DuckTales Remastered Expands Story, Explains Why A Giant Rat Is On The Moon

By Spencer . April 1, 2013 . 6:30pm


Capcom and developer WayForward made some tweaks to DuckTales for DuckTales Remastered, but the biggest change is probably the story. A cutscene complete with Scrooge McDuck’s original voice actor explains why Uncle Scrooge has to rescue Huey, Dewey, and Louie in the first place. The boys run off ahead after telling Webby to wait behind and dash straight into a trap. Uncle Scrooge confidently says he won’t have a problem rescuing them.


DuckTales Remastered has these story scenes to give kids who aren’t familiar with the afternoon cartoon series background on the show and because the guys at WayFoward wanted answers to questions about DuckTales for themselves. "[WayForward] really wanted it to feel like you’re playing the show," said Capcom producer Rey Jimenez when speaking to Siliconera. Story wasn’t central to most NES games, so if a game had a giant rat on the Moon you just accepted it. DuckTales Remastered explains it with a revised Moon level.


"In the original NES version, you go in the UFO to find the remote control to open the area to get to the boss. You don’t really know why. The game doesn’t explain it well,"  Jimenez stated.



"In our version, before you even get to the UFO you see Fenton who is Gizmoduck and he gets kidnapped by the UFO. You’re going into the UFO to save him and find all of the parts in Gizmoduck’s suit. Once you get that all together and Fenton turns into Gizmoduck he’s going to escort you back to the area where the door was and he will blast everything out of your way and then blast the door out."


"In the NES version, you fight a big rat and it didn’t explain why you’re fighting a rat on the moon. That’s explained in here because there are rats they’re experimenting on and you let them loose and that becomes the rat down there. Also, how does Scrooge McDuck breathes on the moon? We explain that as well," added Jimenez.


DuckTales Remastered also has a new tutorial level that introduces the characters and the story. Capcom has DuckTales Remastered slated for a summer release as a downloadable game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U.

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  • zferolie

    Why is there a rat on the moon?

    Because it is made of cheese of course

    • Testsubject909

      For us to fight.

      Either of those answers are good.

    • Uso Ewin

      Its the Disney space program

  • Ayaka

    Every update about this title gives an exquisite feeling of hype~
    Thank God it’s a rat and not a rabbit, that would turn creepy.

  • Natat

    Aaaaa so much nostalgia hype! Can’t wait for this

  • AuraGuyChris

    Pfft, there’s a reasonable explanation why Scrooge doesn’t need to breath air in the moon. And that i-!

    *Carl Wheezer stars singing loudly about space adventures, baffling the explanation*

    -he reason why he doesn’t need air!

  • dragoon_slayer12

    I can’t wait for this. I loved ducktails when I was a kid, although it was difficult as hell back then. The visuals look luscious. I love what wayfoward has been doing in the industry

  • Testsubject909

    Not sure if this will go into the territory of “The question is far more interesting than the answer”.

    There are times when more backstory, story, or detail is unnecessary and I wonder if they’ll end up stepping into that area. And no, it doesn’t really matter how reputable they are, it’s still a worry that will linger until proven otherwise since any company can fall from grace at any moment.

    I’m really happy there’s an HD remake of it though.

    • Wayforward has a pretty good record for the time being. They have to seriously mess things up if they want to fall from grace.

  • Ordinarily I would be opposed in principle to the notion that things in 8-bit platformers need to be “explained”, but it’s hard to complain about more DuckTales.

  • Although: Siliconera, please post less DuckTales stories. Every time I see the title even in a headline, the theme song becomes stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I seriously can’t help but break into song each time I see one of these articles.

    • raymk

      Life is like a hurricane! Here in Duckberge!

      • Theofratus ‘Geese’ Lester

        Duckburg* :p

  • sfried

    How does Scrooge breath on the moon?
    Scrooge: “I’ll explain later!”

  • Gizmoduck? Blatherin’ Blatherskite~!

  • Next up: The reason the the moon has the best theme music.

  • Cameron Ward

    wonder who they will get to replace Gizmoduck’s voice actor….his original voice artist died a few years back

  • XypherCode

    Never had a chance to play this and watched only a handful of the series. But seeing the hype and not to mention it’s being done by WayForward then I just might try this out. :)

  • Lester Paredes

    Duck Tales! Woo-OO!

  • Göran Isacson

    On the one hand, less can sometimes be more. After all, random ass mice in the moon was good enough for kids back in MY day goshdarnit, and it should be good enough now!

    On the other hand, some context CAN be a good idea, like for instance explaining that you’re on the moon to help Gizmoduck and give some guidance as to what you’re supposed to do. The many times I’ve gotten lost in old games with no idea of what to do… so I guess I’ll wait and see. There is the risk of explaining away the charm, but WayForward are good people so I’ma trust them for now.

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