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« on: April 03, 2009, 01:16:23 PM »
This could go in retrogaming but I think it's a genre popular enough (especially here) that it deserves it's own thread.

Let's list and reminisce!

Most of my faves are on SNES --


Natsume Championship Wrestling.. this was a remake of an AJPW game. It was my first experience with a timing based grappler and prepared me for the greatness that is...


Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium.. I don't think I even need to explain why I love this one! :D

...and of course the N64 days --




WWF Wrestlemania 2000.. I honestly think that I enjoyed this one more than No Mercy. No Mercy was great, but I had played this one with friends much more often when it first came out so I have more fond memories of the game.
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2009, 01:28:38 PM »
I spent many a Sunday at my aunt's with Natsume Pro Wrestling. Who knew they'd turn into the Harvest Moon company, eh?

I prefered No Mercy to WM2000, but now I prefer No Mercy emulated on PC just so it eliminates the slowdown in 4-wrestler matches. That and the multitude of mods out there keeping it interesting.

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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2009, 01:38:15 PM »
Here Comes The Pain. I've spents countless hours playing and replaying it. I can still break it out once or twice a year and play it for days. The precreated move sets for Japanese wrestlers was so great.

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2009, 01:48:09 PM »
Yes! HCTP is still my favourite in that series. The roster was awesome. The season mode and draft were great, as well!
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2009, 02:11:15 PM »
Wow, I thought I was one of the few who played Natsume Wrestling. I had that game...bought it at the local Shopko for real cheap...like $20.00, which was nothing for an SNES game at the time, considering I think WWF RAW was like 80 bucks when I bought that game brand new. At first I hated it, because I didn't understand how to win grapples, but then I figured out the timing...and then got how good the game was. I think that was the first game I remember seeing powerbombs and moonsaults in.
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2009, 02:20:12 PM »
Totally! The sheer amount of different powerbombs in this game was just pure joy to me! I think there were like 3 or 4!
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2009, 05:33:51 PM »
King of Colosseum 2 has given me many epic battles of joy. Nothing like a 20 minute triple threat of Chono, Taue, and Liger on the game... and the wars I had with the teams of Kojima/Tenzan and Hansen/Lesnar.

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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2009, 06:14:26 PM »
I've wanted to enjoy Fire Pro, but have never gotten the timed grapples, leading to butt whuppin's.

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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2009, 06:51:16 PM »
Big three for me are essentially No Mercy, Here Comes the Pain and FPW Returns. No Mercy's great for obvious reasons, but HCTP has a fantastic roster and as far as match types is pretty damn good. You don't much better than playing a chickenshit heel in the 10 Minute Hardcore Battle Royal jumping into the backstage container with 20 seconds to go so nobody can pin you in time.

Fire Pro I use largely for Elimination Tags. I've recreated classic and fantasy Surivor Series matches a ridiculous amount.

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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2009, 08:40:06 PM »
I used to love the WCW game for NES, WCW Vs The World, the WWE NES and SNES games, Revenge, WM 2000, No Mercy, HCTP, Fire Pro Returns, and currently I love Legends of Wrestlemania. I use to play that Power Move Pro-Wrestling quite a bit too.

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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2009, 09:41:18 PM »
My favourite wrestling game for a long, long time was WCW Revenge. I don't know why, but it just rocked it. WWF WrestleMania 2000 is up there.The very first WWF SmackDown! game too, due to its revolutionary tendencies at the time.

I used to play WWF Warzone every Friday noontime as my friends house. WWF Attitude came out and it was bug-ridden, which put me off wrestling games for a while.

WWF Royal Rumble for the Dreamcast anyone? You take Big Show or Undertaker and just power everybody out of the ring.

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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2009, 12:24:31 AM »
WCW Vs The World

Yes.

Also,


Tecmo World Wrestling



Saturday Night Slam Masters


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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2009, 12:45:46 AM »
I love Fire Pro Wrestling because of it's insane customization.  I could recreate Dumont Wrestling from Marigold Garden if I wanted.

