pain, however, as you have to look through the full stack of cards at a location, and don’t want to give away Kuzco if you find him.

The Rating

Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared has a recommended age of 10+. The gameplay is complex enough to make it more suitable for older kids, teens, and adult Disneyphiles.

The Takeaway

Scar, clearly the marquee new addition, is unfortunately one of the weaker villains of them all, though Ratigan and Yzma provide interesting new ideas and gameplay opportunities. Evil Comes Prepared can coast on how good Villainous plays and the still-excellent production quality of the cards, boards, and tokens (Evil Comes Prepared definitely has the best tokens), but at this point we probably have all the villains we need.

Find Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared at Target.