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Mini Review: RetroMania Wrestling – An Enjoyable Old School Alternative To WWE 2K

A non-WWE game on Xbox? What a rush!

We’ve definitely been starved for good wrestling games on Xbox over the past decade, but if you’re looking for something a bit more old school, RetroMania Wrestling finally has you covered. The game is an official sequel to 1991’s arcade classic, WWF WrestleFest, boasting a highly detailed style of 2D presentation, from the wide array of visually impressive and creative arenas to the unique caricatures applied to each wrestler. Without a doubt, you can really feel the love that has gone into developing each and every element of the game’s art style.

In the ring, RetroMania Wrestling adopts somewhat of a Fire Pro type approach to its controls, where button mashing won’t get you very far on its own. You’re given weak, medium and strong attacks to use as you see fit, however performing them successfully is based on timing, and the medium and strong options only become unlocked as you build up your momentum meter. It all (mostly) works well in practice, and the animations for each move are well crafted, leading to some fun and smooth matches. Strangely, there’s a lack of in-game explanation about how to perform finishers, as well as how the auto reversal system works, but you can find details about this online for now.

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