Video Game Review: Tecmo World Wrestling (NES)

I’ve been trying to playthrough all the old school Nintendo wrestling games. That being said, Tecmo World Wrestling is the title that seems to be at the top of several other bloggers’ lists.

I never got to play this one for whatever reason but it was cool to finally check it out.

Overall, it’s definitely better than most of the NES wrestling titles but I still much prefer the simply titled Pro-Wrestling. Like that game, though, this one has some really cool original characters and it’s not a licensed game trying to bring WWF or WCW wrestlers to the classic console.

My biggest issue with the game is that it has the same problem as all the other games. There just doesn’t seem to be anyway to develop a strategy or a real skill set when playing this. It’s mostly a button masher and you have to hope that you get lucky. There are certain things you can try to do to get an advantage but there really isn’t a certain sweet spot in timing or wrestler placement on the screen to make any sort of strategy work all that well.

What I do like about the game is the ring size, the graphics and the action outside of the ring. It’s probably the closest game to Pro-Wrestling in its design and play style but it looks better overall.

I also like the added addition of the commentator box at the bottom but reading it is damn near impossible, as it just distracts from an already difficult game.

In the end, I didn’t hate the game and that’s a real feat for a professional wrestling title made for the original Nintendo.

Rating: 5.5/10
Pairs well with: other NES wrestling games but this one is my favorite and the best I’ve played.

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