WWF WrestleMania: Steel Cage Challenge (1992)

WWF WrestleMania: Steel Cage Challenge is a professional wrestling video game based on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), released in 1992 by Acclaim Entertainment for the Nintendo Entertainment System and in 1993 for the Sega Master System and the Sega Game Gear handheld console. The NES version was subsequently released as a handheld TV game in 2018 under the name WWE WrestleMania: Steel Cage Challenge, with all references to the “WWF” name and logo replaced by “WWE” (and with two changes to the roster).

Modes include One-on-One (regular match and steel cage match variations), Tag Team, WWF Championship (choose one wrestler and defeat all the others to become WWF Champion), and Tag Team Championship (choose two wrestlers and defeat combinations of the rest in a series of tag team matches to become WWF Tag Team Champions).

Ten wrestlers are playable. The NES and Sega versions of the game feature Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, I.R.S., Bret Hart, and The Undertaker. The NES version also has Jake Roberts, Sid Justice, Roddy Piper, and The Mountie. The Sega versions replace those characters with Ric Flair, Papa Shango, Shawn Michaels and Tatanka. The TV game version features the NES roster, but with Ultimate Warrior and Razor Ramon replacing Hulk Hogan and The Mountie respectively.

All wrestlers share the same moveset, consisting of standard punches and kicks, grapples (body slam, throw, headbutt), running attacks (flying clothesline, dropkick), a powerslam to a running opponent, ground attacks (stomp, elbow drop) and a move off the turnbuckle. There are no finishing moves. However, this was the first WWF console-based game to feature a steel cage match (cage matches had previously been seen in the arcade game WWF WrestleFest).

Developer(s) Sculptured Software (NES)
Teeny Weeny Games (Game Gear/SMS)
Publisher(s) Acclaim Entertainment (LJN (NES) and Flying Edge (Sega consoles))
MSI Entertainment (TV game)
Composer(s) Paul Webb (NES)
Matt Furniss (Game Gear/SMS)
Platform(s) NES, Master System, Game Gear, TV game
Release NES:

  • EU: 1992
  • NA: September 1992

Master System:

  • EU: 1993

Game Gear:

  • NA: 1993
  • EU: 1993

TV game:

  • NA: 2018
Genre(s) Wrestling
Mode(s) Single-player/Multiplayer