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Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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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.

Screenshots

Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES Menu Screen
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES Meanwhile, Luke learns the ways of the force in Dagobah
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES Exterior of the AT-AT (1)
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES Now it's Han Solo's turn to escape from Hoth

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! SNES MegaMegaMan (2216)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) SNES Nov, 1993 5 out of 5 100
Consoles Plus SNES Jun, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Game Zero SNES Nov, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Game Players SNES Dec, 1993 85 out of 100 85
The Video Game Critic SNES May 18, 2005 B+ 83
Nintendo Life Wii Aug 27, 2009 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Lens of Truth SNES Sep 02, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Informer Magazine SNES May, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Svenska Hemdatornytt SNES Mar, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Edge SNES Dec, 1993 6 out of 10 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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