RetroMania Wrestling

Retrosoft Studios, Retrosoft Studios

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
67
Top Critic Average
57%
Critics Recommend
Based on 8 critic reviews
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RetroMania Wrestling

Rating Summary

Based on 8 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

67

Top Critic Average

57%

Critics Recommend

Based on 8 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCFeb 25, 2021
Nintendo SwitchTBA 2021
Xbox Series X/STBA 2021
PlayStation 5TBA 2021
Xbox OneTBA 2021
PlayStation 4TBA 2021

Developer: Retrosoft Studios

Publisher: Retrosoft Studios

Genres: Action, Sports, Fighting

RetroMania Wrestling is the official sequel to the classic arcade game Wrestlefest that was released in 1991 by Technos of Japan. RetroMania Wrestling will be a "pick up and play" arcade wrestling game with beautiful 2D sprites, incredible backgrounds and fast-paced arcade style game play. * 12 16 Unique, distinct playable wrestlers at launch (adding more post launch via DLC) * 2-8 player local multiplayer (Online TBD) * Several match types, including One-on-One matches, Tag Team matches, and the Battle Royal * Ring entrances with entrance music * Multiple entrance attires for each wrestler * Strategic gameplay that is easy to pick up and play * Beautiful 2D pixel art animated sprites with over 700 frames of animation and animated backgrounds * Crowd chants that react to the action on screen

RetroMania Wrestling Critic Reviews

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Despite its dated aesthetics, RetroMania Wrestling can still bring the pain. Unfortunately that struggle translates to issues both in and out of the ring. Sometimes, it's important to consider why design decisions were abandoned in the past, rather than meticulously recreating frustrating mechanics for modern audiences in the name of authenticity.

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RetroMania Wrestling is the perfect sequel to a classic. Not only does it maintain the essence of WWF Wrestlefest but it also develops the mechanics adding depth and strategy. Although there are a ton of gameplay options, the lack of online play and the niche roster may discourage some players. However, even with few missing elements, this is one of the best wrestling games currently available and a must for fans of the sport.

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RetroMania Wrestling looks like WWF WrestleFest, plays (a bit) like Fire Pro and has a wide variety of entertaining arenas to play in. However, the tiny roster, lack of creation modes, lack of online and brief single-player experiences mean you're really going to need to be interested in local multiplayer if you're going to be playing this one for a long time. To give it the Cena test: it's got our respect for going old-school and it'll get loyalty from the cult following it'll inevitably gain, but it still needs a bit more hustle before it's the finished product, whereas just now it feels like The Prototype.

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It may have taken over 30 years to come to fruition, but what the talented developers over at Retrosoft Studios were able to accomplish is everything I could have hoped for here. It's not perfect, but what RetroMania Wrestling was able to accomplish after a three decade hiatus has to be celebrated. Retrosoft Studios has slapped down the foundation for a wrestling arcade video game that should stand the test of time.

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