Ducktales: Remastered review by Mike Matei

Mike Matei / August 14th, 2013

Review by Mike Matei

Lots of people have been sending me messages and tweeting me to review Ducktales: Remastered. Curse me kilts! I guess I have no choice.


The truth is, the whole thing sickens me. Not the game itself, but the situation.


These days, there’s lots of people online reviewing games. And everyone wants to hit the newest game as soon as it comes out. In fact some people even get the games early from the publishers so that they can review the game the day it’s released.


And this is the way these companies want it. They WANT people to get hyped up for their new games, so that everyone is talking about it. That way, everyone BUYS it. If there was no hype, and no one cared, less people would buy the game.


I understand this goes on all the time, that’s just the nature of the world these days. But this bothers me in particular with the release of Ducktales: Remastered. I’ll explain why..

People know me as a fan of Uncle Scrooge (and his creator Carl Barks) because I’ve done videos about the subject in the past.


Hell, I even own Carl Barks personal National Geographic collection he used as reference to draw the backgrounds in the duck comics.

Suffice it to say, I’m a huge fan.


The reason this all bothers me so much is that, the entire reason Uncle Scrooge was originally created was as a PARODY of greedy business people.

So if you truly understand the character of Scrooge and why he’s great, it’s NOT because he’s greedy and he loves money. It’s because the audience understands that’s NOT how you’re supposed to be.


But that was a long time ago, and most people have forgotten the morals of the original comic stories. Today, everybody is rushing their Ducktales: Remastered reviews out as soon as the game comes out so that they can get the most views, and the most ad revenue off of the hype. The whole thing is really rather disgusting, as it’s a complete slam against what the character was originally intended for.

But enough of my raving. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t talk about the game itself..

One positive is I like how they did all the boss fights. It seems that with each boss, there was more to it than in the NES game. Back with the NES game, when you’re fighting the statue boss you just bounce on his head. But here, the room comes to life and you have to avoid the pillars that’ll try to smash scrooge to smithereens.


And all of the boss fights are like that. New and improved. I’m glad they took their liberties in places to change the gameplay. They could have done a lot more of it, because I was disappointed everything as a whole was so similar.

I was very happy to see they included a mode to swim through Scrooges money bin. At least at first. Then once you’re swimming you realize there’s nothing to it. You just swim. They could have made this into a cool mini game but instead it’s completely boring. MY IDEA to make it more interesting would be to have Scrooge dive deeper into the cash. Then have an arrow pointing to certain coins, which indicate that you need to pick them up. Afterwards you bring them back to the top to be polished. And you get points for how many you polish within a certain time period or something.

One of the main things I was interested in was too see what they did with the famous “Moon Theme” music.

I was excited as the stage began..


As started the Moon level, I finally got to hear what I’d been waiting for the whole game. I was really anticipating what I was about to hear. A recreation of what is possibly the most recognizable tune from the NES era. And three seconds into it, someone outside my apartment started vacuuming. Totally ruining it for me. Needless to say, I was pissed! (I did hear it later though, and it sounds okay. I prefer the NES version of the song though)

Most of the levels are exact copies of the NES game with updated graphics. There’s a few all new levels like The Money Bin and Mt. Vesuvius that are just bookends to what is otherwise a copy of the original, superior game.


Why was the NES game superior? Because it wasn’t ridden with pointless cinematics that pop up WAY too often. The people who made Ducktales: Remastered went out of their way to give everything in the game a reason.


But all the extra explanation does nothing but drag the game out. And leaves me continually hitting “Skip Cinematic”. Just let me play the damn game.


I guess I should mention, they got the original voice actors (such as Alan Young) to perform the voices again. They do a good job, but again, it’s kind of pointless when all I want to do is skip the cut scenes and play the game.

While Ducktales: Remastered is a faithful recreation of the NES classic, I would have been happier with more brand new stages. But with a low price tag of $14.99, I can’t complain too much. At least it’s cheap.

I beat Ducktales: Remastered last night. My final impression was that it was mediocre.

What I’d REALLY like to see instead is Capcom try to do what they did with Mega Man 9 and 10.
Give us a brand new 8-Bit style Ducktales. If the point of Ducktales: Remastered was to be nostalgic, there’d be nothing more nostalgic than that.

For the time being, I say you’re better off sticking with the NES game as it’s not needlessly drawn out.

And if you want a far better experience as a whole, read the original comic stories by Carl Barks. They’re now in affordable sets put out by Fantagraphics books.

Scrooge would spend his money wisely, so should you.


  • BladeRunner

    August 16, 2013 at 8:53 am

    cool Mike, I like how you went deep into this and didn’t just make another basic review.

  • VideoBoom

    August 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

    This was great Mike. It was great to read you speaking against greedy folks. I love the Carl Barks Uncle $crooge comics. I have you and Scott McCloud to thank for that.
    I do still look forward to downloading this game next month when it comes out on Xbox 360.

  • johnpseudo

    August 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Luv the insight thoughts about Scrooges character, the link to the christmas carol is obvious. In Germany he`s called “Dagobert Duck”.
    Nice that you didn`t hype it up for the hype of the hype, but gave your honest opinion. Thanks !

  • Lukas Sprehn

    August 16, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Would honestly have prefered a video review, but I’ve always had a nostalgia for written ones. I’ll get through this one as soon as I get home 😀

    • VideoBoom

      August 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Seeing somebody nostalgic over written reviews makes me very upset.

      • August 18, 2013 at 8:05 am

        I feel ya. Reading a few lines requires an attention span of two minutes. Who has that anymore? 😀

  • JayRam

    August 16, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Your review was really good. But, actually, it got me wanting to check out the game.


    but what I’m curious about is, how were you able to get a hold of Carl Barks’ personal National Geographic collection? Thought that was kinda cool.

