Retro Gaming 90’s- WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game (1995)

When it comes down to popular pro wrestling video games that came out before the N64 was released one of the few high profile 2D titles that instantly comes to was WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game from 1995. WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game had not only stood out from its ‘92 predecessors in both gameplay and graphics; but it moved away from technical based gameplay in favor of fast paced brawling and violence similar to that of Mortal Kombat 3. In fact the WrestleMania: Arcade Game was also released in ‘95 and was developed by Midway as well. The WrestleMania: Arcade Game had featured some of the most popular stars from the New Generation such as: Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Razor Ramon, Lex Luger and Yokozuna. The WrestleMania: Arcade Game heavily featured cartoonish violence and was completely over the top to a point where it seemed addictive back in the day. The game featured both Arcade gameplay along with a version mode. The arcade mode allowed players to pursue either the IC or the WWF title.

The most intriguing thing about the arcade mode is that players fought in a series of different matches from one on one to handicap matches in order to move forward. The “WrestleMania Challenge” was the most difficult task that players were presented with since they had to defeat every wrestler in the game in a gauntlet match by themselves. Players of two also had the opportunity to pursue the Tag Team Championships within arcade mode but it not nearly as difficult as the single-player campaign. Despite, having a small roster the Wrestlemania: Arcade Game was very popular across all platforms including the PS1, SNES, Sega Genesis. The WrestleMania: Arcade game was arguably one of the hottest fighting games of ‘95 alongside Mortal Kombat 3. The WrestleMania: Arcade Game from ‘95 did a good job finding a balance between being family-friendly while exposing children to violence that was in no way explicit.

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