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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Nintendo 64)

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Description

Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire tells the story of Prince Xizor's quest to replace Darth Vader as the leader of the Sith, and wipe out the Rebels' chances of victory. The only man that can stop him is the interstellar bounty hunter Dash Rendar. The game is based on the novel of the same name, with locations including ice planet Hoth, Mos Eisley and the sewers of Imperial City, all in full 3D.

Levels each have very different objectives, ranging from piloting snowspeeders on Hoth and racing speeder bikes on Tatooine to shooting stormtroopers and droids on foot throughout the galaxy. Dash primarily uses a blaster with unlimited ammo, but can also find more powerful weapons with limited ammunition. Each level has optional "challenge points" that are hidden throughout the level, and finding all of them will unlock a cheat dependent on which difficulty setting the save file is on.

Screenshots

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 The bad guy's palace.
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Hey Han, where you goin'?
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 The canyon outside Gall Spaceport
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Title Screen

Alternate Titles

  • "スター・ウォーズ 帝国の影" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Star Wars: Teikoku no Kage" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Solid Star Wars action, and the game that spawned Rogue Squadron Shadowcaster (237) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
The game now lives in shadows Sam Hardy (76) unrated
The Force is strong with this one…for the first level. PCGamer77 (3027) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars
A long time ago in a store not so far away, this might have been worth it. Matt Neuteboom (941) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
Enjoyable but flawed gaming experience Simoneer (30) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Great game that follows the novel darthsith19 (64) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

Just Games Retro Dec 03, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Officiel Nintendo Magazine Oct, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Retroage Mar 19, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 1997 7.9 out of 10 79
X64 Oct, 1997 78 out of 100 78
Game Play 64 Aug, 1997 76 out of 100 76
GameSpot Dec 04, 1996 7.1 out of 10 71
IGN Dec 09, 1996 6.5 out of 10 65
All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Revolution Jun 06, 2004 C+ 58

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Trivia

A revised edition of the N64 title (the major difference between the two versions being 3D cutscenes for the PC)

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