WWF WrestleMania Challenge (1990)
WWF WrestleMania Challenge is a professional wrestling video game based on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), released in 1990 for the Nintendo Entertainment System by LJN.
The game features nine wrestlers: Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, “Macho King” Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, The Big Boss Man, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Ravishing Rick Rude, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and “Yourself” (a generic character). In a two-player game, both players can choose a differently-shaded version of Yourself, each having a unique theme song.
The game was originally developed under the title WWF Survivor Series. After this release, development of games under the WrestleMania name shifted to Sculptured Software, which developed WWF Super WrestleMania and WWF WrestleMania: Steel Cage Challenge.
Features include fluid gameplay and unique (albeit small) movesets for each wrestler. Matches are presented at a high-angle, isometric view of the ring which includes the wrestlers’ stamina bars along the apron. An empty bar will render the player vulnerable to pinfalls.
Modes of play include a one-on-one match, a tag team match, a three-on-three Survivor Series elimination match (in the latter two the player can cause their NPC partner to attack the NPC opponent inside or outside the ring) and a championship mode where the player takes control of “Yourself” and must defeat all of the game’s wrestlers to win the championship. Also included is a two player-only tag team championship mode where the players control two “yourself” characters and must defeat the game’s wrestlers in a series of tag team matches to become champions.