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Box artwork for Tecmo World Wrestling.
Tecmo World Wrestling
Year released1989
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
LinksTecmo World Wrestling ChannelSearchSearch

Tecmo World Wrestling, released in Japan as Gekitou Pro Wrestling!! Toukon Densetsu (激闘プロレス!! 闘魂伝説? lit. Fierce fighting professional wrestling! Fighting spirit legend), is a wrestling game developed and published by Tecmo for the Famicom and NES in 1989. The player controls one of ten fictional international professional wrestlers. This is the first wrestling game to feature a play-by-play announcer, the animated Tom Talker, although his speech was only text bubbles. The game's text, e.g. Tom Talker's commentary, was translated from the Japanese game almost directly, leading to instances of Engrish. For example the Northern Lights Suplex is called "Northern Right Suplex".


Tecmo World Wrestling contains more than 20 moves per wrestler, by virtue of not having a dedicated grapple button. Instead, a grapple is initiated whenever the wrestlers walk into each other, and from there, combinations of the joypad and buttons can be used to perform a variety of holds and slams. There are also many situational moves (such as ground attacks, high-risk top-rope aerial attacks, and running attacks) to perform.

In addition, the game was perhaps the first to feature action replays: when certain signature moves are performed on a weakened wrestler, the game introduces a quick cut-scene, showing the move being performed, as if in a close-up television replay.

Matches can be won by a standard three-count pinfall, submission, or by count-out (if a wrestler is tossed out of the ring, a twenty count starts, and if either wrestler is still outside of the ring when the count ends, they're disqualified). In the single-player game, if both wrestlers are counted out, it counts as a loss for the player.

The single-player mode consists of defeating all of the other wrestlers in the game with your chosen wrestler. Between matches, the player is given an option to train; through button mashing exercises, the player performs either squats, situps, or push-ups (with a sumo wrestler on his back). When the meter measuring your progress in training fills up, a sphere above the meter (seven in total) fills up. The more training you do, the more damage your moves will do during a match. Once all seven spheres fill up, you cannot train any further; however, if you lose a match against an opponent, you will lose a sphere, and you must train again to regain it. When all of the other wrestlers are defeated, the player must overcome the challenge of the non-playable final boss, "The Earl of Doom" Blue King, before winning the game.

Two-player mode in Tecmo World Wrestling features the same gameplay as the single-player game. Each player selects a wrestler (the game prevents the same character being chosen for both players) and then proceed directly into the match. The most notable difference from the single-player game is the addition of a momentum meter onscreen that rapidly swings back and forth between both players. This meter determines which player will have the advantage in a grappling situation.

The Japanese version of the game has some notable differences from the western release. It was released a year earlier and has a password feature. The announcer is also different, sporting black hair and more Japanese looking facial features, his name according to the Japanese manual is Yasushi Geki. The female personal trainer also sports black hair


All information in this section, other than "Other Notes," comes from the game.

Name Nickname Birthplace Height Weight Specialties Other Notes
Akira Dragon The Samurai Japan 6'3" 231 lb Back Brain Kick,
German Suplex
Akira Dragon's likeness and moveset are based on real wrestler Antonio Inoki.
El Tigre =Striker= Mexico 6'0" 242 lb Back Drop,
"Northern Right Suplex"
El Tigre's appearance and moveset are based on Tiger Mask.
Pat Gordon Greek Warrior Greece 6'5" 282 lb Back Drop,
Power Slam
Pat Gordon's appearance and moveset are loosely based on Lou Thesz.
Rex Beat The British Star Britain 6'2" 286 lb Power Bomb,
Death Drop
Rex Beat's heavy metal persona resembles the style of the tag team The Road Warriors.
Jackie Lee Kung Fu Master Hong Kong 5'11" 264 lb German Suplex,
Power Slam
Jackie Lee is a play on Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, two Hong Kong movie legends. His appearance and moves are based on Korean/Japanese wrestling legend Riki Choshu.
Boris Chekov The Siberian Machine U.S.S.R. 6'3" 297 lb Giant Swing,
Power Slam
Boris Chekov bears a resemblance to Stan Hansen. His profile pose closely resembles Hansen's Texas Longhorns hand gesture, revealing the resemblance.
Mark Rose Mr. Tattoo West Germany 6'4" 260 lb Back Drop,
"Northern Right Suplex"
Mark Rose bears a somewhat looser resemblance to Ric Flair during the 1980s, and Ravishing Rick Rude.
Julio Falcon Iguanaman Ecuador 6'7" 319 lb Death Drop,
Power Slam
Julio Falcon somewhat bears a resemblace to Hulk Hogan, albeit with darker skin and a one-shouldered singlet (Hogan originally wore a 2-shouldered singlet).
Randy Gomez The Flying Grenade Venezuela 6'2" 275 lb Back Brain Kick,
Power Bomb
Randy Gomez bears a resemblance to Harley Race and Natural Butch Reed.
Dr. Guildo The Technician U.S.A. 6'8" 330 lb Death Drop,
Giant Swing
Dr. Guildo bears a close resemblance to Big Van Vader.
Blue King Earl Of Doom Unknown ??? ??? Every wrestler's techniques Non-playable character. Blue King is also called Blue King Demon. He appears to be based on Japanese masked wrestler Junji Hirata, also known as the Super Strong Machine.

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