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Limited Run Games unveils actual cartridges for Friday's re-release of Star Wars for NES and Game Boy 25 Jun, 2019 / 15 comments

Well, color me surprised that Limited Run Games seems to have produced genuine, no-joke NES and Game Boy cartridges for their re-release of the very first Star Wars console game, along with a physical PS4 port of Bounty Hunter, on Friday.  (It is especially impressive since, didn't Capcom consider that for Mega Man 9 before deciding it was cost-prohibitive?)  Not that I am unequal to the challenge of finding fault, as I sense no effort to replicate the mail-order hint book. Check out the packaging for yourself on Limited Run Games' Instagram page.

This is a little frustrating for me personally, I must admit.  LucasArts made impressive contributions to a number of consoles, but the NES wasn't a platform they did very well on; some would argue that their debut for the system, the iconic (and in-house, unlike the title being awarded this treatment) port of Maniac Mansion, was the only project worth a damn, with all due respect to Defenders of Dynatron City.  It was the gateway drug for many to the LEC adventure catalogue, and it comes with a nice juicy censorship controversy to boot.

Alas, as always, Star Wars gets the slot.  But don't let me stink up the joint with my griping, because this is still really cool.  Be sure to head over to the nearest Limited Run Games web presence on Friday to place your order.

Our thanks to Scummbuddy for bringing this to our attention

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    Scummbuddy on 28 Jun, 2019, 21:26…
    LimitedRunGames lists MI 1,2,3 in alphabetical order (so that could be where the disconnect is) on this page. But now that I'm rereading it I'm changing what I said in the previous news piece. They do say "Special Edition" for MI 1 and 2 (PC), as well as a collector's edition for MI 1, plus MI 3. Now I'm saying that non collector's MI 1&2 are the PC version of the Special Edition released a few years back and not using the LRGames term of Special Edition.

    https://limitedrungames.com/blogs/news/lrg-e3-2019
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    elTee on 28 Jun, 2019, 19:55…

    Scummbuddy

    We're getting two different MI 1 releases; one a Special Edition, like how they have two versions of Psychonauts and Grim at their LimitedRun store. They are also going to offer a normal MI2 release and a MI3 release.



    Where did you get that they're doing a normal MI2 release? I must have missed that, but it's great news if true (although bad news for my wallet, as Jason mentioned).
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    Jason on 28 Jun, 2019, 12:41…

    Scummbuddy

    We're getting two different MI 1 releases; one a Special Edition, like how they have two versions of Psychonauts and Grim at their LimitedRun store. They are also going to offer a normal MI2 release and a MI3 release.



    That's awesome, then. I must have overlooked MI2. But all I can think of when I see the Special Edition accounted for is "There's a slot that could have gone to Loom/Maniac/etc."

    The Star Wars releases are an enticing hint at the kind of goodies we may be able to expect with Monkey Island. And an ominous sign of what we can expect to shell out for it.
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    Scummbuddy on 28 Jun, 2019, 03:42…
    We're getting two different MI 1 releases; one a Special Edition, like how they have two versions of Psychonauts and Grim at their LimitedRun store. They are also going to offer a normal MI2 release and a MI3 release.
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    Jason on 27 Jun, 2019, 10:57…

    Scummbuddy

    Jason

    It is taking up a spot that LeChuck's Revenge might have occupied.



    But we are getting a Lechucks Revenge release. I'm confused with what you wrote.




    Are we? My info is out of date then.
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    Scummbuddy on 27 Jun, 2019, 03:01…

    Jason

    It is taking up a spot that LeChuck's Revenge might have occupied.



    But we are getting a Lechucks Revenge release. I'm confused with what you wrote.
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    OzzieMonkey on 27 Jun, 2019, 01:15…
    Hoo boy, those Star Wars boxes aren't cheap, and the box set with all of them is over 300 bucks. If they do the same with Monkey Island, there's no way in hell I'm getting them unless it has the "Secret" of Monkey Island revealed in a 20 page novella signed by Ron Gilbert himself.
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    Nor Treblig on 26 Jun, 2019, 19:18…

    Jason

    Does the special edition even have a place in a throwback release?


    Well, the Special Editions are required to create the Ultimate Editions and those are the best classic-although-not-really-classic versions out there!

    Also the Special Editions are from the Tales of Monkey Island era, you know, the CLASSIC Telltale Games games era ;-)
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    Call me Squinky on 26 Jun, 2019, 18:43…
    Yeah ideally for a retro release they'd just have all the original versions of MI 1-2 on a single disc and omit the Special Editions. Also would be great if they were all playable from disc without needing to install anything (like the Monkey Madness CD - I still have mine, though you need Scummvm now).

    Alternately they could just include an extra disc or two with the Special Editions if necessary.
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    Jason on 26 Jun, 2019, 16:56…

    Call me Squinky

    It'd be cool if the limited edition disc could include all the alternate versions of SMI and have them launchable via Scummvm right from the disc without an install.



    I find it curious that they are bothering with both special edition and a non-special edition versions -- at least, that's what the published line-up seemed to imply. Does the special edition even have a place in a throwback release? It is taking up a spot that LeChuck's Revenge might have occupied. And the classic mode in that game's special edition has a number of fidelity problems. This would be a great opportunity to get unmolested classic versions of the first two Monkey Island games back in commercial circulation. The special editions are the only ones available at the moment, so there is every reason to leave them out.
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    Call me Squinky on 26 Jun, 2019, 16:17…
    It'd be cool if the limited edition disc could include all the alternate versions of SMI and have them launchable via Scummvm right from the disc without an install.
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    elTee on 25 Jun, 2019, 14:39…
    I think this bodes well for the other LucasArts games they're doing, can't wait to see an announcement
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    Scummbuddy on 25 Jun, 2019, 14:29…
    I don't think that was being claimed. Just the debut for the NES console, not ANY console. There was at least one Indy game for the Atari as well.

    But now the news post has me jonsing for for more than just Monkey Island adventure game re-releases. Guess we'll see if it does well. I still can't expect the adventure releases to be anything but CDs but I'm okay to be surprised. People can still access a Gameboy more easily that a 5.5 or 3.25 floppy.

    But if instead they include "Disk 22" or whatever with MI, that'd be a good gag.
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    Jason on 25 Jun, 2019, 14:29…

    Call me Squinky

    Not to be pedantic, but wouldn't the Empire Strikes Back game for the Atari 2600 be the first Star Wars console game? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Empire_Strikes_Back_(1982_video_game)



    Not pedantic! But in my mind the reckless implication of what I wrote was "...that LucasArts had anything to do with." In the Atari days, Lucasfilm Games wasn't even publishing the Star Wars or Indy games. It was purely a licensor situation.
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    Call me Squinky on 25 Jun, 2019, 14:20…
    Not to be pedantic, but wouldn't the Empire Strikes Back game for the Atari 2600 be the first Star Wars console game? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Empire_Strikes_Back_(1982_video_game)

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