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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2009, 02:10:49 AM »
Know what I love about Saturday Night Slam Masters? It's in the same universe as Street Fighter.

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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2009, 02:16:53 AM »
100% YES to Tecmo on NES! I still remember the day I saw the ad for it in Nintendo Power. I must've read it a billion times before my parents got me the game for my birthday.
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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2009, 03:04:33 AM »


First wrestling game I ever played. Best thing in the game, STAR MAN!



Best wrestling game in the last 5 years.

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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2009, 03:18:52 AM »
Yes! HCTP is still my favourite in that series. The roster was awesome. The season mode and draft were great, as well!

Absolutely. I still break it out and play hardcore matches... I just had a nice session of old-school ECW favorites (Taz, Raven and Tommy Dreamer) in Triple Threat matches.... good stress relief, being able to Tazplex someone through a table.
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2009, 03:52:56 AM »
I'll have to give a shout out to Def Jam Vendetta. It used the No Mercy/WM 2000/Revenge combat system, but added in a tweak where you will get rewarded for doing different moves. It doesn't have a wrestling license, of course, so if you hate rap and all things rappers you probably will want to give it a miss, but I am not a big fan of the genre and still appreciated how awesome the game was.

Nothing will top some of the games listed in the topic, I just thought I'd give this one a mention too.

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« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2009, 04:38:12 AM »
I've been hoping for a modern day Saturday Night Slam Masters for years now. Use to love that game, anyone know if it's in any sort of Capcom collection?

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« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2009, 04:45:33 AM »
Ah, I didn't like HCTP for a while and thought it was the most overhyped game of the Smackdown series (My favorite used to Shut Your Mouth... it had MaVen!) but I grew to appreciate right after Mania 20 when Ultimo, Lesnar, Goldberg, Rock, and Austin all left the company. I've had so many wars with Lesnar, Steiner, and Kane with Ultimo as my WWE champion. I used to love setting up a roster of jobbers, just like in Shut Your Mouth where my Main Event scene on RAW was dominated by Mark Henry, MaVen, and Regal.

Since the PS2 went out, I have rediscovered my love for all the N64 wrestling games, especially Revenge. There's nothing like leading Executioner Kobashi or Shogun Kawada to the US and TV titles. Only thing missing from the game is Flair.

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« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2009, 04:50:10 AM »
Its odd that all the THQ games went down hill after HCTP.

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« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2009, 04:54:10 AM »
WCW against The World.

There was one reason and one reason I loved that game. You could kill your real life opponent with boredom. When playing, you can flip your opponents wrestler over on to his front. You could flip him on to his back.

For ten straight minutes, I really pissed my friend off by just turning his wrestler over and over again. He couldn't do anything about it.

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« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2009, 05:10:43 AM »
I had Glacier as my Zybysko in the game. Just ran outside, taunted a lot, hit his finisher about 3 or 4 times, and would win the match. He made a great chickenshit heel in that game. Then my brother had to be Hall and destroyed me for 10 minutes. I miss the old days of just setting up tourneys, and keeping track of champs in the game.

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« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2009, 06:24:36 AM »
I'll have to give a shout out to Def Jam Vendetta. It used the No Mercy/WM 2000/Revenge combat system, but added in a tweak where you will get rewarded for doing different moves. It doesn't have a wrestling license, of course, so if you hate rap and all things rappers you probably will want to give it a miss, but I am not a big fan of the genre and still appreciated how awesome the game was.
First game I thought of, actually. Fight For New York was better, but that's a different genre.

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« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2009, 10:28:38 AM »

WWF Royal Rumble for the Dreamcast anyone? You take Big Show or Undertaker and just power everybody out of the ring.

Sorry, but this doesn't belong on any favorite list anywhere ever, paid about 5 bucks for it and felt completely ripped off. There's just *no* replay value whatsoever.

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« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2009, 08:39:56 AM »
Oh, man. I found it one of those guilty pleasure games. Each to their own, although I can see your point about me being on my own here.

