Aladdin And The Lion King Are Getting Remastered

Image: Sega/Disney Software

Remasters for Disney's The Lion King and Aladdin platformers were announced a Gamestop buyers-only conference overnight, with the 16-bit classics coming to the Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.

The announcement at Gamestop Con, confirmed by Gematsu, suggests The Lion King and Aladdin remasters are coming way sooner than expected. The leak shows the titles will allegedly be released in Australia's spring, with both games allegedly featuring the original and 1080p resolutions, along with the original Sega Mega Drive soundtracks.

Image: Gematsu

Update 29/08: Overnight, an official trailer launched showing the game in the flesh. It'll be a $US29.99 bundle, featuring rewind features, cheat codes and customisable controls.

Confusingly, two games with the Disney's Aladdin title were released within the same month in 1993. The first was developed by Virgin Games for the Sega Mega Drive and later ported to NES, Game Boy Color and DOS computers. Capcom developed the other title for SNES, which was later ported to GameBoy Advance. The most notable visual difference between the two is in Virgin's, Aladdin has a sword. In Capcom's, he does not.

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Shinji Mikami, lead designer on Capcom's Aladdin, told Polygon in an interview in 2014 he thinks the Genesis version is the superior of the two.

"If I didn't actually make [the SNES game], I would probably buy the Genesis one," Mikami said. "Animation-wise, I think the Genesis version's better. The Genesis [Mega Drive] version had a sword, actually. I wanted to have a sword."

Image: Virgin Interactive Entertainment

Disney's The Lion King, released two years later in 1994 by Virgin, was praised for its beautiful graphics but was crticised for its tough gameplay, especially given its target audience was quite young.

Both games were released on in 2016 along with The Jungle Book but have since been pulled. Steam also released the titles in 2017 but Steam.db shows they were pulled in June this year. It's assumed this was to make way for the fresh remasters.

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    Interesting, only a week after pulling Duck Tales from all digital stores, maybe they're planning a Disney+ Game Pass service in the near future...

    Thankfully I picked them up while they were on GOG. Here’s to hoping the remasters will be on PC too.

    Just seeing the Lion King screenshot gave me terrifying flashbacks.

    Interesting (to me at least) that they're getting remasters in the same year the movies got redone, both of which were massively successful. I wonder if its part of a bigger trend...

    The Master System version of Aladdin was not developed by Virgin nor released in 1993 as suggested by the article, the Mega Drive/Genesis version was.

      Was just about to say this.

      Was this originally a US story, and in an attempt to localise it they incorrectly replaced all mentions of ‘Genesis’ with ‘Master System’?

    Thanks for pointing out! We definitely meant the 1993 version for the Genesis/Mega Drive.

    Different game versions.... Now you have my attention

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