Nighthawk Interactive and iam8bit Announce Disney’s Aladdin and the Lion King Special Editions

Today, Nighthawk Interactive and iam8bit announced special editions for Disney’s classic 16-bit Aladdin and The Lion King video games.

Following the announcement of Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (available October 29th for $29.99), Nighthawk Interactive will also introduce Retro Editions for the Nintendo Switch presented in classic console-style packaging: Clamshell Style (Genesis) and Boxed with Tray (SNES). These premium editions will also include an exclusive poster as well as a retro style manual and will release on December 10th 2019 for $49.99 each.

iam8bit is also bringing Aladdin and The Lion King to its Legacy Cartridge Collection. Fans can revisit these beloved titles with the Aladdin Legacy Cartridge for Genesis and The Lion King Legacy Cartridge for SNES. Each fully playable cartridge is a limited edition of 4,500, complete with lovingly restored artwork by Jango Snow Art & Design. The cartridges will be priced at $99.99 each and orders will ship early 2020.

Pre-orders for both the Nighthawk Interactive Retro Retail Editions and iam8bit Legacy Cartridges will open on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 at 10 a.m. PDT on bestbuy.com and iam8bit.com, respectively.

Please find the full details below:

Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King Retro Edition Box

Two of the most beloved Disney games of all time make their long-awaited return to The Nintendo Switch!  This Retro Edition Box is a premium special edition that includes an exclusive poster and retro style manual.  The packaging also mimics your favorite 16-bit console and is designed by iam8bit.

  • Exclusive Poster: Limited Edition fold out poster featuring characters from both Aladdin and The Lion King.
  • Retro Style Manual: Full-color instruction manuals featuring painstakingly restored artwork
  • Retro Style Packaging: Custom designed 16-bit era packaging including a foam inlay
  • Multiple Game Versions: Play through several different versions of the beloved Aladdin and The Lion King games that have been created over the years, including both console and handheld versions. An all-new “Final Cut” version of Aladdin, developed exclusively for this collection, is also included and features difficulty adjustments, camera refinements, bug fixes, as well as a few additional surprises for fans.
  • Display Options and Updated Visuals:  
    • 1080P graphics and enhancements for modern HD TVs
    • Adjustable screen aspect ratios and borders
    • Custom filter options designed to replicate classic CRT TVs and other popular screen types
  • In-Game Rewind: Instantly rewind any of the games in real-time in order to re-try difficult areas
  • Interactive Watch Mode: View full game playthroughs, with the ability to skip forward and jump in and start playing at any point
  • Save Feature: Quickly save your progress in each of the games and continue your adventure wherever and whenever you want
  • Museum Feature: Take a journey behind-the-scenes and learn more about the creation of these incredible games. Watch video interviews with the original development teams or explore numerous galleries containing hundreds of previously unreleased HD concept images and marketing assets.
  • Soundtrack: Listen to the entire soundtracks for both games in the included music players. The ability to repeat and shuffle the songs is also supported.

Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King Retro Edition Clamshell

Two of the most beloved Disney games of all time make their long-awaited return to the Nintendo Switch!  This Retro Edition Clamshell is a premium special edition that includes an exclusive poster and retro style manual.  The packaging also mimics your favorite 16-bit console and is designed by iam8bit.

