Star Wars video games
The Star Wars franchise has spawned over one hundred computer, video, and board games, dating back to some of the earliest home consoles. Some are based directly on movie material, while others rely heavily on the non-canonical Star Wars expanded universe (rebranded as Star Wars Legends and dropped from the canon in 2014).
The Star Wars games have gone through three significant development eras: the early licensed games, the games developed after the creation of LucasArts, and the games created after the closure of LucasArts, which are currently licensed to Electronic Arts, and include an EA Star Wars logo.
The first era is one of the early licensed games (1979-1993) and happened during the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of gaming. At the time videogame graphics were so simple that video games barely featured any kind of narrative. Video games released during this mostly consisted of retellings of the original trilogy films, during the 8-bit era focusing most of the time on a single scene of a film. Star Wars creator George Lucas had licensed the rights to Star Wars video games; these games were released under the “Lucasfilm Games” banner.
The second era is one of LucasArts and modern self-published games (1993-2013). It started after Star Wars creator George Lucas took interest into the increasing success of the videogame market, and decided to create his own video-game development company LucasArts, deciding Star Wars video-games should be developed by his own company, so he could have more creative control in them and their narratives (though he would not regain the license until 1993). During this era, the games graphics evolved enough for games to be able to tell complex narratives, which started retelling the stories of the films, until eventually having their own original narratives set in the same continuity as the films, with voice-overs and CGI cut scenes. After Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, the games developed during the first two eras were discarded from the canon in 2014 and reassigned to the non-canonical Star Wars Legends label. In addition, LucasArts was closed by Disney in 2013.
The third era is the EA Star Wars era (2014–present). Games published during this era are considered canonical to the franchise. The video game rights were reassigned solely to Electronic Arts due to LucasArts’ closure by Disney. The EA-published games also feature more influence from the Lucasfilm Story Group, responsible for managing aspects of Star Wars canon. The EA Star Wars license is set to expire in 2023.
Though there have been many hobbyist-made and freeware games based on the Star Wars movie series and brand, this page lists only the games that have been developed or published by LucasArts, or officially licensed by Lucasfilm.
Star Wars games have been released for the Arcade, Apple II, Atari 2600, Famicom, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64, Sega Master System, Sega Dreamcast, Game Gear, GameCube, DOS, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Mac OS, macOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, iOS, Android, Linux, and Nintendo Switch platforms.
As of 2020, there have been over 90 Million copies of Star Wars games sold.