May the 4th be with you, gang! Can't let Star Wars day go by without a tribute to the games of Star Wars! Some have been good, some have been bad, but it's been a wild ride nonetheless. As always, thanks for reading!
飞艇群二维码平台Today is May 4th, 2020, which is more often referred to as May the 4th in recent years. This is because Star Wars fans have chosen May 4th as a way to celebrate all things Star Wars, as May the 4th sounds a lot like "may the force," which is a very famous snippet of dialog from the Star Wars series. What started out as a fan movement to celebrate Star Wars years ago has now become the de facto date for Disney, Lucasfilm, and all things Star Wars to spread the word on one of the world's biggest sci-fi franchises.
飞艇群二维码平台Star Wars was a pop culture phenomenon right out of the gate with the first film. The franchise has been at the forefront of many minds as the years rolled on, and it's popularity paved the way for all kinds of off-shoots. There have been countless novels, comic books, TV adaptations, cartoons, and so much more in the last few decades. The Star Wars machine has been churning out content for a long time now, and you can bet games have been a huge part of that.
飞艇群二维码平台It's no surprise to see that the game industry is enamored with Star Wars. Every other avenue of entertainment has wanted to dip its toes into Star Wars, so of course gaming did as well. It's important to note that gaming presents some very unique opportunities that other avenues don't. Gaming is a way for the player to not only take control of the action, but also become a part of the story as well. Star Wars games over the years have let you reenact big moments from the films, see moments that were left out of the blockbusters, and even steer brand new stories in your own direction. Gaming lets us interact with the Star Wars universe like never before.
飞艇群二维码平台Nintendo and Star Wars have been partnered up for a long time as well. Right from the NES, there have been Star Wars games on almost every single Nintendo console and portable (sorry Virtual Boy). Developers from all over the industry have taken a crack at the franchise in order to put their own unique spin on Star Wars. We've seen retellings of the movies, new installments that introduce us to fresh characters, spin-offs for beloved franchise favorites, and much more. If Nintendo creates a new piece of hardware, you can bet Star Wars will find its way to it.
飞艇群二维码平台As with most licensed franchises, there have been some high points for Star Wars games, and dreadfully low points as well. The Rogue Squadron series received high praise from critics, and was followed up by consumers who were eager to gobble UP the arcade-style action series. LEGO Star Wars gave us a new way to enjoy the film series, with a healthy dose of new exploration and unique humor. Super Star Wars was an SNES game that really set the bar high for movie-to-game adaptations in the early days. Then there's titles like Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones on GBA, Star Wars on the NES, Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lightsaber Duels on Wii, and a barrage of others that just weren't up to snuff.
In an odd way, the Star Wars games have mirrored the Star Wars movies. Some of them have received tons of praise from critics and fans alike, others were bashed by pretty much everyone, and more still received an intensely mixed reaction. It's very rare for any franchise to have every single installment be universally praised, and when it comes to something taken so passionately like Star Wars, that achievement becomes harder still. Things that please one big group of fans will absolutely devastate another. You can only hope that the developers involved do their best to utilize the brand to create engaging content, rather than work with it for a quick cash-in.
Through all the cheers and jeers, all the behind-the-scenes turmoil and triumph, Star Wars has endured. The franchise still brings in money by the billions, fans in droves, and new content is being created all the time. That includes new forays into the gaming side of things. With a universe as rich as Star Wars, there's a near limitless amount of content to work with. Some of that content is going to work really well as a video game, and developers are still trying to figure out the best ways to approach that.
On the Switch, we've had quite a fair share of Star Wars content. While we might not have gotten EA's big budget Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, we've had plenty in the way of nostalgia. The Switch has seen two Jedi Knight installments, and Episode 1: Pod Racer is on the way as well. There's also been Star Wars Pinball, which certainly counts, but probably isn't at the top of the list when people are looking for game adaptations. What we do have to look forward to is Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which certainly seems like it'll be the next big thing for LEGO Star Wars and LEGO games in general. I'm sure plenty of fans are eager to grab that one later this year.
飞艇群二维码平台There are almost too many Star Wars games to count, and that number is only going to grow as we move forward into future hardware generations. If anything, it seems that recent Star Wars games have taken a lot more care with the franchise, instead of using it to exploit nostalgia for a bit of monetary gain. Let's hope that trend continues going forward, as the industry will certainly be a better place with high-profile Star Wars games. Millions of fans want to dive deeper into Star Wars lore, and gaming is one of the best ways to do so.
There are way more stories to tell in the Star Wars universe, and some of them are going to unravel through video games. I'm extremely eager to see how those play out, and I'm sure more than a few will remind me of why I became a Star Wars fan in the first place. I'm always ready to take on the next lightsaber duel, force battle, and yes, even pod race.
飞艇群二维码平台Now if we could just get a game version of The Mandalorian...