a game by Sculptured Software

Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesisSNESSNES

Genre: Sports


It's rawer than Slam masters. It's rawer than WCW Superbrawl. It's WWF Raw, the newest wrestlefest for the SNES, and you'd better get ready to rumble with this terrific game.

Mat Mayhem

Are you ready to experience the most realistic video game mat action ever? By adding six of wrestling's newest stars and a bunch of new moves WWF Raw improves over last year's popular Royal Rumble. Powered by 24 megs, Raw offers six game-play options, including tag-team matches, the Survivor Series, and a Royal Rumble. You can even enjoy a six-against-one brawl! Check each wrestler's attributes and choose from 12 of the world's best brawlers, each with a wrestling repertoire that includes a patented finisher.


  • During a one-on-one match, another grappler may appear at ringside to help out your opponent.
  • To perform a special move, you must first drain almost all of your opponent's energy.
  • Punch the ref repeatedly to knock him out, and then proceed with an all-out brawl.

The excellent controls match those of the Genesis version. However, the extra SNES button enables you to perform moves such as suplexes, rag dolls, and mat splashes more quickly and with greater precision.

Enter the Squared Circle

Superb graphics and sounds make the ring action come alive! The detailed portraits and clear sprites are better than those on the Genesis and intensify an already-exciting event. Realistic grunts and slams also give you that up- dose-and-personal feel.

Whether you're hitting your opponent with a chair or using The Undertaker's Tombstone piledriver on some poor chump, you'll agree that if you're into wrestling, you're gonna have to get Raw.

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Sega Genesis WWF RAW download
  • Manufacturer: Acclaim
  • Machine: Genesis

Question: How do you do each wrestler's Megamove on the Sega Genesis? You printed the moves for SNES.

Answer: Yeah, OK. Fair enough. Thanks to one anonymous poster at Thomas Russel Middle School using Rene Cardenas@trms.uucp.netcom.com for printing a partial list (a couple of which didn't work) to alt.sega.genesis. The rest I came up with on my own. At this point, Shawn Michaels and Doink are still unknown, but I'm digging. The Genesis versions of the Megamoves are very similar to those on SNES, but instead of holding R or L, you have to hold A and B, hit the directional pad, then release one of the buttons. Happy brawling.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: LJN
  • Machine: SNES and Genesis

There's nothing new here - it's just another wrestling cart. There are some MegaMoves (wow) that might help you, but the only thing that's gonna be raw is your thumb.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Acclaim
  • Machine: Gear and Game Boy

These two versions of the latest WWF brawler are a lot like vampires - they exist only to suck more money out of unwary gamers. The tiny screen doesn't do much justice to the big boys of the nation's favorite wrestling league. Count this game out!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Acclaim

Okay, WWF Raw for SNES and Genesis were mild disappointments - nothing particularly wrong with them, they just weren't much of advancement over previous 16-bit WWF titles. However, they were enjoyable on their own level. The Game Gear, and especially Game Boy, versions, are little more than excuses to suck more cash out of the license from unwary gamers.

All right, I know that handheld screens are tiny, but given the fact that you're going to be squinting anyway, you'd have thought the designers would have taken pity on us hapless gamers, sacrificed the view of some of the ring, and made the characters as large as possible. Nope, didn't happen. The Game Gear version isn't too bad. It's not great, but at least it's in color, and it includes ten WWF stars, as opposed to the Game Boy's meager eight.

Hardcore WWF fans might want to take note that there's a slightly different mix of characters in each version: they share seven characters, but the Game Gear adds Crush, Bam Bam Bigelow, and "Macho Man" Randy Savage. The only character that's unique to the Game Boy version is Doink, which seems oddly appropriate.

If you've got to have a handheld WWF Rawi avoid the Game Boy version and pick up Game Gear. However, if you've got a choice, stay the hell away from both. A clothesline from the Undertaker hurts less.

reggie posted a review
  • Machine: SNES, Genesis.
  • Manufacturer: by Sculptured Software. publisher LJN, Acclaim.

