“They have podracing on Malastare. Very fast. Very dangerous.” And now they’ll also have podracing on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, because the classic (I hesitate to use the word “classic” to describe any video game that originally came out after 1990, but this is how Lucasfilm is describing it) game Star Wars Episode I: Racer is being ported to those two modern consoles with updated controls.
Star Wars Episode I: Racer is based on the exciting podrace sequence from the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Players race their pods on Tatooine, Mon Gazza, Aquilaris, and yes, Malastare, among other planets, controlling up to 25 fun and familiar drivers like Anakin Skywalker (voiced by actor Jake Lloyd, reprising his role from the movie), Sebulba, Dud Bolt, Ben Quadrinaros, and Gasgano.
- The 1999 video game Star Wars Episode I: Racer is being ported to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
- The game was first released on Windows and Nintendo 64 in conjunction with the release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace in theaters.
- The Nintendo Switch version will feature LAN multiplayer mode, and both new versions will support split-screen multiplayer functionality.
What they’re saying:
- StarWars.com: “The ’90s classic Star Wars Episode I Racer is coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 complete with modernized controls, Lucasfilm and developer Aspyr announced today. A beloved racing title based on the podracing sequence from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode I Racer puts you behind the controls of your favorite podracers as you speed through flaming methane lakes, Tusken Raider assaults, anti-gravity tunnels, and much more in a pulse-pounding, do-or-die fight to the finish line.”
No release date has yet been announced for Star Wars Episode I: Racer on Nintendo Switch and PS4.