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Retro Gaming 90’s-WrestleFest: (1991)

When it comes down to old school pro wrestling games from the early 90’s one of the main titles that instantly comes to mind is WWF WrestleFest from 1991. WWF WrestleFest was developed and published by Technos Japan and was a arcade styled pro wrestling game which was very different from the type of games that we get nowadays in the WWE 2K series. WWF WrestleFest had highly detailed 2D graphics and sprites and allowed multiplayer gameplay which supported up to four players. The arcade pro wrestling title had featured some of the most popular names from the Golden Era including Hulk Hogan, Ted DiBiase, Ultimate Warrior, Jake the Snake, Big Bossman, Mr. Perfect, Sgt. Slaughter, Demolition along with Legion Of Doom. While WWF WrestleFest included a great selection of characters one of the game’s main drawbacks was that it only included two game modes. Players could either participate in the Royal Rumble or Saturday Night’s Main Event mode which lead to a tag team title match against the Legion Of Doom towards the end. Despite, having basic gameplay and easy to learn controls many people were impressed by the look and simplicity of WWF WrestleFest.

In fact, WWF WrestleFest was more popular than games like WWF Super WrestleMania from ‘92 or the WrestleMania arcade title from 1995. WWF WrestleFest was arguably the best pro wrestling game prior to the mid and late 90’s before games like WcW: World Tour, WcW/nWo Revenge came out on consoles like the PS1 and the N64. The were console games for the SNES and Sega Genesis like WWF Raw & WWF Royal Rumble which were less popular than WrestleFest despite having more in-depth gameplay. WWF WrestleFest was the perfect game for those who were causal fans of pro wrestling and sports entertainment during the early 90’s.

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