It’s time to celebrate the Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanza/ Festivus Holiday season, so all around Cinema Blend we’re enjoying Twelve Days of Christmas. Yes, we know traditionally the “12 days” start with Christmas, but we plan on being celebrated out by that time, so we’re pushing the twelve days leading up to the holiday.

Here in Blend Games we’re celebrating by counting down by reliving some of our favorite holiday memories, in an effort to boost your Christmas spirit. There’s nothing quite like finding a new game console under the tree. So without further ado:

On the third day of Hanukkah, my true love gave to me…

An awesome choke hold.

While I don’t quite remember it like it was yesterday, one of my favorite Hanukkah gifts of all time, was seven years ago when my parents got me WWF No Mercy for the family’s Nintendo 64. OK, it might seem old hat from me, but I’d always been a big time gamer from when my younger cousin introduced me to Nintendo through the awesomeness of Duck Hunt and the Nintendo Zapper. But I’ve also been a big wrestling fan since I was a little kid. If there was any religion in my family besides Judaism, it would probably be professional wrestling.

While I’d really liked the predecessors of this series – WCW/NWO Revenge and WWF Wrestlemania 2000 – each new game better than the one before, No Mercy really felt like the best and most fun in the series. My friends and I would play this game for hours on end. The game was truly out of this world, and was simply fun and engrossing in ways that all the ones after it failed to meet up to. The closest probably being the Nintendo Gamecube versions such as Wrestlemania XIX and the Day of Reckoning series.

While it might look a little dated today, No Mercy had a great CAW system, a great a PPV event feature, and a fun story mode. And this game appeared on what many called an out of date and archaic gaming system that was the still cartridge based, Nintendo 64. People tell me the system was a failure. And yet the system seemed to have as long a shelf life as any other console and had a great amount of fantastic and amazing titles such as this one for it. I mean I was a big Playstation fan and all, but I was even more devoted to my N64.

What this game really had over every other was in the controls and game-play, they were smooth and logical. The AKI grappling engine could never be repeated. There was something magical about the controls and game-play for their wrestling games that no other wrestling games had. They just worked remarkably well without the ridiculousness you see in the current THQ titles, with all the messed up styles and systems they clutter up the game-play with.

As far as gaming gifts go, I’d say WWF No Mercy was by far my favorite. And I can’t wait to see what happens when it’s renewed on Wii Ware with an updated roster. I hope it will be worth the wait and that it is indeed the No Mercy style of old.

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