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A Licensed Game based on the Disney animated movie The Little Mermaid (1989). It was released in 1991 on the Nintendo Entertainment System and in 1993 on the Game Boy.

In the game, Ariel leaves her prince Eric and becomes a mermaid once again to stop Ursula, who is plotting to take over the entire ocean. What follows is five levels of swimming action looking and playing like an all-underwater Mega Man game, not surprising given that The Little Mermaid and the Mega Man series were both developed by Capcom.

Not to be confused with Ariel: The Little Mermaid, developed by Blue Sky Software and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis and Game Gear in 1992.

Tropes appearing:

  • Action Girl: Ariel is the player character and is ready to kick Ursula's ass.
  • Adaptational Badass: Ariel actually fights in this game, and she can can take out Ursula all by herself.
  • Bubble Gun: Ariel's primary attack is to shoot bubbles at enemies by flicking her tail. Picking up different powerups can improve her range and power.
  • Dual Boss: Flotsam and Jetsam take on Ariel at the end of the second level.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Ariel's main method of attacking is to encase enemies in bubbles then throw them into others.
  • One of These Doors Is Not Like the Other: Look for the flashing eyes in the final level.
  • One-Winged Angel: Ursula.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: The Sea of Ice.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The boss music sounds far too happy to be taken seriously. Ursula's boss theme averts this, however.
  • The Spiny: Urchins double as an Invincible Minor Minion. Your bubbles don't work on them, and you can't touch them either.
  • Tailfin Walking: Averted. During the brief sections where you're out of the water, Ariel can only move in short hops.
  • Threatening Shark: Glut, the shark that chases Ariel and Flounder in the movie, serves as the first boss in the game.
  • Throw the Mook at Them: The combat relies around Ariel capturing enemies in bubbles and then grabbing them and throwing them at other enemies.
  • Under the Sea: Naturally, considering this game is based on the Trope Namer animated film.
  • Wily Walrus: One of the bosses is a walrus. It sits atop an iceberg and drops objects into the water in an attempt to hit Ariel.