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Wrestling fans of old know one thing that is true across the great expanse of space and the limited contraption in which we use to gauge the start and end of a thing known as time: the absolute best wrestling game ever made, for any system, is THQ and AKI's WWF No Mercy for the N64.
This truth is shared across both Eastern and Western gaming audiences. The game was a combination of AKI's perfected fight and submission system from their Virtual Japan Pro Wrestling engine – which in turn was an evolution of their WCW vs The World and WCW Revenge engine – and western theatrics from real-life pro wrestling. What we got in WWF No Mercy was an elaborate, expertly designed, well-paced, unpredictable, well-tuned wrestling game for the N64. I would be shortchanging the description by saying it was just about perfect, and I honestly can't think of anything that would need improving (save for the graphics, of course).
Now what if I told you that there's a new wrestling game in the works that aims to carry on where AKI left off? What if I told you that not only is there a game that's aiming to put the wrestling back into pro-wrestling, but that there's a strong movement to have the game on the Wii U? Would you be inclined to let the rawest of your emotions take over and bubble up from within the very core of your being, a little something-something that goes by the name of “excitement”? Well, if you haven't let the beast out of the cage, you might want to consider it.
According to Nintendo Enthusiast, Pro Wrestling X could be making the jump to the Wii U, the console under the brand from which so many other historically great wrestling games were made.
They reached out to Shawn Long from Wrestling Gamers United, the Canadian studio working on the title, and here's what he had to say...
“I have to admit… we’ve have gotten a TON of Wii U port requests. So much so we might have to do the math.”
That's good to hear. This is also the sort of thing I think many fans of Nintendo are looking, waiting and longing for; a yearn for the return of games that became titans in the talk circles of communities across the interwebs, and classics that go down in history for their gameplay, not their PR gimmicks.
Now, there's no way to know for sure that Pro Wrestling X will be the new Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium or the next No Mercy, or the next Here Comes The Pain, but what we do know is that according to the team...
“While our gameplay is a love letter to the AKI classics of the Nintendo 64 era, WCW/nWo Revenge and WWF No Mercy, we'll take full advantage of current game engine technology.
That's all anyone could really hope to ask for.
Given the Wii U's paltry third-party support, this will be grand news for Wii U owners.
The game is expected during sometime of June of this year. I don't know how well it'll hold up in comparison to long-running franchises like the WWE series – which is now in the hands of 2K Games, following the demise of THQ – but I'm sure old and new wrestling fans alike will want to keep an eye on the project.
You can learn more by paying a visit to the game's official Kickstarter page. And no worries about having to pledge money... it's already been kickstarted.