Should you buy the Star Wars Episode 1: Racer remaster?
Short answer: Definitely.
The year was 1999. It had been 22 years since Star Wars last was in theaters, but the wait was no more. The hottest movie of the year was Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. You left the theater living on a Star Wars high, but luckily within days a racing game was released on the beloved Nintendo 64 to keep you up - Star Wars Episode 1: Racer.
I have been playing Aspyr's Episode 1: Racer since launch on the Nintendo Switch (it is also able to be purchased on the PlayStation 4) and I have been trying to figure out how to best review a game that is now old enough to drink, it came out 21 years ago.
The best way I thought was to verify that yes the same game you fell in love with is still here and is only better. In my social circles I always joked that if someone re-released Episode 1: Racer with the updated graphics of Forza or Gran Turismo of the current years it would be a bestseller. This does not have those graphics I dreamed of, but it definitely inherits the updated remastered graphics of the re-release on PCs back in 2018.
Buying this game all comes down to nostalgia and if Episode 1: Racer scratches that nostalgia itch - and it does.
Being on the Switch this game has come home. The game is sort of back to its roots with the PlayStation 4 as well. Episode 1: Racer did get a sequel, back in 2002 Star Wars Racer Revenge was released on the PlayStation 2. So Aspyr's Episode 1: Racer is a homecoming of sorts.
The single player campaign was always my sauce with this game, but it does feature split screen multiplayer. I think the best thing after not playing it for years was recalling the "New Lap Record" guys voice. There are 25 playable characters, but let's face it you're only going to choose Anakin until you unlock Sebulba.
To continue this trip down memory lane, enjoy this race clip of the iconic Boonta Eve Classic, modeled after the race in the film Star Trek Episode 1: The Phantom Menace:
Star Wars Episode 1: Racer is available now digitally on both Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 for $14.99. So load up your account and join me in living like its 1999.
I know you owned this game back in the day. What are your favorite memories? And are you planning on purchasing this re-release? Let me know in the comments!