WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game

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WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega 32X, Sega Saturn
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment
Developer:
Licensor: Titan Sports, Midway Manufacturing
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Midway Manufacturing
Developer(s) of original games: Midway Manufacturing
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega 32X
GEMS,
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (12 tracks)
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega 32X
Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Sports[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$69.9569.95[3] T-81546
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-81546-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
047190
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,8005,800 T-8112G
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
T-8112H
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
EU
T-8112H-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
T-8112H-50
USK: 12
Sega Saturn
PT
STJAK0273
STPDV1060
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.9944.99[6] T-8112H-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
Sega 32X
US
$74.9574.95[7] T-8110B
ESRB: Kids to Adults

WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game (レッスルマニア・ジ・アーケードゲーム) is a 1995 wrestling game developed by Midway Manufacturing for the arcades. Sculptured Software was licensed to produce ports to various home consoles, including the Sega Mega Drive, Sega 32X and Sega Saturn; Acclaim published these versions in 1995 and 1996.

Unlike most wrestling games, WrestleMania is a one-on-one versus fighter, similar to the likes of Mortal Kombat. Both games were originally developed by Midway Manufacturing. Later a sequel called WWF In Your House was released for the PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and DOS.

Gameplay

The game plays more like a standard fighter than the wrestling games that would follow it. Attacks are quick and each character has special moves and can perform combos. Rather than a single match the fight is broken up into rounds with two wins needed to become the victor. Single player game modes include Intercontinental Championship and the WWF Championship. Multi-player game modes include Head to Head and Cooperative. Commentary is provided by Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler, who can be seen sitting in the background at the announcers table.

Playable characters are: Bam Bam Bigelow, Bret Hart, Doink the Clown, Lex Luger, Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker and Yokozuna.

Versions

In comparison to the SNES version the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis port contains all 8 characters instead of 6. It also allows 4 characters onscreen at once but with slowdown, but not as much as found in the SNES port. Most of the voice and commentary is present although much of Jerry Lawlers commentary is dropped.

The 32X port was an enhanced Mega Drive port thus is not as close to the arcade as it could have been if it were built from the ground up. The graphics and audio was improved somewhat (rendering in-game at 320x224 vs 256x224) but the frame rate was reduced to 30 FPS instead of the 60 FPS found in other versions. This does however help to avoid slowdown issues.

The CD-ROM versions (including Saturn) is more accurate to the arcade version than other ports. Graphically it is similar although not as sharp and the sprites are slightly smaller. There is no in-game music. Loading time is of course, increased, this includes when loading the next character in a Battle Royal.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Acclaim Development by the Black Team
  • Associate Producers: Michael Archer, Douglas Yellin, Tyrone Miller, Pax
  • Analysts: J.J. Mazziotto, Simon Gouldstone
  • QA Supervisor: Carol Caracciolo, Adam Ingberman
  • Lead Analyst: Jim Dunn
  • Game Testers: CP McBee, Chris Shanley, Chad Chamberlain, Mat T. Kraemer, David Chopard
  • QA Computer Support: Harry Reimer, Howard Perlman
  • Special Thanks to: Kristen Muzer, Linda Spelman, Roger Booth, Derek Phillips, Kevin Denehy, Eric Samulski, Craig Cassanelli, Jim Herzner
Midway Development by
  • Mark Turmell, Sal DiVita, Jason Skiles, Josh Tsui, Eugene Geer, Jake Simpson, Mike Lynch, Tony Goskie
A Sculptured Software Production
  • Project Management: Al Mecklenburg
  • Lead Programmers: Rob Nelson, Altair Lane
  • Additional Programming: Omar Canon, Jundong Ma
  • Production Assistant: Joe Buffington
  • Lead Artists: Chad Johnson, Heinee Hinrichsen
  • Artists: Gavin Evertson, Mike Ulrich, Mike Lott, John Kilbourn, Kelly Kofoed, John Olsen, Keith Musig, Russ Chancellor, Michael Hunter, Joel Izatt, Virginia Sargent, Daniel Whittington
  • Sounds and Music: Dean Morrell, Victor Crews, Chris Braymen
  • Tools: Gary Penacho, Mike Callahan, Steve Aguirre, Patrick Alphonso
  • Testing
    • Manager: Gary Rowberry
    • Supervisor: Chris Olson, Chandler Holbrook
    • Michael Bashford, Chris Debry, Todd Dowd, Brian Edwards, Garon Galloway, David Hanks, Scott Hanks, John Howa, Jason Humphrey, Morgan Jones, Ryan McBride, Ryan McCormick, Mark Melville, Ryan Milligan, Greg Murphy, Ben Nielson, Andrew Parker, Cole Richins, Jerry Roberts
  • Special Thanks to: Kevin Kralian, John Blackburn, Lynn Pugh, Todd Blackburn, Jim Henn, Adam Clayton

