Two classic Star Wars video games to re-release on Nintendo Switch and PS4

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., All Rights Reserved
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., All Rights Reserved /

With few Star Wars stories being told through the medium of a video game, an addition of two titles to that list is greatly appreciated.

Star Wars fans looking for more video game action are in luck!

In a surprise mini Nintendo Direct, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (previously unveiled in September) and Episode I Racer, are getting the re-release treatment on both the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4.

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Overseen by Aspyr Media, the studio in charge of last year’s Jedi Knight II re-releases, Jedi Academy is available to download right now. The third title in the Jedi Knight series, Jedi Academy lets players join Luke Skywalker’s (now non-canon) Jedi Academy, as a Padawan taught by Kyle Katarn. Unlike Jedi Outcast, Jedi Academy has retained its multiplayer elements, both local and online.

Unfortunately, Episode I Racer doesn’t have a release date of yet. What we do know is that both the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 release will feature local multiplayer, while the Switch version will LAN multiplayer.

One of the most memorable set pieces from The Phantom Menace is the Podracing sequence, and a video game revolving around the concept was a no-brainer.

To those who never experienced Racer on release are in for a treat. Not only is the Boonta Eve Classic recreated faithfully, but several tracks make up a grand prix. Twenty-five racers make up a comprehensive roster of pilots, including the young Anakin Skywalker.

A full breakdown of the release features can be found here.

This gentle stream of video game titles is most welcome. With Jedi Academy out now, and Episode I Racer on the horizon, not to mention Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga still slated for a 2020 release, things are certainly looking up for those who enjoy their Star Wars with a controller. Let’s hope that the good run continues into the future and beyond!

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Will you be picking up either the Jedi Academy or Episode I Racer re-releases? Are there any classic titles you want to see get the re-release treatment? Let us know below!