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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chip and Dale! If you remember that theme song, odds are you have already played this gem of a game. Created by Capcom, those responsible for Duck Tales NES and Mega Man, platforming was at an all time high, and for good reason. After all, how many platforming games can boast a two player simultaneous cooperative mode, much less in 1990?

Capcom knew they would have great success creating another game based off of an extremely popular Disney show. Chip N’ Dale was another solid win for both Disney and Capcom, and had an incredibly unique gameplay feature: box throwing. Chip and Dale couldn’t jump on enemies’ heads like Uncle Scrooge, or shoot them like Mega Man, so boxes were scattered across the game’s stages. The woodland heroes could pick them up, throw them, or you could press down on the direction pad to hid inside them. In cute Disney fashion, your eyes popped out of the box, and enemies were defeated if they ran into you. While the box was destroyed, it was still an extremely effective tactic; a primitive NES booby trap of sorts.

throwCo-op was extremely robust. Not only could you throw a box at your partner and stun him, but you could also hoist him up entirely! Often times, if my friend wasn’t good enough to do a particularly hard platforming sequence, I would just pick him up and be on my way! My group of friends and I (and tons of other players out there) also invented a fighting game out this rather hilarious mechanic. We would pick particularly hazardous areas, and attempt to pick up and throw each other on them. Alternatively, we could also play a deadly game of catch with the boxes, with the stunned loser getting thrown into the abyss.


The levels in Chip N’ Dale ranged from libraries, to forests, to sewers. Basically if you can think of it, or if was featured on the hit TV show, it was a level in the game. Yet another unique feature found in Chip N’ Dale was the world map system. Rarely found in a platforming game outside of Bionic Commando, the player could fly the Rescue Ranger’s ship through a variety of different paths. After you were done with a particular level, you and your partner competed in a small bonus level, picking up as many boxes as you could to find hidden prizes beneath them. Protip: the 1up is almost always in the top middle crate.


This is the hardest boss in the game

Not many platforming games can boast incredibly fun bosses. Even though some were very easy, they were all fought with a delightful “infinite ball” mechanic. In the middle of the bosses area was a small red bouncy ball that you could never lose, so feel free to throw it around at will! The fact that some of the levels were optional made you want to try the game over and over, just to see all of the different boss characters. The bosses themselves ranged from Robots to more organic enemies like Owls and Caterpillars.


In addition to all the other bosses, Chip N’ Dale had one of the greatest final encounters of all time: Fatcat. After finally chucking and tossing your way to the furious feline, he doesn’t even feel like fighting you; he ashes his (most likely fine Cuban) cigar on your head. What a grade ‘A’ badass. Holding his mustache like an Oil Tycoon, Fatcat gleefully laughs as you choke on his leftover tobaccy.


If you have access to an NES, I would highly suggest picking up this game. Unlike Bionic Commando NES or DuckTales, Chip N’ Dale can be enjoyed by two players, and will never get old. In an attempt to facilitate retro gaming, from now on I’m going to matlock some places you can buy these classic games.

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  1. Awesome game! My mom got me my first NES when I was 5 (1990) and this was the first game I ever owned. I remember spending countless days trying to beat it. Thanks for the memories!

  2. I absolutely adored this game as a child. I was so enamored with the brilliant boss fights that as a kid, I created to scale paper cut outs of each one. Loved it.

  3. OMG I loved this game as a kid… and so did my dad. I miss Chip and Dale. They were essentials during my childhood.

  4. My father and I spent many hours playing this game too.

  5. I’ve always had a vivid memory in which my brother and I dodged bolts of electricity on a power line. For a long time I thought I must have been a chipmunk in a previous life, but now I think I just played too much of this game as a child.


  6. I borrowed this game from a boy on my road, so it was a short-lived love affair! Fond memories nonetheless – thanks for opening up old wounds haha. Maybe it’s about time I rekindled this love and bought my very own copy!

  7. God yes, what an awesome game.

  8. avatar chip en dale

    mail nintendo for dat game that she can chip en dale on wii shop channel works

  9. avatar wii

    if you want chip en dale rescue rangers on the wii mail nintendo she say that if 100 people mail than makes it on wii shop channel

    • avatar Metin

      uhhhhh, the wii is cool, but i like the pc much better. plyniag battlefield 2 all day long and making awsome head shots with my sniper is great. i got the best sniper gun unlocked and ready for use. any one of you don’t play this game should try it. ohhh one thing that made me made and will probobly make you mad too is that,now punk buster will not let you just play if you do not have xp. you have to go through a whole bunch of stuff to fix it. (*_*) grrrr. (*o*)ohhhh. i don’t know why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is what it will say when it kicks you out of a game>> inadequate o/s privileges. now you may be able to fix it but i can’t. and i’m realy mad..

  10. avatar fragger

    Aaaahhhhh the mermories…..

    the music in this game was awesome. The final level in particular! that factory themed level was just awesome. this game and of course ducktales and batman for the NES, shows that movie or cartoon based games can be good when done right!!

  11. avatar Lp

    So where do we mail it too I would love to play chip & Dale and Ducktales again…

  12. avatar Zob

    Just got this game on eBay for my four-year-old son and me to play. Is it just me, or did they basically steal the two-player co-op mechanics from this game and use it for New Super Mario Bros. for the Wii?

  13. avatar adi

    can anyone get me the download link of this game for pc

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