Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

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Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Black Pearl Software
Developer:
Genre: Action[1]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
US
$34.9934.99[2] T-100088
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Game Gear
EU
T-100088-50
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.9929.99[4] T-100088-50
Non-Sega versions

Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi is a platform game released for the Game Gear in 1995. It was developed by Realtime Associates and published by Black Pearl Software. It is an adaptation of the third movie in the Star Wars franchise, 1983's Return of the Jedi.

It is based on the game of the same name released for the Super NES in 1994, which was developed by Sculptured Software and LucasArts as the third game on their Super Star Wars series. While the Game Gear version is a mostly faithful adaptation, some levels were either simplified or, in the case of most of the vehicle-based stages, removed.

Story

After the events of The Empire Strikes Back, the Galactic Empire is constructing a second Death Star to exterminate the Rebel Alliance. With intel that the Emperor will be onboard, the Rebel Fleet launches a full-scale attack on the Death Star in hopes of both destroying it and the Emperor. Meanwhile, Rebel hero Luke Skywalker, now a Jedi Knight, struggles to bring his father, Darth Vader, back to the light side of the Force.

Gameplay

The game is a platformer. Most levels give the player a choice of character to play; characters play similarly but have different weapons. Characters are moved with Left and Right and crouch with Down. They jump with 2 and "superjump" (a spinning double jump) with 2 again while in the air. The superjump can damage enemies with Luke's lightsaber and Leia's staff and morning star. Characters attack with 1. Projectile weapons can be aimed with the D-pad (including in diagonal directions). Leia's staff and Luke's lightsaber can guard by holding 1; Luke's lightsaber can reflect enemy fire. All weapons can be used while crouching or jumping. Characters enter elevators with Up.

Characters have a "health sword," a bar that indicates their health, which is emptied as they take damage from enemies. If they lose all of their health, they lose a life. They are revived at the beginning of the level or at a checkpoint; the player can choose a different character after losing a life.

Characters

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Luke Skywalker
A member of the Rebel Alliance who was trained by the Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda in the ways of the Force. He must confront his father, the Sith Lord Darth Vader. He is armed with a self-constructed lightsaber.
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Leia Organa
The Princess of Alderaan and a former member of the Imperial Senate who worked as a spy for the Rebel Alliance. She disguises herself as the bounty hunter Boushh to rescue Han Solo from the gangster Jabba the Hutt. She is armed with a blaster, but she uses a staff when disguised as Boushh and a morning star in Jabba's Palace.
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Han Solo
A former smuggler and captain of the starship Millenium Falcon. He was captured by Darth Vader and frozen in carbonite; he is now believed to be held by the crime boss Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine. He is armed with a blaster.
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Chewbacca
A Wookiee who was taken captive by the Empire and freed by Han Solo, with whom he served as co-pilot and mechanic of the Millennium Falcon. He is armed with a laser crossbow.
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Wicket the Ewok
A young Ewok hunter on the forest moon of Endor. He is armed with a bow and arrow.

Items

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Hearts
Picking up a small heart restores a small portion of the character's health; picking up a big heart fully restores the character's health.
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Weapon Power-Up
Increases the damage that the character's weapon does to enemies.
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Thermal Detonator
Gives the character a bomb that can be detonated with 1 to destroy all enemies on screen. The player has a short duration in which to use the bomb, during which the icon blinks in the corner of the screen.
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Green Diamond
Encircles the character with a green diamond that protects him or her from damage temporarily.
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R2-D2
Touching R2-D2 activates a checkpoint, where the character is revived after losing a life.
Hero Icon
Picking up a portrait of the current character gives the player an extra life.

Levels

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Tatooine
This level can be played as Luke, Chewbacca, or Leia (disguised as the bounty hunter Boushh).

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Dance Hall
The first part of the level can be played as Luke, Chewbacca, or Leia (disguised as the bounty hunter Boushh). The fight with the Rancor can only be played as Luke.

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Sail Barge
This level can be played as Luke, Chewbacca, or Leia.

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Endor
This level can be played as Luke or Leia. The D-pad moves the speeder bike and 1 shoots lasers.

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Ewok Village
This level can only be played as Wicket the Ewok.

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Power Generator
This level can be played as Han or Chewbacca.

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Death Star
This level can only be played as Luke.

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Tower
This level can only be played as Luke.

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Final Level
This level is played as Lando Calrissian and Nien Nunb piloting the Millennium Falcon. Left and Right steer the Millenium Falcon, Up and Down move it up and down the z-axis, 1 shoots, and 2 accelerates.

Production credits

  • Programmed by: Stephen Nguyen, Doug Shilling
  • Additional Programming: Tom Powers
  • Animations: Laura Raines Smith
  • Backgrounds and Map Layouts: Phil Knowles, Jean Bergesen
  • Music Arrangements and Sound Effects: Greg Turner, Eric Swanson
  • Producer for Realtime Associates, Seattle Division: Laura Raines Smith
  • Director of Product Development: Steve Ryno
  • Senior Producer: Donn Navert
  • Producer: Greg Gibson
  • Associate Producer: Jon Osborn
  • Testers: Sanders Keel, Jamie Saxon, Gabriel Jones, James Noyes, Erick Fernandez, Elizabeth Smith, Bill Villegas, Jason Lewis, Chris Lloyd
LucasArts Entertainment Company Team
  • Original Direction and Design: Kalani Streicher
  • Production: Camela Boswell, Brett Tosti
  • Original Art and Animation: Harrison Fong, Jon Knoles, Paul Mica, Leonard Robel, Bill Tiller
  • Original Programming: Sculptured Software, Inc.
  • Special Thanks: George Lucas
Source:
In-game credits
Super Return of the Jedi GG credits.pdf
[5]


Magazine articles

Main article: Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #77: "December 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Freak (IL)
92
[6]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
93
[2]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
89
[7]
Mega Force (FR)
83
[8]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
81
[9]
Player One (FR)
80
[10]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
93
[11]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
75
[4]
Sega Game Gear
86
Based on
8 reviews

Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Game Gear, US
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Game Gear, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Game Gear, PT

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 4a38b6b6
MD5 fc8d04e6975267cdc6bd49a0dea33c41
SHA-1 a37858100903ad1e0224c870fe12419c25df90e0
512kB Cartridge (US/EU)

External links

References


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