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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 Han Solo makes his way through the carbonite facility...
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES 3D Snowspeeder stage (I)
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES Is that a door? I bet it will be warm inside...
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES ...and do some 2D shooting

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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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A long time ago, in a Galaxy far, far away.....Super Empire Strikes Back! SNES MegaMegaMan (2285)

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GamePro (US) SNES Nov, 1993 5 out of 5 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES Nov, 1993 94 out of 100 94
Game Players SNES Dec, 1993 85 out of 100 85
1UP! SNES Dec 01, 2015 83 out of 100 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
Super Play (UK) SNES Jan, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Megablast SNES Dec, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Play Time SNES Feb, 1994 71 out of 100 71 SNES Aug 02, 2019 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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