WWF WrestleMania

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Platform: NESNES

Genre: Fighting Games

See also: WWF Games

WWF WrestleMania

Published by Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. and developed by Rare, Ltd. for Nintendo Entertainment System, the game was released in 1988.

The game features the game characters of such greatest wrestling stars as Andre The Giant, Bam Bam Bigelow, The Honky Tonk Man, Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. All of them share the same basic moves like standing punches and kicks, headbutts, a running attack, a body slam, and a move off the turnbuckle (Andre the Giant can't do this). The player can select from a few different ways to play, as well as Tournament action. Here you can pick the wrestler of your choice and then fight the rest of them in timed matches. When you have got two to six players, you may proceed in the best tournament action. At the end of the Tournament, the wrestler who have the most wins is announced the Champion and gets the coveted solid-gold WWF Championship Title to wear.

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NES WWF WrestleMania download
  • Manufacturer: Acclaim
  • Machine: Nintendo Entertainment System

I'm sure you've seen a professional wrestling match, those spectacles where some of the craziest things happen - and I'm not talking about the wrestling. For the past couple of years, professional wrestling hasn't fared well as a video game in the arcade or on home-computer and video-game systems. And it hasn't been entirely the fault of the software. On the contrary, Absolute Entertainment's versions of pro wrestling for the Atari 2600 and 7800 are well-designed and playable as is Konami's coin-op The Main Event.

The problem lies in the fact that actual pro wrestling is more of a show than a sport. Now, regardless of whether or not you believe pro wrestling is fake, you have to admit that watching the zaniness being played out on the mat is probably more fun than a moving video version of a wrestler on a game screen. With baseball, football or other sports, you dream about taking part in the action as you watch. Pro wrestling, on the other hand, is something to be visually enjoyed - much like a circus stunt show or movie. Few people in the audience want to actually participate.

Acclaim's Wrestlemania is the latest Nintendo pro-wrestling game (and certainly not the last). But it's the first to license the names and wrestling personalities of the famous World Wrestling Federation. You can take on the role of any one of six WWF stars: Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Bam Bam Bigelow, Randy Savage, the Honky Tonk Man or Ted DiBiase. Colorful, digitized pictures of all six of these wrestlers with their stats are provided during character selection. Though the information shown is not pertinent, they are indeed pretty to look at. Most of Wrestlemania, you'll find, is like this - there are lots of nice things to see.

The object is to pin your opponent (human or computer-controlled) down on the mat for three counts. The winner of the game is the one who wins the most bouts. You select your computer adversary's character, and it can even be your own wrestler. Thus, Hulk Hogan can battle with Hulk Hogan. Both standard and tournament play are offered: standard utilizes the wrestler of your choice while tournament pits you against all the wrestlers. Finally, up to six "wrestlemaniacs" can play, competing against each other for the coveted WWF belt.

The first indication of problems with Wrestlemania is the extreme number of moves that must be memorized in order to play well. Besides the standard drop-kick, body-slam and pinning maneuvers found in many wrestling video games, there are headbutts, elbow smashes, swipes, cartwheels and more. And the controls you press to make your wrestler initiate one move while he's facing his opponent are different when he's facing away. What's more, each of the six wrestlers has his own special maneuvers, meaning there are even more control sequences to memorize. And that's not all; different moves are performed when your wrestler is in a different mode - running or punching. The instruction manual is thick, most of it dedicated to pages and pages of charts listing offensive and defensive moves with their appropriate controls. At times, memorizing formulas in college chemistry textbook seems to be much easier than wrestling with your brain while playing Wrestlemania.

Another thing wrong is the mysterious absence of the fanatical audience. The arena is set in a nebulous, black void, giving the feel of WWF professional wrestling set in The Outer Limits. What's pro wrestling without the hysterical crowds booing at their favorite villains and cheering their hero? Booor-ing. Like a bad sitcom without the laugh tracks, that's what.

I don't want to knock Acclaim's Wrestlemania. In fact, I'll tell you right off that it is the best pro-wrestling game there is on the NES - for now. There are problems, of course, but most of these are because of the many features Acclaim's programmers crammed into the cartridge to make their version of professional wrestling the best. Lots of detail and effort was put into Wrestlemania and it obviously shows. However, all their work might have been futile. It's like translating tic-tac-toe into a video game. No matter how fancy the graphics and music are, it's still plain ol' tic-tac-toe. Wrestlemania is just that - lots of shiny bells and whistles added to an old game we've seen done over and over again to no avail.

reggie posted a review
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Available: August 1992
  • Theme: Sports

Climb Into The Ring!

Are you ready to face the battle in the steel cage? If so, WrestleMania Steel Cage Challenge is here for the NES! You can control a half dozen of the greatest wrestlers ever! Pick from the likes of "Rowdy Roddy Piper, Jake The Snake "Roberts" and, of course, Hulk Hogan.

Select exactly the kind of match you want. You decide whether it is a two-player bout or a match against the computer! You can play a tag-team game or just an ordinary head-to-head battle. For real wrestling excitement, you can battle it out in a steel cage where your only hopes are your strength and wits!

Check out WrestleMania Steel Cage Challenge and perform a flying body block in your own living room! This game will have you against the ropes!

reggie posted a review

Challenge

Climb into the ring with the likes of the Million Dollar Man; Big Boss Man, Ultimate Warrior, or even the immortal Hulk Hogan in this hard-hitting and action-packed game for your NES system! Master the moves, learn the special techniques, and pin your opponent in this highly detailed wrestling extravaganza!

reggie posted a review

Challenge the best names in wrestling with Acclaim's Wrestle Mania! You can punch, kick, and body slam the biggest and baddest wrestlers around, like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, and the Honkey Tonk Man! Make your move and put your man down for the count of three with the only game endorsed by the World Wrestling Federation!

reggie posted a review

Body-Slamming WWF Wrestling Action for Nintendo Gamers! Relive championship battles with Hulk Hogan and other WWF Superstars. With exciting wrestling moves in your arsenal, the rough and tumble fun has just begun.

reggie posted a review

Get ready for the thrills and chills of big-time wrestling-World Wrestling Federation style. WWF Wrestlemania puts you in the ring with wrestling greats Hulk Hogan, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, and Andre the Giant. Wrestle your friends or take on the computer. This game has its own style of "body English" with such moves as the brutal bodyslam, the horrendous headlock, the deadly drop-kick, and more. It's bone crunching, head knocking, wrestling action at its best.

reggie posted a review
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