We love The Phantom Menace and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate its 20th birthday. This episode is all TPM, so join us as we look back at the movie’s marketing and merchandise, our favorite TPM moments, and the film’s legacy.
This week we kick off our Power of the 90s shows covering 1999 (weirdly before we’ve done 1997 and 1998…whoops) by taking a look back at the incredible Phantom Menace documentary The Beginning. Join us for Jar Jar puppets in the back of Toyota pickups, Rick McCallum’s charismatic cursing, heavy Jake Lloyd and George Lucas appreciation, and a whole lot of discussion of the podrace sequence.
The 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).
Unfortunately 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.
NES 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!
Join 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.