    • August 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      They held an estate sale many years back and I bought it from the bank associate with that.

      • GreenGamer

        August 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm

        Always was a Carl Barks Fan myself, i keep asking my dad for a pencil drawing by barks of Donald Duck he owns but he wont give it away 😛

  • August 16, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Nice review, Mike! I agree with you, it was kind of mediocre. Also, nice comic book collection man! How many do you have?

    • August 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      I don’t know how many I have. But I know that I have about 10 Barks written & drawn comics left to get for a complete run.

  • St_Cerberus_Engel

    August 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    That’s a shame, but not unexpected. Sometimes nothing beats the original. Most times, in fact.

    I think the one “Remastered” game I’ve played that actually brought a new fun flavor to the series was Bionic Commando Rearmed. New boss fights, new puzzles, the ability to switch weapons on a whim, hidden extras, challenge maps, and a graphical face-lift…that’s how you do a new take on a classic.

  • August 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    No video? 🙁

  • August 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Awesome review Mike….please do more of this sort of stuff

  • James Langston

    August 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I can understand your frustration that the games is not the version of the old comics. However, considering the game is alluring to the cartoon show and uses the voice actors, I cannot say that the cutscenes were pointless in that regard.

    Wayforward did a surprisingly good job of updating the graphics (which you did not really write about) without ruining anything about the classic game.

    I will say that there should have been an 8-bit version unlockable in the gallery section.

    • August 17, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Like I said in my review, I thought the game was a faithful recreation of the NES game. And of the show. I don’t think it should have been like the comics, because Ducktales was different than the comics. I was just hoping there would be more variety to the levels. I guess for me personally, I would have rather just seen all new stages.

  • August 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Ok sorry mike man but to be honest everyone is not so happy with the remastered version and i dont care.I bought yesterday the game and i am completley happy with that,its awesome.Yeah its not the original but it worth at least an 8/10 because they made a remarcable job.And yes its not the original but a pretty diferent experience with newer grafics,that doesn’t mean that its not nostalgic.My biggest complain is that we ask something,the companies make it and then wining about how the new vesrion doesn’t stand to the original,the music is not so nostalgic,the grafics are over the top and stuff like that.I am sick of this really,we must stop do so many complains and enjoy those games man.They create for us a new version of that game and we want to see a new 8bit ducktales? They experimenting to see the reactions and probably in the future we will see more and probably in clasic style games,and untill then just enjoy.

  • August 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    And sorry if i was a litle over the top mike i dont mean anything wrong ok? i love your reviews and all the things you do so keep on the good work 😉

  • Rick Bang

    August 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I agree with the review. I don’t know what was it but the whole experience with the game felt kind of stale which completely contradicted my expectations because I thought since it was going to be like the original I would have ended up liking it a lot (it seemed to work that way with Resident Evil: Remake for example) but it was the opposite. Anyway, nice review Mike!

  • August 16, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I respect everybodies opinion and everything, but I must admit that I don’t understand why this game is getting somewhat less-than-positive reviews.
    I have fond, nostalgic memories of the NES game as well as the TV show, so my expectations were pretty high, so when I first played Remastered (a couple days ago) I thought it was extremely faithful to both. The gameplay feels like the NES version and it’s still challenging. They even got Frank Welker and June Foray to do some of the voices and the theme song sounds like it was re-recorded with the original singer. Virt’s music remixes are great as well.
    I do agree that the frequent cutscenes are a bit obtrusive, especially on multiple playthroughs. But I quickly got used to hitting start, then X (PS3) to skip them. No big deal. It wasn’t a deal breaker for me.
    Is it a classic like the NES game? Probably not, but to me it brang back a lot of fond memories of when I was ten. If it wasn’t a remake and it had like all new levels, I think, maybe, it would have been judged differently and it would have gotten better reviews.
    Bomberman: Act Zero, anyone? … Anyone?

  • Karoomay

    August 17, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Mike, I think you were a bit too harsh on the game, especially that you seem to be clinging on to your nostalgia goggles very tightly. Yes there are some flaws, but I thought it was overall a pretty good and fun remake of the beloved NES game and TV show.

    • August 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Like I said, it wasn’t terrible. Just not amazing.

      • Karoomay

        August 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm

        Well, that’s your opinion and I respect that. Also, I wasn’t expecting to get a response from you! 😀 *Achievement Unlocked: Get a reply from Mike Matei*

  • laser

    August 17, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Your enthusiasm for all things Carl Barks is nice to hear, if a bit fanboyish. 😉

    Any chance you could clarify your thoughts on Don Rosa? From what you’ve said previously, you don’t seem to think much of his Life and Times series, basically calling it something that was never meant to exist. I see it (and I believe Don does too) as an expression of love towards Carl Barks’ work.

    And, whether you like or dislike Don’s work, I don’t think anyone can discount the effort he puts into both the art and scripts (plenty of “needless and irritating details” in both cases, as he puts it! :P)

  • ctu

    August 17, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Your review sucked big time.A review needs to start with a clear mind and no bias and you clearly did not have that here. You brought up stupid points to complain about like someone vacuuming, or that you wanted to whine there were video/cut sceens. The creators were trying to make the game feel more like an episode of the beloved series. Now if you can’t do a good review, please don’t bother because you are just bashing shit just to bash and be different.

  • BrandeX

    August 17, 2013 at 6:09 am

    The thing is the character of Scrooge McDuck was modified during the 80s to fit the television show. He’s essentially the main star although there is a large cast of characters, and was remolded into more of a sympathetic hero, who like all heroes has some flaw – which is the love of wealth. They do additionally present him (Ducktales era Scrooge) as far less greedy in nature compared to the “Bad” greedy guys to reflect his new “hero/protagonist” nature, compared to say Beagle boys who steal and are outright criminals, or Flintheart Glomgold who IS essentially Scrooge if he were being portrayed as an outright true antagonist “bad guy”.