  • Exclusive Poster: Limited Edition fold out poster featuring characters from both Aladdin and The Lion King.
  • Retro Style Manual: Full-color instruction manuals featuring painstakingly restored artwork
  • Retro Style Packaging: Custom designed 16-bit era packaging including a foam inlay
  • Multiple Game Versions: Play through several different versions of the beloved Aladdin and The Lion King games that have been created over the years, including both console and handheld versions. An all-new “Final Cut” version of Aladdin, developed exclusively for this collection, is also included and features difficulty adjustments, camera refinements, bug fixes, as well as a few additional surprises for fans.
  • Display Options and Updated Visuals:  
    • 1080P graphics and enhancements for modern HD TVs
    • Adjustable screen aspect ratios and borders
    • Custom filter options designed to replicate classic CRT TVs and other popular screen types
  • In-Game Rewind: Instantly rewind any of the games in real-time in order to re-try difficult areas
  • Interactive Watch Mode: View full game playthroughs, with the ability to skip forward and jump in and start playing at any point
  • Save Feature: Quickly save your progress in each of the games and continue your adventure wherever and whenever you want
  • Museum Feature: Take a journey behind-the-scenes and learn more about the creation of these incredible games. Watch video interviews with the original development teams or explore numerous galleries containing hundreds of previously unreleased HD concept images and marketing assets.
  • Soundtrack: Listen to the entire soundtracks for both games in the included music players. The ability to repeat and shuffle the songs is also supported.

Aladdin Legacy Cartridge (Genesis)

The Aladdin video game is historically significant for many reasons – from its and groundbreaking approach to character animation to its incredible integration of the film’s beloved songs. It proved, upon its initial release in 1993, that licensed products can also be high art. This Genesis version of Aladdin is presented in true Legacy Cartridge Collection elegance, complete with lovingly restored artwork, gleaming translucent cartridge shells, a full-color premium manual and other retro pack-in surprises. Everything that you’ve come to expect from iam8bit’s definitive series, honoring games that defined retro gaming excellence.

  • Limited Edition of 4,500
  • Brand new playable cartridge compatible with NTSC Genesis and EU Mega Drive retro consoles
  • Translucent Ruby Red and Ultra Limited Magic Carpet Purple Glow-in-the-Dark Cartridges*
  • Nostalgic Clamshell Packaging w/ Premium Foil and Gloss-Embellished Insert
  • Full-Color, Premium Instruction Booklet w/ Restored Artwork + Foreword by Mike Mika
  • Retro Pack-In Surprises
  • Custom Package Design & Restoration by Jango Snow Art & Design
  • Manufacturing by Retrotainment Games + Infinite NES Lives

*Cartridge colorways are randomly inserted into sealed, unmarked boxes. The edition of 4,500 is comprised of: Translucent Ruby Red; and Rare Purple Gem Glow-in-the-Dark (1 in 8 odds for an ultra limited cartridge). We cannot guarantee which version you will receive. It truly is completely random.


The Lion King Legacy Cartridge (SNES)

The majesty of The Lion King is cinematic legend, and when it comes to video games, its SNES adaptation truly pushed the limits of what was possible in the 16-bit era. From its nuanced character animation to its epic (and gut-wrenching) Wildebeest stampede, the Serengetti-spanning scope of the film was impressively captured on cartridge in all its glory. This ultimate Legacy Cartridge Collection edition pays tribute to the impossible feats that The Lion King achieved way back in 1994, with painstakingly restoration of all the original artwork and presentation in a premium package fit for royalty, complete with all the retro trappings, including an all-important, custom dust cover.

  • Limited Edition of 4,500
  • Brand new playable SNES-compatible cartridge
  • Opaque Mufasa Marigold and Ultra Limited Translucent Serengeti Sunrise Glow-in-the-Dark Cartridges*
  • Specialty Fold-Out Foil Box with Gloss and Embellishments
  • Full-Color, Premium Instruction Booklet w/ Restored Artwork + Foreword by Mike Mika
  • Custom Dust Cover
  • Retro Pack-In Surprises
  • Custom Package Design & Restoration by Jango Snow Art & Design
  • Manufacturing by Retrotainment Games + Infinite NES Lives

*Cartridge colorways are randomly inserted into sealed, unmarked boxes. The edition of 4500 is comprised of: Opaque Mufasa Marigold; and Ultra Limited Translucent Serengeti Sunrise Glow-in-the-Dark (1 in 8 odds for rare cartridge). We cannot guarantee which version you will receive. It truly is completely random.

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