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Star Wars: The Power of the 90s (1994) – The Blockade Runner Podcast #70

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Ryan and John return to the 90s to discuss all of the Star Wars books, comics, games, and merchandise releases from 1994. Join us as we look at:

  • Books: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, The Courtship of Princess Leia, The Crystal Star, A Guide to the Star Wars Universe (2nd Edition), The Art of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, and West End Games’s The Last Command Sourcebook and Star Wars Adventure Journals #1
  • Comics: Droids, Classic Star Wars, Classic Star Wars: The Early Adventures, and Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
  • Games: Super Return of the Jedi and Tie Fighter
  • Plus: The inaugural issue of Star Wars Insider and the start of The Phantom Menace pre-production!

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Star Wars: The Power of the 90s (1993) – The Blockade Runner Podcast – February 11th, 2018

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Ryan and John return to the 90s to discuss all of the Star Wars books, comics, games, and merchandise releases from 1993. Join us as we look at

  • Books: The Last Command, The Truce at Bakura, Monsters and Aliens from George Lucas, and the West End Games sourcebooks from 1993
  • Comics: The Dark Empire trade paperback and Tales of the Jedi: The Knights of the Old Republic #1-#3
  • Games: X-Wing, Rebel Assault, Super The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Chess
  • Plus: The George Lucas Super Live Adventure, The Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology, and more!

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Battlefront 2 Beta & Recent Books/News – The Blockade Runner Podcast – October 7th, 2017

EW Last Jedi CoverRyan and John discuss the Battlefront 2 beta in the latest episode of The Blockade Runner. We chat about all of the content in this week’s beta release, including the playable maps, modes, classes, and characters. We also lament how terrible we are at the game but share our hopes for improving through the experience of playing the single player mode.

After we wrap up the Battlefront 2 discussion, we move on to covering the latest Star Wars books releases as well as touch on our feelings toward J.J. Abrams directing Episode IX and speculate about the now confirmed Last Jedi trailer release on Monday night.

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The Power of the 90s – The Blockade Runner Plays Super Star Wars (SNES, 1992)

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The Super Star Wars games were super popular upon their release and they played a significant role in bringing a new generation of kids into Star Wars at the time, so I’m thrilled to be playing them for our Power of the 90s series. The games are known for their sometimes brutal difficulty, and that’s certainly part of what I remember about them, but after revisiting Super Star Wars with my copy of Volume 42 of Nintendo Power by my side and exploiting a secret free life-farming area, I had a surprisingly smooth experience playing through the game. And it’s absolutely worth tracking down Super Star Wars (even if you don’t have nostalgic memories of playing as a kid) for it’s bright, colorful visual interpretation of the Star Wars universe, it’s 16-bit renditions of classic Star Wars themes, and its giant green womp rats! Check out the videos below to watch my recent playthrough of the game with Star Wars in the 90s-focused commentary.

The Blockade Runner Plays Super Star Wars – Part One:

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The Story of A New Hope As Told By Super Star Wars SNES (1992):

It occurred to me while recording my playthrough of Super Star Wars that the story screens are so impressive that they would be fun to break out and cut together as their own video. It actually reminds me of reading a children’s picture book version of A New Hope, only with excellent 16-bit visuals and sound!

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In case you were wondering if you want this game or not (you do), check out this sweet television ad from the time of the game’s release!

We’ll be back later this month with our Power of the 90s episode cover all things Star Wars in 1993, and we’ll definitely be posting our playthrough for Super The Empire Strikes Back too! Whether or not we can beat the game remains to be seen…


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The Power of the 90s – The Blockade Runner Plays The Empire Strikes Back (NES, 1992)

Power of the 90s NES Empire Cover ArtThe Empire Strikes Back on the NES is first up for our Blockade Runner Plays videos for covering 1992 for The Power of the 90s. Our play through covers the first 30 minutes or so and features some ice cold 8-bit gameplay in Hoth’s icy caves, battlefields, and bases.

