Lost WCW Game for NES Has Been Digitially Rescued

That mysterious WCW sport for the NES that was by no means launched how now been digitally uploaded by the Video Game History Foundation. While we’re undecided if this sport will probably be made obtainable to the general public at any level by means of an official means,  this course of does make sure that the sport will probably be preserved in a extra accessible and sustainable format.

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The Video Game History Foundation have even gone as far as so as to add add a video of their full playthrough of the sport, which fits to point out simply how a lot work was carried out on this title earlier than it was seemingly cancelled. This solely provides to the thriller of why it was by no means formally accomplished and launched.

This sport was first found by a YouTuber referred to as Archon 1981 who uncovered the beforehand misplaced wrestling sport for the NES that might have been based mostly on the very early days of WCW. He states that he acquired a duplicate of this sport from a former Nintendo worker who examined the title although it was by no means launched or formally introduced.

Understanding the total significance of this sport requires you to know the historic context of its growth. First off, the sport (developed by SETA) was supposedly going to be known as UWC. What’s fascinating about that title is that it does not actually make any sense. During the time this sport was seemingly in growth (round ’88 or ’89), Jim Crockett Promotions was formally being re-branded as WCW.

However, this sport does not function the Jim Crockett title, the WCW model, and even the title of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). That appears to counsel that growth of this sport began throughout a short window when Ted Turner thought of re-branding JCP because the Universal Wrestling Corporation. That window was so small, although, that we’re undecided why the title was by no means modified.

The roster of wrestlers included on this copy of the sport can be fairly unusual. It options massive title wrestlers like The Road Warriors, Sting, and Ric Flair, however the remaining names on the roster’s record of eight playable wrestlers contains extra obscure performers like Bobby Eaton, Jimmy Garvin, Barry Windham, and seemingly Stan Lane (although there’s a little bit of debate concerning the id of the final performer).

In and of itself, the sport is pretty easy. While it does function the revolutionary potential to pick out a wrestler’s moveset, every thing else concerning the title is fairly customary. You can wrestle in a singles match, a tag match, or as a part of an elimination match that sees you tackle each different wrestler within the sport. It’s about what you’d count on from a wrestling sport from this period.

What’s fascinating about this mission is why it exists within the first place and why it was by no means launched. It appeared comparatively competent, pretty far alongside, and the title may have all the time been modified to replicate the WCW branding. It’s odd that Ted Turner and WCW would seemingly contact SETA to make this sport so early within the growth course of after which resolve to stroll away with out ever even asserting the mission. 

Matthew Byrd is a workers author for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days attempting to pitch deep-dive analytical items about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an more and more perturbed collection of editors. You can learn extra of his work right here or discover him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

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