Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (Nintendo 64)

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Based upon the Pod Racing scenes of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, your mission as young Anakin Skywalker or as one of a collection of strange characters from around the Galaxy is to compete, survive and win in the high speed challenge of Pod Racing.

Each character has a unique Pod that can be upgraded with the credits you win after each race. Finish first to gain the most prestige and compete in greater and more challenging tracks, including the now famous race along the sand dunes of Tatooine that determined the destiny of many lives.


Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Nintendo 64 Race intro
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Nintendo 64 Starting the race
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Nintendo 64 On a rope bridge
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer Nintendo 64 Going through a small rock

Alternate Titles

  • "SW E 1 Racer" -- Informal short title
  • "Pod Racer" -- Informal title
  • "スター・ウォーズ エピソード1 レーサー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Best Racing Game Ever! darthsith19 (64) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A great racer whether you like Star Wars or not. Dark Lord (46) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic May 18, 2005 A 100
GamePro (US) Nov 24, 2000 5 out of 5 100
Total! (Germany) May, 1999 1.25 out of 6 95
Game industry News (GiN) Jun 02, 1999 4.5 out of 5 90
Super Play (Sweden) Jun, 1999 86 out of 100 86
GameSpot May 24, 1999 8.4 out of 10 84
Game Revolution Jun 01, 1999 B+ 83
Power Unlimited Jul, 1999 8 out of 10 80
Gamer's Pulse Jul 23, 2000 80 out of 100 80
IGN May 20, 1999 7.2 out of 10 72


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Lucas Arts wanted to call this game Pod Racer, but an older game already existed with that name and legal stupidity prevailed.


Some actors from the movie also appear in the game, including Greg Proops (race commentator) and Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker).


  • Total! (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 – Best N64 Futuristic Racing Game in 1999
Information also contributed by James1 and Johnny Szary

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Kartanym (10755) added Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (Nintendo 64) on Apr 10, 2001
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