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The story of this game is based on Episode IV: A New Hope, the first of the original Star Wars movie trilogy. The player initially controls the movie's main hero, Luke Skywalker, but two more controllable characters join later: the careless captain Han Solo and his Wookie side-kick, Chewbacca. The game generally follows the movie plot, allowing the player to experience some of the most important sequences, such as the search for Obi-Wan Kenobi, rescuing princess Leia, and the final confrontation against Death Star and its TIE Fighters, led by the mysterious Darth Vader.

Most of the game levels follow traditional platform gameplay style. As Luke, Han, or Chewbacca, the player makes his way through the linear levels, fighting enemies, jumping over obstacles, and collecting power-ups. The power-ups include standard health-restoring items, upgrades for the blaster gun (up to five different upgrade levels), as well as special items that can be used for massive destruction of the enemies. Luke uses a weak blaster gun, but later gains access to a lightsaber, being able to fight enemies melee-style. Han and Chewbacca use stronger flame guns, but cannot upgrade to better weapons.

Some of the levels are dedicated to familiar Star Wars vehicles (such as a land speeder). Controlling the vehicle from a third-person view, the player has to navigate it through the pseudo-3D environments, avoiding obstacles and shooting at enemies on the way.

The PlayStation ports of the SNES version have updated controller and display options, leaderboards, new save options, and Trophies.


Super Star Wars SNES Title screen.
Super Star Wars SNES Swinging a lightsaber.
Super Star Wars SNES "Stay on target...."
Super Star Wars SNES An unfriendly droid.

Promo Images

Super Star Wars Magazine Advertisement
Super Star Wars Screenshot
Super Star Wars Screenshot
Super Star Wars Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "スーパースターウォーズ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Does This Game Honourably Represent Star Wars? So Hai (371) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
It's Star Wars SNES owners, but not as we know it! Retro_Minded (21) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
A good game that's a must-have to all Star wars fans! darthsith19 (70) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
A long time ago, in a galaxy, far, far away.....Super Star Wars! MegaMegaMan (2285) unrated

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1993 95 out of 100 95
N-Force Dec, 1992 95 out of 100 95
GameFan Magazine Oct, 1992 94 out of 100 94
Nintendo Magazine System UK Feb, 1993 93 out of 100 93
Total! (Germany) Nov, 1994 2 out of 6 80
Power Play Jan, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Oct 31, 2004 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1993 9 out of 12 75
The Video Game Critic May 18, 2005 B- 67
Retro Game Reviews Nov 11, 2015 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50


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Cancelled PC version

Brain Bug completed a PC port, but ultimately LucasArts decided not to publish the game as it didn’t fit in with the other Star Wars games they were working on.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • November 1992 (Issue 40) - Game of the Month
  • FLUX Magazine
    • 1995 (Issue #4) - #25 in Top 100 Video Games of All-Time
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Mullet of Death (653) added Super Star Wars (SNES) on Jun 06, 2002
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