32X version

Acclaim Development by the Black Team
  • Associate Producers: Michael Archer, Douglas Yellin, Tyrone Miller, Pax
  • Analyst: J.J. Mazziotto, Simon Gouldstone
  • Q.A. Supervisor: Carol Caracciolo, Adam Ingberman
  • Lead Analyst: Jim Dunn
  • Game Testers: CP McBee, Chris Shanley, Chad Chamberlain, Mat T. Kraemer, David Chopard
  • Q.A. Computer Support: Harry Reimer, Howard Perlman
  • Special Thanks to: Kristen Muzer, Derek Phillips, Linda Spelman, Craig Cassenelli, Roger Booth, Eric Samulski, Jim Herzner, Kevin Denehy
Midway Development by
  • Mark Turmell, Eugene Geer, Sal DiVita, Jake Simpson, Jason Skiles, Mike Lynch, Josh Tsui, Tony Goskie
A Sculptured Software Production
  • 32X Development Team
    • Lead Programmer: Kevin Kralian
    • Additional Programming: Hung Nguyen
  • Genesis Development Team
    • Lead Programmers: Rob Nelson, Altair Lane
    • Additional Programming: Omar Canon, Jundong Ma
    • Project Management: Al Mecklenburg
    • Production Assistant: Joe Buffington
    • Lead Artists: Chad Johnson, Heinee Hinrichsen
    • Artists: Gavin Evertson, Keith Musig, Mike Ulrich, Russ Chancellor, Mike Lott, Michael Hunter, John Kilbourn, Joel Izatt, Kelly Kofoed, Virginia Sargent, John Olson, Dan Whittington
    • Sounds and Music: Dean Morrell, Chris Braymen
    • Tools: Mike Callahan, Steve Aguirre, Gary Penacho, Dean Ertel, Tom Tolman
  • Testing
    • Manager: Gary Rowberry
    • Supervisor: Chris Olson, Chandler Holbrook
    • Chris Debry, Ryan McBride, Todd Dowd, Ryan McCormick, Brian Edwards, Mark Melville, Garon Galloway, Ryan Milligan, David Hanks, Greg Murphy, Scott Hanks, Ben Nielson, Jason Humphrey, Andrew Parker, Morgan Jones, Cole Richins, Hohn Jowa, Jerry Roberts
  • Special Thanks to: Joanna Bear, Randy Linden, Todd Blackburn, John Blackburn, Lynn Pugh, Adam Clayton

Magazine articles

Main article: WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in VideoGames (US) #82: "November 1995" (1995-10-24)

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Print advert in Next Generation (US) #18: "June 1996" (1996-05-21)
also published in:

page=100

Saturn print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) #9: "July 1996" (1996-06-20)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
80
[3]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
87
[12]
Hobby Consolas (ES) PAL
82
[13]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
68
[14]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
86
[15]
Sega Magazin (DE) PAL
85
[16]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
90
[17]
Sega Mega Drive
83
Based on
7 reviews
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
WWF Wrestlemania Arcade MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart

32X version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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0 review

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
85
[7]
Sega 32X
85
Based on
1 review
32X, US
WWFWM 32X US Box.jpg
Cover
WWFWM 32X US Cart.jpg
Cart
Wrestlemania 32x us manual.pdf
Manual

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 [18]
60 [19]
83 №45, p60
90 [20]
80 [21]
78 [22]
82 №82
86 [23]
63 [24]
65 [25]
Sega Saturn
77
Based on
10 reviews

Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Saturn, US
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Cover
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Disc
Wrestlemania sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
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Cover
Saturn, PT
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 a5d023f9
MD5 72a02a9eb90740ef618f8fce968c4a1b
SHA-1 e49ad2f9119b0788bbbb7258908d605c032989b4
4MB 1995-08 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 719d6155
MD5 31a85dffa93dc8f2db6934fc43b38615
SHA-1 7b76ddf26f11ad0e2da81f1cfe96e60a45fa7c33
256kB 1993-03 EPROM cartridge Page
Sega 32X
CRC32 61833503
MD5 8456cae9975ba6cb041c4ef2be54b1a1
SHA-1 551eedc963cba0e1410b3d229b332ef9ea061469
4MB Cartridge (US)
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
605,905,776 CD-ROM (EU) T-8112H-50 V1.001
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
605,915,184 1996-06-18 CD-ROM (JP) T-8112G V1.001
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
605,905,776 CD-ROM (US) T-8112H V1.001

References

  1. File:WWFWM Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/fb/segahard/ss/soft_licensee2.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-20 23:05)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 GamePro, "December 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 85
  4. GamePro, "November 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 176
  5. Sega Saturn Magazine, "July 1996" (UK; 1996-06-20), page 100
  6. Computer & Video Games, "August 1996" (UK; 1996-07-11), page 60
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 GamePro, "December 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 87
  8. GamePro, "June 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 49
  9. Next Generation, "July 1996" (US; 1996-06-18), page 90
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "July 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 55
  11. Sega Saturn Magazine, "August 1996" (UK; 1996-07-20), page 33
  12. GamesMaster, "xxxx xxxx" (UK; 1995-xx-xx), page 59
  13. Hobby Consolas, "Enero 1996" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 68
  14. MAN!AC, "04/96" (DE; 1996-03-13), page 71
  15. Mega Fun, "12/95" (DE; 1995-11-21), page 41
  16. Sega Magazin, "Dezember 1995" (DE; 1995-11-15), page 24
  17. Sega Power, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-11-16), page 62
  18. Consoles News, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 90
  19. Computer & Video Games, "August 1996" (UK; 1996-07-11), page 60-61 (60)
  20. Joypad, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-xx-xx), page 75
  21. Mean Machines Sega, "July 1996" (UK; 1996-06-03), page 80-81 (80)
  22. Player One, "Juin 1996" (FR; 1996-xx-xx), page 117
  23. Sega Saturn Magazine, "July 1996" (UK; 1996-06-20), page 74-75 (74)
  24. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-12 (1996-07-26)" (JP; 1996-07-12), page 220 (222)
  25. Sega Saturn Magazine (readers), "Final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 13 (15)


WWF franchise games for Sega systems
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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)