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« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2009, 08:46:22 AM »
WCW v NWO Revenge was one of my favorite games, just because it was the one me and my mate played the most. We had renamed all the 'random' wrestlers (who I later found out were based on legit guys) as people we knew. So it was funny to see them come running down during battle royals.

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« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2009, 08:51:06 AM »
Revenge was the game that you could also modify the wrestlers and it changed the intro video sequence. I dressed Randy Savage in all pink and there he was, driving a truck in all pink.

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« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2009, 09:23:46 AM »
Didn't Royal Rumble for Dreamcast only have the Rumble mode and nothing else?

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« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2009, 09:33:52 AM »
I have a small feeling you're not wrong Peng.

It's been a long time since I played.

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« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2009, 11:09:09 AM »
Some of my all time faves:

Tecmo Wrestling
Virtual Pro Wrestling 64
Virtual Pro Wrestling 2
No Mercy
Fire Pro Returns
King Of Colosseum II
Fire Pro: 6 Man Scramble(just because it was my first experience with the FP series.)

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« Reply #31 on: April 06, 2009, 11:33:08 AM »
I love me some N64 Aki games.

I gotta put VPW2 at the top - mask editor, shoot fighting, huge roster, bunch of legends, and had some pretty great matches (Misawa is a bitch to beat).

WCW/nWo Revenge ekes out No Mercy in 2nd due to the diversity in the roster - cruisers flying around, midcard guys bringing the workrate, and the ME guys brawling.

No Mercy slides in at 3rd.  Some great stuff in here - ladder matches, cage matches, branching storyline.

I gotta get me an N64 & retrieve these games from my brother.

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« Reply #32 on: April 06, 2009, 11:40:09 AM »
Gotta go with Revenge on this one.  Two main things put it over its WWF successors for me.  First, the roster was much better, probably the best in any video game ever.  WCW circa 1998 just had so much depth with wrestlers of all sorts of different styles and you even have the fun rip-offs of Japanese wrestlers.  The only thing it is missing is Ric Flair.  The second is the speed.  Wrestlemania 2000 & No Mercy really felt like they were taxing the N64 and both games just seemed slow compared to Revenge.

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« Reply #33 on: April 06, 2009, 12:32:51 PM »
Didn't Royal Rumble for Dreamcast only have the Rumble mode and nothing else?

I think it had exhibition matches too, but I'm not sure if those were just single matches or if there was anything else outside of that.
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« Reply #34 on: April 07, 2009, 07:18:54 PM »


Saturday Night Slam Masters

I'm a huge Haggar mark.  My buddy owned the japanese "Muscle Bomber: The Body Explosion" for SNES.  We used to play through the co-op with the time limit set to infinity and take out one of the computers right away then torture the remaining one for as long as we dared.  Then I played the arcade version once and it was so gods damned different.  :'(  Plus we were freaked out by the quote above from Mike sense we used to just joke that he would grab folks and say, "Want to go for a ride?"

"World Championship WRESTLING~!" for NES 8-bit.  This was one of those games where you punched or kicked as fast as you could to "tire" the opponent out making them susceptible to a grapple.  You picked 4 grapples out of 8 before the match and performed them with the direction pad and a meter that would empty and fill.  You had to time the meter (kind of like golf games swing/power meter) to do more damage.  This game was awesome as they just skinned random people as "Flair" or "Rotundo" etc.  Suddenly you had Mike Rotundo doing fucking octupus hold as a finisher and shit.  The last boss was basically Andre the giant with a Darth Vader mask and you couldn't grapple him.  This game also had the most kick ass character select music.  Oh, and in tag matches, when you were getting pinned, your partner flew in as a pure black shadowy silhouette to save you since they couldn't draw more than 2 dudes on the screen at once.  ::)

