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Gaming website Kotaku have done an article about the Star Wars 1987 video game which was by Namco and released exclusively in Japan for the Famicom. In the article they also include pages from the instruction manual which include artwork and details about some of the creatures and planets which I don't believe we have articles about. If possible, could someone please be able to translate them and create articles about them?
Links for the pages can be found here:
Taken from the Video Game Den, linked to in Kotaku article: "This version of Star Wars starts out as a harmless franchise - you meet R2-D2 on Tatooine, fight Jawas, enter their rusty Sandcrawler and bump into Darth Vader who magically (or, should I say, "Forcefully") turns into a giant sand-spider. What the... ? At that very moment you realize that something is dramatically different about this game. Namco took some "poetic" liberties with the original storyline and it is when you reach the Egyptian ruins (level 2) that you finally realize why the game was never released outside of Japan... Interestingly, this version mixes events from the first two movies (such as Hoth or the way how Luke uses the Force) - which somehow explains why Darth Vader turns into a scorpion (as Yoda explains, Luke sees his greatest fear, not the scorpion). Anyway maybe I'm going too far with this, it still doesn't explain why Luke has black hair in the game though... So, what about the gameplay ? Star Wars is a great side-scrolling platformer and the space fights between each planet are beautifully crafted. However, the game is brutally difficult - Luke has no life gauge and dies on contact and some later stages (such as the Death Star maze) are just plain frustrating. So here you have it, fans of the movies will be smiling with glee (and confusion) every step of the way, the others will swear at Luke's too many frustrating and unfair deaths." SinisterSamurai 15:12, May 30, 2011 (UTC)
Pretty cool find! At the very least, the game and some of those monsters should have pages here, albeit with an "ambiguously canon" tag or something. Anyone read Japanese? ~Savage 06:06, May 31, 2011 (UTC)
Well yes seeing as this adaption of the A New Hope is much different than the film, the things that appear in the game are somewhere between canon and noncanon, but doesn't mean that they don't possibly exist somewhere in the Star Wars universe, just that they've yet to appear in any canon material. I'm quite interested in what the bios say for the creatures and aliens plus the planets. --Victory93 07:12, May 31, 2011 (UTC)