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THQ to release WWE -Legends of Wrestlemania in 2009

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Prepare to Relive, Rewrite or Redefine History with WWE(R) Legends of WrestleMania(R)

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - (Business Wire) THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK) today announced that WWE® Legends of WrestleMania® is currently in development for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. Joining the distinguished WWE® SmackDown®/SmackDown vs. Raw® franchise, which has shipped more than 37 million units worldwide since 2000, WWE Legends of WrestleMania is scheduled for release in March 2009 to coincide with the annual pinnacle of sports entertainment, WrestleMania® 25, in Houston, Texas.

“We have generated significant year-over-year growth in key global territories with WWE-licensed videogames, including tremendous success with the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw franchise,” said Peter Matiss, vice president, global brand management, THQ. “The development capabilities afforded by next generation hardware, combined with our established history and deep understanding of fighting videogames, allow us to leverage the strength of the WWE brand to further extend our leadership in the fighting videogame genre and bring this new property to market.”

“JAKKS Pacific is pleased to introduce a new WWE videogame property to the fighting genre,” said Nelo Lucich, senior vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific. “The WWE SmackDown vs. Raw franchise has captured a collective audience of WWE fans, game enthusiasts and casual players, and we are confident that WWE Legends of WrestleMania will be poised for great success.”

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THQ has to work on the glitches but mainly on the control scheme og their wrestling games. Each year they have progressively gotten worse. They have to go back to the simple and effective way they did games for the Nintendo 64.
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THQ has to work on the glitches but mainly on the control scheme og their wrestling games. Each year they have progressively gotten worse. They have to go back to the simple and effective way they did games for the Nintendo 64.
The TNA game is getting a lot of good hype. Apparently Midway is working very closely with some of the gamers they've got on the roster and apparently one of them is a huge No Mercy fan. Granted, the game could still be crap but it certainly sounds like there might be hope; the Yuke's games have almost gotten worse year by year and the only half decent ones they made (Day of Reckoning 1 & 2) were largely ignored because of the system they were released on.
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I have not bought a wrestling game since No Mercy after owning Revenge and World Tour. Until it goes back to a similar control scheme, those WWE games just don't do it for me.
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This year's SvR was my last. I played it for a week or two, but there's just nothing left in that series. If they update this engine, it won't take much to give it a shot.

I'm really, really hoping that the TNA game comes close to living up to the hype. Between the almost completely new roster of playable wrestlers and new match types, it could be a breath of fresh air versus the stale as hell SvR series.
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I almost bought SVR08 when it was on sale for $20. But I have absolutely no interest in playing a game with the current WWE roster. Even though I still watch the shows (probably due to a 30-year habit), none if it is exciting anymore.

I might try out a legends game. But I hope they keep it authentic. I don't want to see Andre The Giant doing planchas and corkscrew sentons.
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the last smackdown game i really enjoyed was "here comes the pain"
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Not interested if it uses the same engine as the smackdown vs raw series.
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Originally Posted by Zabuza
Not interested if it uses the same engine as the smackdown vs raw series.
Likewise. I bought an early Smackdown game and only played it for 2 hours before getting rid of it. Then a thread on here for a Smackdown V Raw game (maybe 2006?) got me excited to play a wrestling game again, so I gave the series another go. Simply terrible. I just don't see how people enjoy playing these games. The reversal system is ridiculous and the fatigue stuff? Just not fun to me. The N64 control schemes were perfect, and I'm hoping the TNA game can live up to it.

I understand there are some bootleg copies of the old N64 games with updated rosters online, but I don't understand how all that stuff works. I just want a new game with those controls.

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last years game sucked big time
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I might try out a legends game. But I hope they keep it authentic. I don't want to see Andre The Giant doing planchas and corkscrew sentons.
I'd also want era arenas/stagings... Saturday Night's Main Event, Superstars of Wrestling, old school Raw, etc. And all the old theme music, of course.
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the last smackdown game i really enjoyed was "here comes the pain"
That was probably the last "memorable" wrestling game. I enjoyed WWE SmackDown vs. RAW and SVR 2006 was a respectable entry, but the series just became tired. SVR 2007 was a playable game, but SVR 08 (the only one in the series I didn't buy) had some of the most screwed up controls that I've played with. HTCP changed the control scheme a bit, but it worked. The controls in SVR 2008 were just awful and you couldn't change it back to the "classic" controls properly.

