Making this top 10 Disney games list was way harder than you would think! Despite what you may be thinking right now, there are way more good than bad games based on Disney licenses, so it was hard to narrow this one down. We have a few of the usual suspects on here, but there are a few that are sure to surprise you!
As there are so many good Disney games, there is no definitive list, but this is our list, so we encourage you to tell us what games would have made your own personal top 10 Disney games list in the comments section.
10: Land of Illusion
Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
The Sega Master System and Game Gear had a damn fine port of Castle of Illusion, but Land of Illusion is the better game and an exclusive game that did not get a 16-bit version. This is more of the same platforming action starring Mickey Mouse. Mickey controls great and can pick up and throw things to defeat enemies and also to get to harder-to-reach areas. The presentation is amazing, with some of the best graphics on the system that are so full of color and vibrant animation! The Master System and Game Gear actually have a solid library of great Disney games!
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Aladdin on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis was a huge hit! Featuring art and animation from actual Disney artists, this game looks phenomenal. It is an action platformer with a heavy emphasis on the action, as Aladdin can use a sword. They managed to capture the look, sound, and vibe of the animated classic perfectly, and it truly is a standout title for Sega’s 16-bit console. This game was such a huge deal that there was a version of the Sega Mega Drive II/Sega Genesis II that had it as a pack-in game!
8: Aladdin (again)
Capcom handled the Aladdin game for the Super Nintendo and it is just as good as their 8-bit Disney games for the NES. While it may not look as good as the Sega version. Aladdin on the Super Nintendo has tighter controls and is more of a platformer than an action game. The way Aladdin can bounce off enemies gives the game a fun and unique feel, and even though it is very different to the other game, this version still manages to capture the look and overall feel of the movie very well. It may be a tad on the easy side, but it is still a great example of awesome 16-bit platforming.
7: Phineas & Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension
Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3
Bet it is a shock for many to see Phineas & Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension on our top 10 Disney Games list, but this game is awesome. Based on the movie from the hit Disney XD series, this game is a 3D action platformer that has a whole bunch of characters to play as. The gimmick is you have these guns that each have different abilities ranging from shooting baseballs, shooting orange soda to being able to pick stuff up. It looks great, has excellent voice acting and is one of the best co-op Disney games you can get, especially if you want a fun game to play with the kids.
6: Castle of Illusion
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Did you know that in the early days of Sega trying to muscle in and be the number one 16-bit system, before Sonic it was often Castle of Illusion that they would use to show off the system? This is such a great game and even though it is a rather early title, it holds up and is still one of the best platforming games the system has to offer. It is just so charming and fun that it is impossible not to have a great time when playing through this. While it is on the short side, it more than makes up for it in charm and fun, it is the kind of game you can play through time and time again and never get bored.
5: The Magical Quest 3 Starring Mickey & Donald
Super Nintendo, Game Boy Advance
The entire Magical Quest series is awesome and we would love to see Capcom release all three games in a collection for modern systems. The third game features Mickey and Donald on a wild and crazy adventure. Like the previous games, getting new costumes gives the characters new abilities. What is extra fun about this third entry is that Mickey and Donald get different costumes, making you want to play as both characters. While it only came out on the Super Nintendo in Japan, it did get released in the West on the Game Boy Advance.
4: Disney Infinity 1.0
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U
While there were two other fun in their own right Disney Infinity games, the original just focused on Disney and Pixar and we would argue that the playsets/levels that were made for this game were the best. It comes with Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Incredibles, each being their own game! The Toy Story pack that was sold separately is fantastic and who can forget the Toy Box mode where you can make your very own games and just do what you want! While the toys to life thing may have overstayed its welcome, Disney Infinity was a fun and wild ride while it lasted.
3: Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers
While you could argue that on a technical level, the sequel is slightly better, the original Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers on the NES is way more memorable and it is Capcom their very best on the system. This is just such a fun game to play and it is like you are playing through the actual TV show as they have captured the whole vibe of the show perfectly. It is a platformer, but there is a lot of action here too where you can pick things up and throw them at enemies, you can even play with a buddy if you want some two player action!
2: Ducktales Remastered
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U
Look, Ducktales on the NES is an absolute classic and one of the best games on the system, but the Ducktales remake that was made by Wayforward took what was great about that NES game and flat out made it better. It looks incredible, has the original voice cast back, and even adds an actual story. Yes, we love the NES version, but for as good as that is, this is the best Ducktales game ever made and one of the best Disney titles too! Thankfully, this has not been lost as you can still get this now on Xbox One and Xbox Series and we highly recommend that you do as it is one of the best 2D platform action games ever made!
1: Toy Story 3
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
That is right, we feel that Toy Story 3 is the best Disney game of all time! It is one of the best movie licensed games in general! It is a 3D action platformer that looks and plays amazingly well. It follows the plot of the movie, but adds in its own stuff too. It has fantastic voice acting and a great soundtrack and it is just such a joy to play through. However, Toy Story 3 also has the Toy Box mode! This is a massive extra mode where you can do all kinds of fun missions and it would lay the groundwork for Disney Infinity. Just like Ducktales, Toy Story 3 is still playable to this day on Xbox One and Xbox Series!
Thanks for checking out our Top 10 Disney Games list with us today. We are sure that there are a few surprises on there, especially our number 1 and 2 picks! However, we feel that while Disney games were awesome during the 8 and 16 bit days, Disney made great games for years after that too!
Be sure to leave your own favorite Disney games in the comments section!