Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (NES)

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
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Platform: NES
Year: 1991
Developer: Sculptured Software
Buy: Amazon

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is a platforming game that is based on the famous movie of the same name. The player takes the role of Luke Skywalker who must stop the evil empire. While the gameplay was awful, the game did bring some new things to the table, like a bunch of digitized sound effects.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Hey, Luke! Cows go 'Moo!'


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Music

The music is taken from the movie. The game's composer, Paul Webb, said that this is where his 15 minutes of fame came in because the composer from the movie, John Williams, gave Paul the original handwritten sheet music. The game has a sound test which contains official names of the songs. All of the songs but the Cantina theme do not loop. Paul Webb would later go on to compose the SNES Star Wars games, which sounded like they were taken directly from the movie!

Recording

# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Title John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 1:03
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02 Vader John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:38
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03 Luke's Theme John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:15
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04 Yoda's Theme John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:11
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05 Cloud City John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:07
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06 Victory John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:23
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07 Cantina John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 1:01
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08 Happy One John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:03
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09 Happy Two John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:03
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10 Triumph One John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:05
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11 Triumph Two John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:09
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12 Empire John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:08
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13 Danger John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:03
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14 Love John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:17
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15 Yoda One John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:19
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16 Yoda Two John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:11
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17 Yoda Three John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:16
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18 City John WilliamsPaul WebbKen Moore 0:09
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Credits

(Sources: USA, Japan)

Only the text differentiates between the USA and Japanese version. Other than that, they're exactly the same.

Game Rip

Formats

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Size

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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site. The music was recorded in the sound test of the game using VirtuaNES.

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Platform: NES
Released: 1992-03-??
Publisher: JVC
  Spain.svg   Spain
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Title: Star Wars: El Imperio Contraataca (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)
Platform: NES
Released: 1993-??-??
Publisher: JVC
  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: スターウォーズ:帝国の逆襲 (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)
Platform: NES
Released: 1993-03-12
Publisher: JVC