NINTENDO NES - WWF WRESTLEMANIA CHALLENGE VIDEO GAME FOR SALE.
|WWF Wrestlemania Challenge
"WATCHA GONNA DO, When Hulkamania Runs Wild Over You???"
Wrestlemania Challenge is the best wrestling game available on the
Nintendo Entertainment System. However, saying that is like saying
you're the best manure sniffer in the entire country; it's really not
that much of an honor, and almost any Joe Shmoe can claim the title with
the dearth of decent wrestling games. Nevertheless, Wrestlemania
Challenge gets an inflated score due to the weakness of the genre on the
system, as well as the fact that it's fun to play for a little bit.
only a few different ways to play Wrestlemania Challenge. You can
choose a generic character known as Yourself and attempt to fight your
way through the federation, until you finally win that elusive
championship belt. Or you could select an already established superstar
and attempt to do the same thing. Or you can pick two superstars and
attempt to win a tag belt. That's about it for gameplay options, but
hey, it was a fairly early NES game...
That doesn't excuse the
far too simplistic gameplay. Forget about grappling, there's only about
four moves in Wrestlemania Challenge. You can try to punch or kick
your opponent. Or you can body slam him. Or you can press both buttons
at the same time and launch a drop kick. That's it. Sound easy?
Well, it is.
Wrestlemania Challenge doesn't take a whole lot of
brains to play. In fact, if you choose a strong character, such as
Hulk Hogan or the Ultimate Warrior, you can bodyslam your way through
the entire circuit without blinking. There's not a ton of fun in that.
the strong old school roster is one of Wrestlemania Challenge's strong
points. Forget that ''Legends of Wrestling'' crap for the Playstation
2. In this game, you can control legends such as Hacksaw Jim Duggan,
The Big Bossman in his blue jumpsuit, and Ravishing Rick Rude. What
more could you ask for in a game? Honestly...
Well, now that I
think about, perhaps some signature moves? Some characters have them,
most don't. Hacksaw's three-point stance is well represented, as is
Macho Man Randy Savage's elbow from the top rope. Everyone else's
classic finisher has been replaced by something that isn't (The Big Boss
Man does a belly flop for some reason) or left out completely (Hogan's
big boot and legdrop are both missing).
Wrestlemania Challenge does get the character models right, a good move
indeed. Hogan looks like Hogan, Warrior looks like Warrior, ect ect.
None of the moves are visually stunning, or the almost sickeningly
bright colors, but it could have been a LOT worse judging by some of the
other efforts on the NES.
A nice theme is heard throughout
Wrestlemania Challenge. Well, I use the term ''nice'' loosely here;
it's nice for about ten minutes, but after playing one championship
circuit through, you'll probably want to mute the television. The sound
effects are a good mix though. You can hear each slap, and the
''thwack'' of a body hitting the mat hard.
Despite the flaws in
the wrestling system, Wrestlemania Challenge is still fun to pick up
and play for a spurt or two. However, it's doubtful that you'll get
more than thirty minutes of enjoyment out of it. If you want a cheap,
older wrestling game, try the far superior ''Royal Rumble'' for the
Reviewer's Score: 8/10
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 26 June, 2011.