Guess the Game Commercial: Wrestlemania Retrospective

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HINT: The Rock takes a shit with Santa Clause

STOP SCROLLING: In Guess the Game Commercial, we invite you to guess which game is being advertised based solely on a single out-of-context screen grab. The video below will feature a retro game commercial and followed by a short sizzle of our own making with the game in question. Scroll no further than the video below unless you’re stumped and ready to spoil the answer for yourself…

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ANSWER:
WWF WrestleMania | NES, 1988
WWF Super WrestleMania | Mulit, 1992
WWF WrestleMania 2000 | N64, 1999
WWE WrestleMania XIX | N64, 2003

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Hey all, Dave here! I’ve spoken at great lengths about wrestling video game history on both VGMpireand Retronauts, but (most) WrestleMania games have a special place in my heart. Here’s a brief trip through memor-WWE lane.

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My first WWE game is probably my least favorite. WWF WrestleMania was just wrong on so many levels. The match is completely confined to a ring that ‘s presented in a terrible perspective. It toes a really stupid line between being realistic (ONLY HOGAN MAY SLAM ANDRE!) and fantasy (If Macho Man catches his glasses, he regains health!) However, I can’t deny that the covers done by David Wise are fantastic, and without this game, we wouldn’t have Ram Jam from Mickey Rourke’s last good movie, The Wrestler.

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Moving onto the next generation is… god’s honest truth… my SNES killer app. Sure, Super Mario World and Pilotwings looked neat, but seeing the huge sprites and early-90s stars adorning WWF Super WrestleMania’s boxart hooked me immediately. When I finally got my hands on it, I was satisfied, as I was with every SNES WWE game… they’re neat, and each new release added a couple decent additions as well as an updated roster. If anything, it’s prepared me for the annualization of WWE games years ahead of time. My favorite WWE SNES game would have to be Royal Rumble, though, which added my favorite match type, and honestly probably still handles that unwieldy match the best. Just do a hiptoss or bodyslam by the ropes, and they’re out. No stupid meters necessary.

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While lots of people swear allegiance to Aki’s final WWE game (No Mercy), I hold WrestleMania 2000 just a smidgen closer to my heart and consider it my favorite wrestling game of all time. What it boils down to is the career mode, which is basically just a continual run through the WWE’s calendar. You start out on Heat, move onto Raw and Smackdown, and eventually contend for titles on PPV. I’m probably looking at the game with nostalgia-covered glasses, but I had a blast bringing The Higher Power to tag team gold with Chaz (I don’t think I even had a choice of tag partners) before setting off on a world title run without ever being unmasked. It was pretty basic without any story, but that was what my imagination was for!

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As for WrestleMania XIX on the GameCube… I gotta be honest; I didn’t play much of the series on the GameCube. This was during a weird era where THQ would put out wholly different games on each of the three major game platforms. By all accounts, the GameCube games were better than the Xbox’s Raw and the PS2’s Smackdown franchises, but I stupidly hitched my wagon to the Xbox WWE games because they had custom soundtracks and I could run to the ring with my favorite song from whatever the most recent shitty pop-punk CD I bought from the local Coconut most recently. Anywho, back to WrestleMania XIX; from what I’ve heard, on top of the best wrestling engine, it also had one of the weirdest single-player campaigns ever, where Stephanie McMahon hires you to take out her father and the top WWE talent (mostly outside of the ring at weird locales like a construction site). Your ultimate prize? Effectively ruining WrestleMania.

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While there’s a few more WrestleMania-branded games (including the very underrated Legends of WrestleMania), these four also nicely show the progression of gravitas WWE bestows upon ‘Mania. The first one is a toy commercial through and through, with Macho Man trying to do for games what the Kool Aid Man did for fruit drinks. WWF Super WrestleMania isn’t as dumb, but more of a quick aside as Lord Alfred Hayes quickly shills the games via voice over. WrestleMania 2000 is laden with ATTITUDE, so you get The Rock taking a dump next to Santy Claus while he talks to his agent about the videogame. Then we get to WrestleMania XIX, which is all about the majesty of the biggest event of the wrestling year (though the game is apparently all about shitting on said majesty). If they ever brought a WrestleMania-themed game back today, I’d imagine a P Diddy song accompanying Roman Reigns cocking his fist for thirty seconds.

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Anywho, I hope you enjoyed this look at WWE WrestleMania games via my weird history with them. If you want more of my rasslin chatter, there’s Cheap Popcaston this very site, and hours of that I’ve done with Chris! Enjoy!

 

2 thoughts on “Guess the Game Commercial: Wrestlemania Retrospective

  1. Was all about WWF Warzone on my Nintendo 64 back in the day because it had one my favorite ufc dudes in it, Ken Shamrock!

  2. That NES Wrestlemania game was fucking garbage! I remember being a kid at a friend’s house for his birthday and we could not figure out how to play the damn game. We couldn’t knock anyone out or take health off of their health bar because all these crosses and ankhs were flying across the matt, giving you back health.

    The rage children, the rage.

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