A Rogue Squadron video game series appreciation / replay thread…
'Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is a series of Star Wars arcade-style action video games jointly developed by LucasArts and Factor 5 and published by LucasArts for the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube consoles (and also for the PC).
The series deals with the Rebel Alliance unit, Rogue Squadron, who under the command of Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles use starfighters to engage and defeat the Galactic Empire. The games are set during episodes A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi and recreate the battles that take place during those films, notably the Battle of Hoth, which is in every Rogue Squadron game in one form or another.’ - wikipedia
Weirdly, there doesn’t seem to be a thread on here for the Rogue Squadron games - so I thought it best to remedy that - even if it is a little late 😉 That these games may be of some interest and intrigue during these ‘lockdown and staying-in’ times.
Plus, they’re still a lot of fun to play even some 20 years+ on (though considerably more difficult than I remember!)
Also featured here is the ‘Battle for Naboo’ N64 game, the unreleased ‘Rogue Squadron IV’ game for the Wii, and the cancelled ‘Rogue Squadron X-Wing vs Tie Fighter’ for the XBox 360…
If you’re unfamiliar with the Rogue Squadron series - or need a little reminder (it has been a long time)…
Wikipedia Page for Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (video game series)
Wookieepedia Page for Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (video game series)
‘Reviewed: The Star Wars Rogue Squadron Trilogy’ - www.youtube.com/watch?v=QibbAm4wNNg (2010)
‘The Original Squadrons | Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Trilogy’ - www.youtube.com/watch?v=INtOdTEB-0Q (2020)
‘Star Wars Rogue Squadron Trilogy Retrospective - Review’ - www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gmRnjcUEdg (2019)
‘Star Wars Rogue Squadron Trilogy: All Craft Launches & Descriptions’ - www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROf9fbvqzYg (2017)
If you’re lost and looking for the 2020 ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ game, then this is the thread for you 👍
Although there is no previous specific ‘Rogue Squadron’ thread, there are discussions of the games in these threads:
Star Wars Video Games - a general discussion thread - a 2011 thread
Star Wars Video Games - a general Random Thoughts thread - a 2016 thread
What is/was the best SW Game ever, on any platform? - a 2013 thread
… as well as more ‘Star Wars Video Games & Gaming’ discussions in the An Index & Help Thread for The Expanded Universe
'Star Wars: Rogue Squadron was released for the Nintendo 64 video game console and the PC on December 7, 1998. It was one of the first Nintendo 64 games to support the console’s Expansion Pak, which allowed higher-quality graphics to be displayed while playing.
The story is set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back (with the exception of the final level and secret levels) and shows the missions set during the formation of Rogue Squadron.’
Wiki Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_Rogue_Squadron
Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V_uVratP9o
IMDB Page - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183816
Documentary (of sorts) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=redKOjg8CPs
GameFAQs Page (for info, walkthrus, guides, codes etc) - https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/n64/198787-star-wars-rogue-squadron
WalkThru YouTube Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWwmCFAGesQ
Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader…
'Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader was released as launch game in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube. Developed by Factor 5 and published by LucasArts, Rogue Leader expanded on the original game with improved graphics and a new tactics menu that allows the player to form up their squadron or set a target for their squadron such as laser turrets or enemy TIE fighters.
The game also expanded on the unlockable levels of the original–Beggars Canyon is included in the tutorial, the opening level Battle of Yavin was included in both games, and Battle of Hoth was made more authentic with the GameCube’s advanced power.’
Wiki Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Rogue_Squadron_II:_Rogue_Leader
Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNO5VdAjqfw
IMDB Page - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0304746
Documentary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICt7tq7GQNQ
GameFAQs Page - https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/gamecube/481078-star-wars-rogue-leader-rogue-squadron-ii
WalkThru YouTube Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xyge10USMU
Playing with the Buick - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsa65j5HfxE
Rogue Squadron 3: Rebel Strike…
'Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike was released in 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube, and was developed by Factor 5 and published by LucasArts. It added to the game the ability for the player to depart their starfighter and join in on a land battle as well as enter into land vehicles such as an Imperial AT-AT and AT-ST during certain missions.
The mission selection screen broke away from the linear format of the two previous titles and featured two intertwined storylines following the adventures of Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles.
Rebel Strike was the first in the Rogue Squadron series to include a multiplayer mode. The game featured two-player competitive dogfights, races, and land assaults as well as a co-operative campaign including all but two of the missions from Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader.’
Wiki Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Rogue_Squadron_III:_Rebel_Strike
Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTfxVA7PxKI
IMDB Page - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386799
Documentary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9D_n92rF1U
GameFAQs Page - https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/gamecube/914734-star-wars-rogue-squadron-iii-rebel-strike
WalkThru YouTube Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLBN-r9YeEw
Rogue Squadron Episode I: Battle For Naboo…
'Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo was released on December 18, 2000 for the Nintendo 64 and on March 12, 2001, for PC, and was developed by Factor 5. “Battle for Naboo” is a spiritual successor to the original game in its design, with added land and water combat.
