Star Wars

Nintendo Famicom cart. published 36 years ago by NAMCOT

Listed in MAME

Star Wars screenshot

Star Wars © 1987 NAMCOT

Star Wars is a Famicom exclusive side scrolling platform game. Although the game is loosely based on the epic feature film of the same name, the story is definitely not the same and Namco decided to tell it their own way. As expected, Luke Skywalker is the main protagonist of the game - after listening to the holographic message recorded into R2-D2 by princess Leia, Luke embarks on a journey to find his companions held prisoners across the galaxy. On board the Millenium Falcon, he goes from planet to planet and rescues R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and Han Solo. He also fights countless incarnations of his arch-nemesis Darth Vader who unexpectedly turns into terrifying monsters throughout the game. Luke's main weapon is his trademark light-saber and a blaster can later be picked up. But most importantly, the young Jedi can control The Force and use it to attack his enemies or to reach inaccessible areas. Blue Force crystals are left behind by defeated foes or hidden inside blocks - the more Luke collects, the more Jedi powers he gains and the more powerful he becomes. He can fly in the air, freeze enemies, run faster or become invincible for a short amount of time. The characters that Luke rescues also play important roles in the game and they must be called in specific situations to assist the young Jedi.


Star Wars was released on December 04, 1987 in Japan for 4900 Yen. It was never ported outside Japan.

It's the first Namco game published to use their 129 mapper IC, which supported ROM nametables and expansion audio. (However, this game used neither)


Game Designed by: Wan Wan
Game Programed by: Yoshihiro Kishimoto (Kissie)
Game Designed by: Shimada
Assistant: Pochi
Sound Composed by: Kawada
Produced by: Masaya Nakamura
Production Manager: Kazunori Sawano


Game's ROM.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com