40 Most Memorable Moments in 'Star Wars' Gaming

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

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That double-take you did at your town's last great arcade

30. That double-take you did at your town's last great arcade

By 1998, the U.S. arcade scene was on life support. For years, it had staved off being replaced by home consoles with one huge advantage – graphic superiority. As one of the last great games to showcase this advantage, Star Wars Trilogy Arcade represented one of the most noticeable graphical leaps between Star Wars games we had ever seen. Just two years earlier, Shadows of the Empire blew us away with the first ever 3D Battle of Hoth – and Trilogy Arcade obliterates it, even including extra wampas in Echo Base (a scene long known to hardcore fans to have been cut from The Empire Strikes Back). Outside of the otherwise stunning first-person lightsaber battles, everything played very intuitively as we sunk quarter after quarter into its hour of content. The short length probably accounts for the fact that Trilogy Arcade was never ported to Dreamcast, despite Sega President Bernie Stolar straight-up saying "that's gonna happen" to Victor Lucas of The Electric Playground in 1999. 

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