40 Most Memorable Moments in 'Star Wars' Gaming

Some of our favorite memories from a playable galaxy far, far away

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Scorpion Vader!

28. Scorpion Vader!

There's a lot of craziness going on in Namco's Star Wars, released only in Japan. At least a couple of Glixel articles have documented this over the past few weeks, but this one single moment early in the game really does sum up all you need to know: A raven-haired Luke – who hasn't met Obi-Wan yet, but already has a lightsaber – enters a Jawa sandcrawler to free R2-D2 from Darth Vader, who turns into a scorpion once Luke gets a hit in. "I was personally put off by the way Darth Vader was handled in the game at the time," the game's composer Hiroyuki Kawada told us for a recent Flashback on the game. "In order to realize it as a game, we couldn't just trace the main story of the movie, but had to add to the story and include mechanics to make it a game."

Sadly, not even Star Wars "Legends" lore tried to account for a Vader that turned into a shark…

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