LucasArts’ Star Wars Episode I: Racer, mentioned in a last-second “oh by the way” sort of deal during the Nintendo Direct Mini, will launch on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on May 12 for $14.99. Like Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy, this new port comes from Aspyr. Racer has been optimized for these modern consoles and will come with the following largely expected features, according to a press release:
- Twenty-five (25) playable racers including Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba, and Ratts Tyerell
- Race tracks spanning eight unique worlds including Tatooine, Baroonda, and Malastare
- Players can work with pit droids to upgrade podracers for higher top speeds and acceleration
- Discover shortcuts and secrets to master lap times
- Play single player campaigns or multiplayer via split-screen
Star Wars Episode I: Racer originally released for Nintendo 64 in May 1999 alongside The Phantom Menace itself. (Yikes, it’s crazy that that movie released over 20 years ago.) And unlike a lot of licensed games, it fared pretty decently with the critics. It also importantly delivered on its goal of providing a Star Wars-like racing experience. It received a sequel on PlayStation 2 called Star Wars Racer Revenge, which also received decent reviews but didn’t necessarily develop the same fandom. But at the current rate, who knows? Revenge could be next on the docket for Aspyr.
Are you excited to finally play as weak, annoying Anakin Skywalker again to defeat that dastardly cheating Sebulba in Star Wars Episode I: Racer? Tell us!