Star Wars Video games – Each Star Wars Recreation On Nintendo Techniques Ranked


The discharge of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker might have ‘ended’ Star Wars as we have recognized it for the previous four-and-a-half a long time, however all it actually did was tie a bow on the cinematic tales of the Skywalker clan and the nine-film saga which started manner again in 1977. In any case, Star Wars is rarely actually gone.

Streaming platform Disney+ has all the films in 4K, plus exhibits like The Mandalorian and a deluge of different TV tasks within the works, and there are new trilogies, spin-offs, video games and way more within the pipeline. With LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga coming to Swap in 2021, that galaxy far, far-off might be coming at you throughout all media for a lengthy time to return.

The franchise has an extended and storied historical past with video video games, too, and under we have a look again at each Star Wars recreation on Nintendo programs, ranked from worst to finest. To maintain issues tidy, in cases the place the identical recreation was launched on a number of platforms, we have opted to say the lesser of the 2 — invariably the transportable model — within the different’s entry.

So, include us on a journey to a galaxy fa—oh the remainder. We start on the backside, so beware that the Power is not robust with many of those…

Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon (GBA)

Writer: LucasArts / Developer: THQ

Launch Date: 21st Nov 2003 (USA)

Anybody who’s solely ever performed Star Wars video games on a Recreation Boy deserves your pity. Nintendo portables had a variety of issues going for them, however a excessive midi-chlorian rely wasn’t one in all them.

Flight of the Falcon is the worst Star Wars recreation ever as a result of it is obtained Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon on the duvet — the 2 coolest issues within the Star Wars universe — and it sullies their good names. As with all horrible Star Wars video games, the iconography fools you into pondering ‘ah, it could possibly’t be that unhealthy!’, however our evaluation conclusion sums this up completely: “Flight of the Falcon is a really unhealthy recreation. As such, you shouldn’t play it. Nevertheless cool the screenshots look, nevertheless promising the premise sounds, simply do not forget that the Power shouldn’t be with this one in any manner, form or type.”

Han, mah boogie, you deserved higher.

Star Wars: Yoda Stories (GBC)Star Wars: Yoda Stories (GBC)

Writer: THQ / Developer: LucasArts

Launch Date: Dec 1999 (USA)

It’s a must to do not forget that whereas Yoda is a beloved character, this recreation got here earlier than we would ever seen him wield a lightsaber in what is well one of the best scene in Assault of the Clones. Regardless of the identify, in Yoda Tales you management Luke Skywalker in a top-down journey as he chops snakes in two together with his lightsaber. How unhealthy can that be?…

Actually fairly unhealthy, it seems. ‘Sedate’ is just too beneficiant a phrase, and complete recreation is a technical embarrassment. It is tempting accountable the {hardware}, however you then have a look at Hyperlink’s Awakening and see what might need been. Hyperlink’s Awakening this ain’t. Poodoo, plain and easy.

Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (GBA)Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (GBA)

Writer: THQ / Developer: David A. Palmer Productions

Launch Date: Might 2002 (USA)

Fittingly, the weakest film within the saga obtained one of many weakest Star Wars video games ever. Usually we would caveat an announcement like that with ‘arguably’, however Episode II actually is inescapably pants (apart from that Yoda bit on the finish — we bear in mind fairly liking that). The tie-in GBA recreation is a turgid side-scrolling beat ’em up that lacks the inventive polish even the dullest examples on this record convey to the desk. Coarse, tough and worsening, certainly.

Star Wars: The New Droid Army (GBA)Star Wars: The New Droid Army (GBA)

Writer: THQ / Developer: Helixe

Launch Date: Nov 2002 (USA)

An isometric platformer that takes place between Assault of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, you management the petulant younger Skywalker on this stodgy motion recreation. Contemplating the platform it is on, the sport appears and sounds okay. Past that, although, it is boring, repetitive and so s-l-o-w. Anakin, you are breaking our coronary heart.

