Taking off where the SNES game Super Star Wars left off, its' sequel Super Empire Strikes Back doesn't break the mold of its' predecessor, which means you're going to get some tough old-school platforming action mixed in with some fun (but too short) pseudo-3D "Mode 7" shooting levels.

As with the movie, Luke's skills have improved. He can now double-jump, starts the game armed with his trusty lightsaber, and can learn force powers. This doesn't mean your trek across the galaxy will be any easier, though. Even the small foes are tenacious, and the bosses are the toughest in the series.

Thankfully, there is now a password option available. Though the notion of passwords isn't really necessary with the Virtual Console's use of save states, they do come in handy if you want to skip a level that's been troubling you without having to try and input one of this game's unwieldy cheat codes.

If you're a big Star Wars fan and have some of your old-school gaming skills left and/or a lot of patience, you'll probably dig Super Empire Strikes Back. It's not the best action gaming you're going to find on the Virtual Console, but it does everthing well and also differently enough from similar entries that it's worth your 800 Wii points.

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