Darkwing Duck (Capcom)

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Darkwing Duck
Darkwing Duck NES Cover.png
NES boxart
Producer(s)Tokuro Fujiwara
Composer(s)Yasuaki Fujita
Game Boy
  • NA: June 1992 (1992-06)
  • EU: December 9, 1993 (1993-12-09)
Game Boy
  • NA: 1993 (1993)

Darkwing Duck is a platformer video game based on the Disney television series Darkwing Duck. The game was developed by Capcom for the NES in 1992[1] and was ported to the Game Boy in 1993.[2]


NES gameplay. The heart in the top left hand corner is the player's life reserve. The letters under it represent the current gas powerup.

A mysterious crime wave has hit St. Canard and S.H.U.S.H. requires the services of the caped crime fighter Darkwing Duck to stop it as it appears that F.O.W.L. and their valued operative Steelbeak is behind the uprising. They have hired six of Darkwing's greatest foes to wreak havoc in different areas throughout St. Canard. Darkwing must subdue each of these criminals in order to find Steelbeak and save the city.


Darkwing Duck is a platformer with a couple of elements similar to Capcom's Mega Man video game series. The gameplay is based on typical platforming while using a Gas Gun to take down enemies. The player may choose from three different stages at the start of the game with another set of three becoming available after that. Once all six stages are clear, Darkwing proceeds to F.O.W.L.'s Floating Fortress for his final confrontation with Steel Beak.[3] It is said that the game itself is actually running on a tweaked Mega Man 5 engine.[citation needed]

Darkwing begins with his standard Gas Gun but can collect different types of gas throughout each stage: Thunder, Heavy, and Arrow. Each special gas requires having ammunition and take up different amounts and function differently, but the player can only have one type of special gas at a time. Picking up a different type of special gas replaces the one Darkwing currently has. The player can freely switch between the special gas and the standard gas by hitting Select. Darkwing can also deflect certain projectiles with his cape by hitting Up on the control pad.

The Game Boy version contained more stats and scoreboard at the bottom of the screen.


The Nintendo version was released in North America in June 1992,[4] followed by a Game Boy version released in February 1993.[5]

The NES version of the game was included alongside other games in The Disney Afternoon Collection compilation for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in April 2017.[6]

A sequel to the game featuring 16-bit styled graphics was pitched to Capcom by Headcannon, one of the developers of Sonic Mania. The pitch was ultimately rejected and Headcannon released their playable prototype online on January 7, 2019.[7]


Aggregate score
GameRankings71.00% (GB, 1 review)[8]
Review scores
GamePro4.6 / 5 (NES) [9]
Joypad [fr]92% (GB)[10]
Nintendo Magazine System UK91% (GB)[11]
Just Games Retro3/5 stars (NES)[12]
Quebec Gamers7.8 / 10 (NES)[13]
Nominated for Nintendo Power Award '92Best Overall Game[14]

The game has been considered an example of the quality Disney games produced by Capcom.[15] The game was received well by critics.[16]

A reviewer for a Nintendo Magazine System UK noted that the Game Boy version of a game is different from "rest of the potboiler platformers gracing the Gameboy", and is "entertaining and varied".[11] Entertainment Weekly gave the game a B and noted the similarities between the game and the Mega Man series.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Search:. "Darkwing Duck Release Information for NES". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  2. ^ Search:. "Darkwing Duck Release Information for Game Boy". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  3. ^ Justin Ridenour (September 13, 2000). "GameFAQs: Disney's Darkwing Duck (NES) FAQ/Walkthrough by Rolent X". GameFAQs. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "NES Games" (PDF). 2006-02-12. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  5. ^ "Game Boy (original) Games" (PDF). 2005-05-02. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  6. ^ Makuch, Eddie (March 15, 2017). "Six Classic Disney Games Coming To PS4, Xbox One, And PC In New Compilation Pack". GameSpot. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  7. ^ https://kotaku.com/i-really-like-the-darkwing-duck-game-that-capcom-reject-1831611333
  8. ^ "Darkwing Duck - GameRankings (GB)". Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  9. ^ Slasher, Quan (May 1993). "Darkwing Duck". GamePro (34): 22–23.
  10. ^ Olivier (October 1993). "Darkwing Duck". Joypad (magazine) [fr] (24): 152.
  11. ^ a b "Darkwing Duck". Nintendo Magazine System UK. April 1993.
  12. ^ Ryan DiGiorgi (January 4, 2002). "Darkwing Duck". Just Games Retro. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  13. ^ Lajoie, Bryan (August 18, 2006). "Darkwing Duck". Quebec Gamers (in French). Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  14. ^ "Nintendo Power Awards" (46). March 1993: 99. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  15. ^ Steven A. Schwartz; Janet Schwartz (1994). The Parent's Guide to Video Games. Over the last few years, Capcom has produced a brilliant series of games based on Disney characters. Examples include Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers, DuckTales, and Darkwing Duck. Most of the Disney arcade games offer stunning graphics and animation, low levels of violence, and are delightful to play.
  16. ^ "Darkwing Duck for Game Boy (1993) MobyRank". Mobygames.com. Archived from the original on April 4, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  17. ^ "The Latest Videogames Reviewed". EW.com. August 7, 1992. Retrieved March 3, 2019.

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