Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (SNES)

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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.


Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES The hostile environment in Hoth...
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 Boss battle in Dagobah
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES Menu Screen

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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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
The Video Game Critic May 18, 2005 B+ 83
Video Games Jan, 1994 81 out of 100 81
High Score Apr 13, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Lens of Truth Sep 02, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Informer Magazine May, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Megablast Dec, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Svenska Hemdatornytt Mar, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Dec, 1993 69 out of 100 69
Edge Dec, 1993 6 out of 10 60


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

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