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DuckTales NES producer reveal how Scrooge's pogo attack came to be, and content that didn't make the final cut

Let's solve some mysteries

DuckTales is one of the most famous NES games, and a shining example of Capcom's early work with licensed games. It's a title that fans still remember the adventure fondly, and plenty of its moments are iconic. For example, who could forget Scrooge's pogo attack? In an interview with Kotaku, producer Darlene Lacey reveals how that came to be.

“We also needed to make sure that the content met Disney standards. For example [in another title] one licensee had Donald Duck clubbing baby seals! It was also important that the Disney characters weren’t killing things. The Disney game designs had to be more creative than simple point and shoot games. That’s how elements such as Scrooge’s pogo jump with his cane in DuckTales came about.”

As with any game, there are some elements that don't make the final cut. What got left behind in the early days of the DuckTales game? Lacey revealed a few last-minute changes.

“There was also originally an option for Scrooge to give up his fortune, but this seemed out of character, so we removed that. ...Scrooge told his nephews: ‘There really is more important treasure than this. That is . . . Dream and Friends.’ It seemed so earnest and dramatic, I was so tempted to leave it as is, but I knew I couldn’t. So, I changed it to the more polished, but forgettable ‘Right, lads! I couldn’t have done it without you. I really am the richest duck in the world.’ I love that fans found out about the original ending. It was the better line!”

DuckTales NES prototyped discovered, and it includes a never-before-heard song

Bless me bagpipes!

DuckTales is one of the best games on the NES without a doubt, and it has a fantastic soundtrack to go with it. Many old-school gamers know that soundtrack through and through, which is what makes today's find so special.

All these years after the game launched, a prototype version has been discovered. As you might expect, there's a number of gameplay and visual changes from the prototype to the final version of the game. That's all well and good, but the prototype also includes a song that didn't make the cut for the final game.

The song above was the original tune intended for the map screen, but was cut for unknown reasons. Give it a listen and hear what could have been!

Mother Music Revisited album now available to stream in the U.S. and Canada

Classic tunes in a new format

We previously shared news of the Mother Music Revisited album, which just launched in Japan yesterday. Surprisingly, that same album is now available to stream in both the United States and Canada. Those interested can find the album on Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes. Unfortunately, the only option for physical versions is through import.

First Press Games reveals Burning Rangers for the NES and Famicom

Looking for something new to play on the NES?

The NES and Famicom still see love decades after their releases, and today's an example of that. First Press Games have announced that they're releasing Blazing Rangers for the NES and Famicom, and there are multiple physical options up for grabs. See details on those packages and the game itself below.

The German publisher First Press Games and Japanese game developer Karu_gamo announced their collaboration on a brand-new action-game for classic NES & FC hardware.

Blazing Rangers (Honō no Rangerman in Japan) is a newly-developed NES/FC game by karu_gamo, who is known for his previous projects Protect Me Knight and Gotta Protectors, as well as the former NES/FC release Amazon's Running Diet.

The game was developed with mapper0 restrictions, which were the earliest cartridge types for NES & FC!

Game Features

exciting & unique fire-fighting gameplay for all NES/FC
more than 32 challenging levels with many hidden secrets
a wide array of power-ups and enemies
two different game modes with strong changes to the game-play
2-player co-operative play, a partner can join the game at any time
randomly generated dangers, each play-through will challenge you in new ways

About the Game

Blazing Rangers is an original one-screen action game for the FC hardware, realized in the style of '80s arcade games.

The setting and goal is easily explained: You are a firefighter with the task to rescue all kids from a dangerous fire site.

Equipped with a water hose, you can choose between two characters and will fight an ever-growing wall of fire and a plethora of dangerous enemies to open up the way and save the children. It's also important not to dawdle around - they might get burned if you don't take some risks and hurry to their rescue!

The two main characters Popo and Mimi both have their unique strengths and own play-styles, which you can choose from on your own preference.

What seems like a simple task on paper can actually get quite complex in further execution: Fire and enemies can cut down the access to your water hose and the environment may be affected and destroyed by their heat and attacks, which could lead not only to unexpected new dangers but also to some lucky shortcuts!

Just like on a real fire site, many unpredictable situations may occur and no play-through is quite the same, which really challenges the player's skill to adapt to sudden changes of the situations!

