First, the necessary prerequisite when dealing with anything Huey, Dewey, or Louie: DuckTales! Woo hoo!

The following anecdote is probably going to make me look silly, but here goes. In my high school yearbook, there was a space below my name and class picture for a senior quote, and I submitted what I believed at the time was a”witty” nugget of high-karat brain gold: “If the country changed our national anthem to the DuckTales theme, more of us would know the words, and we would be a prouder nation for it. -Anonymous.”

Have you ever stumbled upon a piece of writing that you composed ages ago, a snippet of something that you once thought was wise and worthy of being included on a tea bag, and then read it again and just cringed? This quote does that for me. Every time I open that yearbook, I have to see it; I have to experience my stupidity all over again. My high school memories are filled with anxiety, awkwardness, tears, sad realizations, and a DuckTales quote. Zack Morris shoveled a load of Hollywood bullshit; this is real life. Staring at a fucking dumb DuckTales quote is real life.

It’s been said many times before, but it bears repeating until the ducks come home: DuckTales has one of the best soundtracks on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The “Moon Theme,” in particular, sends me to some transcendental state where a top-hatted mallard pogosticks on the moon’s surface.

I am as much in love with the music of DuckTales as I am with the rest of the game.

I’m not going to take up your time detailing DuckTales; if you were young, or young at heart, when the Nintendo Entertainment System was out and didn’t play this game back in the day, you missed out greatly. If you still have not played this game, get off this website right now and hop to it!

Another DuckTales prototype exists, one with many documented differences from the released version. This other prototype has an official Capcom logo sticker.

Mine lacks the company’s sticker. My cartridge was purchased from a Dutch prototype collector named Niels Thomassen.

The partial Japanese tile of the game is written on a plain white sticker inside of the cartridge: .

The words “DuckTales US-Ver” with a checkmark are on the front of the game’s outer shell. This DuckTales is in the NTSC format.

Japan, Europe, America–this cartridge, like Scrooge McDuck, has traveled around the globe. It’s been like a hurricane–a real duck blur.

I couldn’t find any differences during multiple playthroughs, and after dumping the data, I found out why: It is exactly the same as retail.

Boo hoo.