Retro Gaming Confessions: I’ve Never Played Aladdin


I mean, I guess the title of this post is pretty self-explanatory, right?

I, Eric Bailey, being of sound body and mind, do solemnly swear that I have never played the Aladdin video game.

I also think it would be fair to say that the 16-bit adventure is a classic game, beloved by many owners and weekend renters alike. Both the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis versions have their loyal fans, and the debate as to which version is superior is always a fun one to behold. In fact, a Kotaku poll on the subject garnered well over 20,000 votes.

I certainly  have no opinion on the matter, though, as I have never played either version. I have not even played the Tiger handheld.


I am wondering, furthermore, if I can start every single darn paragraph of this feature with the word “I,” thus cementing my Ego as top dog in the ol’ psyche. Stand down, Id: Your reign of terror is over.

I suppose I had my chance, and merely missed it. I owned both a Super Nintendo and a Sega Genesis. This consoles functioned. I played many video game cartridges on each of them. I was familiar with Aladdin, the animated film by Disney, and would have even considered myself a fan. Given the chance, I imagine I would have given the game a try. Even my fellow-gamer friend did not own the title, however.

I just learned, moments ago, that there was a Game Boy game, too. It was even enhanced for the Super Game Boy, which I owned. That might have been fun to play. I never got around to it.


I think “confession” is a loaded word, at least here in this context. This could be seen as implying that I feel a sense of guilt or shame about my lack of Aladdin gameplay. On the contrary: I view it with a dismissive shrug, happy to recall that I simply always had another gaming option more top-of-mind than this particular media-license choice.

I definitely played my share of ‘movie games,’ even Disney ones. I still remember the tone of bemused disappointment my mother had when she reacted to how quickly I had beaten The Little Mermaid on NES. Aladdin was just never enough of priority in my gaming life, I guess.

I suppose I could still try 16-bit Aladdin someday. Maybe I will, I dunno. But, alas, for the moment, it remains untried.

How about you? What’s your retro gaming confession? In my case, I think I have many… maybe I’ll share more, sometime. Until then, have fun out there.



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  1. I’ve played four versions of the game: Super Nintendo and Genesis are solid, but the Game Boy version… well… it’s the same as the NES version, and we all know how that turned out.

  2. Luckily I like you, otherwise you’d be dead to me now.
    Seriously though, if you ever get a chance, both 16-bit versions of Aladdin are great! They’re not perfect (any game without saving or passwords with a story bugs me, since I can never finish in one sitting), but as far as movie adaptations go, Aladdin is amazing.

  3. Our favourite version has to be on the Mega Drive, it’s slightly smoother than the SNES and is well worth playing. A big confession would be not playing any of the Castlevania series, but they are on the list to play.

  4. If you want I could send you a SNES copy! Seriously dude both versions of the game are seriously good and worth the couple hours it takes to beat them!

  5. I hadn’t played Aladdin until a couple months ago. You’re not missing much. It is slightly better than mediocre, but nowhere near the realm of greatness.

    I have LOTS of confessions and could probably fill an entire post with them, which maybe I should do someday.

  6. I grew up with the Genesis version, and it is one of my favorite licensed games…even if it is brutally hard.

    My confession: I have never played Earthbound or Chrono Trigger. Not that I don’t want to, but when I was younger I didn’t play RPG’s, and now that I am older I barely have time for what I do play.

  7. In all blunt honesty, while the animations and music in the Genesis version are pretty neat, the SNES version is a much better game. As in, the gameplay, mechanics, level design, all much more fun to actually play. Some people disagree with this, I’d suspect because they’re nostaglic for the Genesis game (perhaps not). But what I DO know, is that the SNES was developed by Capcom, back when they were actually good, versus the Genesis game being developed by Virgin. That alone speaks volumes.

    The SNES version is a really fun game, and often gets overlooked, because of people remembering the “flashier” Sega game. What I guess I’m trying to say is, if you’re going to bother playing an Aladdin game, play the Capcom one.

    • Objection!

      Virgin was making great games around the time Aladdin came out, especially the team headed by Dave Perry (which was the team responsible for Aladdin). Virgin gave us Cool Spot, The Lion King, RoboCop Vs. Terminator, and Earthworm Jim, after all. That’s not to say that the Capcom version isn’t a solid game, but the Genesis game is the better overall experience, if you ask me.

  8. Here’s my confession: I never played Final Fantasy VII because I thought it looked like crap and Cloud’s hair looked dumb. I still think the original PlayStation version looks like crap. God, I hated early 3D games…

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