Star Wars: Jedi Power Battles (GBA)Star Wars: Jedi Power Battles (GBA)

Writer: THQ / Developer: HotGen

Launch Date: Nov 2001 (USA)

With satisfactory animation and audio (particularly contemplating the system) and boring, finicky platforming, Star Wars: Jedi Energy Battles falls right into a regretfully acquainted sample of transportable Star Wars video games. It isn’t as hateful as some, and it is just a little sooner paced than New Droid Military, but it surely’s the same story. Maybe developer HotGen was making an attempt to faithfully seize the joy of The Phantom Menace‘s commerce disputes, during which case job accomplished. Some may name the non-canon blue lightsaber wielded by Mace Windu on the duvet unforgivable, however we have been too bored to care.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (NES)Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (NES)

Writer: JVC / Developer: Lucasfilm Video games

Launch Date: Mar 1992 (USA)

A comparatively ho-hum 8-bit platformer the place you play as Luke battling by means of variations of the places from the film, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Again couldn’t be extra common. For youths determined to play as hero Luke, it was satisfactory filler however no extra. A Recreation Boy model additionally exists, however if you happen to’re gagging to play by means of one of the best movie of the saga in online game type, you are a lot better off going with the 16-bit ‘Tremendous’ iteration. Certainly, LucasArts did not even hassle with an 8-bit Return of the Jedi — the developer merely jumped generations and began afresh with Tremendous Star Wars on the SNES.

Star Wars: Episode I: Obi-Wan's Adventures (GBC)Star Wars: Episode I: Obi-Wan's Adventures (GBC)

Writer: THQ / Developer: HotGen

Launch Date: Nov 2000 (USA)

One other one fast to tick the ‘boring’ and ‘repetitive’ containers, if you happen to assume the isometric adventures on the GBA have been robust happening the eyes, Obi-Wan’s Adventures takes that model of recreation again a console era in an ‘journey’ set concurrently towards the occasions of Episode 1. It isn’t terrible, simply ugly and fully pedestrian.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes (DS)Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes (DS)

Writer: LucasArts / Developer: LucasArts Singapore

Launch Date: 15th Sep 2009 (USA)

A tie-in with the film and TV exhibits surrounding the occasions between Episodes II and III, it was the identical outdated story when it got here to this motion platformer. Uninspired, unengaging, unexciting — take your decide. No less than the unhealthy video games are actually unhealthy and evoked an emotion apart from disappointment. Republic Heroes is simply painfully, crushingly common.

We’re off to dig out our thesaurus as a result of we’re operating out of phrases for ‘unremarkable’, and we predict there are a number of extra to return earlier than we get to the great things.

Star Wars (NES)Star Wars (NES)

Writer: JVC / Developer: Beam Software program

Launch Date: Nov 1991 (USA)

One other platformer. To be truthful, it did an honest job of offering some selection and pertaining to the principle characters and places of the film, but it surely’s fairly unmemorable (and unforgiving). The token Recreation Boy model upped the issue because it diminished display screen actual property, however probably probably the most attention-grabbing of the 8-bit variations is the completely totally different and earlier Famicom recreation developed by Namco in 1987. ‘Attention-grabbing’ as a result of it isn’t afraid of deviating considerably from the supply materials and having Darth Vader flip right into a scorpion, Not ‘attention-grabbing’ as a result of it is any good, sadly.

Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force (GBA)Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force (GBA)

Writer: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft

Launch Date: Sep 2004 (USA)

A Ubisoft side-scroller, Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Power positive regarded spectacular. It used the identical engine because the console’s port of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, with easy animation and 3D-style character fashions. Giving gamers the prospect to relive the unique trilogy anew, bland gameplay was as soon as once more its undoing. Completely vanilla, totally underwhelming, however may’ve been worse.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (N64)Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (N64)

Writer: Nintendo / Developer: LucasArts

Launch Date: third Nov 1996 (USA) / 1st Mar 1997 (UK/EU)

Ah, sure – Shadows of the Empire. There’s big nostalgia for this one, and it has its moments — particularly the opening Hoth battle which stands head-and-shoulders above anything the sport has to supply — but it surely undeniably benefited from the actual fact that there have been so few video games obtainable for the N64 for a number of months following launch. Gamers who did decide it up paid an arm and a leg and have been probably inclined to offer it extra possibilities than it deserved. It isn’t the worst recreation on this record by fairly some margin, but it surely’s most likely finest left within the reminiscence banks. Time hasn’t been variety to ol’ Sprint Rendar.

Nonetheless, cracking field artwork, no?

Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike (GCN)Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike (GCN)

Writer: LucasArts / Developer: Issue 5

Launch Date: 15th Oct 2003 (USA) / seventh Nov 2003 (UK/EU)

One of the best factor about this recreation is the opposite video games it options. Included on the disc is sort of the whole thing of Rogue Chief now playable in break up display screen 2-player mode. It additionally options the unique Atari Star Wars, Empire Strikes Again and Return of the Jedi arcade video games. These alone make it price choosing this recreation up if you happen to see it low-cost.

Insurgent Strike itself, although? Oh expensive. You assume the on-foot sections could be satisfactory, you then play them and realise no, they’re simply horrible. Merely delete the marquee recreation from the disc and that is really a high-quality Star Wars bundle.

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