    • BrandeX

      August 17, 2013 at 6:14 am

      Actually I don’t think it’s accurate to state these characters didn’t have these qualities traditionally in the comics, what I mean is that Scrooge’s “good side” is even more pronounced to give a greater attachment to the character as a hero.

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    August 17, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Great review, Mike. I have the NES game, so I’m not really interested in the remake because fuck it, why would I buy the same game again? Your review sums it up nicely.

    I totally agree with you about the gaming media, too. It’s become such a tabloid, hype based, copy-and-paste hipster shithole it makes me sick, too.

  • August 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I got to place this last night at a friends house. For the most part I agree with this review entirely.

    I just hate how everything is zoomed in and didn’t really feel like I was playing my good ol’ Duck tales. Plus I’m use to holding the tighter NES controller so all that was throwing me off

    I really wanna see an 8-bit Duck tales 3! Not this 3d mess.

  • Joker83

    August 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I gotta disagree with Mike a bit here, because I LOVED this. I grew up in the 80’s obsessed with Ducktales the cartoon show and I played this game ALL THE TIME! It was one of the only games I could actually beat by myself and in a modest amount of time. It was incredibly fun to boot.

    Anyway, I loved this remake BECAUSE it stays so true to the original game. I was hoping it would. Playing this game, a remake of something that I loved but haven’t played in over 20 years was a fantastic experience. The levels all came back to me, and the routes through the levels and where items were crept back into my head and I felt like I was 7 years old again. The addition of the original voice cast from the show was really special, as I personally haven’t heard these actors voicing these characters since I was a little kid.
    On top of all that, the final Dracula Duck stage and Battle are completely different from the original version, and much more difficult as a result (in my opinion).
    This game gets very high marks from me as it not only accomplished what it set out to do, but it also gave me the nostalgia overload that I had been craving.
    A great remake, and a treatment that I wish more old games I loved get.

  • Tim Cantrell

    August 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I see your point on the cut scenes, Mike. However, I enjoyed them on my first playthrough. It was like playing 5 individual episodes of the show, rather than one big adventure. I like how certain characters were only on specific levels. Thanks for reviewing this game.

  • Laughs

    August 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    COMPLETELY agree with your 8-Bit style Ducktales.

    • Laughs

      August 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      COMPLETELY agree with your 8-Bit style Ducktales comment

  • Wayne

    August 18, 2013 at 3:02 am

    A sea monster ate my ice cream!!!

  • Dev Desl

    August 18, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I do get your issue with the whole situation of why scrooge was created, BUT this game is based on the cartoon, not the comics. In the cartoon you can see scrooge be greedy, sure, but in the first episodes he finds that having a family is more important than wealth. Thats the scrooge we see in this game. And that is also how I view this game: as a lost episode of the cartoon.

    • August 18, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Yes, I know. That’s why I said “was originally created”. I’m aware Scrooge was different in the cartoon. My point is, I think it’s a shame the character got so far away from what it was originally intended to be.

      • Dev Desl

        August 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

        True, but the creators of the cartoons propably made the change to make the ‘morale’ a bit more suited for children.

  • Live Wire

    August 18, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Hey i have been hanging around this site since 2006 but i just managed to register. Cool review, yea imo the game was pretty good and the price was ok. But yes your right Capcom should have made a new 8-bit ducktales.

    • Shark

      August 18, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Same here. I haven’t been able to register since 2006 until now. Now I’m just trying to figure out how to change my avatar from a Space Invader to whatever I want.

      • Live Wire

        August 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

        yea i dont know why i have a battlefield avatar, i would love to have my own personal avatar 🙂

  • Daniel

    August 18, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Of all the Fantagraphics books, which one do you think is the best? I have them all and I can’t wait for “Christmas on Bear Mountain”. By the way, are you also a fan of the EC horror comics?

    Great video.

    • August 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Yeah, I love EC Comics. If you’re asking me which Fantagraphics Barks library set to get, that’s too hard. Just get them all. He was a master, so all of them are good.

      • Daniel

        August 19, 2013 at 4:23 am

        You know what I’d love to see? Something like “Monster Madness”, but focused on comics instead of movies. I’m curious about your favorite EC Comics artists/stories/magazines.

        Personally I like Jack Davis and Johnny Craig more than the others. Shock SuspenStories is my favorite “mag” (I love the “preachies”). My favorite story is “The Sewer” by Johnny Craig.

  • Shark

    August 18, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Growing up on the original, I enjoyed this game and it’s cinematic immensely. I loved the scenes, music, and whole update in general. Even love the final boss music they included, so it’s not just the regular boss theme like it was for the final boss of the original. Even like the little treat they added in to let you play with the 8-bit music instead of the Remastered music…though I prefer the Remastered music, it’s a nice treat. Though a better treat would of been to include the original 8-bit game as a whole to unlock.

    And while I do love the cinematics, it would of been especially nice to have an option to have them turned off. I’ve seen them ruin speedruns of the game already. The Amazon especially makes this annoying. Now that I’ve seen the cinematics, I don’t need them in my way every single time. I would just love an option to have them turned on or off, much like they do with the 8-bit music.

    • August 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Yeah, exactly. If there was just an option to turn them off entirely, it would have been a lot better. That still wouldn’t of made it amazing, but it’d help a lot.

  • August 18, 2013 at 10:35 am

    i was excited for this game seeing how duck tales is my fav NES title. But after playing for about 30 minutes i deleted it. What other classic titles would you like to see remastered or given the mega man 9/10 treatment mike?

