Solo: A Star Wars Story Has An Interesting Video Game Easter Egg (SPOILERS)
Solo: A Star Wars Story is available at last delving into the past of everybody’s favorite nerf herder, Han Solo, as he joins a gang of galactic smugglers attempting to steal a valuable type of fuel off of the mining planet Kessel. Along the way Han runs into various characters, both new and familiar. One of these characters makes a reference to a peculiar 90’s fighting game.
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The character portrayed by Emilia Clarke, Qi’Ra, shows off that she is more dangerous than thought at first when she takes down a foe in unarmed combat. While this happens frequently throughout the film, the first time was memorable as she mentions to Han that in the time that the two were separated from their days as childhood sweethearts she had been taught a secret fighting art called “Teräs Käsi.”
At first glance it would be hard to miss but it turns out this small line is a reference to a fighting game called Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi, which was the first title LucasArts attempted to put onto the original PlayStation console. The game featured the likes of characters from the films such as Han Solo, Luke Skwalker, Boba Fett, and more as well as some characters from the extended universe such as Mara Jade.
The story was set between “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back” and saw the Emperor hire an assassin named Arden Lyn to take out the Alliance’s key members. Upon learning of the Emperor’s plo,t Luke and co challenged the assassin to fight face to face in the ways of the unarmed combat discipline Teräs Käsi, which was first introduced in the 1996 novel “Shadows of the Empire” by Steve Perry. Ultimately the title did not do very well and was subject to widespread criticism for its poor fighting mechanics and flimsy story. Still, out of all the references to be had it’s interesting the writers decide to go with that one.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is available in theaters now. Are there any other obscure references you caught in the film out of the many scattered throughout the narrative? Let us know your thoughts on the “Masters of Teräs Käsi” reference in Solo: A Star Wars Story and more in the comments section below. As always, don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers of Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.
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