In what appears to be a part of the world's growing celebration for the upcoming release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Sony has re-released the classic SNES game "Super Star Wars" for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
The game can be purchased for $9.99 and is currently available through the PlayStation Store.
The iconic 16-bit game first debuted in the U.S. in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System console. It then made its way to Europe in 1993. In the game, gamers can only choose to play as the good guys. Specifically, they can take on the Empire as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo or Chewbacca.
It features a side-scrolling gameplay experience and players must rely on their weapons such as the lightsaber, a bowcaster, or Solo's DL-44 blaster to take out their enemies. Although the game mainly features a un-and-gun type of gameplay, it also includes vehicles based on the popular film franchise that gamers can use with their characters. These vehicles, including the X-Wing fighter and the landspeeder, are part of some of the game's challenge modes.
Due to the success of the game, developer LucasArts was able to create two follow-up titles that are also based on the "Star Wars" films. The titles of these sequels are "Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" and "Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi."
For the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of "Super Star Wars," the game has been updated and now features trophies, leaderboards, control options and a new save feature, according to Eurogamer. In addition, the game's visual quality was also enhanced but it still features the iconic 16-bit look.
As noted by Sony, purchasing the game through the PlayStation Store entitles gamers to receive both the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 versions of "Super Star Wars." It is not yet clear, however, if Sony also plans to re-release the sequels "Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" and "Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi."
Given the high technical qualities of games coming out today, "Super Star Wars" may not seem much especially for younger gamers. But, just like the appeal of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which features classic actors such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, "Super Star Wars" offers the same nostalgic vibe.
But, for those looking to play a "Star Wars" game that's a bit more modern, they can check out "Star Wars Battlefront" which recently came out this week.