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WWF Wrestlemania Challenge
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Console: Nintendo NES
Year: 1990
RFG ID #: U-027-S-07520-A
Part #: NES-W9-USA
UPC: 023582051819
Developer: Rare Ltd.
Publisher: LJN
Genre: Sports
Sub-genre: Wrestling
Players: 1-2
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: Cartridge x1
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  • 261 of 7410 collectors (3.5%) have this game in their collection
  • 11 of 7410 collectors (0.1%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 4 of 7410 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.

Play as up to 9 different wrestlers as you duke it out to determine who is the best wrestler known to man.

  • Play as characters ranging from Macho Man Randy Savage to "Yourself".
  • 5 modes of gameplay
  • Tag team matches
  • Play against a friend or computer

Being the best wrestling game on the NES really isn't much of a challenge. Actually it is far from a challenge at all. But, being one of the best multiplayer games on the NES is a difficult feat due to the likes of games such as Contra and River City Ransom. WWF Challenge manages to fall in both of these categories; it is the best wrestling game on the NES, and it is one of the most fun multiplayer games on the NES. Essentially, WWF Challenge is the Tecmo Super Bowl of wrestling games in the 8-bit era.

The simplicity of this game is by far and away what makes the game so great. Each character can punch, kick, and do a special or two. They can also climb up on the ropes and jump at their opponent, or for some reason away from their opponent because running from your competitor is just as fun. Furthermore, you can pin your opponent if they are knocked down. Also you can run outside of the arena for a short period of time if you so wish. That's pretty much all there is to the game. So what we are left with is you run up to your opponent and starting hitting buttons in a hysteria alternating punch, kick, special, then find yourself running because your stamina is low. In a sense it is a bit tactical in trying to decipher the appropriate way to go about inflicting damage upon your opponent. Do you circle behind them? Do you rush straight in? Or do you jump from the ropes onto them? The choice is yours.

The game boasts a very unique cast of characters, mainly because professional wrestlers are a queer bunch themselves. These characters include, but are not limited to, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Brutus Beefcake, and a personal fan favorite the Punch in the Eye Guy (not the real name) who punches people in the eye. Furthermore the game consists of a plethora of modes such as Singles, Singles Championship, Tag Team, Tag Team Championship, and Survivor Series (3 on 3 elimination).

When you get right down to it, the core gameplay is simplistic; it is essentially a free roaming fighting game. Be it if you are fighting against a computer, or a friend, you will likely have a blast playing this game.

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Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo NES A S WWF Wrestlemania Challenge LJN 1991 Sports
Nintendo NES Germany S WWF Wrestlemania Challenge LJN 1991 Sports
Nintendo NES United Kingdom S WWF Wrestlemania Challenge LJN 1991 Sports
Nintendo NES France S WWF Wrestlemania Challenge LJN 1991 Sports
Nintendo NES AT, CH S WWF Wrestlemania Challenge LJN 1991 Sports
Nintendo Famicom J S WWF Wrestlemania Challenge Hot-B 1992 Sports
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  • One of the first games which allows the player to play as "yourself"
  • Brutus Beefcake is in the game. He has quite possibly the funniest name ever
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