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Super Nintendo wrestling game.
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The game features 12 WCW wrestlers. Not a very large roster, at least not by today's standards, but it's a 16-Bit game, so what would you expect? Some of these guys I'm more familiar with than others. Among them is the Stinger (the "original" Stinger, that is), and also the Steiner Brothers (featuring a Scott Steiner from before he became Big Poppa Pump [ugh]), as well as Dustin Rhodes (NOT Goldust!), and a long-haired "Nature Boy" Ric Flair (woooo!). The others are Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Ravishing Rick Rude, Johnny B. Badd, Barry Windham, Flyin' Brian Pillman, Vader, and Ron Simmons (aka Faarooq). I don't recall all of the names who were with WCW in '94, so I'm assuming that the game's roster was "current" as of the game's release. Most of the character models for the wrestlers at least somewhat resemble the guys they're based on. I've seen worse character models in wrestling games. I think the rest of the graphics, as well as the sound, are good too. By the way, seeing Sting on the label had a lot to do with my decision to buy this game!
My copy of the game didn't come with instructions, so I've had to figure stuff out by playing and experimenting. I think the play control is good, perhaps not the greatest. The wrestlers seem to have mostly the same moves, but there seems to be a decent number of moves (well, a decent number for a 16-Bit wrestling game, anyway). Probably not surprisingly, the moves use different buttons and different combinations of buttons and directions on the control pad. (It appears the L and R buttons always make your guy run, and the X button always performs a dropkick --- one HECK of a dropkick, too, as you can fly almost all the way across the screen if your opponent is standing far enough away from you!) The game makes it apparent that each wrestler has his own signature move, but I still haven't discovered how to perform them!
The game is rather short on play modes (again, at least by today's standards), but I guess you shouldn't expect very many play modes in an old 16-Bit wrestling game, anyway. You can play 1-on-1 tournaments or "exhibition" matches and tag-team tournaments or "exhibition" matches, any of them on your own or with another player (except 1-on-1 tournament, which is always 1-player). I think in 2-player tag mode, both players are always on the same team. (I haven't messed with the tag modes much.) There is also an "Ultimate Challenge" mode (see below).
A couple of things that I figured out (I think) but found tricky and unusual are how you set the difficulty level, and how you decide which title to play for. It seems that the two are dependent on each other, which I didn't realize the first few times I played. Choosing to play a tournament or an "exhibition" match (you even win titles in "exhibition" matches!) doesn't determine or allow you to choose which title you're going for (at least not if you play a 1-on-1 tournament or match), nor does it allow you to set the difficulty level. Confusingly, you have to go into the Options mode to set both, and both are set by the same option. By default, the game is set to "TV Heavyweight," and there are also options for "U.S.A. Heavyweight" or "World Heavyweight." Not only do these choices set which title you go for, but they apparently also set the game's difficulty level, with "TV" being "easy," "U.S.A." being "normal," and "World" being "hard." It seems that the "title" setting determines the difficulty in each play mode. I personally don't care so much about the names of the belts, but I can see how some people may not like that you can't go after just any title on just any difficulty level. (The "TV" level seems to be the right one for me; although I usually win, the computer still usually makes me work for it! I found the "World" level to be impossible!)
Then there is that "Ultimate Challenge" mode. It seems that this mode works much the same way as a 1-on-1 tournament does, but instead of being just a few matches, as a tournament is (or a "TV"-level tournament, anyway --- the only tournament I got to the end of was on "TV"!), the "Challenge" keeps going until you face (and beat) every guy --- at least I'm assuming that's how it works, because I admittedly haven't done that; I got to the 7th guy, and couldn't get past him! The guys seem to get progressively tougher as the Challenge goes on, even with the game on the "TV" level; it may also work that way in tournaments, I'm not sure, because I won that tournament without too much trouble. I'm also not SURE if the "title" setting affects the difficulty in Ultimate Challenge mode. (I only played this mode once before I wrote this review.)
The game has a password system, so you don't have to start at the beginning of a tournament or Ultimate Challenge EVERY time. That's VERY cool.
But, one thing that I find to be rather peculiar (not to mention annoying) is that if you pick a play mode other than the one you meant to (which I did a couple of times), you apparently CANNOT "cancel" your selection and pick the correct one! If there is a way to do that, I haven't found it. The only way I've found to "correct" this kind of mistake is to reset the game and start ALL over again from the first screen!
But I find this game pretty enjoyable overall; I think it's one of the best WCW games I've played --- in fact, it's one of the relatively few WCW games (compared to WWF/E games) that came out (that I know of, anyway)! That's part of why I gave it four stars! (However, something that is strangely missing from the game is a battle royal mode, which I think would have been cool!) If you still like WCW like I do, I recommend it if you can find it for a good (that is, at least not-TOO-high) price, even if it's a used copy!