Nintendo 64x64

10/64

1998

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

"Taking everything that is loved about the grand battles of the original Star Wars trilogy -- the dogfights, the scale and the classic theme of good versus evil -- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron delivers an authentic aerial action experience with its own bespoke storyline. Produced with astonishingly high production values -- including a full voiceover -- it's a little on the short side, yet challenging and deeply rewarding."

8/10 - Martin Watts 64

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User Reviews (7)

"Rogue Squadron is awesome. The sense of achievement the first time you grapple hook around an AT-AT, bringing it to its knees feels exhilarating. The degree to which this game immerses you in an atmosphere of an underdog against the odds creates compelling missions and dogfight scenarios. The added Star Wars sounds and aesthetics serves as a cherry on top of an immense experience."

10/10 - YoshiTails 64

"Rogue Squadron takes what are arguably the best scenes in the Star Wars franchise and packs them all (and then some!) into a tiny Nintendo 64 cartridge. The controls are tight and responsive, the nostalgia is booming. High-quality midi files of fully orchestrated John Williams franchise hits crash and boom their way into the player's subconscious with an expanded-universe ribbon tying up the package."

8/10 - bahooney 64

"Factor 5 peaked with the development of this series. Boasting impressive graphics even without the RAM expansion pack, it was an absolute delight for anyone who ever played with Star Wars toy ships as a child. It did lack the huge capital ships battles possibly due to hardware constrains, but this was remedied later on the GameCube entries. Essential like an astromech droid unit."

9/10 - Shiryu 64

"I remember flying my toy X-Wing around the Christmas Tree as a "break" after playing this for hours. A lot of times, I didn't even care about completing the missions, I just wanted to fly the ships. Consequently, I never saw the ending, but the memories given to me by RS more than made up for that. A must-play, along with its Gamecube sequel."

9/10 - ZBomber 64

"A game that excellently touches on one of the most popular aspects of the Star Wars universe the spaceships, Rogue Squadron captures the wonders and intense atmosphere of interstellar combat with that iconic Star Wars soundtrack thrown into the game for good measure. Considering the time of its release the game is a marvel in the graphics department pushing the N64 to its limits."

9/10 - Jazzer94 64

"At the time, this was Star Fox 64's all-range mode with much more depth. I was obsessed with Star Wars at the time, so I played this game more than any other of the franchise. This entry mostly focuses on the expanded universe. The sequel blew this one away in terms of placing you in the movies and having a much more polished experience."

8/10 - VGScrapbook 64

"There are good Star Wars games, and then there are great Star Wars games. Rogue Squadron fits neatly into the latter category with its stellar gameplay and soundtrack. The game puts you in the heat of some of the far far away galaxy's most intense battles, and its mission based structure means that the game itself offers a quick, difficult, but overall satisfying experience."

8/10 - GreenGaming 64

Comments (18)

DonJahnson

I loved this game, the convoy missions were always my favourite!!

FritzFrapp

Easily one of my favourite N64 games. Videogame fans might be interested to know that one the designers of this game was the British developer Mark Haigh-Hutchinson. He was a supremely talented man whose work includes Highway Encounter/Alien Highway on the Spectrum, some excellent arcade conversions and ports through to the camera system on Metroid Prime and the control system on Prime 3. Sadly, he succumbed to cancer in 2009, aged just 43. A great loss, in my opinion.
A short obit is available at: http://wiki.igda.org/Memorials/Mark_Haigh-Hutchinson
Many of you will have played some of his games. Here's a partial list of the 40+ titles he worked on:
Android One (1984)
Highway Encounter (1985)
Alien Highway (1986)
Revolution (1986)
Paperboy (1987)
Overlander (1988)
Thunder Blade (1988)
Human Killing Machine (1988)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Action Game (1989)
World Cup Italia 1990 (1990)
Magic Boy (1993)
David Robinson's Supreme Court (1993)
Star Wars: Rebel Assault (1993)
Sam & Max Hit the Road (1993)
Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993)
Big Sky Trooper (1995)
Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995)
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996)
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (1998)
Star Wars: Episode I Racer (1999)
Metroid Prime (2002)
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004)
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (2007)

Franklin

I hope we also get Episode 1 Racer on this feature.

ItalianBaptist

It's nice to reminisce about the 3rd party n64 games, since vc doesn't want to feature them

Jazzer94

Gave the review challenge a go as this is one of my favorite game series, hope it was okay.

Darknyht

At the time I wasn't interested in this because X-Wing and Tie-Fighter were so much better on PC, and unfortunately I probably never get to enjoy this game since I doubt I will ever see it on Virtual Console. Lucas Arts is gone and I doubt Disney has any interest in re-releasing this.

ULTRA-64

Quality game, enjoyed this allot at the time and was a real system seller as there was no game like this on the psx. Came up allot on the playground as a tip for tat argument over which was the better console. Loved it!!

timtimdaunholy

I loved this game & star wars as a kid/teen. Then Episode 1 came out...
a part of me died and star wars was never the same.

this game is still great though

AVahne

Seriously now, can we get an HD collection for the Wii U (and only Wii U)?

SyntheticPerson

I really need to pick this and Battle for Naboo up for my N64. I love Rogue Leader, and Rebel Strike is decent too.

Gridatttack

Hmmm I just noted this. Its an awesome feature. I'll give it a try when they do this with games Ive played.

Dreamcaster-X

I just picked this up for my N64 in a used games shop along with Shadows of The Empire. I can't wait to dig into them. Were there any sequels for either on the N64?

Jazzer94

@MegaWatts Thanks, really cool idea for a feature will contribute to others fingers crossed for Pokemon Stadium.

Donutman

This whole tribute to n64 made me go on eBay and buy 1. Got this and about 25 games. Damn nostalgia.

Lunapplebloom

I played the sequels more than this one, so I can't give it a fair shake. Never owned it either, so that doesn't help.

What I do remember is that I did have fun when I did play it. I'll always prefer Star Fox though, but all personal taste there.

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