Plot. The game takes place during the war between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance. Six months have passed since the Battle of Yavin, the Rebels continue to fight against the forces of the Empire in a desperation for the survival of the Rebellion. As the Empire's forces grow stronger, Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles form Rogue Squadron, a flight squad comprised of the Rebel Alliance's most skilled X-Wing pilots. Then, six years after the Battle of Endor, a New Republic is formed after the deaths of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader and also the collapse of the Empire. But the Empire is reborn under the guidance of a mysterious new leader, then Rogue Squadron, now commanded by Wedge, continues to fight for the fledgling New Republic.
The three secret missions are the race through Beggar's Canyon, The Death Star Trench Run, and the Battle of Hoth. This game was incredibly well done and the gameplay is really good. A cheat code "CHICKEN" unlocks a secret stage, in which you play as an AT-ST, destroying bases and ships of the Rebel Alliance. A hilarious cheat is converting the V-Wing into a car.
Concept. The game is comprised of four chapters, which involves fifteen missions. Players must completevarious objectives through fifteen different missions, including the three secret missions that can be unlock either through cheats, or getting respective medals. Collecting medals can be achieved by beating the stage under a specific time limit. So if you want to get a Gold Medal, you'll have to be swift and have impressive flying abilities. The game is just like Star Fox, except that this is Star Wars.
Design. The game's graphics are rendered in 3D, and walking people look more like a mixture between 3D rendered characters and sprites. When players insert the Expansion Pak into the Nintendo 64's Jumper Pak slot, graphics go from a low to a higher resolution, giving an exciting experience, and altered sequences never seen before.
History. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron was the first game of the Rogue Squadron series that was released in 1998. The game was more successful than Shadows of the Empire, and it spawned comic books as well. The second game Rogue Leader was released in 2001 on the Nintendo GameCube and it was also praised for it's gameplay and graphics. The third game was even better, Rebel Strike allowed players for the first time to battle on ground combat or in vehicles. There are Star Wars games that are epic, but some of them like Dark Forces are a different story.
Memories. I played this in the Spring of 1999, the time when Super Smash Bros came out. I really enjoyed the game, and my cousin had it as well. When I beat the game, he wanted me to beat his game, since I was the bigger gamer of the two, and he was a sportsman, I guess he couldn't even survive two seconds in a game like this without me. But over the years, he learned to survive in most of them.
Music. The music of the game was very well done, and the theme is memorable. My favorite theme has to be from the Moff Seerdon's Revenge stage, it really fit the setting of the stage, as it was a showdown against Kohl Seerdon. When fighting against Seerdon, the famous theme of the Galactic Empire is played "The Imperial March".
Rantings. Now my only dislike of the game has to be how harder it gets. The stage I hated the most was the "Raid at Sullust". The volcanic area had a great number of missile turrets, and it always got me very pissed off that I as about to throw my controller against a wall. The TIE-Interceptors at the fourteenth mission got me pissed off, because if one was flying alone, it was a marksman shooter, and got me pissed.
Good Aspects. The voice acting, the graphics, and the gameplay were very impressive. This game is worthy of being one of my favorite games of the Star Wars saga. It has high replay value, it is enjoyable, and you will enjoy this to the max if it was on sale in the Wii Virtual Console.
Overall. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, though forgotten, it is still a great game and I still have it, along with my Nintendo 64 and other games. This game gets an 8 out of 10