Thursday, February 15, 2024

Hidden Gems of Japanese Wrestling Games

While WWE dominates the wrestling game scene overall, and the Fire Pro Wrestling series of games is the favorite of many Japanese wrestling fans, there many Japanese wrestling games that are underneath the radar of most wrestling fans but are greatly enjoyed by those who know about them:

All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling: Queen Legend Dream Battle (PlayStation)

Released in 1998, All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling: Queen Legend Dream Battle is based on All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling, one of the most important Japanese women's wrestling promotions in history, and the first to become very successful. The game features wrestlers who were members of the AJW roster, including Manami Toyota , Aja Kong, Akira Hokuto, Kyoko Inoue, and many more.

King of Colosseum II (PS2)

Released in 2004, King of Colosseum II is a spinoff of the Fire Pro Wrestling series. King of Colosseum II features licensed Japanese wrestlers, and has talent and championships from NJPW, NOAH, AJPW, ZERO1, and many more. There are almost 200 characters in total, and many of those who have played it consider King of Colosseum II to be one of the greatest wrestling games ever made. In addition to the impressive amount of wrestlers to compete as, there is also a Match Maker mode, where the player has the role of a booker.

Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 (Nintendo 64)

Released in 1997, players of Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 have expressed how surprised they are by its fluid animation. But the best feature of this game is that it's the Japanese version of WCW vs. nWo: World Tour , which means that not only does Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 have Japanese wrestlers, but it also has WCW and nWo wrestlers such as Rey Mysterio, Hollywood Hulk Hogan, and The Giant, which makes the game appealing to fans of American wrestling.

Wrestle Angels: Survivor (PS2):

Released in 2006, Wrestle Angels: Survivor is a wrestling management simulator in which the player takes the role of the president of a women's wrestling promotion, hiring & training talent, and booking matches. Up to four people can play this game and compete with each other.

These are just a few examples of well-liked Japanese wrestling games that you may not know about. Give them a try- one of them just might become your new all-time favorite.

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