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WWF WrestleFest (c) 07/1991 Technos.

Ten selectable wrestlers fight in a tag team tournament or take part in the Royal Rumble.


Game ID : TA-0031

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), OKI6295 (@ 7.759 Khz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 8192

Players : 4

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2 (PUNCH, KICK)


Also licensed to Tecmo.

* The only WWF Technos game to not feature theme music for any of the individual wrestlers.

* The announcer is Michelle 'Mike' McGuirk, who would sometimes substitute for Howard Finkel, the WWF's longtime ring announcer in the early 90s.

* The game's announcer incorrectly announces Sergeant Slaugher's finishing move. Slaughter's finishing move (digging a knuckle into the opponent's temple) is announced as a 'Cobra Clutch', whereas that move is called 'The Torture Bar'. A Cobra Clutch looks totally different : DiBiase's Million Dollar Dream is a Cobra Clutch.

* You can beat the Legion of Doom and get their titles via a count-out in the Tag Team portion of the game (Saturday Night's Main Event). This is incorrect : in pro wrestling, a championship only changes hands via a pinfall or a submission. If the champs are disqualified, they lose, but they hold on to their titles.

* The rules for the Royal Rumble are not quite correct. In WrestleFest, you can be eliminated by being thrown from the ring, or the traditional means (pin, submission, etc). This is not correct. Ever since the WWF Royal Rumble started (1989 or so), the rules for elimination have never changed. The ONLY way to be eliminated is to be thrown over the top rope. No pinfalls, no submissions. In fact, the referee should not be in the ring during a Royal Rumble.

* Likewise, the Steel Cage Matches are not done correctly, by pro wrestling rules. Again, there should not be a referee, pinfall or submission. To win a steel cage match, you must be the first to escape the steel cage... either by breaking the door open and crawling out, or by climbing over the top (in both cases you win when your feet touch the ground first outside the ring).

* Crush and Smash are not the original members of Demolition. Crush replaced Ax (Bill Eadie) when Ax was let go for being too old and injury prone. This game was made just as Crush replaced him.

* Crush and Smash may not be played seperately in the tag-team (Saturday Night's Main Event) game. You must pick them both for your tag team, to get either. Of course, you may play either of them in The Royal Rumble.

* You may not play either member of Legion of Doom under any circumstances: they are unavailable to pick for both games (Saturday Night's Main Event and The Royal Rumble). Much like the game's precursor, "WWF Superstars," the champions are reserved for the AI only.

* Pure Trivia: The real names of the wrestlers :

Hulk Hogan : Terry Bollea

The Ultimate Warrior : James Hellwig

The Big Boss Man : Raymond Trayler

Earthquake : John Tenta

Sergeant Slaughter : Bob Remus

The Million Dollar Man : Ted DiBiase

Jake The Snake : Jake Roberts

Mr. Perfect : Curt Hennig

Smash of Demolition : Barry Darsow

Crush of Demolition : Brian Adams

Hawk of LOD : Michael Hegstrand

Animal of LOD : Joe Laurinatis


The US version is slightly different, it has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.


1. WWF Superstars (1989)

2. WWF WrestleFest (1991)

3. WWF Superstars 2 (1992, Nintendo Game Boy)


Character designers : Hiroshi Shibata, Koji Sakuma, Michiaki Ishida, Makoto Shirai, Toru Tsuboya, Koji Minagawa

Character design assist : Koji Ogata

B.G. designers : Takehisa Izumiyama, Toshiyuki Osumi

Programmers : Tatsumi Saito, Isamu Kanakubo, Genei Fukuhara, Teruhiro Maeda, Naritaka Nishimura

Hardware : Kenji Nishikawa

Editor : Hiroshi Sato, Ai Onoe, Yasuhiro Ohi

Sound programmer : Yoshihiro Kameoka

Director : Shinichi Saito

Producer : Kunio Taki