As a celebration of that holiest of geeky holidays, May 4 (“May the fourth be with you”), the folks at Noober Goober Gaming have put together this excellent remake of the recent trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in the style of a 16-bit video game from the 1990s.
Gamers of a certain age will be immediately hooked by the video’s opening with the logo for LucasArts, the now-defunct game-producing wing of George Lucas’ creative empire. In addition to developing dozens of Star Wars games over the decades of its operation, LucasArts was perhaps most famous in the gaming community for being the lead developer of adventure games during the genre’s heyday in the late 80s and early-to-mid 90s. Its output included classics like Grim Fandango, The Curse of Monkey Island, and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.
The trailer goes on to recreate, shot for shot, the most recent teaser trailer for The Force Awakens as if it were a game for the Super Nintendo. The audio track is left untouched, but the visuals have been entirely replaced with pixelated sprites. The sprites themselves are of varying quality, and some scenes are just pixelated stills from the trailer, but the overall effect is spot-on.
This wasn’t actually the only remake of that trailer to come out on this past Star Wars Day. Solid Brix Studios also released the excellent Lego version below, which similarly recreates the teaser shot-for-shot with legos.