Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer Is Coming To The Switch

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Now here's some good news to cheer everyone up. On the same day that Jedi Academy hits the PS4 and Switch, the House of Mouse has an even better surprise: Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer, better known as Pod Racer, is getting a Switch re-release.

The game, announced through the official Star Wars website, will be hitting PS4 and the Switch but not the Xbox One. (Pod Racer has already been re-released on the PC through GOG.)

It follows 2K's move to bring more of their back catalogue to the Switch, with Borderlands Legendary Collection, XCOM 2 Collection and BioShock Remastered Collection all announced overnight.

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As per the Star Wars site, here's what you'll get:

  • 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)

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Pod Racer is still one of the best Star Wars games ever made, partially because it did such a good job of giving life and meaning to some of Episode 1's unmentioned characters and villains. That's what the best games and stories do. I'm kind of surprised it hasn't gotten a mobile port at some stage, or Disney hasn't accepted a pitch for a proper trilogy (since there was that sequel, Racer's Revenge, which wasn't as good).

There's no word on an official release date from Aspyr, but given how much got announced for the Switch this morning, people will have plenty to keep themselves occupied with. I'm especially happy to see King's Bounty 2 make the jump, since the odds of getting Heroes of Might and Magic 3 on the Switch is literally less than zero.


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    I wish we could get a proper remake of that game. To have the same game with the graphical capabilities of today would be perfection.

    But at least for the moment, having it ported onto a system that I don't have to fish out of my closet is definitely a good step.

      even better would be to also make it VR-capable, with an option to use the motion controllers to simulate the control levers from the arcade game version

    Yessssss! I just rewatched Episode 1 the other day on a whim and thought 'man E1 Racer was a great game'. Wish granted. :D

    I remember playing Star Wars Racer Episode I on Nintendo 64 this game was originally developed by LucasArts. Now fast forward to today and nothing's changed I'm sure every Star Wars fan will enjoy that game on the Nintendo Switch not me though I'm done with Star Wars Racer Episode I.

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