This week I am going to look at a classic and one of my personal favorite old school Nintendo games. Starting at the NES and going all the way up to the Nintendo GameCube. I am going to be looking at games that while awesome in my opinion are not talked about as much as the other games that are regarded as “classics”
Today I am looking at the second game in the WWF/E series on the NES, WrestleMania Challenge. This was released in 1990 and was actually developed by RARE….. yes the same RARE who made Donkey Kong Country and Goldeneye.
WWF WrestleMania Challenge on the NES is the most fun of the four WWF games released for the console. You have a choice of 8 of the biggest stars in the WWF at the time. Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, Andre The Giant, Big Boss Man, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Ravishing Rick Rude, and Brutus The Barber Beefcake.
You can play in one on one, tag team and three on three Survivor Series elimination style matches. Each wrestler has their own moves which were cool at the time and actually out of all the NES WWF games this is the only one where each character feels like an individual. Your health bars are on the ring apron and you view the ring from an isometric point of view. The gameplay is pretty fast paced and in many ways, it is like a game of chess as you either chase your opponent around the ring or they chase you. First one to pull off a move has the advantage, but if you screw it up you can take a real beating. You can restore health by running away and avoiding being hit.
One interesting feature that WWF WrestleMania Challenge did was let you play as “yourself” the idea here is that you would try and defeat the other 8 characters so that you could become the WWF Champion. This mode starts off very easy, but once you get up to Savage, Hogan, and Warrior the difficulty really ramps up.
I got this game for Christmas in 1990 and it was something that I played all day. It was a million times better than the previous WrestleMania game we got on the NES and it remains one of my favorite NES games to this day.