Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: WWF Superstars

Technos were formed in 1981 by three former employees of Data East. Their most famous work, Nekketsu Koha Kunio-Kun. It was ported to the US and home computers under the name of Renegade, which would spawn a number of spin offs including River City Ransom and Double Dragon.

In May of 1989, Technos teamed up with the WWF to release an arcade game. The game was called WWF Superstars and featured an immense roster including:
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Macho Man Randy Savage
  • Hacksaw Jim Duggan
  • Ultimate Warrior
  • Big Boss man
  • Honky Tonk Man

The game was a tag team style, in which the player would pick two wrestlers that would come to the ring in carts, akin to Wrestlemanias III and VI. The player would then wrestle in a series of 3 matches until they reached the tag team title match against The Mega Bucks, being Andre the Giant and Million Dollar Man.

The final match is increasingly difficult as Ted DiBiase has some of the best stats in the game and Andre cannot have grapple moves done to him, nor is it wise to attack him toe to toe, as he will simply beat you each and every time. If the player wins the match, they move on from New York to Tokyo and then, if they win the next series of 3 matches, the game is over,with the winning wrestlers declared champions.

As a wrestling game, it's fun and there's a fair few classic wrestlers to play with in the game. The challenge is mastering them all. As this is a Technos game, the wrestlers move and act like they are in a fighting game. Also to note, in the above screenshot, that is Billy Lee from Double Dragon as a cameo in the crowd.