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Star Wars Arcade
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Model 1, Sega 32X
Genre: Shooting































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1993-08[1] ¥?  ?
Arcade
US
1993 $?  ?
Arcade
EU
1994-04 £6,000[2]  ?



Sega 32X
JP
¥8,800 GM-4002
Sega 32X
US
$59.99[3] 84508
Sega 32X
UK
£59.99 84508-50
Sega 32X
FR
?F 84508-50
Sega 32X
DE
DM ? 84508-50
Sega 32X
ES
?Ptas 84508-50
Sega 32X
BR
R$? 152080
Sega 32X
AS
? 84508



Star Wars Arcade (スターウォーズ・アーケード) is a Sega Model 1 arcade game developed by Sega AM3 and LucasArts, and published by Sega in 1993. It was also brought to the Sega 32X in 1994 and sold as a launch title for the system. During development the Model 1 version was known as Virtua Star Wars.

Like all Model 1 games, Star Wars Arcade is presented in 3D perspective. The player pilots various ships from the Star Wars universe including the X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters through various missions.

Star Wars Arcade was followed by Star Wars Trilogy Arcade in 1998.

History

Versions

When brought to the 32X, Star Wars Arcade saw a significant downgrade in polygon counts alongside the expected drop in resolution. All scenery, effects and spacecraft in the game are affected, with the 32X also struggling to keep a locked frame rate when faced with busy scenes, resulting in noticeable slowdown, particularly in indoor areas (as opposed to the Model 1's, rarely-wavering 60FPS). These cuts can drastically change the feel of certain levels; for example, a lack of asteroids in the opening stage means the 32X version is more empty than its arcade counterpart.

Cinematics are generally shorter on the 32X as well.

To partially make up for this, there is a special "32X mode" which extends the levels and offers more challenge than the base "arcade" mode.

Production credits

32X version

Source: In-game credits
  • Developed at Sega Interactive
  • Lead Programmer: Steven Lashower
  • Polygon Engine: Christopher Warner
  • Programmers: Alan Wise, Kevin Burley
  • Lead 3D Artist: Herman Cheng
  • 3D Artists: Albert Co, Fred Weimer, Steven Mclure, Willis Wong
  • Background Artists: William Kier, Mike Chung
  • Music Director: Tristan Des Pres
  • Musicians: Jeffery Tveras, Dave Delia
  • FM Sound Effects: Mike Larkin
  • Producers: Jesse Taylor, John C. Brandstetter
  • Technical Director: Christopher Warner
  • Assistant Producers: Vince Nason, Greg Becksted
  • Marketing: Sarah Mason Richmond
  • Lead Testers: Frank Hsu, Jeff Loney, Rey Alferez
  • Assistant Lead Testers: Rick Greer, Janine Cook, Manuel Sousa
  • Testers: Mark Subotnick, Fernando Valderrama, Ben Cureton, Kim Rogers, Arnold Feener, Steve Bourdet, Joel Breton, Sam Saliba, Tim Spengler, Mark Griffin, Mike Mansourian, Jeff Junio, William Beckman, Don Carmichael, Arnold Gallano, John Harlow, Rachel Bristol, Caroline Trujillo, David Wood
  • Special Thanks: Mark Nausha, Rod Nakamoto, Nancy Nakamoto, Jesse Taylor, Dave Albert, Johnny Turbo, Haven DuBrull, Doria Sanchez, Steve Dauterman
Source: US manual creditsMedia:Swarcade 32x us manual.pdf[4]
  • Marketing: Nemer Velasquez
  • Background Artists: Albert Co
  • Testers: Bill Person, David Dodge, Atom Ellis, Devon Hammack, Tony Lynch, Mike Williams, Jeff Ng
  • Manual: Carol Ann Hanshaw
  • Special Thanks: Bob Schonfisch

Magazine articles

Main article: Star Wars Arcade/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Photo gallery

Physical scans

Model 1 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №154, p64[5]
Arcade
80
Based on
1 review

Model 1, US
Model 1, JP

32X version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
32 №2, p124-127[6]
78 №38
90 №157, p136-138[7]
60 №16, p90[8]
93 №24, p36-38
85 №73
79 №7, p15
74 №1/95, p52[9]
91 №27, p24-26
74 №1/95, p29[10]
90 №26, p18-22[2]
60 №1, p93[11]
71 №48, p66
90 №12, p72/73
86 №62, p40-42[12]
87 №40, p46/47
86 №56, p24
75 №3/95, p83[13]
80 №2, p96/97[14]
Sega 32X
78
Based on
19 reviews

32X, US
StarWarsArcade 32X US Box Back.jpgStarWarsArcade 32X US Box Front.jpg
Cover
StarWarsArcade 32X US Cart.jpg
Cart
Swarcade 32x us manual.pdf
Manual
32X, EU
StarWarsArcade 32X EU Box Back.jpgStarWarsArcade 32X EU Box Spine.jpgStarWarsArcade 32X EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
StarWarsArcade 32X EU Cart.jpg
Cart
32X, JP
StarWarsArcade 32X JP Box Back.jpgStarWarsArcade MD JP BoxSpine.jpgStarWarsArcade 32X JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
StarWarsArcade MD JP CartTop.jpg
StarWarsArcade 32X JP Cart Back.jpgStar Wars Arcade 32X JP cart.jpg
Cart
Swarcade 32x jp manual.pdf
Manual
32X, BR
Starwarsarcade 32x br cover.jpg
Cover
StarWarsArcade 32X BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Swarcade 32x br manual.pdf
Manual
32X, Asia
StarWarsArcade 32X AS Box Spine.jpgStarWarsArcade 32X Asia Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
Cartridge
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-10-09
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-10-08
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-10-07
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-10-06
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-10-06
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-10-05
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-10-03
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-30
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-29
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-23
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-18
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-16
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-15
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-14
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-13
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-12
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-09
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-07
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-06
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-09-01
Sega 32X
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-08-30

References


Star Wars games for Sega systems
Arcade
Star Wars Arcade (1993) | Star Wars Trilogy Arcade (1998) | Star Wars Racer Arcade (2001)
Sega Master System
Star Wars (1993)
Sega Game Gear
Star Wars (1993) | Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1995)
Sega Mega-CD
Star Wars: Rebel Assault (1993) | The Software Toolworks' Star Wars Chess (1994) | Super Star Wars (unreleased)
Sega 32X
Star Wars Arcade (1994)
Sega Saturn
Rebel Strike (unreleased)
Pinball
Star Wars Trilogy (1997)
Sega Dreamcast
Star Wars: Episode I Racer (2000) | Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles (2000) | Star Wars Demolition (2000) | Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing (unreleased)