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The game features 12 wrestlers that you can play as (and who would today be considered "old school" guys), and the game marked the first video game appearances (again, at least for Nintendo) of these wrestlers. Included are "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Sting (in "surfer" form, of course), Lex Luger, Rick Steiner, "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, Kevin Sullivan, Mike Rotunda, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Michael Hayes, "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, and the Road Warriors. In fact, for a couple of these guys (Kevin Sullivan and Mike Rotunda), this remains (as far as I know) their only video game appearance about 26 years later! A few of the other guys seem to be rare, or relatively so. Interestingly, Lex Luger is the only one here who has been in at least one other game but not on any of the Legends games!
The game doesn't have a lot of play modes, but it's an 8-bit game, so that's to be expected, I guess. You can play 1-on-1 against the computer (which works as a tournament) or another player (in "exhibition" matches), and you can also play in tag team mode alone or with another player. I haven't played in the tag modes, so I don't know exactly how they work, but I'm pretty sure that with 2 players, the players are on the same team. The matches play in "rounds" (3 or 5, depending on the mode), for a set time limit (different depending on the mode) for each round. You apparently can't change the number of rounds or the time limit.
The game has a password system, which is cool. I only know of one other wrestling game (WCW SuperBrawl for SNES) that has that feature.
The graphics are really pretty simple; there isn't a lot of detail, but they're not bad. The wrestlers are a good size on the screen, and despite not having much detail, they actually do resemble their real-life counterparts, or most of them do, anyway... that is, at least as far as their faces go. They all have the same body build, but that looks O.K. One thing that I can live with but don't really like about the game is that all of the guys wear the same generic style of tights and black boots (and nothing on their arms). The only thing that sets their outfits apart (aside from Rick Steiner's headgear and the facepaint worn by Sting and the Road Warriors) is that the tights have different-colored legs. (The tights are rather "Super-Man"-looking, with what looks a pair of black underwear at the top.) I know this is only an 8-Bit game, but couldn't they have given the wrestlers more individual outfits more like their real-life ones?
As far as the sound goes, well... There's really nothing to write home about, or really worth writing about here (at least not in my opinion).
As you might also expect from an 8-Bit wrestling game, there isn't exactly a ton of moves that you can do, although the guys weren't just given ALL of the same ones, which is nice; even on some later games, the wrestlers didn't have different moves, except for maybe signature (finisher) ones. You can punch, kick, do moves while running, etc. You can also get your opponent in grapples (you have to first make them stoop over by hitting them enough) and do moves on them. Before each round, you can pick four moves of your choice that you can use while in a grapple. (You can pick one for each of four directions on the control pad [up, down, left, right], and you have to use one of the directions and [I think] the 'A' button while grappling to do a move.) The list of moves is not exactly the same for each wrestler. I don't know of any other wrestling game that lets you pick moves like this. It's another neat feature that should have been used more often! Each wrestler also has his own signature move (as the guys in most wrestling games do), but I don't know how to do them!
From what I've played of it, I think this is a good game, at least for two players in 1-on-1 matches. I recommend it if you like WCW/NWA and old wrestling games, like playing them with someone else, and want one with a great "old school" roster (and if you don't mind the outfits not being like the real ones)!