During the early hours of this morning, Walt Disney Studios released a new trailer for forthcoming live-action remake, Aladdin. The movie – directed by Guy Ritchie – stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari and Will Smith as the Genie.

Want to watch the trailer for Aladdin? Well, here it is…

Some people are excited about this movie, while a lot of people are not so happy and are already throwing it a little shade.

Me?

I admit the trailer looks a bit ‘iffy’ in places and I’m not entirely sold on Marwan Kenzari’s Jafar (yet), but I’m not hating on Will Smith’s Genie and Disney has mostly delivered good results when it comes to its live-action remakes. I’m willing to give it a go and I will certainly be watching this one when it hits cinema screens in May.

As for now though, all I REALLY want to do after watching this trailer is play the classic 16-Bit Aladdin game that was released during the 1990s! It was such an awesome game, ripe for a revisit.

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If you’ve never played Aladdin then you missed out on a corker. The game featured music and animation taken directly from the animated movie and followed a rough retelling of the film’s story, complete with a frantic magic carpet ride through the Cave of Wonders.

Published by Virgin Games, Aladdin was released on the Mega Drive in the UK (the Genesis in the US), as well as the SNES. I personally never played the SNES version of the game, but by all accounts the SEGA version was better, so I don’t think I missed out.

Either way, the Mega Drive game was packed full of fun and adventure. It was also incredibly addictive and for me it was a highlight of gaming in the 1990s.

If you want to know more about the game, head over to YouTube to watch various play-throughs of Aladdin, including this one (see below). Sadly, this isn’t me playing – I wish I was this good – but it’s still a full run-through of the game.

Truth is, I played Aladdin a lot when I was a kid, but I always struggled to get through to the final stage. It wasn’t until I hit my thirties that I replayed the game one afternoon and managed to complete it!

I’m not going to say that when I completed Aladdin I was able to tick off one of my life goals, but I sure as heck was very happy that afternoon. To date it is still one of only a handful of games that I’ve completed.

Since completing Aladdin I’ve not replayed the game. I think this is due to a fear of failing to repeat my success.

Maybe today is a good day to dust off my Mega Drive and give it another go!

Do you remember Aladdin on the Mega Drive/Genesis (or SNES)? What are your memories of playing this game? Sound off in the comments section below.