These pages from the March, 1992 issue of Nintendo Power provided some helpful tips to players getting their hands on Empire when it originally released, but I found them pretty helpful all these years later too. Empire didn’t get the Nintendo Power cover for this issue, but Darth Vader does grace the cover of the November, 1992 magazine (more on that in our next Blockade Runner Plays).

Click the image below for a gallery featuring the Nintendo Power images (or open them individually at full size from there if you’d like a closer look).

I’m also including a pic of the NES cart from Moby Games, but follow the link to their site for more developer and publisher info as well as screen shots, box art, and more.

155108-star-wars-the-empire-strikes-back-nes-media.pngUnfortunately I don’t have the manual on hand to scan, though I did find an advertisement for the Game Boy game (which Ryan grabbed a copy of recently). This version looks like it was published by Capcom in the U.S. and Ubisoft in Europe, but it was also developed by Sculptured Software and is presumably very similar to its NES counterpart.

empirestrikesback_1992NES Empire is definitely worth a look or play if you get the chance, and I definitely enjoyed my time with it, but as far as I’m concerned the Star Wars games main event would follow later in 1992. Stay tuned to our Power of the 90s coverage for 1992 as we’ll be diving into Super Star Wars next!


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Blockade Runner Pickups August 14th – 20th 2017

Check out last week’s pickups here.

Ryan

Empire Strikes Back (Game Boy)

Grabbed this Game Boy ESB game (weirdly published by Ubi Soft) for our Power of the 90s: 1992 episode. I haven’t played much, but my first impression is that it’s fairly technically impressive for a Game Boy licensed game, but also has some oddly difficult platforming early on.

Star Wars Galaxy

With their bold artistic visions of the Star Wars universe by a variety of artists (including some of the biggest names in comics), the Galaxy card series showcased the Star Wars universe in ways we’d never seen before in 1993. This book chronicles the first three sets of the cards, which range from gorgeous and detailed to post-modern weirdness. I love it.

Weird 6″ figures

I’m really digging these 6″ 5POA figures I grabbed at Big Lots. Not bad for $6; they can almost hang with 6″ Black Series figures!

Star Wars: The Magic of Myth, Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, RotJ Illustrated Edition

We have an awesome bookstore here in Denver called Kilgore Books that specializes in zines, weird literature, and sci-fi. Not only is their focus totally in my wheelhouse, but their prices are great too- I was able to grab these three books for about $16 total. Really stoked to find out what the heck a mindharp is! 

John

Hassk Thug #2

I grabbed my first long-sought-after Hassk Triplet (or “thug” as the Hasbro packaging refers to him) a few weeks ago when Target initially started their Force Awakens toys clearance sales, but everyone knows that Takodana werewolves travel in threes, so I jumped at the opportunity to grab my second figure when I saw him swinging from the pegs the other day. Two dollars and thirty cents!

Glad Star Wars Sandwich Bags

I’m assuming these first released with The Force Awakens, but I’ve never noticed them in stores until now. The bags and packaging are super fun and this is the kind of stuff that is super fun to pull out of a storage box twenty years later. Plus, I figure these will double as handy weapons/accessories bags for my Last Jedi figures!

Darth Vader Backpack

IMG_0069A thoughtful coworker grabbed this for me from the Duty Free shop on the Canadian/U.S. border recently. I guess it was in a clearance bin, but her intuition served her well when she thought, “if it features Star Wars art, he’ll love it.” I do! 


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Star Wars: The Power of the 90s – 1992 – The Blockade Runner Podcast, August 21st, 2017

Power of the 90s 2 Cover ArtJoin Ryan and John as they discuss all things Star Wars from 1992. We cover the Star Wars books, comics, games, toys, and home video releases from 1992 in this episode, including Dark Empire Rising, The Glove of Darth Vader, The Empire Strikes Back on NES, Super Star Wars on SNES, the letterbox release of the original trilogy, and much, much more! Find more Blockade Runner Power of the 90s coverage by subscribing to our YouTube page or our podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

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