WWF Wrestlemania Arcade
Players who've seen and sampled the Genesis game will bemoan this weak arcade-to-cart conversion.
ProTip: Doink can be pretty sneaky. Crab an opponent, then motion Down, Down-Toward, Toward and hit any Punch button to electrocute a foe.
Get Ready to Grumble
We wouldn't be so unfair as to compare this version to the PlayStation game, but we will say that next to the Genesis and 32X versions this one doesn't have a chance.
The problems start right from the beginning. Yokozuna and Bam Bam Bigelow are gone from the roster! Next up, the game plays so slowly that you could grab a bite to eat between special moves.
The poor graphics feature smaller sprites and fewer colors than the game's 16-bit cousin. Again, the slowdown also takes away from the game's fast-paced fun, and the static backgrounds are washed out.
The sound gets no help from the dismal, tinny sampling or the few announcers' voiceovers that were left in. Even the slams and thuds sound cheap.
Controlling the wrestlers is about the same as in the other games, and the moves are identical, but the slowdown makes things difficult. You never know if a combo is complete until the last slow movement takes place.
What a Ripoff!
WWF Arcade has more going for it than this poor game. Buy the Genesis or 32X (or even the PlayStation) versions, but sweep this one under the mat.
- Razor Ramon: Grab the opponent and hit Punch three times, then Power Punch.
- Lex Luger can be cheap. Try constantly grabbing (simultaneously press Power Kick and Power Punch), then backbreaking (tap Up and Button A).
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WWF Wrestlemania thunders from the arcade to the Genesis, squeezing even the hefty Yokozuna into the slim confines of a 16-bit game. Some sounds and graphical touches were left in the locker room, but WWF's flamboyant action makes for undeniable fun.
Clamber into the ring as one of eight WWF Wrestling pros like Bam Bam Bigelow and Shawn Michaels to face a solid wrestling challenge. One player can pursue the WWF Title, a tough fight that eventually pits you against eight wrestlers at once, or the Intercontinental Title, an easier bout. Two players can grapple head-to-head or work together against a tag team of all the other wrestlers.
This impressive lineup of modes brings enjoyable variety to the ring, and the wild moves add to the fun. Each wrestler can pull off an eye-popping array of punches, kicks, throws, holds, and reversals. Special attacks, like Lex Luger"s Elbow Girder, and the Killer Instinct- style combos keep things rowdy. The controls respond just fine, but a six-button pad's a must unless you're a proficient finger gymnast.
In the Ring
After a while, though, the gameplay feels a bit long on flash and short on substance. Furious button pressing often yields impressive results, and fighting pros will fire off the moves and combos much too easily. Some gamers may eventually tire of this lack of depth, but there's definitely enough raucous fun to keep most players hopping back into the ring.
Graphically, the enormous digitized sprites and smooth animation will instantly impress you, despite the excessive graininess. Even worse, slowdown stalls the action on crowded screens, but these flaws don't interfere much.
Humorous commentary from WWF announcers Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler lends ringside authenticity, but they sound like they're calling the fight from underwater. At least the grunts and slams come across clearly.
Genesis wrestling buffs will want a firm hold on WWF Wrestlemania, which clearly outshines earlier wrestling titles like WWF Raw. This game should even appeal to fighting pros looking for fast, furious -- and somewhat shallow -- fun.
- Develop fast reversals (tap Toward, Toward, Strong Punch or tap Down, Down, Strong Kick) to maintain the upper hand.
- Launch combos by getting your opponent in a hold, then trying various mixes of punches and kicks.
- As Razor Ramon, tap Toward, Toward, Kick to grab your opponent by the heels and slam them into the mat.
- As Doink, clock your foes with a hammer by tapping Toward, Toward, Strong Kick.
- As your opponent reenters the ring, hit them with a charge attack like the Undertaker's Neck Breaker (charge Punch for three seconds, then release).
- Taunting charges your next attack to triple damage: Hold Block and motion two full circles starting Away.
WWF WrestleMania is a video game also known as WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game featuring a professional wrestling scene. The game was released back in 1995 by Midway Manufacturing Co., known today as Midway Amusement Games and it is a game featuring fights within the World Wrestling Federation rules.
Wrestling was very popular back in the 90s and frankly is still popular today, so the game should have been launched for the sake of the fans. The digitalized graphics and fast-paced gameplay inspired by Mortal Kombat made the game more interesting. The game is designed as being attack-minded and features lots and lots of attacks. Real wrestling moves are present in the game and the matches consist of special strike attacks and insane combos. There are other similarities to the Mortal Kombat series, such as the winner being the best out of three fights.
There are a total of eight playable characters: Bam Bam Bidelow, Bret Hart, Doink the Clown, Lex Luger, Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker and Yokozuna. Each character has its own combos and attacks.
WWF WrestleMania can be played in two single-player modes, the Intercontinental Championship and the WWF Championship. In the Intercontinental Championship the player has to win four 1 vs. 1 matches, two 2 vs. 1 matches and three 3 vs. 1 matches to win the title.
WWF WrestleMania is a bit more difficult. The player must win four 2 vs. 1 matches, two 3 vs. 1 matches and the WrestleMania Challenge, where the player must defeat every other character in the game. The challenge starts with a 3 vs. 1 setup. When a player loses, another one comes to replace him. This will happen until you defeat all the eight characters.
There are also two multi-player modes: head-to-head and a 1 vs. 1 match between two players. There is also a cooperative mode, when two players team up and have to defeat the other eight wrestlers to become the Tag Team Champions.
The game was later on ported to lots of other platforms due to its increased popularity. Games were developed for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, 32X, SNES, PlayStation, Sega Saturn and DOS. The SNES version does unfortunately not include Bam Bam Bigelow and Yokozuna. The SNES version is also very slow. The game will slow down when three characters are on screen in the same time. It also lacks several voice and commentary samples.
The game for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis was well received by the audience. GameSpot users rated this version with 7.7 out of 10, while the version for SNES was rated with 7.2 out of 10. The game for PlayStation was right in between, receiving a 7.3 rating.