Best Star Wars Video Games, Ranked – Switch And Nintendo Systems

Best Star Wars Video Games, Ranked – Switch And Nintendo Systems


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Star Wars: Hunters launched this week, so we’ve added it and we’re republishing this reader-ranked list of all Star Wars games on Nintendo systems. Enjoy!

Remember, this list is not set in stone but is governed by each game’s User Rating in our database. Add your own score (out of 10) to any entry to exert your influence on the order.

The release of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker back in 2019 may have ‘ended’ Star Wars as we’d known it for the previous four-and-a-bit decades, but all it really did was tie a bow on the cinematic tales of the Skywalker clan and the nine-film saga which began in 1977. After all, Star Wars is never really gone.

Streaming platform Disney+ has all the movies in 4K, plus shows like The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, The Acolyte, and a deluge of other TV projects, not forgetting new trilogies, spin-off movies, games, and much more in the pipeline. Yep, that galaxy far, far away will be coming at you across all media for a long time to come.

The franchise has a storied history with video games, too, with plenty of Star Wars games to play on Switch. Below we take a look back at nigh-on every Star Wars game on Nintendo systems in the West, ranked from worst to best by you, dear readers.

To keep things tidier, in instances where the same game was released on multiple platforms, we’ve opted to mention the lesser of the two — invariably the portable version — in the other’s entry. Remember, the ranked list below is governed by each game’s User Rating in our database, meaning that the order is dynamic and subject to real-time change, even after publication. In order to rate any of the games on the list below out of 10, logged-in Nintendo Life users can simply tap the ‘star’, assign it a personal rating, and refresh the page to see any changes reflected.

So, come with us on a journey to a galaxy fa—oh you know the rest. We begin at the bottom, so beware that the Force is not strong with many of these…

An isometric platformer that takes place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, you control the petulant young Skywalker in this stodgy action game. Considering the platform it’s on, the game looks and sounds okay. Beyond that, though, it’s dull, repetitive and so s-l-o-w. Anakin, you’re breaking our heart.

With passable animation and audio (especially considering the system) and boring, finicky platforming, Star Wars: Jedi Power Battles falls into a regretfully familiar pattern of portable Star Wars games. It’s not as hateful as some, and it’s a little faster-paced than New Droid Army, but it’s a similar story. Perhaps developer HotGen was trying to faithfully capture the excitement of The Phantom Menace‘s trade disputes, in which case job done. Some might call the non-canon blue lightsaber wielded by Mace Windu on the cover unforgivable, but we were too bored to care.

You have to remember that while Yoda is a beloved character, this game came before we’d ever seen him wield a lightsaber in what is easily the best scene in Attack of the Clones. Despite the name, in Yoda Stories you control Luke Skywalker in a top-down adventure as he chops snakes in two with his laser sword. How bad can that be?…

Really quite bad, it turns out. ‘Sedate’ is too generous a word, and the whole game is a technical embarrassment. It’s tempting to blame the hardware, but then you look at Link’s Awakening and see what might have been. Link’s Awakening this ain’t. Poodoo, plain and simple.

Fittingly, perhaps, the weakest movie in the saga got one of the weakest Star Wars games ever. Normally we’d caveat a statement like that with ‘arguably’, but Episode II is inescapably pants in parts (except for Mace Windu’s general badassery and that Yoda bit at the end — we remember quite liking that).

The tie-in GBA game is a turgid side-scrolling beat ’em up that lacks the artistic polish even the dullest Star Wars games bring to the table. Coarse, rough, and irritating, indeed.

Another one quick to tick the ‘dull’ and ‘repetitive’ boxes, if you think the isometric adventures on the GBA were tough going on the eyes, Obi-Wan’s Adventures takes that style of game back a console generation in an ‘adventure’ set concurrently against the events of Episode 1. It’s not awful, just ugly and entirely pedestrian.

A relatively ho-hum 8-bit platformer where you play as young Skywalker battling through variations of the locations from the movie, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back could not be more average. For kids desperate to play as hero Luke, it was passable filler but no more.

A Game Boy version also exists, but if you’re gagging to play through the best film of the saga in video game form, you’re much better off going with the 16-bit ‘Super’ iteration. Indeed, LucasArts didn’t even bother with an 8-bit Return of the Jedi — the developer simply jumped generations and started afresh with Super Star Wars on the SNES.

Another platformer. To be fair, it did a decent job of providing some variety and touching on the main characters and locations of the movie, but it’s pretty unmemorable (and unforgiving).

The token Game Boy version upped the difficulty as it reduced screen real estate, but possibly the most interesting of the 8-bit versions is the entirely different and earlier Famicom game developed by Namco in 1987. ‘Interesting’ because it’s not afraid of deviating significantly from the source material and having Darth Vader turn into a scorpion. Not ‘interesting’ because it’s any good, sadly.

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