    • August 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

      There’s a ton of games I’d like to be see 8-Bit releases of. Honestly, I think it should just be a regular thing. It reminds me of the situation with animation. Most movies these days have to be made with 3-D animation. I don’t see why we can’t have both 2-D and 3-D movies in the theaters on a regular basis. The last one I remember that even tried was for The Simpsons movie. Kill Bill had a section of the movie that was animated with 2-D as well I believe. But other than that most everything has been 3-D.

      • August 19, 2013 at 1:06 am

        Disney’s The Princess and the Frog (2009) was the last one I remember. The Simpson Movie was 2007. I’d like to see more hand-animated stuff too, but apparently the box office returns for hand-animated films are lower in general. It’d be nice to get a couple really great, new hand-animated films out there to open the floodgates again.

  • PresidentJenkins

    August 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Haven’t played the game, but my biggest gripe is the 3D background levels. In my opinion, the developers in charge of this stuff should’ve looked at Rayman Origins. That’s what an up to date 2D side scrolling platformer should look like in my opinion. The 2D characters and animations just don’t blend well at all. The 3D graphics aren’t even cel shaded, it’s all just generic textures and modeling. They could’ve at least made the characters in 3D so that everything feels cohesive. Whenever I hear about these 2D remakes, I always get excited about the potential of the artwork alone. Then I get disappointed by the lame direction these companies usually take.

  • Acashana

    August 18, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I’ve never played the game when it first came out on the NES so I was excited to play it now. After reading your review it seems like people who have already played the NES game should wait for a better version to come out, but I would still like to get it at some point to check it out. Maybe during a sale. Thanks for the review, Mike :).

  • creecreehoneybee

    August 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Hey Mike, I’m curious to hear what you think about the New Looney Tunes Show, and how much different the comedy styles are.

  • August 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    For people like myself who enjoy games with and 8-bit/16-bit aesthetic, I recommend that you check out the indie PC gaming scene. Since Cave Story there’s been an explosion in popularity in these types of games and many new ones are released all the time. Sure it’s not as fun sitting at a desk as it is sitting on a couch, but some of these game shouldn’t be overlooked.
    Some great games I recommend:
    -VVVVV (I think it’s pronounced with a single V, it has a gravity mechanic similar to Magnet Man stage from Megaman V)
    -“La Mulana” (metroidvania-style… hard as FUCK!)
    -“Spelunky” (a reimagining of the classic Spelunker – recently ported to consoles with updated graphics, unfortunately)
    -“Within a Deep Forest” (One of my favorites – open-world platform game where you play as a bouncy ball – very challenging)
    -“Knytt” (A simple minimalistic platform exploration game not unlike Fez)
    There’s many more. Check them out! There’s some really great games out there.

  • August 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I think it would have been pretty cool if they let a live band like The Advantage or The Minibosses do all the songs!

  • Andrew Kinsey

    August 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Mike, if u start a museum one day, you will be the main exhibit and the art director haha.

  • roker

    August 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Your criticisms are shit, even if we ignore the absurdly nonsensical part where you complain about people reviewing games for money on a fucking site that reviews games for money. “Someone ran a vacuum while i played”. “They didn’t change MORE shit from what was one of the best games on the console”. “The art team didn’t conform to my extremely specific stylistic vision”. These aren’t complaints, they’re illustrations of your incompetence and unappeasability. Please stop; it’s embarrassing.

    • Lukas Sprehn

      August 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Whoa whoa there hothead. I think some of his critiscms are valid, while the ones you brought up are kind of weak. For example the one about cinematics, as it is not his thing, I guess. So he can express his opinion about those if he like. However, some of the stuff about stylistic vision that you brought up sounds nothing like what’s in the review itself as of what I can see…

    • August 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I thought his review was more fun to read then your comment, and I didn’t fully agree with it either!

  • August 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    improved graphics.
    extra levels.
    Improved boss fights.
    Remastered music.
    New cinematics that includes the voice actors of the original show.

    Yeah, sounds mediocre to me.

    Now if you excuse I’m going to the internet to find the term Nostalgia Googles, I bet is not related to this at all.

  • Albylion

    August 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Oh sure, it’s quantity over quality these days. If it ain’t super profitable, don’t bother. But companies who chase that don’t last forever. It’s why N64 games outsold PlayStation games. PS games were a dime a dozen and a new one came out every hour. They had no replay value and were basically disposable games. Nintendo, on the other hand, made games that we still play to this day. (Working on Majora’s Mask again now, myself.) This complain continues to this day. Developers make annual game sequels that’s just hte same shitty game being repackaged with a different wrapper, and it’s getting old. Even Bradygames made a pretty lousy Arkham City guide just to get it out now, hoping nobody would notice. We did. What’s great about you and James is that you take the time to show how shitty this mentality is for products, and you focus on quality.

  • August 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    My first play through, I personally enjoyed the cutscenes. Reminded me of the show I loved as a kid. Now that I’m going through getting the extras after the game is beaten, is very annoying. I personally love the remastered stuff of old video games (for the most part). I liked the updated mega man and mega man x games they remade on the PSP.

  • August 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    cool he download the wiiu version 😛

  • Dan021

    August 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Maybe I can play this one with kids of my family. It’s sad how kids don’t pay any attention to older games just because of the graphics. I mean, it’s the same with black and white movies, people are skipping them just because they are older and different. I think that’s why these older games and movies are interesting, because they are from another part of our culture. I’m glad a lot of them got to play Fallout 3 and L.A. Noire, Megaman 8 and 9… Maybe because of games like these they will be more curious about games/movies/comics from the past…
    Just maybe.

    • frostare

      August 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      It’s also sad that people are not willing to give the new ideas a chance.

  • frostare

    August 18, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Hahaha Scrooge spending money, yeah right. Anyway, that was a nicely written review and actually, one of the most important reasons I want the game is because I’m eager to see how do the english voices of the characters sound, in other words, those scenes. And since the price seem to be reasonable I think I will still get it sometime soon.

