N64 Star Wars games

by Martin Watts, 28 December 2017

N64 Star Wars Games (PAL versions)

There are four N64 Star Wars games in total, which were released between 1996 and 2000.

The film Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace was released in 1999, during the N64’s commercial lifespan.

Therefore, these games span two eras of the Star Wars saga (the original and prequel trilogies). The stories told in all of these N64 Star Wars games are no longer canon, as a result of Disney purchasing the rights to Star Wars in 2012.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

Released in 1996, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was the first N64 Star Wars game. It’s a third-person action game, which has vehicular combat segments throughout.

Dash Rendar fighting his way through the Echo Base hangar in Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire for Nintendo 64

Set in between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the game puts you into the shoes of the smuggler Dash Rendar.

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

Inspired by Shadows of the Empire’s Battle of Hoth stage, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is an aerial combat game set in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

Playing as Luke Skywalker, you fly a number of iconic Star Wars starfighters into battle against the Galactic Empire.

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, one of four N64 Star Wars games.

Rogue Squadron was one of the first N64 games (and the first of the N64 Star Wars games) to use the N64 Expansion Pak for high-resolution graphics.

Interestingly, this game kind of bridges the gap between the original and prequel trilogy. Despite releasing before The Phantom Menace, Rogue Squadron has a very-well hidden Naboo starfighter cheat.

Star Wars Episode 1: Racer

The first-ever Star Wars racing game, Star Wars Episode 1: Racer, was a major commercial success for LucasArts.

Star Wars Episode 1: Racer review hero image showing young Anakin Skywalker

Based on the podracing sequence in the film, the game features 25 tracks from across the galaxy, as well as a large cast of playable characters. As you play through the single-player mode, you can purchase upgrades to improve your pod’s performance.

Star Wars Episode 1: Battle for Naboo

Star Wars Episode 1: Battle for Naboo is a spiritual successor to Rogue Squadron.

It features a similar gameplay style (despite being built in a different game engine). However, this game features ground- and water-based vehicles in addition to starfighters. You can even change your vehicle during a mission in some instances.

Shooting at a Destroyer Droid/Droideka using a Gian Speeder in Star Wars: Episode 1 - Battle for Naboo

Battle for Naboo uses the N64 Expansion Pak for high-resolution graphics. It also has improved draw distance compared to Rogue Squadron.

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Martin Watts

Martin has been running N64 Today since it began in 2017. He has also written for Nintendo Life and Time Extension, and appeared in the 2022 documentary GoldenEra. He got the Nintendo 64 as a Christmas present back in 1997 and it's been his favourite console ever since. His favourite N64 game is Goemon's Great Adventure.