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The Disney games you forgot existed


Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Quest


Above: Both title screens were essentially the same

Few people remember Hudson Soft’s SNES version of BotB, but even fewer remember the Kill Bill move Sunsoft pulled by splitting the film into two games on the Genesis in 1993. The first starred Belle, who had no weapon to speak of, other than the gift of gab.


Above: A girl game boss battle


Beauty and the Beast: Roar of the Beast

The rest of the story played out in the far more boy-friendly game, Roar of the Beast. Which is a shame, since the ladies love Lumiere and Co and all the animated furniture was pretty much confined to Beast’s Castle. Whereas Belle could only duck and jump to defend herself, Beast could fight in three stances and unleash a mighty roar!


Above: Hey, just like in the title!


Aladdin in Nasira’s Revenge


Above: Somebody should’ve wished for some 3D textures

While it’s possible our grandchildren will still be fighting the Aladdin Genesis/SNES war for superiority, no one’s coming to the table for the PlayStation sequel. In a plot so stupid it may as well get a direct-to-video sequel, Aladdin had to muster all his polygons and rise up against Jafar’s evil sister, Nasira.


Fantasia

We’re not sure who Sega was stroking at Disney, but Genesis received more than its fair share of animated exclusives. Of course, a vast majority of them were by-the-numbers platformers you wouldn’t play today even if Disney would let you buy them, but we’re trying to be thorough here.


Above: If you Disney nerds are going to bitch about continuity, we’re never going to get through this

Take this barrel-scraping title for example, which Infogrames based off of one of Disney’s biggest bombs. Apprentice Mickey had to find musical notes through a series of levels, loosely based on Walt’s animated precursor to Moonwalker, so you could restore classical music to the way it was meant to be heard: On Genesis.


Toy Story


Above: Big Buzz Boss Battle!

When Donkey Kong Country hit the SNES in 1994, it fooled the world into thinking it was playable Pixar cartoon. Wouldn’t you know it? Toy Story went and did the same thing a year later. Of course, now we realize both were mushy platformers that employed pre-rendered, faux-3D trickery, but Toy Story was pretty ambitious nonetheless thanks to the people behind today’s adorable LEGO series.

Interspersed between Toy Story’s admirable, yet rudimentary platformery were some incredibly divergent game types reminiscent of RC Pro-Am, Mario Kart and even Doom! Today we call those “minigames,” but back then it was referred to as “Gameplay Variety.”


Above: The SNES version (right) was technically superior, but only Genesis had an Outrun level


Snow White and the Seven Dwarves


Above: Careful not to overwork yourselves, Atari

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of this one, Disney fans, because this is one we had to go diggin for. You’re looking at one of several Disney games Atari canceled in the wake of 1983’s industry collapse. Nearly two decades later, it was unearthed within a prototype dev kit and then packaged and sold, complete with box and manual, at 2002’s Classic Game Expo.


Above: As best we can tell, you played as a one-footed dwarf who must hug bats in order to prevent Snow White from ingesting poison

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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