Force Unleashed Releasing On Nintendo Switch, But With A Catch.


Announced via the February 9th installment of Nintendo Direct, Star Wars fans will be able to revisit a classic game series that hasn’t been seen in over a decade. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will be re-releasing on Nintendo Switch on April 22nd, 2022 and is the latest classic Star Wars game to launch on the platform with games such as Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Episode I Racer, Republic Commandos and Knights of the Old Republic all currently available. 

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed released on September 16th, 2008 and became both a critical and commercial success. Set in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope the player took on the role of Starkiller, Darth Vader’s secret Sith apprentice as he assassinates Jedi across the galaxy until eventually turning on his master and helping the formation of the Rebellion. It went on to sell over 6 Million copies and got a Sequel in 2010 with the 3rd game ultimately canceled. The character of Starkiller, played by Sam Witwer (Who later voiced Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Clone Wars), appeared in other games such as Namco’s Soulcalibur IV and

But even though this announcement is rather exciting, it comes with a big asterisk. The version of the game releasing on Switch is the Wii version.

The game released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, but it also had a unique version released for the Nintendo Wii which had downgraded graphics and even different story elements and level layouts. Compared to its HD cousins it is arguably a completely different game.

Wii version of the game provided by TheFireball313 on YouTube

The reason why they are choosing the Wii version over the more HD version of the game is the gimmick of motion controls. In the Wii version you can swing your lightsaber and use force powers by usage the Wiimote and Nunchuck. Since the Switch’s Joy-Cons possess the same technology that experience can apply here as well.

Despite having lower graphics it does possess some unique elements that those who played the HD versions will experience for the first time such as exclusive boss battles, level layouts and a versus multiplayer mode.

Are you looking forward to seeing this classic game return?

Source: IGN

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