After they were leaked yesterday, the Aladdin and Lion King remasters have been officially announced. Collected together as Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King, the collection will feature a number of enhancements, including cheat codes that will make the notoriously difficult games much easier.
The cheat codes included in Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King include some standard ones like level select, invincibility, and infinite lives. Some more modern-style cheats will include a Rewind button that lets players jump back 15 seconds in case they screw up, as well as a feature called the Interactive Game Viewer. The Interactive Game Viewer basically means the game will play itself, with players able to jump into the action whenever they want. For example, if players get stuck at a certain part, they can let it play itself and then resume playing at the next level.
Purists may not be too happy about these kinds of cheats, but they're pretty much par for the course for remasters of classic side-scrollers. In fact, the Nintendo Switch Online service has features like these built in so that players can tailor the experience to their liking when playing NES games.
Besides cheats, Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King features some other new content as well. This includes improved graphics, customizable controls, graphic filters, and even the tradeshow demo for Aladdin that hasn't been available since 1993. Players will also be able to explore a museum that features interviews with the developers, an art gallery, and a music player.
Overall, it sounds like the developers are going all out when it comes to Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King. The collection will contain the Super Nintendo (for The Lion King), Genesis, and Game Boy versions of the classic games, with new features that should appeal to longtime fans and newcomers alike. And with the recent releases of The Lion King and Aladdin in theaters, now seems like the perfect time to bring the classic platformers to modern consoles.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King launches on October 29 for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.