Long, long ago I picked up WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game for the Saturn cheap.  Same buddy from Saturday Night Slam Masters loved the shit outta the commentary in that game.  Vince saying, "It's a total debacle." was his favorite.  One time it locked up while he was saying "debacle" and just kept looping it.  I think he crapped his pants laughing.  His favorite characters were the Undertaker (throwing ghosts and tombstones at people like they were Ken and Ryu fireballs) and Bam Bam Bigelow who was basically a frikken' fire elemental.  He would jump off the top rope and turn completely to flames, burn through the opponent and then reform from the fiery ashes. :o

WWF Wrestlemania for SNES was kind of fun back in the day if you had a turbo pad.  They had a rather limited set of grunts so it was fun to really wear down an opponent then just stomp on them like 22 times in a row pretending you were Demolition and hear them go "ugh ugh, augh, ugh, unh" as it cycled through the grunts.  Plus you could give people a flying fucking atomic drop from inside the ring to the concrete!!  It had everyone's entrance music in a not-quite-midi-but-better sound quality which was neat.

The only thing about wrestling games that has bugged me is general lack of "life meters."  I understand why they do it and the philosophy but it would get old when you fuck around killing some computer character for like 30 minutes straight.  Just mangling and mutilating the ever loving shit out of them, beating them with tables and 50 power bombs etc. etc. and they randomly kick out of shit anyway! ;D

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« Reply #36 on: April 08, 2009, 08:00:40 AM »
Steel Cage Challenge wasn't that good. It was "OK", but I think all the wrestlers played exactly the same in it. I don't think there were finishers or anything either. The cage matches in those early '90s WWF games were never well executed either. I remember I had the Game Boy version of the same game, and your guy simply by climbing to the top of the cage. Kind of anti-climactic.

I think Wrestlecrap or some place had a write up about that, saying something like "Do you want to be a technician and slowly pick your opponent apart with Bret Hart? Or maybe power your way to victory with Sid? IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO YOU PICK BECAUSE THEY'RE ALL THE SAME!"
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« Reply #37 on: April 08, 2009, 11:52:00 AM »
Yeah, HCTP was the high water mark for the series. Of the SD vs. Raw series, 2006 holds up the strongest, but not by much. Shut Your Mouth had the best story mode of the bunch, though.

I can't be the only one who thought "Raw is War" from 1994 on 16-bitters was a good time.

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« Reply #38 on: April 08, 2009, 11:58:30 AM »
I about crapped myself w/ excitement as a 10 year old thumbing through a GamePro when I saw a two-page Royal Rumble SNES ad.  I didn't have an SNES but was able to get one a month or so later and talked my mom into dropping $70 for Royal Rumble to go w/ it.  Just awesome hip tossing fools miles away and pulling off finishers.  Raw was also fun a year later but was basically a clone of Royal Rumble (which was a clone of Super WrestleMania w/o finishers and RR mode).

As for today, I play FPR a couple times per month.  If I'm not doing a battle royal or 8-man royal rumble, I'm usually doing 4-on-4 survivor series matches.  Sometimes w/ tags and others w/ no tags w/ over-the-top as a 3rd way of elimination.

Also count me in on the camp that preferred WM2000 over No Mercy.  The lag of having 4 men on the screen in No Mercy was just too much . . w/ or w/o a ladder.  Plus, WM2000 had that awesome Team Rumble mode where 4 teams of 4 EXPLODE until only ONE TEAM IS STANDING!!!
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« Reply #39 on: April 08, 2009, 12:00:20 PM »
Yeah, WWF RAW on SNES was awesome. I remember how you could bump into the ref, and if you beat him up enough, he would wave his hands and leave the ring! I believe this was the first WWF game to have a chair you could use outside the ring as well.

I remember getting the secret super moves for the wrestlers out of a gaming magazine. Shawn Michaels had this thing where he's jump into the air and kind of do a merry go round drop kick. Diesel would throw his opponent way up into the air, and stuff like that.
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« Reply #40 on: April 08, 2009, 02:44:09 PM »
Royal Rumble had the chairs too. I was always partial to taking out the referee and then Flairing it up with eye gouges & chokes aplenty before he got back up.