  • RMBowie

    August 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    No video yet I got it on Steam great old classic.

  • William Humphrey

    August 18, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    good review, a little vid with some clips would’ve been nice

  • August 19, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Damn fine review, Mike. Keep the good shit coming.

    On a similar note: Did you get Dragon’s Crown for the PS3, considering you’re a fan of Capcom’s Mystara brawlers?

  • August 19, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Hey, Mike. Good review overall. I’m a bit confused by your “greedy business” stance though. Yes, reviewers will make the most money off their reviews if they are released just as the game comes out, but reading reviews as soon as possible is what the readers want. I know I want to read a review of something I’m interested in as soon as I can so I can make a better judgment on whether or not to purchase something. If a business can provide for their customers’ wants, but also make some money on top, then why not? How else are most of the sites that review games professional stay in business? By getting out their reviews quickly they are both benefiting themselves, their advertisers, and their readers. It’s win/win/win.

    I don’t intend to keep reading DuckTales: Remastered reviews for weeks. I already read the initial reviews, purchased, and completed the game. I’m glad I got to read as many reviews as I did before the game was even released.

    Regarding the cutscenes, I enjoyed every second of them. Since DuckTales is one of my all-time favorite shows, part of the nostalgia factor here is hearing the DuckTales voice actors in their roles again (possibly for the last time—Alan Young is 93, while June Foray is 95, after all). I loved how the game offered up explanations for some of the sillier aspects of the game like how Scrooge breathes on the moon, as these explanations were entertaining and made it feel more like the cartoon (which would have required these explanations). Getting this cartoon/game synthesis was fantastic, and I hope they do the same for the Darkwing Duck and Chip ‘n Dale NES games.

    And to be picky, it’s bothering me just a bit to see the title written as “Ducktales” instead of “DuckTales” throughout the article.

    Overall, I feel Ducktales: Remastered is superior to the original game. After all, it is essentially the original with improved graphics, richer music, expanded story, wonderful voice acting, more interesting bosses, an easier to execute primary mechanic (pogo), adjustable difficulty, and additional stages.

    Anyway, thanks for the review. I think we can both agree Carl Barks is awesome.

  • August 19, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I love how you dug deep into this game and pulled out what was the traditional value of the old nes game and the new content implemented in the game. I personally agree with you 100%, The game itself is suppose to be a tribute to the older version so with that note, none of the cut scenes or extras was virtually needed whatsoever. I know it may be appealing to the newer fans that would of liked the changed but again it wasn’t needed for it to stay a great and wonderful flashback.

    The ONLY problem i have with your review, is that it’s not a video review (j.k you sexy beast) Right on mike.

  • Wayne

    August 19, 2013 at 2:51 am

    I watched some of the YouTube play-throughs of Ducktales: Remastered. I didn’t even play the game, and I could clearly see a lot of the things it was lacking.

    The graphic design is very strange. They have nice, cartoon-like characters, which is perfect. But, the backgrounds and some of the objects have this odd, 3D computer drawing look, which does not fit in with the character artwork. Both the foreground and the background should have had the cartoon look.

    The combination of the characters talking and the character movement is awful. The talking should have matched up with the characters actually moving their mouths. Instead, they just move their arms and/or bodies, and it looks really weird… like they’re talking through telepathy.

    The voice acting just wasn’t right. Even though they used the voice actors from the cartoon, the way the voice actors spoke for the game was really flat, and their emotion and enthusiasm was completely lacking.

    Most of the character dialogs were way too dumbed down and unnecessary. They almost seemed like they were geared towards toddlers rather than the nostalgic adults playing the game.

    And, where are all the cool bonuses?… there were none. The total money collected means nothing at the end. There were no hidden features or hidden sections like in the NES version… what a disappointment.

  • Senna4ever

    August 19, 2013 at 4:30 am

    If they had all new levels…then it would not have been Duck Tales: Remastered.
    It would have been an all new Duck Tales game, which may have been what Mike wanted…but the game is called Duck Tales: Remastered. There is a clue in the title of the game.

    I fail to understand how Mike can call this “mediocre” when he loves the original so much. Seeing as Mike says the game is a faithful recreation. Plus earlier he stated the boss fights were “better”.
    So it’s the same game, with better boss fights…but it’s “mediocre”?

    The only new differences are cosmetic. The graphics, the skippable cut scenes, etc.

    But the core gameplay is not just the same, but “better” due to the boss fights.

    I’m not saying Mike is “wrong” with his view. I agree 100%, the game is mediocre…but I felt the original was mediocre too.
    I just fail to understand how this one can be “mediocre” when it’s a faithful recreation of the original, but with better boss fights, if the original was so good in your eyes.

    Love your work Mike and always look forward to your reviews. You’ve got me watching a lot of shitty B-movies recently.
    But to me, this review just sounds “contradictory”.
    More a review with nostalgic sour grapes than an fair, unbiased review.

  • Sean Ewing

    August 19, 2013 at 6:35 am

    This was a decent review for the most part, regardless of whether I agree with your opinions, but it had a disturbing aura of “I wanted to dislike this game from the beginning”. This isn’t like you, and I hope it doesn’t become a habit.

  • IzzY

    August 19, 2013 at 8:05 am

    This has got to be the most honest review I’ve seen for the game by far. I appreciate that Mike.
    I hope that you watched the credits all the way through because there is a pretty good piano version of “The Moon Theme” close to the end of them.
    I can say that I did enjoy playing through it and will probably give it another few plays so that I can unlock all of the gallery. When I was playing my first go round on it I had my daughter watching. She hasn’t played the original NES version as she doesn’t particularly care for games older than PSone (sad face) but she did get a kick out of me blazing to the end of this one in a matter of a few hours. I don’t think that this stands up to the original but I think its still a fairly solid game.

