I hope you’ll indulge a little self-promotion. I co-host a podcast about Disney in the ’90s called (simply enough) 90s Disney. Our next episode is about one of my favorite cartoons when I was growing up: Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers. To prepare for the podcast, I not only watched some episodes of the show, but I also played through Capcom’s classic Rescue Rangers games for the NES.

Now, when you think about Capcom’s Disney games for the NES, DuckTales is probably the first one to come to mind. And it should! DuckTales isn’t just a fantastic licensed game — it’s one of the best NES games, period. To be clear, I’m not going to argue that the Rescue Rangers games are better than DuckTales.

But they aren’t that far off.

Retro rangers

The first Rescue Rangers game came out in 1990. It’s the one that I have memories playing while a kid. Rescue Rangers features…

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