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WWF Raw
Publisher: Acclaim
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega 32X, Sega Game Gear
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega 32X
GEMS
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,800 [1] T-81316-50
Sega Mega Drive
US
$64.95[2] T-81316
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.95[3] T-81316-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-81316-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-81316-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-81316-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
AU (Sega Sport)
$? FWWF03SMC



Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-81258
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.99[4] T-81258-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-81258-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-81258-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-81258-50



Sega 32X
JP
¥9,800 T-8101A
Sega 32X
US
$69.95[5] T-8103B
Sega 32X
UK
£? T-8103B-50
Sega 32X
FR
?F T-8103B-50
Sega 32X
DE
DM ? T-8103B-50
Sega 32X
ES
?Ptas T-8103B-50
Sega 32X
AU
$? ?



WWF Raw is a wrestling game developed by Sculptured Software and published by Acclaim for the Sega Mega Drive, Sega 32X, Sega Game Gear, Game Boy and Super NES. This is the only Genesis WWE game to support up to four players. It is a sequel to WWF Royal Rumble. New to the series is differing attributes and a new tug-of-war grapple system.

For whatever reason, the Japanese Mega Drive release uses the European box style with a sticker that translates to "Mega Drive version with Japanese Manual" on the front, and stands as one of the rarest games for the console in that region.

It was the last game in the semi realistic wrestling game series as publisher Acclaim greenlighted a different gameplay style with Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game and WWF In Your House.

Gameplay

In addition to standard punch and kick attacks the player can perform a grapple which brings up a new tug-of-war meter. When this appears the player must rapidly press buttons to pull the energy to their side. When the bar has moved to their side enough it is possible to perform moves. When the players energy is low enough it is also possible to use a signature move.

Game modes include: One-on-One match (One Fall, Brawl, and Tournament is available), Tag Team, Bedlam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble, and Raw Endurance.

Characters

Mega Drive and 32X versions

Notavailable.svg 1-2-3 Kid
Notavailable.svg Bam Bam Bigelow
Notavailable.svg Bret Hart
Notavailable.svg Diesel
Notavailable.svg Doink the Clown
Notavailable.svg Kwang
Kwang is a secret character, who is exclusive to the 32X version.
Notavailable.svg Lex Luger
Notavailable.svg Luna Vachon
Notavailable.svg Owen Hart
Notavailable.svg Razor Ramon
Notavailable.svg Shawn Michaels
Notavailable.svg The Undertaker
Notavailable.svg Yokozuna

Game Gear version

Notavailable.svg Bam Bam Bigelow
Notavailable.svg Bret Hart
Notavailable.svg Crush
Notavailable.svg Diesel
Notavailable.svg Lex Luger
Notavailable.svg Randy Savage
Notavailable.svg Razor Ramon
Notavailable.svg Shawn Michaels
Notavailable.svg The Undertaker
Notavailable.svg Yokozuna

Versions

The 32X version of RAW has Kwang as a secret playable character. He is unlocked by pressing Down+A+B on the wrestler select screen. He shares moves with other characters such as using Diesel's & Bam Bam Bigelow's finisher and Doink's mega move. Some lighter wrestlers can do a schoolboy pin my standing behind a groggy pin and the taunt pin that the heavy wrestlers are slightly different. The commentator team images change between Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler and the team of Gorilla Monsoon and Stephanie Wiand. There is also alternating referees. The intro and character select screen is slightly different and has new music. Lex Luger's theme music is also updated. A sign with RAW on it and a medical kit case can be found on the outside of the ring to be used as weapons. The ring apron and Turnbuckles are a purplish instead of red and blue.

While the 32X version offers more colours than the Mega Drive, the frame rate is halved.

The Game Gear version has fewer wrestlers and does not include the Bedlam, Royal Rumble, or Raw Endurance match types. All characters share the same moveset except for their signature moves. There are no Mega Moves. The game runs slower. Two exclusive characters are present: Crush and Randy Savage.

Production credits

32X version

A Sculptured Software Production
  • Programmed by: Arti Haroutunian
  • Additional Programming: Dan Enfield
  • Project Manager: Kevin Shapiro
  • Lead Artist: Dan Witthington
  • Artists: Jeff Knight, Chad Johnson, Joel Izzat, Russ Chancelor, Ray Cornia, Clark Sorenson
  • Music and Sound Effects: Dean Morrell, James Hebdon, Chris Braymen
  • Quality Assurance: Vince Bracken, Gary Rowberry, Chandler Holbrook, Chris Olson
  • Special Thanks: Ned Martin, Pam Burns
Acclaim Development by The Black Team
  • Associate Producers: Michael Archer, Douglas Yellin, Tyrone Miller
  • Analysts: J.J. Mazziotto, Simon Gouldstone
  • Special Thanks: Linda Spelman, David Sanchez, Dale Taylor, Eric Samulski, Derek Phillips, Craig Cassanelli, Jim Dunn
Source: In-game credits


Arti HaroutunianDan EnfieldKevin ShapiroDan WitthingtonJeff Knight, Chad Johnson, Joel Izzat, Russ Chancelor, Ray Cornia, Clark SorensonDean Morrell, James Hebdon, Chris BraymenVince Bracken, Gary Rowberry, Ch,ler Holbrook, Chris OlsonNed Martin, Pam BurnsMichael Archer, Douglas Yellin, Tyrone MillerJ.J. Mazziotto, Simon GouldstoneLinda Spelman, David Sanchez, Dale Taylor, Eric Samulski, Derek Phillips, Craig Cassanelli, Jim Dunn

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Magazine articles

Main article: WWF Raw/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePro US 064.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
GamePro (US) #64: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
71 №0802, p54-55[2]
83 №27, p71
76 №1/95, p66[7]
81 №28, p52-53
81 №35, p64[8]
86 №12/94, p101[9]
58 №27, p88-90[3]
80 №50, p86-87[10]
86 №63, p70-71
70 №12/94, p120-121[11]
80 №72, p48-49[12]
Sega Mega Drive
77
Based on
11 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, AU (Sega Sport)

32X version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №45, p160
70 №0807, p50[13]
77 №6/95, p58[14]
81 №6/95, p83[15]
68 №55, p115[16]
71 №21, p88-89
65 №48, p58-59
70 №6/95, p93[17]
Sega 32X
73
Based on
8 reviews

32X, US
WWERaw 32X US Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Wwfraw 32x us manual.pdf
Manual
32X, EU
WWERaw 32X EU Box.jpg
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32X, JP
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Cover
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Wwfraw 32x jp manual.pdf
Manual

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
50 №50
50 №0804, p100[18]
52 №2/95, p86[19]
80 №28, p80-81[4]
50 №50, p108[20]
72 №14, p97
47 №42, p46
58 №12/94, p120-121[11]
80 №72, p48-49[12]
Sega Game Gear
60
Based on
9 reviews

Game Gear, US
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Cart
WWF Raw GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
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Cover
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Cart

References


WWF franchise games for Sega systems
Sega Master System
WWF WrestleMania: Steel Cage Challenge (1992)
Sega Mega Drive
WWF Super WrestleMania (1992) | WWF Royal Rumble (1993) | WWF Raw (1995)
Sega Mega-CD
WWF Rage in the Cage (1994)
Sega Saturn
WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game (1996) | WWF In Your House (1997)
Sega Dreamcast
WWF Attitude (1999)
Arcade
WWF Royal Rumble (2000)