Aladdin on the Sega Genesis


If I had been to stumble across a magic lamp, say in the Cave of Wonders, and if that lamp had been to include a genie who promised to grant me 3 wishes, at least 1 of these wishes would be for Disney to re-release their 1993 classic video game Aladdin. 

On September 1, Disney announced that they had been performing just that, and in case you had been questioning, yes…it’s for the reason that I located a magic lamp and wished for it. Do not be concerned. My final want was to cost-free the genie. I know the deal.

Initially released in 1994, the game is a side scrolling platformer which place you in manage of the films hero as he travels via Agrabah on his quest to defeat Jafar. As Aladdin, you could defeat enemies with your scimitar, or by clocking them with apples. 

On the surface, it does not sound that revolutionary, just your regular platformer video game. Even so, you’d be smart not to judge on initial appearances. The game was revolutionary in that it was the initial video game to ever be hand animated. Around 10 Disney animators produced the artwork for the game, making about 1400 drawings, which had been then digitized by Virgin Group and placed in the game. This hand drawn animation permitted the characters to have smoother movement and much more detailed facial expressions. 

The further work paid off, and the game (released on the Sega Genesis) sold 4 million copies. It was ultimately ported to the NES, Gameboy, Amiga, and DOS, and the new game will be offered on the PS4, Nintendo Switch, XBox A single, and Computer. 

For a Disney geek like me, it actually is like possessing a want granted, 1 that can zoom me suitable back to my childhood.

Shaun Jex Shaun Jex (126 Posts)

Shaun Jex is a lifelong gamer, a journalist, and pop culture historian.His adore of video games started with a Commodore 64 he played developing up, late evening sessions on his NES, Game Boy and Sega Genesis, and frequent trips to the nearby Tilt arcade. He edits the Citizens’ Advocate newspaper in Coppell, Texas and writes about Disney and Walt Disney Planet history for Celebrations Magazine and the Celebrations Magazine weblog. He runs a weekly vlog named “The MCP” committed to retro video games, and a channel with his wife Kara named “The Marceline Depot,” committed to Disney, amusement parks, and travel.


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