It very loosely follows the plot of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but focuses on minor film character Gavyn Sykes, a Nabooian security lieutenant, as he fights the Trade Federation.’
Wiki Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Episode_I:_Battle_for_Naboo
Trailer (or rather footage from E3 playable demo) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtK1ZNze8bE
IMDB Page - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0276526
Documentary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1qMN0SSJwU
GameFAQs Page - https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/n64/914230-star-wars-episode-i-battle-for-naboo
WalkThru YouTube Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkoJuIXPOBU
Rogue Squadron IV: a finished, yet unreleased game for the Nintendo Wii…
Wikipedia Page - https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Rogue_Leaders:_Rogue_Squadron_Wii
'Star Wars: Rogue Leaders (Unreleased) Wii Trailer’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-X8C_8nJQ4 (3 mins)
^ The game featured some intriguing elements from ‘Star Wars Trilogy: Arcade’ - making use of the Wii remote and controls.
Some information and articles on the unreleased Rogue Squadron games for the Nintendo Wii & XBox 360…
‘Rogue Squadron IV: Rogue Leaders’ (Wii) and ‘Rogue Squadron: X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter’ (XBox 360):-
No Brainer: Wii’s Rogue Squadron Compilation (Where’s our Wii-enhanced Rogue Squadron set?) - at IGN (2010)
Canceled Star Wars Rogue Squadron Game Details Emerge - at GameSpot (2013)
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Trilogy nearly saw Wii release - at Nintendo Insider (2014)
Details on two cancelled Star Wars: Rogue Squadron games surface - at VG24/7 (2014)
Nintendo Voice Chat: Factor 5’s Odyssey - at IGN (2014; Former Factor 5 President talks Rogue Ssquadron series history)
The Dead Rogue Squadron Game Looked Great - at Kotaku (2014)
Details On 3 Canceled Factor 5 STAR WARS: ROGUE SQUADRON Games - at Comic Book Movie (2015)
Cancelled Star Wars Rogue Squadron Wii Game Footage Found - at IGN (2017)
Factor 5 wants canned Wii game Star Wars Rogue Leaders: Rogue Squadron on Switch - at Nintendo Everything (2017)
Factor 5 President would love to see the unreleased Rogue Squadron game released for the Switch - at Game Tyrant (2018)
Why ‘Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 4’ will never happen - at SVG (2018)
The Real Reason These Star Wars Games Were Canceled - at Looper (2021)
A little info on fan creativity and wanting the classic Rogue Squadron games upgraded - or new RS games made…
How to Make Rogue Squadron 4 - at Eleven 17 Studios youtube channel (2020)
Why Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Deserves A Remake - article at Looper (2021)
Star Wars Rogue Squadron is getting a fan remake in Unreal 4 - article at PCGamesN (2018)
Video: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Gets A Stunning HD Makeover In Unreal Engine 4 - article at Nintendo Life (2019)
A fan was REMAKING ROGUE SQUADRON in UNREAL ENGINE… and it looked awesome! - at EcksToo youtube channel (2020)
Someone is remaking Star Wars: Rogue Squadron… in Unreal Engine 4 - at Bluedrake42 youtube channel (2019)
Star Wars Rogue Squadron VR 360° 4K Virtual Reality Gameplay (Fan Remake) - at Tau Ri youtube channel (2020)
Even from 2015 onwards there have been some impressive ‘unofficial’ upgrades made to the Rogue Squadron games…
Rogue Squadron 2: Death Star - Strike at the Core | Ultra HD | Dolphin Emulator - at VidGames youtube channel.
Rogue Squadron 2: Battle Of Hoth | 1080p | Dolphin Emulator - at VidGames youtube channel.
Rogue Squadron II: Battle of Endor - 4K 60fps (on Dolphin) - at CMDR Bard the Bowman youtube channel.
2015 - Rogue Squadron 3: Attack on the Executor - Using Dolphin W/ HD Texture Pack - at Archades Games youtube channel.
2015 - Rogue Squadron 3: Revenge of the Empire - Using Dolphin W/ HD Texture Pack - at Archades Games youtube channel.
2020 - Rogue Squadron 3: Rebel Strike - 4K UHD | GC Dolphin Emulator - at Emulators & Gameplay HD youtube channel.
2019 - N64 - Rogue Squadron - LongPlay (4K : 60FPS) - at Levan youtube channel.
2019 - Star Wars Rogue Squadron (N64) - UltraHDMI Mod - at Heath Rowell youtube channel.
I’m off to relearn how to do a barrel roll (‘Good Job!’) - and fly through some Rebel symbols at random locales in the desert 😉
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