It’s not a big secret that I am looking forward to playing Epic Mickey on the Wii. In fact, I’d go as far to say it’s one of the main “Top 3” games that I am looking forward to this year. It’s also not a big secret that Warren Spector wants to create a game based off the adventures of Scrooge McDuck. This is a frequently mentioned news bit across the internet.

And to be honest, we should all be wanting this.

Many of us already know of Scrooge through the DuckTales TV show as well as Capcom’s brilliant NES game.

Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Disney games were actually cool, and Capcom led the way with titles like this, Chip ‘N’ Dale Rescue Rangers, and Darkwing Duck. Most of these were solid platformers in the Mega Man vein. Sega brought Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Aladdin.

Today? Disney brings us Hannah Montana, Cory in the House, and High School Musical. The closest we’ve gotten to a “game” from Disney is Kingdom Hearts, and that’s more Square-Enix’s contribution.

Fortunately, Spector looks to change that, revitalizing Mickey Mouse’s image that has devolved from mischievous scamp, to middle of the road everyman, to corporate icon. He’s bringing personality back to the mouse, and after hearing him speak, he knows his Disney.

Scrooge McDuck has been around long before the 1980’s TV show. 1947, to be exact, as a one-off cameo that grew to his own comics series. The greatest Uncle Scrooge tales were from Carl Barks, and later Don Rosa. Of all the Disney characters, Scrooge was the most complex. If you don’t believe me, find a copy of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. You’ll see a character compromise his personal, physical and emotional beliefs to achieve his goal while losing his ideals, his family, and soul in the process. Scrooge, by the end, is a bitter, greedy miser who only finds redemption through his nephew Donald, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie, which in turn restores Scrooge to his adventure-loving ways.

And Scrooge was an adventurer. Part of the inspiration of Indiana Jones came from Scrooge’s adventures (the rolling boulder of Raiders of the Lost Ark and look at the DuckTales logo font for examples). Scrooge the hero was a tall tale in himself. While not afraid to get his hands dirty (Scrooge used guns, but he used his fists even more), he also traveled the globe, searching for treasure, fighting thieves, poachers, and of course, the Beagle Boys. The stories are surprisingly historically accurate for the time period and Rosa’s stories are airtight in continuity. Scrooge would do anything for the acquisition of more wealth and treasures, though he had a firm sense of justice and fair play, and his quests weren’t always for monetary gain. Lara Croft also employs the “treasure hunter” attitude, but she can’t compare to Scrooge’s adventures.

So why Scrooge McDuck? He’s the ultimate action hero. While he may not have employed a pogo jump as he did in the NES game, he fought enemies with his smarts, shrewd deals, and if someone really angered him (remember that he is Donald’s uncle), he wasn’t afraid to destroy a steamboat by ripping out its smokestacks and throwing a piano through the side of the ship. “Feisty” doesn’t even begin to describe him. And his story covers decades, from his origins in Scotland, to treasure hunts around the world, the gold rush, and the industrial age. There’s not much that Scrooge hasn’t done.

When Warren Spector says that he wants to do a game based off Scrooge McDuck, we should all get excited by the prospect. Sure, there are the fond and nostalgic memories of a very well produced licensed game, the adventure that he could have with today’s technology and Spector’s proven reverent recognition and care of classic Disney properties could provide gamers with one of the greatest action heroes of this console generation.

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