Among nostalgic wrestling fans and arcaders alike from the 90s, merely saying “WrestleFest” brings back epic gaming memories. WWF WrestleFest was the 1991 follow up to the smash hit arcade machine WWF Superstars which was groundbreaking in itself. The game was beyond developed for it’s time (as compared to console/PC wrestling games) with enhanced graphics, game-play and sound including voice samples, commentary and introductions. The graphics were bright and cartoony but were fun. You had two modes which was a tag tournament or the Royal Rumble. I can remember many arcade hangs in which me and a buddy would do our best to defeat The Legion of Doom for the WWF Tag Team Championship. After years of nostalgia, THQ released a 2013 remake for IOS. The game tried to capture some of the magic with a new/old roster but it’s hard to truly do justice to the big giant machine that ate all my quarters.
They were the first toy franchise ever built from a PSA campaign. The Crash Dummies started as a popular Public Service Advertising Campaign in the 1980’s about the safety of wearing seat belts. Then in the early 90s, a line of action figures (even an accompanying video game) were released. There was something very comical about these two which made me hope they wouldn’t wear their seat belts and crash into brick walls. I had a few plush dolls myself of the Dummies. I would also get them confused often when hearing about the band Crash Test Dummies. Remember their one song? The Incredible Crash Dummies seemed to fade out by the mid 90s, but made a comeback in the early 2000s when they became part of the Hot Wheels series by Mattel. The toys are still produced today.
The story goes in 1983 Atari dumped millions of unsold E.T. game catridges in a New Mexico landfill after deeming them “unsellable”. Apparently the game sucked that bad. And finally after 30 years, the over 700,000 game cartridges have been discovered. And the best part of it all, Microsoft was there with cameras making a documentary of the full process. The game was designed by Howard Scott Warshaw. The objective of the game is to guide the eponymous character through various screens to collect three pieces of an interplanetary telephone that will allow him to contact his home planet. “The result is often cited as one of the worst video games released and was one of the biggest commercial failures in video gaming history. The game’s commercial failure and resulting effects on Atari are frequently cited as a contributing factor to the video game industry crash of 1983.” – Wikipedia
Easily one of my favorite games of the late 90’s/early 2000’s, it’s the over-the-top Ready 2 Rumble boxing. In an era when boxing games for N64 and PlayStation were trying to be more realistic and “true to the sport”, Ready 2 Rumble embraced the arcade style that made games like Punch-Out! a hit. The game was released on PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color and Dreamcast. In fact, it was so successful on the Dreamcast that it became one of the few Sega All Stars titles. With Michael Buffer announcing, fast and fun gameplay, along with colorful characters like Afro Thunder, this game was a perfect pick up and play fighter that I miss in today’s world of advanced video games. I remember in Championship mode having to work my way through the ranks. You start out boxing in front of a dozen fans to filling out an arena. Although, even in front of that dozen fans the “Buff” is still announcing. I guess he must need the paycheque.
It was the survival horror video game that gave you boners and massive headaches at the same time, of course I can only be talking about Night Trap! Night Trap was first released on Sega CD in 1992, although it was originally titled “Scene of the Crime” in an unreleased game in the late 80’s. The game later came out on PC and on the 3DO. So here’s the game….you are viewing hidden cameras inside the house of Mr. and Mrs. Martin’s, where a group of young women are staying for the night. However, odd things begin happening. Your job is to protect the guests during their slumber party as vampiric intruders enter and try to claim their pray. You view real-time video of each room in the house, which are loaded with traps. When you see someone entering, you hit a button and trap them. Not much with regards to gameplay, but it was entertaining to watch. Night Trap sold well, despite it being ranked as one of the Worst Video Games of All-Time …