Especially in 1P mode the game will be a true challenge! Too hard? No problem, because the whole game can be enjoyed as an awesome co-op 2P title, which makes the game a bit easier. If the teamwork is well-executed, that is! For those that prefer an especially speedy play-style, a second mode with potent changes to the gameplay is also available!

The unique fire-fighting gameplay and tight controls will excite any fan of 8bit action games - and with 32 challenging levels and a ton of secrets, Blazing Rangers is boasting with content. You can look forward to one of the finest new 8bit games of recent years!

About the Physical Release

The physical edition of Blazing Rangers is realized in three different region variants: North American, European and Japanese versions. Their release is scheduled to ship in Early Summer of 2021.

Each region variant of the game will come with an own designs which pays homage to different classic NES/FC packagings from the '80s of the region. Each is available as different options, a Regular Edition, a limited Collector's Edition with additional extras, or a combined Super Bundle, which houses both Editions.

The Pre-Orders for these will open on Saturday, 30 January 2021 at 12:00 (noon) CET / 6:00 AM EST.

Closer details about all options can be viewed in First Press Games webstore.

An exclusive Pre-Order Bonus is available for early adopters. The physical release is exclusively available from the First Press Games, with world-wide shipping available.

Jeremy Parish's NES Works #78 - City Connection and Freedom Force

Jeremy's trip through NES history continues

Echoing last week's episode, this week we see a decidedly dated-looking game (City Connection) that nevertheless manages to be entertaining enough to transcend its relative age and sit comfortably in the 1988 NES lineup. On the other hand, Freedom Force is anything but dated, with some of the most stylish visuals seen to this point on NES. I'd rather play City Connection, but there's no denying the primal visual appeal of Freedom Force's attract mode....

Long-lost 1990s video gives us a look inside Nintendo of America's headquarters

Now you're playing with power!

Want to see what Nintendo of America's headquarters was like back when the NES was dominating the market? 20+ minutes of long-lost footage from 1990 has surfaced, and it's an absolute gem of a time capsule for classic Nintendo. Not only do we get a look inside Nintendo's old headquarters here in the states, we also get to see just how Nintendo operated. From building the NES to manning the Nintendo Power Line, this video is a major rush of nostalgia.

Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary "Pinny Arcade" pin sets available at Nintendo NY and Nintendo's online store

A pinning combination

Nintendo's not done with the Super Mario Bros. 35th merch just yet. A new series of pins is available, with each set paying tribute to Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World. Nintendo NY is selling all four sets, while Nintendo's online store is currently offering the Super Mario Bros. 1 and 2 sets. Each is priced at $25, and you can snag the first two sets online here.

Jeremy Parish's NES Works #77 - Ice Hockey & MLB retrospective

Some NES sports classics

A pair of old-school sports games this week—one whose quality and playability transcends its visuals, and ones whose quality and playability... do not. Nintendo's Ice Hockey, developed in collaboration with NES Volleyball creators Pax Softnica, distills the essence of the sport into a take whose simplistic style makes possible some truly accessible, fast-paced gameplay that transcends its genre. It's a remarkable game in many respects!

Jeremy Parish's NES works #76: Dragon Power & Ikari Warriors II

Digging deep in the NES library

Jeremy Parish's NES Works series continues on, giving us a great look back at the many, many games that came to the NES. In today's feature, we get a detailed breakdown of both Dragon Power and Ikari Warriors II. Not the most amazing NES games, but still very worthy of a feature.

Arcade1up reveals cabinet with Killer Instinct 1 and 2, Battletoads, and Battletoads & Double Dragon

Pretty much irresistible for retro Nintendo fans

While Nintendo and RARE split long ago, the history between the two will live on forever. To this day, we still see reasons to remember RARE, like new Donkey Kong Country games, and the inclusion of Banjo and Kazooie in Smash Bros. Ultimate. For those who love to relive the RARE nostalgia, another fantastic option is on the way.

Arcade1up has revealed a slew of new cabinets, and one of them is a RARE fan's dream come true. This cabinet is decorated with Killer Instinct art, but there's more hiding in there than that. Packed inside is Killer Instinct 1 and 2, the arcade version of Battletoads, and Battletoads & Double Dragon. All classic titles/franchises that fans of the NES, SNES, and N64 will remember quite fondly. It even includes online multiplayer!

We don't have info on pricing or release date just yet, but we'll be sure to bring you those details when they become available.

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