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The Disney games you forgot existed

Licensed games come and go, so most of us don’t bat an eye when titles based on movies and TV shows fall into obscurity.

Today, they’re ephemeral by nature, seemingly designed with an expiration date only as far off as the coinciding property’s DVD release date.



Above: If you think we’ll ever recollect this way on Ice Age and Open Season, you’re far too cynical, Mister

Disney games, however, make for a far more fascinating retrospective. Good or bad, these are titles featuring the most beloved characters of all time, and their popularity spans across multiple mediums, cultures and generations! Whether you want to admit it or not, you - yes, you! - share some history with them.


Above: Click to enter Wallpaper City!

Hell, you’ve probably even loved them at some point, which makes these games all the more bizarre. After all, check out any auction site and you’ll find no shortage of sweaty Disneyana fans tripping over themselves to own any and all memorabilia loosely affixed to these animated icons… all except for these poorly aged artifacts we’ve seen fit to flush into obscurity. Hey, they can’t all be DuckTales and Kingdom Hearts!


You know the ones. Those films that get rereleased every decade and are received just as warmly as the day they premiered in theaters. Although, we did have to exclude Winnie the Pooh from all categories, since he’s starred in more “games” than Sonic and Mario combined.


Pinocchio

Yet another Virgin Interactive title exquisitely put in motion by the Disney Feature animators.  Seriously, look at that damn title screen!

Virgin found huge success with Aladdin on Genesis, but by the time it snagged the Disney license away from Capcom and began utilizing it, well… most of us were busy investing in the PlayStation generation.


Above: Gameplay adhered to the events of the film, if that means anything to you

Pinocchio’s got numerous game types: platforming, a dance minigame in Stromboli’s stage, and what would a post-Donkey Kong Country sidescroller be without a mine cart level?! Hell, you could even play as your conscience! Of course, it doesn’t hold up that well, mostly due to Pinocchio’s complete lack of offensive abilities. Even Mickey got to throw marbles, dammit!


Jungle Book


Above: At the end of each level, Baloo would threaten to leave and start his own cargo business

Your goal was to guide Man Cub Mowgli back to his village while collecting gems, swinging on vines and showing a complete lack of respect for the work of Rudyard Kipling. Actually, that distinction belongs to the next game:


Jungle Book Rhythm n’ Groove

This is exactly what it looks like: Bust-A-Groove for babies, and the less said about it the better. However, we would be remiss in our Games Journalization if we didn’t show you the exclusive unlockable video: Mambo #5’s Lou Bega doing an incredibly dignified cover of King Louie’s “I Wanna Be Like You”!


WARNING: VIDEO MAY FEATURE MOWGLI DOING THE WORM


Above: “If only I’d finished that 6th Mambo”

25 comments

  • Mysticgamer - September 25, 2009 2:33 p.m.

    Actually, I think the title should be Disney games you never heard of because I never Oliver and Company had a computer game or Fantasia had an Atari game. Although, I did rent Pinocchio and Jungle book when they came out.
  • Nodoudt - September 24, 2009 10:38 p.m.

    Geeez, I used to watch all these as a kid! Shame on me for forgetting they even existed! Hah, you guys sure know how to hit home.. reCaptcha: ABM pyorrhea <---WTF?!
  • RandomIdoit - September 24, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    whoa... there are TWO cyberninjas? weird. but anyways I always love it when GR makes fun of old, sucky games. (not all old games are sucky but by the ones in this article are.)
  • JC182 - September 24, 2009 7:46 p.m.

    i used to have the toy story game. it was acually kinda fun
  • dweller - September 24, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    I had Fantasia as a kid. I thought it was ridiculously hard but it pissed me off because it was a Disney game. Anyway, I played it years later before I got a PS1 and beat the game. So take that magical Mickey!
  • MrWordman - September 24, 2009 2:28 a.m.

    Hahahaha "Please, I'm a very private elephant." Gotta love Chris. Keep it up man.
  • Romination - September 24, 2009 1:23 a.m.

    I remember there was a game where you played as Mickey and you had to mix and match colours for...some reason... it was for the genesis...that's all i know. there was also a gamecube point and click adventure, too
  • manmeatpizza - September 22, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    I bet Chris had a ball writing this and the other articals. I certainly had fun reading it.
  • Terro - September 22, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    Don't insult Cyberninja! He might accuse you of bullying him, like he did with me even though I'd never seen him before >_> And Disney is awesome. Look at the Toy Story game. I want it NAO.
  • Cyberninja4 - September 22, 2009 8:08 p.m.

    wow disney is awful only 4 year olds like it
  • Dalibor - September 22, 2009 8:05 p.m.

    I remember watching the Tail Spin cartoon. That seemed like ages ago haha. How far gaming has come is mind blowing.
  • peace4me - September 22, 2009 7:04 p.m.

    Wow the only game i remember on this list is toy story and i only remember that because of the level with the aliens. i never could pass it....
  • erickalessandrini - September 22, 2009 7 p.m.

    I played Darwing duck from this list but i also played Ducktales, Mickey Mousecapade and Chip n Dale. The soundtrack was the best thing of these games
  • NotBraze - September 22, 2009 6:46 p.m.

    I remember Fantasia, not only was it boring, but it was hard to play. Granted I was 8 the last time I gave it a go but still, I never made it past the second level.
  • ensabahnur - September 23, 2009 2:12 p.m.

    I remember playing fantasia on the genesis and tale spin, i remmeber tale spin and not liking it but i liked fantasia, will have to whip out the emulator for that and also i have to try Duck Tales, great stuff Chris, keep it coming.
  • Tobio - September 23, 2009 5:32 a.m.

    Jungle book was my very first game on my very first system: the Gameboy Color. Now, it's kinda awkward.
  • jar-head - September 23, 2009 2:02 a.m.

    90's ftw
  • SausageLozenge - September 23, 2009 1:54 a.m.

    Remember when Disney had quality programming?
  • NelosAngelos - September 22, 2009 11:29 p.m.

    I've played some of these before. I liked Bonkers, even if the game was hard as hell.
  • wrapdump - September 22, 2009 10:34 p.m.

    You forgot Ariel The Little Mermaid on megadrive. Maybe you didn't forget it, but I wish I could. Damn it was bad, but at least it was only two levels long.

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