This Day in Video Game History – September 12th, 2006 – Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy Released

A video game providing a stylized twist on the hit original Star Wars trilogy was released 10 years ago today.

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Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy was developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by LucasArts. It was released for a variety of systems including the GameCube, Playstation 2, Xbox and many more, with its first release on September 12th, 2006. Courtesy: LucasArts / Traveller’s Tales

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy was developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by LucasArts. It was released for a variety of systems including the GameCube, Playstation 2, Xbox and many more, with its first release on September 12th, 2006.

The game, like the original Lego Star Wars, took feature films from the Star Wars saga and gave them a Lego presentation. In this game, the Original Trilogy of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi are represented. Players can control one of many different characters in 3D action-platforming across stages based on settings from the films. The gameplay involves combat, puzzle solving, and the collection of a variety of items.

In this game, cutscenes are presented in a comedic form without any spoken dialogue. Aside from many unlockable characters that can be used in levels after beaten in the initial story mode, Lego Star Wars II introduced the ability to create and customize their own characters.

The game, like the first, was a smash hit, becoming one of the top-selling games in the US for that year, and selling over 8 million copies around the world. This game, and the original, would later be combined in a release entitled Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Many more Lego video games would follow, not just based on Star Wars, but other properties ranging from Harry Potter to Indiana Jones and many more.

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