Famicom Exclusive Star Wars Reproduction hits the RetroUSB Store

Famicom-Exclusive-Star-Wars-Reproduction-hits-the-RetroUSB-StoreBack in June the RetroUSB online store hinted at some upcoming reproduction releases set to arrive in store. While two of the many showcased games have been available for some time, the third, a Nintendo NES reproduction of the Famicom exclusive version of Star Wars has finally made itself available.

"Famicom exclusive? But there's a PAL version of Star Wars already available for the Nintendo NES". Maybe so, however this Japanese only Star Wars was a completely different game in comparison to the Western counterpart. Developed by Namco, this 8-bit adventure taking place a long time ago in a galaxy far away puts the American/European title of the same name by Lucasfilm Games to shame.

Not only did Namco's attempt stick more closely to the original story by starting out in Tatooine, but also featured cut scenes such as the holographic visit from Princess Leia via R2-D2. The game follows more similar roots to the likes of Castlevania, Mega Man and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, offering traditional side scrolling action before transforming into a fully fledged space-flight simulator.

If you're interested in finding out how different this game is to the version you may be more familiar with (which was also released on the Nintendo Game Boy, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear), refresh your memory with this gameplay video of the Western Star Wars before watching this short clip of Namco's attempt below.

RetroUSB's reproduction of the Japanese exclusive is currently priced up at $45 and is built using completely new parts (no cartridges were harmed in the making!). Housed in a blue cartridge case featuring a full colour glossy label, it's safe to say this version puts the one we're familiar with to shame.

Link: Buy Star Wars (Famicom Version) Reproduction from the RetroUSB Store



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(Link to this comment) cusser 2011-09-09 20:50
i think i'll stick this down on my wish list. had no idea the famicom version was different. some star wars fan i am :(

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