Star Wars: Lucasfilm Games (NES)

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Star Wars
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Platform: NES
Year: 1991
Developer: Lucasfilm Games (Design)
Beam Software (Programming)
Buy: Amazon
This page is for the game by Lucasfilm Games/JVC. For the Famicom version by Namco, see Star Wars: Namco (FC).

Star Wars is an action game created by Lucasfilm Games and based on the 1977 film of the same name. It was released by Victor Musical Industries for the Family Computer in Japan on November 15, 1991 and by JVC Musical Industries for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America in November 1991 and in Europe on March 26, 1992. An official mail order "Hint Book" was available for the game upon its release.

Two versions for handheld game consoles were released. The Game Boy port was developed by NMS Software and published by Capcom and released shortly less than a year later in 1992. The Game Gear port was developed by Tiertex Design Studios and published by U.S. Gold and released in 1993. A Master System version was also released.

The game was followed by a sequel, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, but there never was an NES game for Return of the Jedi. A counterpart of the game for the Super NES, Super Star Wars, was released as well. On June 28, 2019, the NES and Game Boy versions were officially re-released in both standard and Collector's Edition sets with Disney and Lucasfilm's approval in limited quantities on unlicensed replica game cartridges by Limited Run Games.

The game was praised by critics for its gameplay, graphics, and audio, but also noted for its brutal difficulty; Though Luke and the other characters have 16 hit points, most enemies drain several points, and some even kill in one hit. There are also many hazards such as spikes and lasers that must be avoided. In addition, the first-person shooting stages will take a continue (rather than a life) from the player if they die. Also, the Millennium Falcon stage requires the player to find its shields on the previous level or it will be destroyed in one hit.

Screenshots

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The boot-up screen with info.

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The title screen.


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Music

Star Wars marks the first game by Marshall Parker, as he had recently started Beam Software at this time.

Though it has a short soundtrack, all of the game's music is taken from the movie score by John Williams. Paul Webb, who worked on the other 8-bit and 16-bit games in the series explained that he was given the original handwritten scores, so Marshall probably received these as well, as Lucasfilm was heavily involved with the game's development. However, Parker arranges the songs in jazzy and rock-based versions, possibly to work better with the 2A03 and sound engine of the game.

Marshall used Brian Post's version of the NYNTH sound driver, entering the music in Music Macro Language. Gavan Anderson provided sound effects, though the game credits Marshall for them. It is possible he made some sound effects and Anderson did the rest.

Recording

  1. NTSC Version
  2. PAL Version
# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
101 Title Screen John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 1:08
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102 Tatooine / Landspeeder John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 1:22
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103 Cave John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 3:52
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104 Mos Eisley Spaceport! John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 1:01
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105 Cantina Band John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 1:01
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106 Han Solo and the Princess John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 0:06
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107 Millennium Falcon John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 0:34
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108 Death Star John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 2:01
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109 Princess Leia's Theme John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 0:53
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110 Space Battle John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 1:14
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111 Ending John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 0:33
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# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
201 Title Screen John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 1:10
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202 Tatooine / Landspeeder John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 1:27
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203 Cave John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 3:53
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204 Mos Eisley Spaceport! John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 1:12
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205 Cantina Band John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 0:56
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206 Han Solo and the Princess John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 0:15
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207 Millennium Falcon John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 0:39
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208 Death Star John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 2:13
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209 Princess Leia's Theme John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 0:53
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210 Space Battle John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 1:08
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211 Ending John WilliamsMarshall ParkerBrian Post 0:33
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Credits

(Sources: North America, Japan)

There are no in-game credits, even if the player manages to beat the game with a 100% rating. Fortunately, the game's instruction manual contains a full list of staff credits, even the Japanese version.

Though the North American and Japanese versions credit the sound effects to Marshall Parker, Gavan said he did the sound effects, though he receives a credit for Hardware Support. The Japanese version simply credits Marshall for Sound (サウンド).

Game Rip

Format

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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site. The recording was made in NSFPlay Synthesia Mod.

Audio Devices

The game uses the 2A03 of the NES in the US and Japan, as well as the 2A07 of the NES in Europe. It uses Brian Post's sound driver.

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Star Wars
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-11-??
Publisher: JVC Musical Industries
  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: スターウォーズ (Star Wars)
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-11-15
Publisher: Victor Musical Industries
  EU.svg   EU
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Title: Star Wars
Platform: NES
Released: 1992-03-26
Publisher: JVC Musical Industries

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