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WCW: World Championship Wrestling is an isometric wrestling game of the National Wrestling Alliance. Players can choose to engage in one- or two-player matches as either 1vs1 solo bouts or 2vs2 tag-teams. Upon selecting a mode, players choose their characters from among twelve featured wrestlers from the NWA league. Licensed characters include: Rick Flair ("Nature Boy"), Sting, Lex Luger ("Total Package"), Mike Rotunda, Road Warrior Hawk, Road Warrior Animal, Steve Williams (""Dr. Death"), Kevin Sullivan ("Gamemaster"), Ricky Steamboat ("The Dragon"), Ric Steiner ("Dogface Gremlin"), Eddie Gilbert ("Hotstuff") and Michael P.S. Hayes. Each wrestler has unique abilities not shared by the other wrestlers, including finishing moves and rope toss.

Prior to a match, the player is presented with a menu of eight "moves", of which the player chooses four to assign to the points of the directional pad. Once the match starts, the player is only able to use the four moves selected and the rope toss to attack the opponent. Each wrestler can move up, down, left and right inside the wrestling ring, climb the turnstiles at each corner and throw opponents out of the ring (where they will be disqualified if outside for 20 seconds). Each wrestler has a high damage "finisher move" which can only be performed when they are standing in the middle of the ring and the opponent's stamina bar is low.


WCW: World Championship Wrestling NES Performing a submission special move.
WCW: World Championship Wrestling NES Outside the ring!  Get back in before time runs out or you lose.
WCW: World Championship Wrestling NES Pin for the win!
WCW: World Championship Wrestling NES About to perform a special move - notice the power bar at the bottom of the screen.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Superstar Pro Wrestling" -- Japanese Title
  • "Superstar プロレスリング" -- Japanese Spelling

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1990 25 out of 40 62
Nintendo Power Magazine May, 1990 3 out of 5 60 Apr 15, 2006 4.2 out of 10 42
All Game Guide 1998 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30 Jan, 2014 D 25


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Bob Montgomery (519) added WCW: World Championship Wrestling (NES) on Oct 19, 2007