THE RANT: The WCW NES Video Game was Really Ahead of Its Time

Posted By James Walsh on 08/18/19

So, what was your favorite wrestling video game growing up?

Mine was World Championship Wrestling for the NES. Now, you have to realize, I am going to be turning 38 next month so I grew up in the late 80's and early 90's really discovering video games and so forth which is good because there really weren't many games prior to this time. There was the NES Pro Wrestling game with Star Man who later was used in Pro Wrestling Syndicate, a real life promotion, in the 2000's and 2010's as an actual wrestler. There was also a myriad of WWF/WWE games that often missed the mark including WrestleMania which featured Hogan on the cover and had a cool roster and theme music, 8 bit style, but lackluster action complete mostly with punches and awkward pins. A bodyslam was a high spot and that is not an exageration. I'm told some finishers were possible but in my many hours of trying, I never figured out how so I chalk that up to being a myth.

This game, World Championship Wrestling, was released in 1990. At least, that is when I saw it. By the end of 1990, most of the talent, not all but most, featured in the game no longer worked for WCW. But, you could do MOVES! And, even though the animation looked somewhere between Ziggy cartoons and a more advanced 16 bit video game in looks, it was quite diverse. You could go outside the ring, use the barrier, and even jump off the top rope... As long as you jumped before the count of 5 or you got disqualified!

Featuring the Road Warriors on the cover, the game had Ric Flair, Sting, Lex Luger, Kevin Sullivan, Eddie Gilbert, Michael Hayes, and more in it. Mike Rotundo was also in the game...

And, if you beat it, you faced an Andre the Giant type character that was painted blue so you didn't realize that is who it was supposed to be.

Sure, it is primative to what we have now with the WWE series but I think it was the late 80's answer to the late 90's THQ engine of WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/Wo Revenge, WWE WrestleMania 2000, and WWE No Mercy that still rank among my favorite wrestling games in history.

So, what was your favorite wrestling game growing up? What is your favorite now? Do you enjoy the WWE 2K series or do you feel it is the same game released with increasingly annoying music and a roster update each year? Share your views. Lets game it up, retro or current, what say you?