  • August 19, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I don’t do this very often, but I gotta disagree with Mike here.

    I don’t really care for 8-bit retro games- I’d sooner just play the original. If you’re going to remake something today, it should be done using modern design. I think what they did with Ducktales is great. They tried to make it feel more like you were in an episode of the show. The voice actors all did a great job and I like the art style they used. I already knew Mike would be disappointed with this because he said earlier he wanted an 8bit remake. I come form the NES days too, but I still don’t care for games being made today to look like that (especially when they still actually wouldn’t run on that hardware if you tried).

    Crap like bit trip series I don’t like at all. megaman 9 and 10 were good in spite of having an 8 bit look, not because of it.

  • August 19, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Also: I loved the new verison of the moon theme. “okay” doesn’t do it justice. It’s easy to appriciate the original (and people should) But I think it clouds people’s judgement about the new version of things.

  • GrahfMetal

    August 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I haven’t stopped playing this since it came out. I absolutely love this game. I think they did a lot to improve on the original. The NES version is one of my favorite games of all time and this remastered version is just that much better. Hopefully Wayforward does Chip’n’Dale or Little Nemo next or like Mike said; a whole new game.

  • Barry the Nomad

    August 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    My dad is a big time Uncle Scrooge fan, he has a whole collection room dedicated to him. In fact, just last weekend I visited and helped put his complete Barks collection in new bags. Anyway, I brought up DuckTales Remastered and showed him some footage, he seemed to think it looked cool, but I know that to him there is a clear division between the Uncle Scrooge from the Barks comics that he loves and Uncle Scrooge from DuckTales.

    I love DuckTales, I grew up on it, but I also grew up knowing of Scrooge’s comic book origins and in my mind the first 70 issues were far superior to DuckTales. I especially loved seeing Donald being a part of the adventures. I didn’t like how DuckTales shipped him off to the navy.

  • marc_lawson

    August 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    My Million Dollar Idea has been for Nintendo to make new NES games. There’s a huge market of nostalgic gamers. Why won’t they do it?

    • GrahfMetal

      August 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      A lot of independent studios are jumping on that bandwagon. Games like FEZ, Retro City Rampage, Hotline Miami, Rogue Legacy etc. etc. are catering specifically to the nostalgic and retro crowd. Big names like Nintendo are focusing on triple ‘A’ tiles with the newest tech to ensure a steady mainstream revanue. Don’t get me wrong, I love Nintendo, but it’s the fans themselves that are forming small studios and making these retro titles.

  • Justin Cook

    August 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I liked how it wasn’t just a graphical remake of the original game and added more to it, especially the boss battles. I hope they do Duck Tales 2 Re-mastered. I don’t want to always rely on emulators to play a game that is expensive on E-Bay.

  • johnw1104

    August 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    What, a written video game review? What a throw back! 😀

    Well done sir.

    “It’s because the audience understands that’s NOT how you’re supposed to be.”
    “Scrooge would spend his money wisely, so should you.”

    Seems a little contradictory… are you saying he DOES have some redeeming qualities? 😛

    There’s nothing wrong with some clever marketing and trying to make money… the lesson of Scrooge (an archetype that dates back to Midas and Croesus) is that money should never become the most important passion of one’s life.

    • August 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Johnw1104, you should know both from the show and the game, Scrooge isn’t a pure greedy jerk. More than anything else especially, he cares about his nephews Huey Dewie Louie and Webbigail more than any amount of money. And despite the fact that he has lots of money, he is very frugal with it (part of how his name comes about). Note the cutscene in the game where he offers to get all of the nephews an ice cream cone… and says “if you’re good, they might actually have ice cream in them this time.”

      • johnw1104

        August 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm

        Oh I know, I was just commenting on Mike’s review. Indeed, Scrooge always chose family over money when push came to shove… assuming the need was dire enough. 😀

  • taykel

    August 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    To be honest, I love Ducktales and I like to play both games someday. Decent review of the new game though.

  • August 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    That whole intro was really dumb. What on Earth is wrong with making reviews timely? They should come after the release just to prevent the reviewers from making more money?

  • August 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    i agree it should be a regular thing for 8bit games to be made. But people have gotten so attached to “Graphics” over “game-play” i just can’t see it ever happening. Old NES games in my opinion blows away 99% of current games

    • August 19, 2013 at 11:11 pm


      • August 20, 2013 at 1:11 am

        As I mentioned before, I don’t care for retro style remakes. While I agree more than anyone that graphics don’t make the game, making the graphics look old just for the sake of it I find unappealing. I don’t hate it, simply the style is not my thing. I’d rather just play an NES game than a modern game made to look like an NES game. In short, if Ducktales Remastered was instead Ducktales 3 for the “NES” I don’t think I would have enjoyed it half as much as I did this unless it did something really special with the gameplay.

        Ducktales Remastered did exactly what they said they were doing with it, nobody was fooled or misled into thinking it was going to be anything other than what it was. I loved the TV show style art and the original actor voiceovers. I think if you’re pressing skip cinematic (the first time you play and going “just let me play already” I think you’re missing the point and spirit of the game.

  • Blue Wizard

    August 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I think the main reason so many people (including myself) wanted you to review this game wasn’t so much for the hype, but having an avid interest in Carl Barks and his creations. And that’s what we got; a personal commentary with some insight and retrospective. It was honest. It was relevant. It was a good review. So thanks for indulging us Mike!

    The only question left on my mind is do Huey, Dewey and Louie still plummet to their deaths in that mine cart?

    • August 19, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      No they don’t. Yet another reason the NES game is better.

      • August 20, 2013 at 1:13 am

        lol, H D & L must really like you now! 😀

  • strider

    August 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    So…they didn´t sent to you guys a golden cartridge

    It`s bullshit!

