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The sequel to Super Star Wars is, as the name implies, based on Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the second of the original Star Wars movie trilogy. The game features familiar locations and events from the film, such as the ice planet Hoth, the search for Yoda on the jungle planet Dagobah, and the fight against Darth Vader. Several locations are expanded, adding places and boss enemies that did not exist in the movie, and certain key events in the story are omitted or changed.

As in the previous game, the player is able to control three characters: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca. Unlike the first, each character has been given a distinct special move. Chewie spins a path of destruction through enemies, Han has grenades and a powerful slide, and Luke can switch to his lightsaber and block oncoming fire. Gameplay is very similar to the first game, mostly focusing on platforming elements. As before, there are Mode-7 vehicle levels, during which the player is able to pilot a snowspeeder against encroaching Imperial walkers, pilot the Millennium Falcon through the asteroid field, and break through Cloud City's defenses in Luke's X-Wing fighter.

The game's other major addition is the inclusion of a suite of Force powers for Luke. They are learned by collecting hidden orbs on the Dagobah level, and add a second special bar that depletes with each usage of a Force power. Power-ups include health items, weapon upgrades, screen-clearing detonators, and orbs that restore Luke's Force power. Passwords have also been added, and are given upon completion of each of the game's 25 stages.

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Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES Luke thinks he has mastered the ways of the force...
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES Caves are to be found at the end of some Hoth stages
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES And Chewbacca now tries to find out the secrets behind Cloud City....
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES Meanwhile, Luke learns the ways of the force in Dagobah

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Alternate Titles

  • "スーパースターウォーズ帝国の逆襲" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Super Star Wars: Teikoku no Gyakushuu" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

A long time ago, in a Galaxy far, far away.....Super Empire Strikes Back! MegaMegaMan (2260) unrated

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Nov, 1993 5 out of 5 100
Game Zero Nov, 1993 91 out of 100 91
The Video Game Critic May 18, 2005 B+ 83
High Score Apr 13, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Game Informer Magazine May, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Play Time Feb, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Super Play (UK) Jan, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Megablast Dec, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Dec, 1993 69 out of 100 69
Just Games Retro Dec 15, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

It was named Super Nintendo Game of the Year in the 1993 GamePro Editors' Choice Awards (Vol. 6, Issue 2)

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