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All New DuckTales is Coming to Wii U

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

We kid you not

PAX East is underway, and we can expect some tasty new reveals over the coming weekend. One is completely out of left-field and likely to delight retro fans — published by Capcom and developed by WayForward, DuckTales: Remastered is coming to the Wii U eShop (and other platforms) this summer.

The original DuckTales on NES is regarded by some as a stone-cold classic, with action platforming and non-linear exploration combining with gorgeous pixel-art and a memorable soundtrack. It's one of those games that most are encouraged to play at some point in their gaming lives.

The money of Capcom and the 2D credentials of WayForward bode well for this modern remake, as it seems to be. We can't wait to learn more, but for now you can check out the trailer below and see it in action.

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Wii_Win said:

@Sato Wow... That's new.
BTW, WayForward is developing it. Let's wait until Capcom actually makes something on it's own for fans. XD



TwilightV said:

Maybe after this they'll consider remastering all of the other DA cartoon games? I'd love for them to do it for Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck.



Sonicfan11589 said:

I sadly (or at least have no memory) of ever playing this game, but I'll definitely download this for the Wii U.



Ryon said:

"READY!? SING A LONG!!" As soon as that song came on, It was a hit from a Nostalgia Bat. Impressive capcom. IMPRESSIVE.



Late said:

Wasn't expecting this. Day one buy for me!
And as TwilightV said, they should also remake Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck.



Tethers said:

The NES-game was awesome, but this looks, I don't know, kind of terrible. The use of 3D in the background sadly doen't fit very well for me...



NintyMan said:

This is definitely a pleasant surprise. I never played the original game, but I love the music and the Moon level's in particular. It's probably going to be a day one buy.



JayRydah said:




Bulbousaur said:

You know what would be even better? If the soundtrack was done by Brentalfloss. I would pay a full £40 for that game.



Farmboy74 said:

Hmmm not to sure on this one, the theme song took me back a few years though!!. I take it its an eshop release?



Solatorobo said:

Oh my god. This is amazing. Damn Ducktales is getting a remake by wayforward.

Ducktales + Wayforward = Awesome soundtrack. Might as well put that here.



paburrows said:

That looks awesome, although I actually would love just a Wii or 3DS download of the original.



Hyperstar96 said:

directed by WayForward,

Well, as long as they aren't doing the graphics or level design... I don't want another Mighty Switch Force. But clearly everyone else does, so...



Bass_X0 said:

I think Capcom should have released their old Disney games on Virtual Console rather than do this remake. The only thing holding them back before was that they didn't have the license, now they do (probably temporary though).



WoottWinds said:

DuckTales making a WayForward developed comeback...?! this real life? o__O FREAKING OUT.



tom_q said:

I remember being really good at the original game when I was a kid. I just dug it out and I am finding it really difficult!



Melkaticox said:
Oh my god

F YEAH! Finally Capcom doing something right! ...After Revelations and the patch for MH3U
I want to hear the Moon theme so much faints



Kaeobais said:

"Please stop emailing me for a quote." - Tim Schafer

If the whole game is that funny, count me in.



Bucho said:

I can't believe this, it made me teary eyed, WayForward makes me so happy.



Ichiban said:

One of my favourite games of all time!! This looks amazing!! Day 1 all the way! (forward)
So excited for this!!



Kellx78 said:

YES!!! Can't wait. Here's hoping they do other disney capcom remake. Like chip and dale, dark wing duck, aand mickey castle of illusion.



TheDreamingHawk said:

This is awesome! Finally get to try this.

PS, Capcom IS developing this as well. Wayforward and capcom are both developing.



Rafie said:

WOW!! Just WOW!!! One of my favorite NES games! I'm so unbelievably excited. I think Capcom ist trying to win the good graces of their fans again. Their last 2 years were horrid! Good job, Capcom!



hYdeks said:

omg! THAT'S AWESOME! This has to be one of the most unexpected announcement, ever. I'll be getting this, no doubt.



