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  Super Star Wars - By LucasArts

Super Star Wars is a fairly typical platform shooter for the Super Nintendo. Many film licences took this avenue in the 16-bit era but fortunately this is one of the better ones. Armed with some pretty visuals and stunning audio, Super Star Wars is certainly a title worth owning if you are a fan of the series or not. The game follows the plot of the movie pretty well and features a good variety of stages. The majority of these are your side scrolling platform fare but there are a few mode 7 3D land speeder levels that break the action a little. The platform levels play rather well. You are normally armed with a blaster that can fire in multiple directions and it can be upgraded. You also have use of the saber from time to time but the gun is much better. Control is good but the restart points can be a pain and the difficulty is a little frustrating at times. Enemies also constantly reappear, which is a pain if you fall lower into an area. You also have control of Han and Chewie at certain points of the game but the gameplay remains the same. Overall a decent game only marred by some weak design choices.

Review by Nakamura

7/10

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  Super Empire Strikes Back - By LucasArts

Super Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to LucasArtsí Super Star Wars. If youíre familiar with the films, then you wonít need me to bring you up to speed. Just like in the movies, youíll battle wampas, traipse along the ice planet Hoth, pilot star fighters, and engage in a climactic lightsaber duel with Lord Vader himself. The game features stunning 16-bit recreations of iconic set pieces such as the palace on Cloud City and the swamp on Dagobah, and each stage is topped off with a larger-than-life boss fight featuring monsters you may or may not remember seeing in the films. As in the previous game, you can control Han Solo and Chewbacca in certain levels, but each character has an expanded repertoire of attacks: Solo lobs grenades, Luke gains Force abilities, and so forth. Lukeís Jedi training grants him more dexterity and skill with the lightsaber, too, and overall the gameplay in Empire is more dynamic than itíd been in Super Star Wars as you can choose to wield either your blaster or lightsaber for the platforming levels. The characters and stages are all well detailed and the soundtrack captures the essence of John Williamsí legendary musical score. LucasArts left no stone unturned with this one, but they may have underestimated the gameís brutal difficulty. Every level has you searching for power-ups and health because youíre constantly under attack. Youíve got to manage your Force powers wisely, too, or your meter will run dry at a critical moment. Thankfully, LucasArts has programmed in a password feature that allows you to retry stages when youíve run out of continues. Itís a welcome addition and doesnít make the game easy by any stretch of the imagination. If youíre a Star Wars fan, you must check out this 16-bit classic.

Review by wyldephang

8/10

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  Super Return of the Jedi - By LucasArts

Return of the Jedi followed Luke Skywalker as he embarked on his quest to bring down the Emperor and free the galaxy from the reign of the Empire. It was a magnificent achievement in cinematic storytelling as it brought the heroís journey full circle. Naturally, a lot was riding on the video game adaptation, but LucasArts and JVC were more than up to the challenge with their third and final Star Wars game on the Super Nintendo. The gameplay follows the mould of its predecessors, so if youíve played the earlier games in the series, the jump and combat mechanics will feel familiar. Luke retains his Force powers, and having completed his Jedi training, he no longer can wield anything as clumsy or random as a blaster and prefers an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. You wonít really miss the extra firepower, though. Including Luke, there are five total playable characters throughout the game, so thereís a lot of variety in the gameplay. The presentation is as good as ever, and perhaps itís my imagination, but the textures and details seem to look a little cleaner in Super Return of the Jedi and there are more layers of depth in the foreground and background. All the stages are designed appropriately and the developers took very few liberties with the locations; this is an authentic Star Wars game through and through. Many fans bemoaned the difficulty level of Super Empire Strikes Back, but the challenge has been toned down for this installment and youíll find itís quite easy to pick up, play, and make some progress without a wampa breathing down your neck every second. Super Return of the Jedi is a game with relatively few flaws. Itís an excellent way to cap off your next Star Wars marathon.

Review by wyldephang

8/10

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