One of the best things to come out of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace was
Qui-Gon Jinn Jar Jar Binks podracing. And what is the best thing to get out of the somewhat random but certainly exciting and memorable podracing sequence of the prequel? Nintendo’s Star Wars: Episode I – Racer. The 1999 release allowed players to control a number of highly customizable and scalable podracers (thanks to cute rapture droids) to compete with twenty opponents in over 20 unique tracks from many worlds of Star Wars. And now, after a recent port made playable for PC players, the racing game is moving to the Nintendo Switch and the PS4.
As reported in today’s Nintendo Direct (which you can watch below) and confirmed by StarWars.com, Lucasfilm and developer Aspyr have announced that the beloved title will arrive on both platforms with modernized controls . However, the Star Wars The page also featured screenshots of the “modern” game that seem … well … not at all improved. We’ll see if that changes as we near the release date, which hasn’t been announced yet.
If you’re not familiar with the game, Star Wars Episode I Racer presented 25 playable runners, including Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba and Ratts Tyerell, on tracks covering 8 worlds, such as Tatooine, Baroonda and Malastare. (And yes, get ready for ice physics.) Make sure to dust these race course maps because shortcuts and perils await you and your friends when Episode I Racer one day (hopefully) is coming this year.
Additionally, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is available on Nintendo Switch today!
Check out the unveiling of Nintendo Direct here: