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Exciting Hour

Exciting Hour - The Prowrestling Network (c) 1985 Technos.

An early wrestling game.


Game ID : TA-0015

Main CPU : M6502 (@ 1.5 Mhz)

Sound CPU : M6502 (@ 1.2 Mhz)

Sound Chips : (2x) AY8910 (@ 1.5 Mhz), DAC (@ 1.5 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 240 x 256 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette Colors : 80

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2


Licensed to Taito.

This game is known outside Japan as "Mat Mania - The Prowrestling Network".

The 2 players version of this game is known as "Mania Challenge".

In the game, if you look closely at the audience in the background, you will see a variety of recognizable characters including a boy in a Union Jack t-shirt, Darth Vader, Superman, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (look to the far left when outside the ring) and ZZ Top is very prominently present in the middle of the crowd..

The champion in this game is very obviously a copy of Hulk Hogan. First of all, he bears a striking resemblence to Hogan. Second, his name is "Sterling Hulk"; Hulk Hogan debuted wrestling as 'Sterling Golden'. Finally, Sterling's most powerful move is the leg drop, which is Hulk Hogan's finisher.

Other wrestlers are copied from superstars of the early 80s : The Insane Warrior is a copy of Road Warrior Animal, Coco Savage is probably Kamala The Cannibal and The Pirahanna is probably Mil Mascaras. The main wrestler ("You") bears a striking resemblence to Kerry Von Erich. These are guesses, but all the mentioned wrestlers were very popular about the time this game was released.


1. The Big Pro Wrestling! (1983)

2. Exciting Hour - The Prowrestling Network (1985)


* Computers :

Sharp X68000 (1994)