Shadows of the Empire and The Empire Strikes Back both stand out among the crowd of licensed Star Wars games. Those who grew up playing them likely hold them in a fond place in their hearts; and soon, they'll be able to physically hold them in a brand new release from Limited Run Games.
The physical game publisher Limited Run Games is releasing new cartridges for Empire Strikes Back on both the NES and Game Boy, and a Nintendo 64 cart for Shadows of the Empire. Preorders are set to go live on July 26 at 10 a.m. ET, and true to the namesake, this is a limited run—once they're gone, they're gone.
Just to be clear: these are actual cartridges, which will actually work in your old consoles (or, if you've got a machine like the Retron 5). The "Classic" version comes with the game in an action-figure style packaging, while the "Premium" edition carries some extra goodies like a game manual, art, and commemorative coins.
This is one of several Star Wars game repackages Limited Run Games has put together, and the company has already confirmed in an interview with StarWars.com that the Racer series is up next: Racer on the Nintendo 64 and PC, and then Racer Revenge on the PlayStation 4. Limited Run Games co-founder Josh Fairhurst also says the publisher will be looking at Dark Forces in the future.
"I've always been a fan of cartridges, because there's just something visceral about being able to pick one up and plug it into a system," Fairhurst told StarWars.com. "There's something about that that's really satisfying. And discs get scratched. It's the same reason I collect Star Wars action figures; there's something about having that bulky plastic thing to put on your shelf that's just incredibly appealing."
You can get your shot at these hunky plastic chunks of nostalgia on July 26, when pre-orders go live. If you're feeling warm and fuzzy about revisiting some licensed classics, be sure to read up on our guide to all the Star Wars games.