Handy_Man said:

Life is like a hurricane, here in Duckburg!
Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes, it's a duck blur!
You might solve a mystery, or rewrite history!

Duck Tales, WOO HOO!!
Tales of derring-do, bad and good luck tales, WOO HOO!!

D-d-d-danger, watch behind you. There's a stranger out to find you!
What to do? Just grab onto some Duck Tales, WOO HOO!!
Not pony tails or cotton tails but Duck Tales, WOO HOO!!

When it seems they're headed for the final curtain,
Bold deduction never fails, that's for certain!
The worst of messes become successes!

Duck Tales, WOO HOO!!
Tales of derring-do, bad and good luck tales, WOO HOO!!
Not pony tails or cotton tails but Duck Tales, WOO HOO!!



ejamer said:

This is kind of fantastic. I'm struggling to understand what the game actually is: New? Remake? Digital? Retail? But I'm terribly excited regardless of the answers.



DarkCoolEdge said:

Great news but it looks weird. Characters and surroundings don't blend very well. And the former are well drawn but too modern? I don't find the words to describe it correctly, sorry.

The worst thing is that it's probably not going to show on the 3ds, just WiiU.

Anyways, I'm still psyched about it. Hopefully they'll release the old ones as downloads too.



Knux said:

This has got to be an early April Fools' Day joke...right?




SpaceApe said:

Yeah this makes millions want to go buy a Wii U now right ? Not sure these people have a clue at all.



nomeacuerdo said:


Watching the video and listening to the soundtrack made me cry of joy!

It looks fantastic, with kind of a Paper Mario look. AWESOME!



shyguy91 said:

The Moment I have been waiting for... finally. ^^
But fu.., they should give us a 3ds version too!



ouroborous said:

ah so it literally is just a remake of the first game, well that's cool, the first game was uber-classic and a must-play for anyone who has basically ever played NES at all.



JJtheTexan said:

It's pretty rare I get so bowled over and delighted by a gaming announcement. UN. FREAKING. BELIEVABLE!!!

I'd love to see video of the crowd reaction at PAX East when this was announced



Whopper744 said:

haha. I'm excited so much for this one. I'll be singing the theme the rest of the day.

Got a good laugh out of everyone else's reaction on here too @TheBlackDragon "No. Friggin. Way"



Moshugan said:

Haha, I was instantly sceptical when I saw the screens, it reminded me too much of the horrid Turtles in Time remake.
But the trailer gave me a good feeling, and the gameplay looks solid.
Teehee, it would be awesome if they included other language versions of the theme song!



Tobias95 said:

Hope they release this and other Ducktales games on 3DS since I cant get a Wii U now. I love Ducktales tv show, this is fantastic!



LordessMeep said:

It's like my childhood just slapped me in the face. O_O
The theme song made me too happy.
@Moshugan - I'd be up for some alternate languages for that theme song.. many of our cartoons were (terribly) dubbed, but we loved 'em all the same.



Cevan said:

When I first read this, I thought for sure it was an early April Fools joke. I am so glad I was wrong.



odd69 said:

i remember playing the original and watching the cartoons as a child, i must be made of dust.



Bass_X0 said:

Frankly, you guys asked for it, here on Capcom-Unity. That's why.

About two and a half years ago I started working toward this with Disney because people here kept asking for it (and because I'm a fan too). About a year and a half ago I completed the general outlines of the deal. Disney was on board (and really excited). I then sold the whole concept of the project to Japan as we took it through greenlight.

Wayforward was actually Disney's suggestion given their creative director's LOVE for the original and after we did due diligence we totally agreed. Matt Bozon is a star and their experience with Shantae and Mighty Switch Force made them the right choice. Jake K. ("Virt") on the music was also a deal sealer for us. They've been wonderful to work with and we've kept this title very underwraps, even internally. For example, I don't think anyone in Japan has even seen a build at any point so far (maybe until today ).