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« Reply #41 on: April 08, 2009, 04:17:13 PM »
I liked the bucket. Does anyone remember on WWF RAW the SUPER finishers like Owen Hart doing the spinning clothesline?

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« Reply #42 on: April 08, 2009, 07:29:44 PM »
I remember really getting a kick out of all the old NES / Game Boy WWF games, but I really hated King of the Ring. Everyone looked awful, controlled terribly, and the gameplay seemed to move very slow. I think the computer usually kicked my ass too.

For the SNES era, I remember badly wanting Royal Rumble for my 12th birthday but the game cost something like $102 (before tax!) Canadian at Toys R Us. Come to think of it, I think that's what I paid (after taxes) for either No Mercy or WrestleMania 2000. Cartridges, I miss you, but I also don't. Back to Royal Rumble, I rented it many times that Summer and thoroughly enjoyed using Crush to bodyslam Yokozuna as a preview of what I was sure would happen on the Intrepid. I remember my friends and I would always try to have what - if it were to happen in 'real life' - the worst Royal Rumble match possible by clearing the ring one by one seconds after someone would enter. I'm not sure what happened to the price of games between 1993 and 1994 or why Royal Rumble cost so much, but Raw was much more affordable and was a Christmas present. The Megamoves were great fun, though I know a few times I wasn't paying attention and would completely sap Owen's power by doing his Zangief spin. I liked Doink's punt, Kid's turnbuckle leap, and the glitch that made Luna morph into the Kid and copy his move. Though I did this with the Game Boy games too, I specifically remember using these two games to take in some awesome wrestling entrance music in midi format.

People have already talked highly of the N64 games and beyond, but did anyone ever play the North American version of Toukon Retsuden known as "Power Move Pro Wrestling"? I don't remember much about the gameplay, but I recall the presentation of the game being awesome, especially for the time. Everyone was fictional but they had neat ring introductions with an announcer, something completely new to the wrestling game genre.

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« Reply #43 on: April 08, 2009, 11:34:45 PM »
I never played Power Move...I got WCW Vs The World when I bought my Playstation back in '97 or whenever it was. That was actually a very solid game for its time. Only downside was that you could only do singles matches, but they had some cool tournament modes and stuff. You could make up your own titles, too. I loved being Harley (Sabu) in that game.
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« Reply #44 on: April 09, 2009, 12:46:43 AM »
Power Move was fun for its time.  My memories are foggy, but I loved the outdoor arena as well as The Commandant.  IIRC, I also remember being impressed you could ram your opponent's head in the turnbuckle.
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« Reply #45 on: April 09, 2009, 12:58:23 AM »
Power Move was a fun game.  I remember buying it because I read that it was what the Smackdown game was based off of.  I loved playing as the Zombie and The Egyptian and kicking the shit out of people.

Also, I see the love for HCTP, but no love for Smackdown 2? 

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« Reply #46 on: April 09, 2009, 05:41:32 AM »
Don't know if I have a favorite, per-say.

But the first wrestling game that I ever played was "WWF Rage in the Cage" for the Sega CD.

I just liked hearing the voices of Howard Finkel and the wrestlers before the match began.

Though having a game with 3 Tag Teams (Nasty Boys, Headshrinkers, Money Inc.) and no tag matches was just...yeah.

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« Reply #48 on: April 09, 2009, 07:27:58 AM »


wcw vs the world ps1 full roster

Wow, hearing that WCW vs. The World music really brings back memories.

WCW NWO Revenge Intro (Best Quality)

One of the best intros for a wrestling game ever. Hogan getting revenge for Sting injuring his trucker friend! I loved changing the costumes for guys and having it show up in the video.

WWF Wrestlemania 2000 Intro (Best Quality)

This one was pretty cool too.


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« Reply #49 on: April 09, 2009, 01:00:03 PM »
Watching the Revenge intro makes me wonder. Who the heck was hopping on one foot with their head cocked to the side?