Video Game Review: Pro Wrestling (NES)

Pro Wrestling for the original Nintendo is not only the first wrestling video game that I ever played but it is also my favorite wrestling game on the NES. Full disclosure, I’ve never played Tecmo World Wrestling but I’ve heard good things about it.

What I loved about this was the characters, the graphics, the music and the gameplay.

There aren’t any wrestling games from the 8-bit era that had good controls or mechanics. The games of the time were pretty limited and because of that, wrestling games could only provide the player with a few basic moves. But at least Pro Wrestling gave you different signature “finishers” for each character.

This game is easy to play, once you get the hang of it, which should only take a few matches to grasp. You work your way through matches with every wrestler on the quest to win the World Championship. Once that’s achieved, you have to successfully defend it ten times in order to fight the World Champion of a rival league, which gives you the opportunity to unify the two titles.

I love this game despite its limitations and I’ve always hoped that Nintendo would make a sequel on a more advanced console. But since this is over three decades old now, I doubt we’ll ever get to revisit these characters and their cool wrestling league.

Rating: 7/10
Pairs well with: other NES wrestling games but this one is my favorite and the best I’ve played.