Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Nintendo 64)

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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.


Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 The canyon outside Gall Spaceport
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 The Battle of Hoth
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Streets of Mos Eisley
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 The bad guy's palace.

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 (3008) 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

Critic Reviews

Just Games Retro Dec 03, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Christ Centered Game Reviews Jun 01, 2005 91 out of 100 91
Retroage Mar 19, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Electric Playground Jan 27, 1997 8 out of 10 80
X64 Oct, 1997 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot Dec 04, 1996 7.1 out of 10 71
Nintendojo Nov 11, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Edge Jan, 1997 6 out of 10 60
Nintendo Life Dec 01, 2009 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Game Revolution Jun 06, 2004 C+ 58


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Dash Rendar in the Nintendo 64 cutscenes looked more like a brown-haired, younger and rougher George Lucas with a rough shave instead of a beard. In the PC edition, he looks more like the original concept art for the character.

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