Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: WWF WrestleFest

Technos Japan were best known for their beat 'em-ups in the 1980s. Their first was Kunio-Kun, which was ported to the US and reskinned into Renegade, giving it a Warriors movie-esque vibe with biker gangs and such. This would later be reused in their follow up games in River City Ransom and Double Dragon.

WWF WrestleFest released into arcades in 1991. It was largely the same as the previous game, Superstars, but improved drastically. It now had support for 4 players and the use of credits to refill the life bar. They could now use credits to power their wrestler up. Moves wise, the player now had access to tag team double team moves. Moves were now more wrestler accurate and different moves could be implemented given the position of the wrestler and their remaining health The roster was now:
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Ultimate Warrior
  • Demoltion
  • Sgt. Slaughter
  • Big Boss Man
  • Ted DiBiase
  • Jake Roberts
  • Earthquake
  • Mr. Perfect

In the first new mode, Royal Rumble, a player picks one of the roster of wrestlers and takes part in the Royal Ruble match. The player can win by throwing the opponent over the ropes, pinfall or submission.

Making a return from the previous game is the "Saturday Night's Main Event" mode, where the player picks 2 wrestlers from the roster to form a tag team. They then fight through a series of increasing difficulty tag matches until the face off against the Tag Team Champions, The Legion of Doom at WWF WrestleFest. Once the player wins, they compete in tag defense matches in a never ending loop.

Out of the two, I really think WrestleFest is by far the better game. It took what Technos had built on in Superstars and improved on it a hundred fold. The animation, sound and gameplay feels much better. The challenge is increased. If your arcade has this, definitely check it out.