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Star Wars confirm classic pod-racing game will finally return

Nintendo might have announced over 18 new games for the Nintendo Switch today; and they might have revealed the next Smash Brothers Ultimate character is from Arms, among many more tidbits of news.

However, all of that pales in comparison to the fact that one of the greatest racing games in the world was also casually dropped in the middle of the Nintendo Direct like it was no big deal.

Yes, Star Wars Episode I Racer – known to you and I as that damned amazing pod-racing game that released alongside The Phantom Menace back in 1999 on the Nintendo 64 – is coming to PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

The Star Wars prequels might still be considered a bit iffy, but at least it spawned the best-selling sci-fi racing game to date.

That's something, we guess.

Thankfully, the game isn't just a clumsy port of the original either, from the sounds of things, some love and care has gone into modernising the game too. as explained on the Star Wars website:

"The ’90s classic Star Wars Episode I Racer is coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 complete with modernized controls, Lucasfilm and developer Aspyr announced today."

"A beloved racing title based on the podracing sequence from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace , Star Wars Episode I Racer puts you behind the controls of your favorite podracers as you speed through flaming methane lakes, Tusken Raider assaults, anti-gravity tunnels, and much more in a pulse-pounding, do-or-die fight to the finish line."

According to the press release the game will include:

  • 25 playable racers including: Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba, and Ratts Tyerell
  • Race tracks spanning 8 unique worlds including: Tatooine, Baroonda, and Malastare
  • Work with pit droids to upgrade your podracer for higher top speeds and acceleration
  • Discover short-cuts and secrets to master your lap times
  • Split-screen multiplayer (Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4) and LAN multiplayer (Nintendo Switch)

The only downside right now is that a release date hasn't been shared with the public.

For now, it's simply marked down as 'coming soon' on both the PS4 and Nintendo Switch websites.

Hopefully, we're not waiting too long before it graces our systems, but the very fact it's at least been announced is enough to get excited over.

Think of it this way, at least you have time to practice your Jedi reflexes if you intend to start racing pods again.

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