  • Richard Loy

    August 20, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Mike , as a gamer from the 80’s myself I too love the classics but I don’t think your thinking outside the box on this game. I mean, what I’m trying to say is the younger generation do not know duck tales like we do. They have cartoons that are all about learning or just plain hardcore action. And for kids to play this game (and accept it) they need to see more of a modern edge on it, while also making it tolerable to play or watch by adults because its something we’re familiar with. If you slap a 8 bit game in front of a younger gamer today , they’ll simply lack the imagination that we had back then to really understand what the programmers were going for. Bit what your doing to this game is the equivalent of old people bashing rock and roll because they liked Sinatra etc. Or what about the generation of nes and snes? I remember adults when I was little watching me play nes and they would bash it the whole time and once I’m done playing they start playing Atari and while doing that, I’m being given a lecture about “what real games are.”. Closing, I like respect your opinion mike I do, I understand your reviewing it in your own perspective bit I feel viewers are getting the wrong message from your review . I’ve enjoyed all your other videos and posts and just wanna say, your still my favorite and keep up the good work man 🙂

  • genju

    August 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Mike, what is your favorite Scrooge comic book? Mine growing up was Tralla La.

    Also, is there a site that has scans of the covers of the old comic books? I am trying to find the name of another one I liked but I would only recognize it by the picture on the front cover. It has Scrooge standing defiantly above H, D, & L in some kind of royal looking garb and the boys look all submissive.


    • genju

      August 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Mike, I may have been mistaken. It might have been a Donald Duck comic book, not Scrooge.

  • Zakkusy

    August 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Even after your Duck comics video, so long ago, I’m suprised (in a good way) to find huge non-scandinavian fans of Duck comics. I’ve seen internet reviewers and celebrities only going as far as the Ducktales cartoon or the classic NES game. But seeing a fellow Carl Barks (and *cough cough* DON ROSA anyone?!) fan makes me twitch of joy!

    • August 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Even worse is when Americans call Scrooge Donalds brother O.o Based on the fact that Huey Dewey and Louie are nephews of them both. Apparently they can’t do the math.

  • SoTH

    August 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Well, the title says it all. The point of remastering isn’t to completely change it. This is the reviving the real meaning of a port/version. It’s not a new game, it is the same game under the wing of a new platform. That isn’t bad at all in itself.

    I would also love to see some new bonus content, but both games are still one in the same. If you like the NES version, that’s personal preference. Of course, I could understand the bit about the cut-scenes getting in the way, but only the second time around when all is said and done. The original game had cut-scenes too, simple ones, and i’d be fine with just a few more, but I guess this one went overboard. With the expansion of the cut-scenes’ quality and length, they only really needed just a few more, anyhow.

    People want to call everything a remake now a-days, even when its so literal it’s just a copy of a tube of tooth paste getting remade over and over again in a factory just to get shipped out. An HD remake? Then why are they a direct port with trophies and a PC style resolution boost? Ports have changed graphics much more than that, and only to better express the core art design on a better platform. I think nostalgia has gotten the best of these people. They’re being too literal as these games are timeless and not the literal shell of themselves, much like Monopoly etc. And those board games see revision and design remasterings all the time.

  • geddon

    August 20, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Why is there no video? I can’t read.

  • August 21, 2013 at 8:53 am

    You should do a video review of this, because it is really

  • August 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I’m sure simple platformers were very playable back in the day, but now they just seem very lackluster compared to what we’re used to these days. I agree about the cutscenes, I keep skipping them, it just felt like they were trying to get every penny out of the voice actors by dragging out pointless dialogues. I pretty much just speedran through the game, didn’t see any point in taking my time, very mediocre.

  • Chase Carnahan

    August 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I loved the review Mike. I found something interesting in respect to the Carl Barks works and this game. In the NES version the color scheme of scrooge is that of the comic style, with a red coat in favor of a blue one that I generally saw. I did a little study in this and they actually debated as to whether they wanted to write a story closer to Carl Barks representation of Scrooge over the show, but as we see now, they went in favor of the TV show. I found it interesting because they said they drew (no pun intended) inspiration from the art of Carl Barks and then proceeded showed pictures of works by Don Rosa. It made me laugh about the oversight. I love way forward as a company I just felt if they were given more liberties there would be a different duck tales game and not a simple rehash, but I give them credit. perhaps if this sells well we could see a sequel? who knows.

  • August 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    “What I’d REALLY like to see instead is Capcom try to do what they did with Mega Man 9 and 10.
    Give us a brand new 8-Bit style Ducktales. If the point of Ducktales: Remastered was to be nostalgic, there’d be nothing more nostalgic than that.”

    Honestly I think that would be a bad idea. Mostly because I feel the problems lies with Ducktales as a franchise being a poor adaptation of the Duck comics. Sure, some of the Barks classics are adapted in this series but what’s lacking in this franchise? Well how about we start with Donald only making cameos in certain episodes. I’d much rather Capcom or Disney did a faithful adaptation of original Duckburg stories, complete with ALL the residents of Duckburg, including some of the italian characters like Fethry Duck. My personal pet project would be a videogame version of The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa though.

  • skwij

    August 22, 2013 at 5:14 am


  • August 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Disgusting, indeed. I shake my head at how fast people crank shit out – just for the views and recognition.

    Thanks for the review!

  • August 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I agree with Mike completely on the cinematics interrupting game play. I found myself skipping the cinematic all together. I agree the game developers gave too much stuff a reason with no need to. Also, what made the original super fun was that it was, get through the stage, get to the boss, defeat boss, repeat. Collecting coins and pieces of equipment extended game play but made it seems like a trying task to collect these instead of just running through the stage.

  • August 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I’m not sure I really get where you’re coming from with this review, Mike.

    Don’t get me wrong. You’re obviously entitled to your own opinion and I definitely respect it.

