Disney's Aladdin (Capcom video game)

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Disney's Aladdin
Disney's Aladdin (SNES) cover art.jpg
North American SNES box art
Developer(s) Capcom
Publisher(s) Capcom
Designer(s) Shinji Mikami
Composer(s) Yuki Iwai
Yuko Takehara
Setsuo Yamamoto
Platform(s) SNES, Game Boy Advance
Release
Genre(s) Action, platformer
Mode(s) Single-player

Disney's Aladdin (アラジン, Arajin) is a 1993 platformer video game developed by Capcom for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System,[1] based on the 1992 animated Disney film of the same name. Disney's Aladdin is a 2D side-scrolling video game in which the player controls Aladdin and his monkey Abu.[2] It was designed by Shinji Mikami.[3]

The game was released in November 1993, the same month that another game with the same title was released by Virgin Games for Sega Genesis.[4] The two games vary in some respects; in the Virgin game, Aladdin wields a sword, which was not the case in the Capcom game.[3] The Capcom game was ported to Game Boy Advance (GBA) in Japan on August 1, 2003, in Europe on March 19, 2004,[5] and in North America on September 28, 2004.

Gameplay[edit]

One of the SNES version's stages

Disney’s Aladdin is a side-scrolling platform game in which the player controls the eponymous main character through several stages taking place throughout the city of Agrabah. Within each stage, Aladdin must defeat foes by jumping on them or disorienting them by throwing apples while avoiding dangerous obstacles. Gems can be collected to gain extra lives and points, and 10 red gems located within each stage will substantially increase the player's score. Also most stages contain a treasure chest holding a scarab that flies about for a few seconds, if the player collects it before it disappears they will access a bonus stage in which they spin a wheel that allows Genie to grant them extra lives and other special bonuses. Aladdin also has a health meter of hearts (starting with 3) which will deplete each time he is hit. These can be increased through pickups or through the bonus stages as well.

The escape from the Cave of Wonders and the carpet ride with Princess Jasmine are both stages in which the player rides the Magic Carpet through self-scrolling stages. While in the Cave of Wonders the player must traverse up and down to avoid dangerous obstacles while outrunning waves of lava, the ride with Jasmine is a free-flying bonus stage (between stages 5 and 6) in which the player can collect gems; the bonus stage ends when the melody to A Whole New World ends. Only stages 1, 6 and 7 have a boss to defeat (stage 7 being the final stage), while stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 require reaching the end to complete.

Reception[edit]

Reception (SNES)
Review scores
PublicationScore
AllGame4/5 stars[6]
EGM33 / 40[7]
Famitsu92%[8]
GameFan356 / 400[9]
GamePro4.5 / 5[10]
GamesMaster78%[11]
Datormagazin5/5 stars[12]
Mega Fun85%[13]

Electronic Gaming Monthly's four reviewers scored the Super NES version 8, 8, 9 and 8 out of 10, adding up to 33 out of 40 (average 8.25 out of 10). They commented that the graphics, animation, music and gameplay are all outstanding.[7] GameFan's four reviewers scored it 90%, 89%, 87% and 90%.[9] Pedro Hernandez of Nintendo World Report gave the game a positive review, saying that "Capcom truly did something great with this Super NES game".[14] A ScrewAttack reviewer also gave the game a positive review, saying that it was one of the best SNES games.[15] Aladdin proved to be a commercial success, selling approximately 1.8 million copies worldwide, becoming Capcom's highest-selling game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System after Street Fighter II and its various versions.[16]

Shinji Mikami, the Capcom game's designer, said that if he had not made the SNES game, he "would probably buy" the Virgin game because it has a sword and better animation.[3]

The GBA port received mixed reviews.[17] Avi Fryman of GameSpy called the port of Disney's Aladdin "the most monumentally disappointing" of all the ports from SNES to GBA.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brett Alan Weiss. "Disney's Aladdin". Allgame. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ Jeff Gerstmann (May 12, 2003). "Disney's Aladdin E3 2003 Preshow Report". GameSpot. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Damien McFerran (February 21, 2014). "Shinji Mikami Prefers the Sega Version of Aladdin, Even Though He Worked on the SNES Game". Nintendolife. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Retrospective: Disney's Aladdin". Computer and Video Games. June 24, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Disney's Aladdin". Eurogamer. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ Alan, Brett (2014-12-11). "Disney's Aladdin - Review - allgame". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on December 11, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  7. ^ a b "Review Crew: Aladdin". Electronic Gaming Monthly (54). EGM Media, LLC. January 1994. p. 42. 
  8. ^ "アラジン まとめ [スーパーファミコン] / ファミ通.com". Famitsu.com. 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  9. ^ a b GameFan, volume 1, issue 11 (October 1993), page 11
  10. ^ GamePro, issue 53 (December 1993), pages 114-115
  11. ^ GamesMaster, episode 50
  12. ^ Datormagazin, volume 1993, issue 22 (December 1993), page a11
  13. ^ "Aladdin (Super NES) - N.i.n.Retro (New is not Retro) v3". Ninretro.de. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  14. ^ "Disney's Aladdin". Nintendo World Report. August 2, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Disney's Aladdin (SNES) Review". ScrewAttack. February 20, 2012. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Platinum Titles". Capcom. 2008-09-30. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  17. ^ "Disney's Aladdin". Metacritic. September 28, 2004. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  18. ^ Avi Fryman (October 4, 2004). "Disney's Aladdin". GameSpy. Archived from the original on October 8, 2013.