My Top Five Greatest Wrestling Video Games of All Time

Shamarie By Shamarie, 6th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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As a lifelong wrestling fan, I enjoyed playing wrestling games on the arcade or any other game console. They gave me the opportunity to not only play with my favorite pro wrestlers, but also compete against them. Here are my top five favorite wrestling games of all-time.

WWF No Mercy

WWF No Mercy for the Nintendo 64 is the greatest wrestling game I have ever played. The game possesses a stellar control scheme, create-a-wrestler mode, and a great story mode. There are 60 Superstars and Divas to choose, including secret characters that could be unlocked through the story mode that is amazing. You pick any wrestler, even a created one and start the story. Different things happen depending on whether you win or lose a match and what decisions you make playing the story mode. My friends and I never got bored playing WWF No Mercy. It had everything we want in a wrestling game.

SmackDown: Here Comes the Pain

SmackDown: Here Comes the Pain for the PlayStation 2 is my favorite game for that console. With a plethora of playable Superstars and Divas, including WWE legends, dynamic storylines, enhanced grappling system, and new match types including First Blood, Bra-&-Panty and the fan favorite Elimination Chamber, Here Comes the Pain was enjoyable. The gameplay, the customization, and the overall presentation made the game epic! I spent many hours in my bedroom playing this game with my created wrestler. I had fun creating a stable with Bill Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. We dominated the WWE with our power and skills!

WWF WrestleFest

WWF WrestleFest is my favorite wrestling arcade game. Released by Technōs in 1991, WrestleFest features ten selectable wrestlers and two playing modes. Each wrestler has his own signature moves, which was cool! While the graphics were cartoony, the game was still highly enjoyable.

In Saturday Night's Main Event mode, the player must pick two wrestlers to form a tag team and take them through a series of matches, including a title match with the Legion of Doom. After winning the title match, the player must once again take their team through a series of matches and finally defeat the Legion of Doom a second time to complete the game. my favorite tag team in this mode was Mr. Perfect and “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. With this unique duo, I completed the game multiple times.

In the new Royal Rumble mode, the player picks one superstar and takes him through a Royal Rumble match. I usually play with Hulk Hogan or the Ultimate Warrior in this mode.

WCW/nWo Revenge

WCW/nWo Revenge for the Nintendo 64 game console is another gem in wrestling games. Released in 1998, AKI/THQ did a great job with the graphics, grappling system, and instant replay. The game felt like an actual wrestling event. There are over 60 WCW superstars and some hilarious fictional characters to play with. The wrestler ring entrances, ringside valets and managers, and real TV and pay-per-view arenas in WCW/nWo Revenge really fascinated me. Too bad, it was the last AKI project for N64 before THQ got the rights to the WWF brand.

WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006

WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 for the PlayStation 2 console was the last wrestling game I ever played. Released in 2005, the game features two new modes: General Manager and Create-An-Entrance. In addition, 100 different match types including the all-new Buried-Alive match, Bar Brawl backstage area, and Fulfill Your Fantasy matches. The realism and authenticity of WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 made it a must-have for any wrestling enthusiast. One of the things I liked about this wrestling game is that it allowed the player to defend and challenge for any of the world titles in the game in Exhibition mode, a feature that was missing in previous wrestling games.


Shamarie Knight, Video Games, Wcw, Wwe

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Mar 2015 (#)

Shamarie, thanks for sharing such a great article. My children have played all different video games and love them. All I can say is they play the games and I read. I do love reading about all the games out there. You are the best.

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author avatar Retired
7th Mar 2015 (#)

It's looks like they are fun games! Excellent post!

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author avatar Shamarie
7th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks for the comments, Nancy and Carmen! I appreciate it!

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author avatar Utah Jay
7th Mar 2015 (#)

I am too old for video games, but I was once very good at pong...Should of been a star.

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author avatar Shamarie
7th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks for the comment, Utah Jay! I feel like I am too old for video games. I haven't played one since 2006! I hope you have a great weekend!

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author avatar Carol Roach
10th Mar 2015 (#)

this really is a great article thanks so much for introducing me to the world of wrestling

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