    But, it just really perplexes me that the cutscenes seem to be one of your biggest complaints about the game. Aren’t you a huge fan of the Donald Duck and Uncle $crooge comic books? Why would plot being a large focus in a Ducktales game bother you???

    • August 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

      True, I do love the stories in the comics. The ones written by Carl Barks at least. As far as the story in this game, personally I don’t care about it.

      • August 25, 2013 at 8:42 am

        Meh. To each their own, I suppose.

        For me, it was more than just a love letter to the NES game, but also to the cartoon as well. So, the fact that it almost felt like I was watching an episode of DuckTales, after all these years, actually augmented the experience for me, personally.

        Also, do you like the Don Rosa-written Scrooge comics as well (The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is one of my all-time favorite comics), or do you *only* like the Carl Barks stories? Just curious.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    August 28, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I think you got a little too worked up about the whole review and hype thing. That always goes on with games. It’s the nature of the beast. It’s also worth noting that Scrooge wasn’t the exact same type of character in the Ducktales cartoon as he was in the old comics. In any case, it’s a shame that you thought the game was mediocre, but I still want to try it out. I don’t have an NES, so I only own and have played the Gameboy versions, as of now.

  • murkybottom

    September 4, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Sorry Mike, Barks saw McDuck as more of an homage to the great old industrialists than a parody. His words:

    “I’ve always looked at the ducks as caricatured human beings. In rereading the stories, I realized that I had gotten kind of deep in some of them: there was philosophy in there that I hadn’t realized I was putting in. It was an added feature that went along with the stories. I think a lot of the philosophy in my stories is conservative—conservative in the sense that I feel our civilization peaked around 1910. Since then we’ve been going downhill. Much of the older culture had basic qualities that the new stuff we keep hatching can never match. Look at the magnificent cathedrals and palaces that were built. Nobody can build that sort of thing nowadays. Also, I believe that we should preserve many old ideals and methods of working: honor, honesty, allowing other people to believe in their own ideas, not trying to force everyone into one form. The thing I have against the present political system is that it tries to make everybody exactly alike. We should have a million different patterns.
    They say that wealthy people like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers are sinful because they accumulated fortunes by exploiting the poor. I feel that everybody should be able to rise as high as they can or want to, provided they don’t kill anybody or actually oppress other people on the way up. A little exploitation is something you come by in nature. We see it in the pecking order of animals—everybody has to be exploited or to exploit someone else to a certain extent. I don’t resent those things.”

    • September 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Let’s look at the Barks statement again:

      “They say that wealthy people like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers are sinful because they accumulated fortunes by exploiting the poor. I feel that everybody should be able to rise as high as they can or want to, provided they don’t kill anybody or actually oppress other people on the way up.”

      In the second sentence, I think you’re interpreting the phrase “everybody should be able to rise as high as they can or want to” as describing Vanderbilt and Rockefeller, but I don’t think it does.
      Instead, I think the phrase “oppress other people on the way up” in the second sentence is actually the part that refers to Vanderbilt/Rockefeller, because it’s modifying “exploiting the poor” in the first sentence.

      In effect, he’s saying it’s OK to get rich as long as you DON’T act like they say Vanderbilt and Rockefeller acted.
      And since Scrooge sometimes acts like that, and regrets it every time, I’d say that in that capacity Scrooge is definitely a parody of greed, not a salute to it.
      (Of course, in other ways I think Scrooge IS a salute to greed… at least insofar as in stories where Scrooge does operate as squarely as he claims to do, he does seem to end up ahead; making him more of an author-avatar there…) But in my review, I was referring to “Christmas On Bear Mountain” solely. As I said “originally created”.

  • HomingMissiles

    September 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    They’ve done a similar thing to Monkey Island I and II some years ago, remastering them with new graphics and HUD. IMO the new art style is much less charming, but at least you can switch back to the original games, so it’s actually a nice repackaging overall. I can sort of see the point of re-releasing old games, since the old systems they were made for are no longer (or very hardly) available for newer generations.

    As for the online-reviewing mess, I very much agree. Intelligent and honest journalism in videogames very rarely, if ever, comes out of the main online outlets, whose livelihood pretty much depends on generating pageviews with fake controversies, overblown hype and general horseshit that has very little to do with playing games and enjoying them.

    I wouldn’t fret too much about greed though. It’s not pretty, of course, but it’s been here since the beginning and will keep on going for a long time. Without some greedy Uncle Scrooges up the food chain, we wouldn’t even have the sophisticated technology needed to make videogames, let alone the money to pay the wages of artists, designers and programmers that envision and create them. If inept game reviewing is one byproduct of greed, I say it’s OK since we don’t really have to read it.

  • Samantha Thomas

    December 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I was very upset with the diglog of Bubba smashing Webby’s dolls it was means to attack Webby for playing with feminine toys .It was not only unnecessary but showing Bubba smashing items with a club sends a bad message to real children.I am shocked that Disney would allow this into the game

  • June 6, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Mike, I feel I need to express just how much this review rattled me.The fact that you are not keen on the way the game was handled is your opinion, which of course, we all value and respect, but I really feel like you brushing this game aside without acknowledging the pain staking effort and love that was put in it. After playing through Ducktales Remastered several times, it’s abundantly clear that nothing but the upmost care, love and attention was bestowed on this project by it’s creators. While profit is clearly the motivation for an undertaking like this, to me it felt like the creators were more concerned with delivering an excellent piece of fan service. Everything from the art direction, voice acting, level design, music etc was handled exquisitely and in my opinion, was everything a REMASTERING of a classic game should be. A heartless HD remake of the original game could have been shoddily knocked to together like so many pieces of our childhood memories are these days, but what we got was a beautiful expansion on a wonderful game that really manages to captured the spirit of the TV show.

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