A terrifying, vindictive government; a determined group of rebels and rabble rousers; a resistance built on hope. No, we’re not talking about the last ten days, we’re talking about Star Wars!
As a cultural phenomenon in the midst of a modern renaissance, Star Wars is everywhere today, but such wasn’t the case in 1992. And since my parents weren’t big fans at the time, the probability of me being able to watch the full trilogy was slim to none. How could a ten year old with mild interest keep track of the happenings in a galaxy long ago and far, far away? Enter Super Star Wars.
Loosely based on A New Hope, Super Star Wars was an unforgiving action-platformer that kicked all kinds of butt. It joined the ranks of Ducktales or Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers, licensed games that were awesome, and dialed it to eleven. You think Luke buying R2 and C3PO was cool? Okay, well what if Luke had to infiltrate a sand crawler, murder a bunch of Jawas, and fight a lava monster? Yeah, that’s significantly cooler and that’s what Super Star Wars let you do.
There were rad blaster upgrades, including a handheld proton missile seeker, and once you got the lightsaber you basically became a blue buzzsaw. You could even play as Han and Chewie! And did I mention the landspeeder and X-Wing mode 7 levels? Luke was no whiny teen here, no, he was a badass with a blaster and a lightsaber, rampaging across the galaxy, destroying Sarlaac pit monsters and Imperial defense droids in his quest for vengeance. It was freaking awesome.
Since this was my first real experience with the story of Star Wars, aside from whatever I had been able to piece together through pop culture references and side conversations, Super Star Wars was also the first time I’d seen the Death Star explode, or heard Obi Wan utter the immortal words, “Use the Force, Luke.”
Super Star Wars turned me from near-ambivalence to the hardcore Star Wars fanboy that I am to this day. And it’s available now on the PS4, Vita, Wii, and Wii U. If you’re feeling up to the kind of challenge that the preteens of yesteryear dealt with before breakfast, boot it up. You won’t be disappointed.
Well, you might be, but only in your own gaming skills.