Super Star Wars
Super Star Wars
In a galaxy not so far away, a legendary title graced the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) – “Super Star Wars.” Released in 1992, this game was up there with some of my favourite Snes games. Yet another game that I rode my bike down to the local video shop to hire out. Super Star Wars was the first of three games focused around the epic movies. This being my personal fave. Funnily enough this saw a re-release on PS4 and PS vita many years later.
Super Star Wars – History
Developed by Sculptured Software and published by LucasArts, this game arrived during a time when the Star Wars fandom was eager for new adventures in a galaxy far, far away. It captured the magic of the original trilogy, immersing players in the events of “A New Hope” and letting them relive the iconic battles and moments from the film.
This came out after the Star Wars hype had been around for almost 20 years. But just like a lot of the 16bit era, it saw many movies make their release on the Super Nintendo.
Which Star Wars Characters Join the Rebellion?
One of the standout features of “Super Star Wars” is its roster of playable characters, each bringing their unique skills and abilities to the game. As you journey through the galaxy, grabbing blaster power ups all the while controlling three iconic characters:
Luke Skywalker: The hero of the Star Wars saga, Luke wields his lightsaber with skill and can perform powerful Force moves.
Han Solo: The charming smuggler and marksman, Han is armed with his trusty blaster and offers a different playstyle with his rapid-fire shots.
Chewbacca: The Wookiee co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca brings brute strength to the team, able to tear through enemies and obstacles.
Super Star Wars Cheats
This game is not an easy one with out some of our cheats to make life a little easier. I remember leaving the Super Nintendo on over night once because I made it to the Cantina level only to find out I was only half way through the game. All cheats need to be entered on the title screen and youll need a second controller for the Debug and Invincibility cheats to work.
|Button Input||Cheat Effect|
|A, B, Y, X, B, B, X, X, Y.||15 Continues|
|X, B, B, A, Y.||7 Continues|
|Y, X, X, X, A, A, A, B, B, B, Y, Y.||Character Select (During Action Stages)|
|A, B, A, Y, A + X when the “Start Game” and “Option Menu” selections appear||Four Continues|
|A, Y, A, Y, X, B, X, B, X, B. Then while playing, press Start on controller 2.||Skip to the Next Stage|
|Press and hold A, B, Y, X, then press Start during the game||Sound Test|
|Y, Y, X, X, A, B, X, A.||Start with Luke’s Lightsaber|
|A, B, A, B, A, B, A, B.||View Credits|
|A, A, A, A, X, B, B, B, B, Y, X, X, X, A, Y, Y, Y, Y, B on Controller 1, then Use controller 2 to play while in any level hold select then press and hold A.B.X. and Y. Release all buttons and boom! You can’t die on that level.||Invincibility|
Out Of This Universe Levels
“Super Star Wars” is divided into a series of action-packed levels, each offering its unique challenges and environments. In total, the game features a whopping 14 levels, giving you a journey from the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Death Star. These levels are filled with enemies, obstacles, and memorable boss battles that will test your skills as a Jedi or smuggler. A personal favourite was of course the X-wing on the final level – yeah I got that far!
|Level||Boss | Challenge|
|Dune Sea||Sarlacc Pit Monster|
|Tatooine I (Landspeeder)|
|Inside Sandcrawler||Lava Beast Jawenko|
|Land of the Sandpeople|
|Land of the Banthas||Mutant Womprat|
|Tatooine II (Landspeeder)|
|Cantina Fight||Kalhar Boss Monster|
|Escape from Mos Eisley||Hover Combat Carrier|
|Death Star Hangar Bay||Imperial Defense Droid|
|Rescue of the Princess||Detention Guard Boss|
|Tractor Beam Core|
|Death Star Attack|
|Trench Battle||Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced|
Game Bugs and Glitches
We love our glitches! Super Star Wars is no different and has the usual 16bit bugs we see across most games from this era. There was never a way to update cartridge based games unless it was a gamebreaking issue Turok I am looking at you. I’ve seen occasional issues with collision detection on the Xwing level which is the worst considering its the last level.
Steve from our team also came across an issue after finishing the Dune Sea section of the game where the game glitches out with some green screen artifacts. I’ve tried to replicate this issue and cant seem to do it. So not sure on that one.
Other than that the game was well polished and didnt see many issues other than being painfully hard. Even now 20 years later I am still struggling (without those cheats lol). Still a classic entry from the Super Nintendo system. Well worth the revisit…
May the Force be with you, always.
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