Despite stiff competition from the rival WCW and allegations of rampant steroid use, the WWF's success continues. So it was only a matter of time before another World Wrestling Federation title hit the shelf. Unfortunately WWFRaw - available for both SNES and Genesis - has the same look and feel of past 16-bit WWF titles Royal Rumble and Rage in the Cage.

A few new wrestlers, a Raw Endurance mode, and a series of secret MegaMoves make their debut in WWF Raw, but none of these factors does a significant job of improving on the past. The MegaMoves, a collection of special 'finishing' moves that go far beyond realism, attempt to capitalize on the popularity of codes as seen in other Acclaim hits NBA Jam and the Mortal Kombats. None of these moves are printed in the manual and their unrealistic nature (for example Doink, a clown wrestler, balls up his foe and boots him out of the ring) makes one wonder why they would even be included in a game that's part of the most realistic wrestling series on the market.

Those who have played the previous WWF games know that it takes intense button-tapping to overpower opponents, and you're almost as exhausted following a match as if you'd been in the ring yourself. But the controls respond well for those who have the reflexes. Each wrestler's repertoire includes many of the same basic suplexes and slams which are used to wear opponents down before applying individual signature moves.

Six play modes cover it all from an every-man-for-himself Royal Rumble to the new Raw Endurance matches that pit two teams of wrestlers against each other in one-on-one match-ups, much like Mortal Kombat 2's survival mode. After this much action, your thumb's bound to be 'raw.'

A Second Opinion

WWF Raw is probably one of the best wrestling games I've seen for the 16-bit platform, and while I personally don't go in for this type of button-smashing fest, the presentation is well done. Acclaim couldn't have picked a better vehicle for a no-holds-barred, hit-'em-on-the-head-with-a-chair Royal Rumble of a beat-'em up. I agree with Doug for the most part, although I would have rated this title just a tad higher. This game is addictive thumb candy that kids and hard core wrestling fans alike will eat up. - Vince

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Jaleco of Japan
  • Machine: Super Famicom
  • Theme: Sports
  • Release: April/May '94

Jaleco's come up with a unique way of capturing the excitement of wrestling matches. The game screen is split into three parts during a match. The center strip, which shows the two wrestlers squaring off from a distance, is used for the actual game play. The top and bottom strips show close-ups of the wrestlers. When one player manages to connect with a power move, like a back drop, the close-up expands to two strips to catch all the action. Any of the 16 wrestlers can be selected for spectacular bouts. As each wrestler has different moves, there can be a lot of experimentation. It can be four-player, too!

reggie posted a review

Acclaim brings you all the realism of the World Wrestling Federation with 16-Bit graphics and sounds. Features popular wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect, and many others.

reggie posted a review

Ready for live-action wrestling at its rawest? WWF Raw ventures into the squared circle with all your favorite grapplers and moves!

ProTip: Positioning is important when performing special moves. Learn where to start each move before playing.

King of the Ring

Raw features twelve of wrestling's biggest superstars, all with the special signature moves and attributes that made them famous. Imagine unleashing Yokozuna's Banzai Drop on your opponent during a twelve-man Royal Rumble. With six match options (including tag-team and one-on-one matchups), you can choose different paths to glory.

Controlling these maniacs is a blast. With more than 20 moves at your disposal, you guide your grappler with speed and precision. Some of the moves are wild -- wait until you bring down a chair on your opponent! What's more, virtually no slowdown stalls the action.

Championship Features

Colorful graphics and clear sound are key factors to winning the title, and Raw has 'em. However, every wrestler appears to have the same height and proportions, which can be a little confusing when the 5'5" Luna Vachon somehow stands as tall as the 7'0" Diesel. Each competitor does have their own theme music, though, and distinctive moans and groans punctuate the action in the ring.

With tons of options and the WWF's most popular wrestlers, you can't go wrong. And with ten skill settings, gamers of all abilities can hit the mat. So do you have what it takes to be the king of the ring? WWF Raw is a fun way to find out.

reggie posted a review
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