As for the future, I'd like to not get ahead of ourselves. I'm thrilled at the fan response this morning but for the moment, we're going to stay focused on making this project a success. If it works, we can think about other opportunities later but let's not put the cart before the horse.



photofool83 said:

I am SO excited!!
I played this so much as a kid.
Thank you Capcom and Wayforward!!!



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

Wow, probably the most comments I've ever seen on an article on this site haha. This is great news though! I remember playing the original games and I loved that show when I was a kid, plus Wayforward is a solid developer. That adds up to goodness.



Tsuchiya said:

Nice but the trailer looks a wee bit devoid of soul.
The original is king. Always will be.



triforcepower73 said:

Just realized this is coming out summer before all the big games of fall. And before Rayman..... Which one, which one?



DreamOn said:

Yeah.. I found a magic lamp and this was the third wish i made the genie grant me. You're all welcome, lol



MagicEmperor said:

Quackaroonie. This is the best wake-up-to-read news ever! I loved the show, I love the game, so this is an investment even Scrooge could SOMEWHAT agree to. <3



DreamOn said:

I'm still freaking out. Forget wind waker remake. This is the all-time gaming fountain of youth remake. Wayforward and Jake Kaufman are the best for the job.



WaveBoy said:

awesome news! But not quite as awesome as a Mega Man 11 announcement.
At least this is a lot more suprising. Nobody expected this!



2Sang said:

This sounds like a joke, but I guess not. I might pick this up someday.



Linkuini said:

I like the sprites, but not so much the way they look against those 3D backgrounds. I can live with it, though.



JayRydah said:

@SDDMN yea I read that online a bit ago. Freaking bummer if you ask me. Oh well tho im looking foward to duck tales still.never played the 1st



Moshugan said:

WOO-O! I'm not too sure about the 3D environments, but the sprites look mighty fine. Scrooge could blink once in a while, lol.



FluttershyGuy said:

This news just blew me away, in a good way! All the feels! My childhood is jumping up and down on the bed, singing the Duck Tales song. ^_^ Duck Tales is one of my prized NES games, and it looks like this has many of the same mechanics!

I didn't know Capcom still had the rights to Disney games! Have to wonder if other Disney Afternoon games will come soon.

We need this (also doubling as my reaction to DT news)...



gundam00 said:

I remember enjoying the NES version quite a bit. However, I'm on the fence with the remake. I don't know, I feel like something is missing. Maybe it's the Flash-style / Paper Mario: Sticker Star graphics that are bothering me.



idork99 said:

Knowing that the game is being made by Wayforward gives me some hope that they'll eventually make a port of this for the 3DS eShop. Here's to wishful thinking



Don said:

I would download this on the Wii U but since Nintendo only ties downloads to consoles and not accounts I'll just download this to my Xbox 360 instead. Too bad for you Nintendo



StarBoy91 said:

"It will never leave, it will never leave!!"

Seriously, though, that trailer looked fantastic! Almost makes me want to buy a Wii U (maybe in a few months but not right now); I really enjoyed the original game and the show that it's based on



Emaan said:

NO way! Capcom surprises everyone with this.

I'm buying this day one! Heard nothing but excellence about the NES original, its a classic! Can't wait. This is so exciting! :3



ajcismo said:

I remember renting this when I was a kid and being impressed with how well made the game was. Interested to see what they do with it.



Monsti said:

@DePapier Or we are freaking old.

Well, although I think the backgrounds in the trailer look pretty bad, this is still the best news ever. ^^ I just didn't expect somethling like this happen...ever again. ^^



HappyHappy said:

I don't believe it. I see it, but I don't believe it. I heard so many good things about the original, but sadly I wasn't born when the game originally released. If this game is as good as the original then I'm sure this will be an instant hit.



Henmii said:

Super Paper Scrooge, uh, I mean Ducktales! Looks pretty nice though! Quite a surprise!



