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Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Publication information

Sculptured Software



Release date

November 1993[1]




Single player


ESRB: Everyone (E), ELSPA: 3+


Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Virtual Console


Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, sometimes called Super The Empire Strikes Back or simply Super Empire Strikes Back is a platform game for the Super Nintendo (Super Famicom in Japan) which follows Super Star Wars and precedes Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. It is largely based on the second film of the original Star Wars trilogy, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.


Plot and gameplay

Several contradictions to the movie's storyline slightly change the plot from usual. For instance, Han Solo is carbon-frozen while searching for C-3PO, rather than captured.

Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back follows closely the standard set by Super Star Wars, with multiple playable characters and Mode 7 quasi-3D vehicle sequences. Controls are very similar to the first game, but with an enhanced double-jump. Unlike its predecessor, the player is able to use Force powers. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca are all playable characters. Darth Vader and a "Wampa King" appear as bosses.





  • Level 1: Hoth 1
  • Level 2: Wampa Cave 1-Boss: Wampa King
  • Level 3: Hoth 2
  • Level 4: Wampa Cave 2
  • Level 5: Hoth 3-Boss: Imperial Probe Droid
  • Level 6: Echo Base 1
  • Level 7: Hoth Battle
  • Level 8: Outside AT-AT
  • Level 9: Inside AT-AT
  • Level 10: Atop of AT-AT
  • Level 11: Echo Base 2-Boss: CAT (Comabat Assault Transport)
  • Level 12: Echo Base 3-Boss: AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport)
  • Level 13: The Asteroid Field
  • Level 14: Dagobah 1
  • Level 15: Dagobah 2
  • Level 16: Dagobah 3-Boss: Habogad
  • Level 17: Cloud City 1-Boss: Bespin Hovercraft
  • Level 18: Ugnaught Facility-Boss: Ugaharro mining crusher, Gapage Cockpit
  • Level 19: Carbon Freezing Chamber-Boss: Carbon Freezing Chamber Generator
  • Level 20: Cloud City 2-Boss: Boba Fett, Slave I
  • Level 21: X-Wing to Cloud CIty
  • Level 22: Cloud City Reactor-Boss: Darth Vader


  • The game was released on June 1st, 1993, exactly one year after Super Star Wars and one year before Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
  • Advertised as a 12 megabit game. For a relatively brief period in gaming history, some particularly large games were advertised based on their contents in megabits, some of which required special cartridges to hold. Other games advertised in this manner included Strider, Streets of Rage, and Final Fantasy VI (Known at time of release as Final Fantasy III). Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, the next in the series, was advertised as 16 megabits.
  • Like Super Star Wars, Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back also had an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System version, without the Super in the title.
  • Included a password system so users could effectively save games without needing any onboard cartridge memory.
  • Released in Japan by Victor Interactive Software as Super Star Wars: Teikoku no Gyakushuu. (English: Super Star Wars: The Empire's Counterattack)

This article uses material from the "Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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