Number of Players
1 (Single Player)
Release Date


  • US Dec 1990
  • EU 20th Aug 1992

Wii (Wii Shop)

  • US 7th Jan 2008, 500 points
  • EU 11th Jan 2008, 500 points

Wii U eShop

  • EU 3rd Sep 2015, £4.49
  • US 26th May 2016, $4.99

Nintendo Switch Online (Subscription)

  • Available Now
Controller Support


  • Review StarTropics (Wii U eShop / NES)

    Sun, sea, sand, and aliens

    Winter is slowly creeping up on us, so it's as good a time as ever to explore warmer climates and take your mind off of the bad weather. For some NES-filtered beams of sunshine, why not step into the shoes of young Mike Jones, an American kid who's headed for an alphabetic island on the tropical adventure of a lifetime?...

  • Review StarTropics (NES)

    Embark on an extraordinary adventure

    On first sight, StarTropics looks eerily like Zelda (in fact, when you start it up, there's the same name entry screen!). So you might be thinking, what's all the fuss about? StarTropics is about a typical American teenager, Mike Jones, who heads to the tropics to meet his archaeologist uncle after receiving a...

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About The Game

Mike Jones is an ordinary kid on an extraordinary adventure. When his archaeologist uncle goes missing on a tropical island, Mike sets off to uncover the dark secrets lurking in paradise.

StarTropics boasts two styles of gameplay: explore the island on foot or in your uncle's submarine, and battle monsters using a variety of weapons and items. The original NES release included a letter in the game box, with a hidden message. For the Virtual Console version, this has been reproduced in the electronic manual.