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The Japanese version of the Star Wars video game, released in 1987 by Namco (published under their Namcot label), was released for the Family Computer (or Famicom for short). This version is a common side-scrolling platformer in which the player controls Luke, as he travels in order to join the Rebellion against the Empire. Hiroyuki Kawada was one of the game's developers.

Opening crawlEdit

EPISODE IV
A NEW HOPE
IT IS A PERIOD OF CIVIL WAR.
REBEL SPACESHIPS, STRIKING
FROM A HIDDEN BASE, HAVE WON
THEIR FIRST VICTORY AGAINST
THE EVIL GALACTIC EMPIRE.

DURING THE BATTLE, REBEL
SPIES MANAGEDTO STEAL SECRET
PLANS TO THE EMPIRE'S
ULTIMATE WEAPON, THE DEATH
STAR, AN ARMORED SPACE
STATION WITH ENOUGH POWER TO
DESTROY AN ENTIRE PLANET.

PURSUED BY THE EMPIRE'S
SINISTER AGENTS, PRINCESS
LEIA RACES HOME ABOARD HER
STARSHIP, CUSTODIAN OF THE
STOLEN PLANS THAT CAN SAVE
HER PEOPLE AND RESTORE
FREEDOM TO THE GALAXY....

StoryEdit

While the game is based on Episode IV, Namco took several liberties with its storyline. For instance, Luke must rescue some of the main characters from the movie (R2-D2, C-3PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and Han Solo), who are trapped in distinct planets. Thus, Luke travels using the Millennium Falcon (which in the movie was piloted only by Chewie and Han) in order to find them. Also, on each planet, the boss appear to be none other than the Sith Darth Vader, who is typically impersonated by shapeshifting entities who will sometimes transform into a giant scorpion, a Wampa, a shark, or a pterosaur in order to continue attacking. Vader himself is eventually fought for real at the Death Star, just prior to escaping the Death Star upon rescuing Princess Leia, as well as on Yavin 4. As for the planets themselves, some are portrayed very differently than in the mainstream franchise's universe (Kessel contains ruins that resemble that of Ancient Egypt, for example), and some don't appear in the film (such as the icy planet, which is most likely Hoth). In addition, Chewbacca in this game has some ability to speak Galactic Basic Standard, even though neither the films nor most Expanded Universe materials even hint at him being capable of speaking anything other than his native tongue.

Other differences include the use of a lightsaber and the Force, the latter of which Luke learned very little of until Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. In addition, Luke's in-game appearance is black haired, although instruction manual illustrations depict him with yellow hair, closer to his actual sandy-blond hair color.

Transforming VaderEdit

According to both "Game On!," an article published in Star Wars Insider 135, and the game manual, the fake Vaders were "intended as illusions representing Luke's fears, like the Cave of Evil scene in Empire Strikes Back."[1]. However, those "illusions" were able to kidnap Luke Skywalker's allies and hold them prisoner.

AppearancesEdit

Luke vs the Ellespad

Gameplay from Star Wars


External linksEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
Books
Full adaptations
Novel · Junior novelization · Mighty Chronicles · Random House · The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
Shakespeare · Star Wars: A Storybook · The Star Wars Storybook · Shimmer Book · Golden Book
Partial adaptations:
A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker · Choose Your Own Star Wars Adventure
Darth Vader's Mission: The Search for the Secret Plans · Death Star Battles · Heroes in Hiding · Journey to Mos Eisley
Join the Rebels · Luke's Fate · R2-D2's Mission: A Little Hero's Journey · R2-D2 and Friends

Star Wars Journal: Captive to Evil · The Fight for Justice · Hero for Hire · The Rise of a Hero

Comics
Marvel Star Wars: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · Marvel Illustrated Version
Marvel Special Edition Featuring: 1 · 2 · 3
Classic Star Wars: A New Hope: 1 · 2 · Trade paperback
The Special Edition: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Trade paperback
Star Wars Droids: 6 · 7 · 8
Infinities: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Manga: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Contemporary Motivators: Star Wars · PhotoComic
Video games
1987 video game · 1991 video game · Super Star Wars
Activity books
Ultimate Sticker Book
Book-and-record:
Star Wars · Classic Star Wars · A New Hope · Episode IV: A New Hope Read-Along Storybook and CD
Behind the scenes
The Annotated Screenplays · The Art of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope · Behind the Magic · Chronicles · The Making of the Movie
The Making of Star Wars · The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film · The Star Wars Portfolio
Guide and reference books
Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope (Second Edition) · Super Star Wars Official Game Secrets
The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook · Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition · Who's Who
Other material and merchandise
Jedi Pack · Radio drama (NPR Dramatization) · Original Soundtrack Anthology · Soundtrack · Toy line · Trading card game
Star Wars Customizable Card Game:
Premiere Limited · Premiere Two-Player Introductory Set · Premiere Unlimited
A New Hope Limited · A New Hope Revised Unlimited · Enhanced Premiere · Special Edition Limited
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