|Super Star Wars|
Super Star Wars is the first of a series of three Super Nintendo games based on the original three films of the Star Wars series. In 2009 the game was released on the Wii's Virtual Console. The term Super Star Wars can refer to the first game or to all three games collectively. All three are essentially platform games, although they all have stages which feature other challenges, such as driving a landspeeder or piloting an X-wing. All three games also feature multiple playable characters with different abilities.
Generally, Super Star Wars can be said to follow the Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope plot closely, although some allowances must be made to adapt the story to suit a platform action game. For example, instead of simply buying C-3PO and R2-D2 from the Jawas, Luke Skywalker must fight his way to the top of the Jawa Sandcrawler while leaping from a series of moving conveyor belts. Later stages allow the player to control smuggler and pilot Han Solo or Chewbacca the Wookiee.
The entire Super Star Wars series earned mostly acclaim from both critics and fans. Its graphics were considered cutting-edge for their time, with the driving stages employing mode 7 graphics, a primitive form of 3D of which the Super Nintendo hardware was capable. Particularly well-received was the game's lush sound, with its accurate representation of the film's famous John Williams soundtrack. On the negative side, the entire series would develop a notoriety for its unforgiving difficulty, which would often frustrate even skilled players.