First of, if you’re into retro gaming or arcades and haven’t seen Disney’s Wreck-it-Ralph yet, maybe you should do something about it. Disney made a good job making nods to classic videogames.
In Wreck-it-Ralph, arcade game characters live a life outside of their designed games. For the movie, they created “new” games – both “recent” and “retro” to convey their story. But they certainly based themselves in what already existed.
The main game “Fix-it Felix Jr.” is clearly a nod to “Donkey Kong Jr.” way of sequelling. On an arcade standpoint, look at their cabinets: Disney certainly used old Nintendo cabinets for their promotion, likely just reskinning Donkey Cabinets.
The game itself resemble an inverted Rampage – you’d play the guy having to fix up after building demolition. Not too shabby for retro game play. They should have released real arcades for promotion in movie theaters while the movies was still out there, instead of just publicity stunts once in a while. Not only of the main game, but also the two other games visited by the characters – one is a crossover between Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and is named Hero’s Duty, the other one is a Mario Kart ripoff in a candyland style racing game named Candy Rush…. even the cabinet is at least inspired by Mario Kart GP.
If you’re into collectibles, don’t diss the line of toys they had put out for Wreck-it-Ralph. Generally speaking, action figures do poor at display pieces, but Ralph in Duty armor makes a good impression. Be careful however, they don’t follow scales between characters.
If you’re itching to try out the games, there are facsimile available straight on disney’s site. [edit 2021 – Disney no longer have their simili games on their website – there is a version of Fix-it Felix available online, for arcade afficionados]
And don’t forget AKB48’s video of the song in Sugar Rush (in the movie at least)
Japanese music video.