Video Games

Limited Run Game Star Wars Nintendo and GameBoy Reissues on Kenner-Style Packaging

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, June 24, 2019

If you're a toy collector of a certain age, the 1978-1985 black and silver Kenner line look is a holy thing.  You saw it on action figures, vehicles, coloring books, and all sorts of toys (as "collectibles" were not really a thing) when you were a kid, and also at subsequent flea markets, garage sales, and guys named Ron's garages.

This look was out of vogue by 1991 when LucasFilm Games and JVC teamed up for Star Wars for the NES in 1991 and the GameBoy in 1992.  Star Wars was barely making a blip on the cultural radar with a few video games, some hollow figures from Dakin, and a small publishing program at what primitive humans of that era referred to as "book stores," some of which sold video games out of the back.   This game was not necessarily a gem of its era, but it sold well on the strength of the license and of the hope that it would be great.

For those of you who missed out in the 1991 and 1992 era, or the reissues later, or the reissues of the reissues, you've got one more chance on June 28 (assuming you don't buy the originals off of eBay for about ten bucks a pop first.)

Arcade 1-Up To Release Star Wars Trilogy Classic Arcade Game

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Last year, Walmart and other big box stores carried Arcade 1-Up's classic arcade game cabinets.  They're a little smaller, but with a riser they're roughly normal height.  At E3 this week, they announced Star Wars with The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi included.   It looks like the old stand-up unit from roughly 1983, which admittedly isn't as cool as the cockpit cabinet but it's neat.  We're told it'll be under $500.

Limited Run Games to Reissue Star Wars NES, GameBoy, and Nintendo 64 Cartridges

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, June 11, 2019

In "I can't believe it either" news, a bunch of the 1990s Star Wars video game library is coming back in print!  Limited Run Games announced a bunch of retro game cartridge and boxed PC software reissues - Monkey Islands, Dark Forces, and so on.  The games are expected to have extras, and most special physical games include things like posters, maps, or other fun flat things.  We don't know what these will be yet, and I speak from experience that the NES and GameBoy Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back games were not impressive when they were new.  (Shadows of the Empire was great, though.) 

Pin is In - Star Wars Nintendo Cartridge Slider Pin

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Thanks to our pal Adriana, we have word of BBCre8.com selling this awesome Star Wars Cartridge (Slider Pin).  It's $15 and was created for LA Comic Con, you can slide up the cartridge and there are several other low-run styles of other NES cartridges which I am trying to convince myself I do not need.

EA Cancels Star Wars Game You Didn't Care About

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Kotaku and other sites are reporting a huge, open-world Star Wars game that was in production now isn't.  The mourning! After Ragtag and other games just don't make it out, like the legendary old Battlefront III, we can only be left wondering what could have been.  Like why there wasn't an NES game based on Droids in 1985.  The world is full of disappointments.

Unreleased Star Wars Game Feature: Ragtag

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, October 27, 2017

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Kotaku posted a really swell article called The Collapse Of Visceral's Ambitious Star Wars Game.  The game was one in which you played a Han Solo-gone-wrong type in the pre-Star Wars time frame, and the demos looked gorgeous.  The feature goes in to detail about what the game was - and wasn't - and how deadlines and budgets are a far deadlier enemy than the Galactic Empire.  Check it out.

The Best Star Wars Games You've Never Seen

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The AVClub put together a wonderful round up of unreleased video game news.   Did you know about the Darth Vader spin-off of Rogue Squadron, or the game focusing on Chewbacca's years as a bounty hunter during the "dark times?"   If not, this is must-read, must-watch stuff.   There are links, there are videos, and there will be tears over the things you've missed.  Click here to check it out.  It's called "George Lucas ruining a Chewbacca game was just one of LucasArts’ woes."

Super Star Wars - Classic Video Game Added to PSN

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, November 17, 2015

One of the best Super NES games 1992 had to offer is on PSNSuper Star Wars is up now for $9.99, which is less than the $59.99 it cost back then.  I like this ridiculous action game a lot, with wonderful power-ups and goofy cut scenes. It's charming - if you love 16-bit gaming you might want to check this out.

Many Retro Star Wars Games on PlayStation Store This Week

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, April 28, 2015

If you've got a PlayStation and a hankering to play some old favorites, this is a good week to be alive - just remember, that "old" is a lot more recent than it used to be. 

The PlayStation 3 has a Star Wars Throwback Pack on sale for $30.35 with PS2 ports of Bounty Hunter, Dark Forces, Racer Revenge, Starfighter, and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.  Those titles are also available individually for $9.99.

PlayStation Vita and PSP owners can enjoy a larger mega bundle for $39.99.  It includes Battlefront II, Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, Battlefront: Elite Squadron, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes, and the original The Force Unleashed.

GOG.com Adds Star Wars X-Wing, TIE FIghter Classic Flight Simulators

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, October 28, 2014

While there was fear of Disney burying the past of LucasArts, it turns out that there's still gold in them thar hills - $9.99 worth, to be exact.   X-Wing and TIE Fighter are both up on GOG.com along with other Lucas titles like KOTOR, Sam & Max, and a few more.  Click here to check them out - you too can buy them and they'll sit on your hard drive unplayed with hundreds of other cheap games you got on Steam last year.

You Can't Have It: Lost Factor 5 Star Wars Video Games include Rogue Squadron Comp

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, October 12, 2014

In an article called More Cancelled Star Wars Games Revealed, IGN reveals that Factor 5 had been pretty busy before the 2008 financial crisis.  We almost got a Rogue Squadron compilation on the Wii, and a bunch of other goodies.  We also missed out on Star Wars Rogue Squadron: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter.  It's worth a read.

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 - Rise of the Clones 40 New Levels

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, May 29, 2014

Forbes and other outlets are confirming 40 new levels are on the way to Angry Birds Star Wars 2 - and apparently they're free.  Does this mean more new toys? Most likely, so strap yourselves in for another season of bird importing on your iPhones!

Star Wars: Attack Squadrons Game Not Coming Out

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, May 25, 2014

Since you probably never heard of it, the passing of Star Wars: Attack Squadrons before an actual release won't mean much to you.  The free-to-play game has been in beta testing, and now according to this Facebook post it won't be doing much of anything.   Having joined 1313 and Vernost

iOS Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace Launches Today

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, May 1, 2014

Disney gave us a hands-on heavily embargoed look at a new Star Wars app last week called Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace. While sort of a neat throwback - it's an iOS take on the classic Buena Vista storybook + record sets some of us had in kids mashed up with trivia and a video game - it's also aimed at people much shorter and younger than the average reader of sites like this one.

Follow us on Twitter @Galactichunter and @Adam16bit - we'll be giving away free codes to download this one!

Featuring lush art and amazing voiceover work by James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi and others on The Clone Wars), it's $6.99 and will be on the iTunes store roughly nowish.

LEGO Star Wars Microfighters - New Toys and iOS Game

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, February 3, 2014

If you have an Apple touch screen gizmo, LEGO Star Wars Microfighters is up for grabs.  99 cents gets you the game, and the toys are coming sooner or laterThey're on Amazon and are crazy expensive right now.