Nintendo classic Super Star Wars is being given a new lease of life on PlayStation 4 alongside the release of Star Wars Battlefront.
The 23-year-old game was first released in November 1992 and, with a new Star Wars game and movie imminent, LucasArts has given it the re-release treatment for a second time.
Converting big-name movies into successful interactive games isn't the easiest of tasks, as history has shown us, but Super Star Wars was a rare gem, well praised upon release.
The design team had some leeway to deviate from the well-known plot of Star Wars, while the game itself was not subject to the usual time pressures visited upon film tie-ins; it arrived 15 years after Star Wars first released.
Super Star Wars adopted the same perspective as a Mario or Sonic title for much of its duration – the use of laser weapons and lightsabers made it contemporaneous with games in the Mega Man, Metroid, Turrican and Contra series – and yet it was filled with the cherished characters, storyline, props and visual style of cinema's iconic 1977 film.
Players could steer Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca through 15 missions, until Luke was in a position to blow up the Empire's super weapon, the Death Star.
A first re-release for the Super Nintendo classic beckoned in 2009, reissued for the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console. Another six years on, and Sony's family of modern consoles is in on the action.
A PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita version is now releasing on Nov 17, to coincide with the launch of franchise tie-in Star Wars Battlefront, a multi-million dollar effort also strongly supported by the PlayStation brand.
Bringing Super Star Wars up to speed with modern conventions are the inclusion of Trophies, which are awarded upon the completion of certain in-game challenges, as well as new save features, adjustments for modern displays and game controllers, and online leader boards for a bit of friendly competition or encouragement.
Star Wars Battlefront launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on Nov 17 in North America, and Nov 19 in Japan, Australia, and European regions. Super Star Wars is confirmed for purchase and download from the North American PlayStation Network on Nov 17, with other regions expected to follow shortly after. — AFP Relaxnews