Hopefully this Legends of WrestleMania can make wrestling games fun and memorable again. I'm very sceptical, however.
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Likewise. I bought an early Smackdown game and only played it for 2 hours before getting rid of it. Then a thread on here for a Smackdown V Raw game (maybe 2006?) got me excited to play a wrestling game again, so I gave the series another go. Simply terrible. I just don't see how people enjoy playing these games. The reversal system is ridiculous and the fatigue stuff? Just not fun to me. The N64 control schemes were perfect, and I'm hoping the TNA game can live up to it.

I understand there are some bootleg copies of the old N64 games with updated rosters online, but I don't understand how all that stuff works. I just want a new game with those controls.

You nailed it down. Who the hell thinks the fatigue feature is a good idea? The people at THQ must be related to creative in WWE. The keep adding stuff and features that nobody wants and keep taking away the good things that made wrestling games special in the N64. But what has become the worst thing is the control scheme using the L3 and R3 to perform almost every move in the PS3 version. It has become so complicated that any casual gamer gets truned off by it.
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The last wrestling games I have owned are Smackdown 1 & 2 for the original playstation, legends of wrestlemania sounds intriguing though.
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Trailer for the game:

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I'll be getting it!
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You nailed it down. Who the hell thinks the fatigue feature is a good idea?

I do. It adds to the "realism".

I just think it's funny that a 2-d wrestling game (Fire Pro Wrestling Returns) from years ago is still MILES ahead of anything THQ has ever done.
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Is it just me or does the game not look as detailed as the Smackdown vs Raw games?
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I do. It adds to the "realism".

I just think it's funny that a 2-d wrestling game (Fire Pro Wrestling Returns) from years ago is still MILES ahead of anything THQ has ever done.
I don't think that they way THQ is using fatigue adds to the realism. All the wrestlers in the game seem to get tired pretty quickly even when they have the momentum.

I partially agree with your second statement since the Fire Pro series has many features, specially in the quantity of wrestlers available and the ones that can be easily created that no other wrestling game has. At the same time, THQ produce the best wrestling games back in the late 90's and early this decade with:

1- No Mercy
2- virtual pro-wrestling 2
3- Wrestlemania 2000
4- WCW/NWO Revenge

Those games along with world Tour and Virtual Pro Wrestling captured perfectly what wrestling is. All characters looked great but better yet, you could perform their moves easily, so that any wrestling and non-wrestling fan, hardcore or casual gamer, could get into it quickly. THQ has to go back to that engine and use it as the basis for the next-gen systems.
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Trailer for the game:

Ok that looks very good. I hope they go back to the older controls for this game so anyone can play it.

With NHL 09 and Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 coming out on Sept. 11th; I think will by a 360.
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With NHL 09 and Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 coming out on Sept. 11th;
Huh? I don't think Smackdown vs Raw 09 comes out until november.

I think will buy a 360.
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Huh? I don't think Smackdown vs Raw 09 comes out until november.



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Looks like those crappy Legends games that came out a while back for the PS2 and XBox. Those games were horrible, and the trailer looks exactly like them.

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Looks like those crappy Legends games that came out a while back for the PS2 and XBox. Those games were horrible, and the trailer looks exactly like them.

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The only problem with those games was the gameplay. They had very good rosters, a decent CAW but the main problem was the bad button configuration and crappy and flawed gameplay. To me its all about the gameplay.
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Mick Foley had an interview in the Opie and Anthony show where he states that as consequence of leaving WWE for TNA, he has been yanked from the Wrestlemania Legends game. So there will be no Rock & Sock connection or any of the Foley characters.

This got me thinking: What is holding back THQ from making dowloading patches for roster and moves updates in their futire games? I remember Marvel Ultimate Alliance for X-Box 360 having a patch where you could download new characters like Hulk and Venom. I suppose that THQ and Midway could do the same for their respective wrestling games. Even EA sports does the same for the games. NBA Live updates the rosters and include new rookies and recent team additions.
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No foley no purchase. That seems petty but then again they always have been
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