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Natsume Championship Wrestling (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Natsume Champion Wrestling is a rare breed. No, it's not because it's a Natsume game that has absolutely nothing to do with Harvest Moon. The controls feel stiff and there's little to do but fight the same AI opponents over and over. I'm sure that there are people elated at the news of another wrestling game on the Virtual Console; I'm just not one of them. Rating: 57%
Natsume Championship Wrestling (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? Natsume Champion Wrestling is a rare breed. No, it's not because it's a Natsume game that has absolutely nothing to do with Harvest Moon. It's rare because it's a sports game on the Virtual Console. What's more, it's a wrestling game. By my count there hasn't been a wrestling game on the Virtual Console since Pro Wrestling in 2006! It may have taken them five years to upload another wrestling game, but you could do a whole lot worse than Natsume Championship Wrestling.

As the title suggests, this is a Japanese wrestling game for the Super NES. You play as one of a few fictional fighters, including Asteroid, Fangz, Phantom, Big Ape, Python, Spike and a whole bunch of other characters with stupid names. The game offers a few modes, such as the Championship Mode, Tag Team, Round Robin, etc. Of course, the real fun comes from the two-player action. Learn the moves and take on your friends in Natsume Championship Wrestling.

Does It Still Hold Up? I've never understood the appeal of wrestling games when there are perfectly good fighting games on the market. Who wants to grapple and toss when you throw fireballs and do a spinning bird kick. Natsume Championship Wrestling plays like most Japanese wrestling games of that era, it's slow and methodical. The controls are easy enough to learn, but the technique takes some time to master. Even after I got the hang of the game, I never found a compelling reason to continue. The two-player mode can be fun, but it doesn't last long enough.

Is It Worth The Money? I'm not a big fan of traditional wrestling games. Even modern updates (with their fancy WWE licenses and production value) bore me to tears. Natsume Championship Wrestling has a few interesting characters and I can see the appeal of the multiplayer mode, but there's nothing here for me. The controls feel stiff and there's little to do but fight the same AI opponents over and over. I'm sure that there are people elated at the news of another wrestling game on the Virtual Console; I'm just not one of them.
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