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Star Wars Racing Games – The Blockade Runner Podcast #111

 

BR 111 CoverIn continued celebration of The Phantom Menace, this episode features a look back at Star Wars racing games. We spend the bulk of the episode on Episode 1: Racer in its various forms before spending some time with Racer Revenge, Super Bombad Racing, and Resistance Racer.

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Author Alex Kane Talks Upcoming KOTOR Book – The Blockade Runner Podcast #97

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This week’s episode features an interview with Alex Kane, author of the upcoming book Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Ryan talks to Alex about KOTOR, the book, and Alex’s other writing on games in the show’s first segment. John joins for the second half of the show to talk with Ryan about how much he enjoyed the book (even though he’s never played the game), the impact of KOTOR on Star Wars culture, and the potential influence of the game on rumored upcoming films or other media set in the Old Republic era.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic releases on April 9th and you can pre-order your copy here. 

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The Power of the 90s: 1996 (Shadows of the Empire) – The Blockade Runner Podcast #83

Ryan and John are joined by Jeff “The Metal Mando” Kelts to celebrate all things Shadows of the Empire. Join us for two hours of talk about the Shadows book, comic, game, toys, soundtrack, trading cards, and more!

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The Power of the 90s – The Blockade Runner Plays Star Wars (NES, 1991)

Check out the first 30 minutes or so of Star Wars on the NES in our second (and last) Blockade Runner Plays video for our Power of the 90s series covering 1990/1991. I play from the start of the game up through the first part of the Death Star, so the video provides a pretty solid look at the first third or so of the game.

I’m also including Nintendo Power’s coverage from its September 1991 issue (Volume 28, the rest of which you can read here on archive.org). It’s a fun look at what games coverage, Star Wars or otherwise, was like in 1991 and it’s also super helpful if you want to play some NES Star Wars yourself!

The game’s manual also includes some helpful info as well as some fun graphics and character write ups (Star Wars’s manual can be found at Digital Press’s site which also includes a ton of other game manual scans for numerous consoles). You can also click on the image below to view the entire manual as a pdf.
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You can also find some information about the hint book mentioned in the video here, or check out this eBay listing for the hint book (which includes a couple of pictures).

I just recently learned that there is a totally sweet tv commercial for the game too. Check out a dastardly Darth Vader taking on a super-heroic mom in this fantastic ad for the game:

While you’re at it, why not check out comedian Mario Cantone (for some reason) shilling for the game on some sort of video game-related tv show:

Finally, check out the Moby Games page for NES Star Wars for more info on the games development and release as well as screenshots from this and other versions of the game if you’re interested in the differences between them that I briefly mentioned in the video.


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The Power of the 90s – The Blockade Runner Plays Attack on the Death Star (Sharp X68000, 1991)

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Check out some video footage we put together of Attack on the Death Star for the Sharp X68000 as part of our Power of the 90s series. The game was released in Japan in December of 1991 and features an incredible wire-frame style look and some cutting edge (for the time) audio. It’s a super cool game that not many Star Wars fans in the west seem to have experienced, but it’s totally worth checking out either through this video or with your own play-through if you can track it down!


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Blockade Runner Podcast – April 27th, 2017 – Battlefront II Rundown

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Ryan and John discuss the news coming out of Star Wars Celebration Orlando for the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront 2. We dive into the single-player campaign, updates to the multiplayer modes (and more) before taking a quick look at Rey’s just-announced Last Jedi dlc outfit.

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The Blockade Runner Podcast Episode 15.5 – Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike

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In episode 15.5 of The Blockade Runner podcast, we revisit a recording Ryan and John did last year discussing the Nintendo Gamecube game Rogue Squadron III. If you’re a listener of our other podcast, Nintendo Fun Club, you may have heard this conversation there, but if not, we spend about 30 minutes discussing one of our favorite Star Wars games (with a brief Blockade Runner update beforehand).

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