THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Trailer Is Still Epic in 16-Bit

The teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars film, The Rise of Skywalker, has had us talking nonstop since its premiere at Celebration back in April. The film is the conclusion to the Skywalker saga, and that first look is filled to the brim with emotion and nostalgia. We’ve watched it so many times we’ve lost count; now we have a new way to enjoy the 2-minute festivity.

YouTuber John Stratman gave the trailer the SNES-style video game treatment with this 16-bit version. It comes complete with chip tunes music (from composer Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel), computerized sound effects, and pop-up title cards to announce dialogue. It feels like stepping up to an arcade game and loading a new Star Wars adventure!

We love so many of the little touches in this version of the trailer. The sound when Rey runs from Kylo’s TIE Silencer; the immortal words of Luke Skywalker popping into frame like a wise wizard; the pixel versions of new planets and locations; and the glitchy-sounding version of Leia’s theme playing over the action. It’s a dream for any Star Wars fan and vintage video game lover.

Stratman has other Star Wars-related 16-bit videos up on his channel, like like Star Wars-ified Mario mashup. He’s also not the only YouTuber to publish 16-bit movie trailers. There are plenty of Star Wars trailers and movie moments that have been transferred to the format. (Mr. Sunday Movies has a great version of Snoke’s throne room scene from The Last Jedi on his channel, for example.) Avengers: Infinity War, Venom, and more have been given the 16-bit treatment.

We love finding new ways to enjoy our favorite pop culture, and this 16-bit trailer trend is one of the best there is. Kudos to John Stratman for this enjoyable video that has only gotten us even more excited for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Images: John Stratman 

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