2. July 2014 16:33
Two magazine Ads for 'Star Wars' video games on the Atari System, circa 1983.
Eager to capitalize on the fresh wave of Star Wars mania sweeping the nation following the long anticipated release of Return of the Jedi, Parker Brothers quickly rushed out these games to market. which may or may not have been created with Star Wars in mind.
Jedi Arena seems to have more in common with Pong than Star Wars and could have been created with no intention of carrying the Star Wars brand, but it was allegedly inspired by the scene in Star Wars where Luke begins to learn how to handle his lightsaber against a 'remote'. To find out just how bad it was, [To find out just how bad it is, play Star Wars Jedi Arena online for free, right now at virtualatari.org]
Star Wars Jedi Arena Video Game Cartridge
Become a Jedi Master without ever leaving home
In the STAR WARS JEDI ARENA, perfecting the skills needed to become a JEDI MASTER takes concentration and practice. Use your LIGHTSABER to direct the attack of the whirling SEEKER. But stay alert, your adversary can attack at any time. So follow your instincts. In no time at all you’ll be a m JEDI MASTER, ready to go saber to saber against any opponent who dares to do battle with you.
Play the STAR WARS JEDI ARENA home video game. Alone or head-to-head. The challenge awaits you.
TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. 1982 Parker Brothers authorized user. © 1982, Parker Brothers, Beverly, MA 01915
While more directly tied to the movies, Star Wars Death Star Battle wasn't all that much better. In the game you control the Millenium Falcon in an attack on the Death Star, similar to that in Return of the Jedi. Blast the incoming fighters and slip through a hole in the defense shield to batter down the outside of the Death Star and expose it's more vulnerable core. IF you manage to destroy it and avoid the debris, the game loops back to the start.
[Play Atari Star Wars Death Star Battle online now]
Star Wars Return of the Jedi Death Star Battle Video Game Cartridge
Zero Hour Approaching!
SITUATION DESPERATE POWERFUL NEW DEATH STAR REPORTED UNDER CONSTRUCTION. MUST BE DESTROYED BEFORE ITS DEADLY COMPLETION OR ALL WILL BE LOST.
MISSION INVOLVES SPLIT-SECOND SKILL. MUST FLY MILLENNIUM FALCON THROUGH ENEMY FORCE FIELD...PBME-TRATE DEATH STAR DEFENSES...AND NEUTRALIZE CENTER CORE.
WARNING! EXPECT HEAVY RESISTANCE FROM EMPIRE'S TIE INTERCEPTORS. ALSO NOTE...BE ON ALERT FOR TRACKING DEATH RAY. TIME RUNNING OUT. ALL REBEL PILOTS REPORT IMMEDIATELY FOR RETURN OF THE JEDI DEATH STAR BATTLE. THE THRILLING HOME VIDEO GAME FROM PARKER BROTHERS.
For the Atari 2600 TM and soon available for Intellivision®.
* ®, * TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. (LFL) 1983. All rights reserved. Parker Bros., a div. of CPG Products Corp., Authorized User. Atari 2600™ is a trademark of Atari, Inc. INTELLIVISION® is a registered trademark of Mattel, Inc. Parker Brothers is not affiliated with Atari, Inc. or Mattel, Inc.
Learn more about Atari and other Star Wars video Games.