WiiLovePeace said:

Interesting, I've always meant to play the original Duck Tales on NES, amongst other games so maybe now is my chance. Not really digging the lack of pixels but hey I can always just pick up the original to see those. I'll probably pick it up.



edhe said:

I'm not too keen on the rendition of the Main Theme, and I honestly think an HD remake of Duck Tales is pointless.

I would have liked them to be as daring as to make a game in the 8-bit style - music and all, because that's how we remember the game.



Dizzard said:

I never played the original but this looks fun. I'm not really that into platformers most of the time....but WayForward are very high quality.



cornishlee said:

Bowled. Over.

D&D? Ducktales? I don't know how Capcom have done it but these are the first Wii U games I'm excited for in 2013. Possibly the most left-field announcements ever.



misswliu81 said:

i've been skeptical of capcom for the past 3 years, but with monster hunter 3 ultimate, resident evil revelations announced for the wii U, they're in my good books again. i enjoyed the NES game so reading this news, it shocked and surprised me and it's great a new ducktales game is being made.

that clip looks great.



berenlazarus said:

Saw the news first on youtube, and was frankly shocked and almost unbelieving Completely out of left field. How can you possibly expect an announcement like this, especially with the licensing situation? After encountering this bit of news, went through the four stages of grief actually.

Denial - The fact that Capcom is actually doing something RIGHT for once - and not only that, reviving my all time favorite Disney cartoon to do it! I was still in disbelief and immediately checked Nintendolife.

Anger - Mega Man Legends 3? Mega Man Universe? YOu can do something brilliant like a remake of Duck Tales but you are still mishandling Mega Man? Maybe the new Mega Man game they announced will just get cancelled.

Depression - The fact this is the first new "Duck Tales" product since the early 1990s. My favorite cartoon growing up and as an adult my favorite cartoon series ever, why hasn't Disney done anything with Duck Tales in so long? If the success of this game inadvertantly leads to more Duck Tales products being produced by Disney, then Capcom will be forever redeemed in my book. It's been lonely out here in the real world with no Gyro Gearloose or Gizmo Duck to get you through!

Acceptance and Hope - YES, YES, YES! New Duck Tales! Maybe we'll even get a new Duck Tales cartoon! After all, if Disney can make a new TV series of "Boy Meets World" with "Girl Meets World", staring Cory and Topanga's daughter in the titular role, then why CAN'T they make new Duck Tales cartoons? They have done absolutely nothing with this franchise in decades.



SparkOfSpirit said:

@berenlazarus To be fair, this project and the D&D one are 100% spearheaded by Capcom USA. Mega Man's multiple cancellations and general bad business practices are all thanks to Capcom Japan. If Capcom USA finally has more power to do things like this, then I'm personally thankful for it.



MeloMan said:

Uhhhh... oh wow.... I had no idea this would come to be. How about in the meantime we get some original Duck Tales for either Wii U or 3DS's VC's? Please?



BrightBeing said:

I couldn't believe the news when I saw it. I immediately looked for the news on other websites. "IGN? Check. NBC News? Check. Nintendo Life? Check. OMFG This is really happening!!!" I'm literally giddy. I can almost forgive Capcom for killing Resident Evil and selling on-disk DLC!



Tasuki said:

@ThreadShadow: Theres another article here on NL that says that No the deal with Capcom and Disney is only for this game and not the rerelease of the older games.

This is the best gaming news I have heard in a long time.



Rensch said:

This looks great. I still have the portable Game Boy edition.

What I still do noy get, though, is what happened with the other two nieces. There's only one of them and Huey, Dewey and Louie. And why did they replace Donald's role in the comics with that pilot dude?



ThreadShadow said:


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Webby was a niece. She was the grand-daughter of the maid (can't remember her name), right?



misswliu81 said:

@Rensch And why did they replace Donald's role in the comics with that pilot dude? >> launchpad mcquack? yeah, i wonder about that as well.

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