Champion Wrestler - Jikkyou Raibu [Model SLPS-00237]

Sony PlayStation CD published 25 years ago by Taito

Champion Wrestler - Jikkyou Raibu [Model SLPS-00237] screenshot

Not listed in MAME yet.

Champion Wrestler - Jikkyou Raibu © 1996 Taito Corp.

The popular Champion Wrestler arcade game is reborn with immersive live commentary by Shigeru Kajihara! Up to four players can play simultaneously as well in tag team and battle royal matches. In order to take the Taito Wrestling Federation championship belt, the game will challenge our skills with 40 formidable enemies or 20 tag teams.


Game ID: SLPS-00237
Game ID: SLPM-86617 (reprint)

Players: 4
Control: 8-Way Standard Controller (Digital Controller compatible only)
Buttons: 5
=> [Square] Weak strike/move, [X] Medium strike/move, [Circle] Strong strike/move, [Triangle] Run, [L2] Crowd appeal


Released in Japan in February 16, 1996.

All characters are based on real wrestlers, only given false names because Taito didn't secure any license for them. The wrestlers are listed here below in order going down:

The Great Sasuke (Michinoku Pro Wrestling)
Super Delfin (Michinoku Pro Wrestling)
Black Tiger II (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
Wild Pegasus (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
Tiger Jeet Singh (Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling)
Abdullah the Butcher (Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling)
Hayabusa (Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling)
Jushin 'Thunder' Liger (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
Sabu (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
Masahiro Chono (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
Hiroshi Hase (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
The Great Muta (World Championship Wrestling)
Kazuo Yamazaki (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
Yoshiaki Fujiwara (Pro Wrestling Fujiwara-Gumi)
Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
Shinya Hashimoto (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
Kensuke Sasaki (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
Riki Choshu (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
Akira Taue (All Japan Pro Wrestling)
Toshiaki Kawada (All Japan Pro Wrestling)
Steve Williams (All Japan Pro Wrestling)
Terry Gordy (All Japan Pro Wrestling)
Nobuhiko Takada (Union of Wrestling Forces International)
Akira Maeda (Fighting Network RINGS)
Kenta Kobashi (All Japan Pro Wrestling)
Mitsuharu Misawa (All Japan Pro Wrestling)
Gary Albright (All Japan Pro Wrestling)
Stan Hansen (All Japan Pro Wrestling)
Rick Steiner (World Championship Wrestling)
Scott Steiner (World Championship Wrestling)
Hulk Hogan (World Championship Wrestling)
Vader (World Championship Wrestling)
Genichiro Tenryu (Wrestle And Romance)
Jumbo Tsuruta (All Japan Pro Wrestling)


At the title screen before pressing Start, press Up, Right, Down, Left, Circle, Circle, Square, Square. A sound confirms the code. It switches the character based on The Great Muta into one based on Keiji Mutoh. The code can be entered back and forth, multiple times on the title screen, to switch him back and forth between personalities.

Also at the title screen before pressing Start, press Square, Square, Circle, Circle, Left, Down, Right, Up. A sound confirms correct code entry. Selecting the character based on Tatsumi Fujinami will now enable the player to play as a wrestler based on Antonio Inoki. Entering the code again disables the effect.

Clear Champion Road in either Single or Tag to unlock these hidden characters based on the following wrestlers:

The Dynamite Kid (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
Tiger Mask (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
Bruiser Brody (All Japan Pro Wrestling)
Andre The Giant (World Wrestling Federation)
Royce Gracie (Ultimate Fighting Championship)
Rickson Gracie (Ultimate Fighting Championship)

Title Match

When Champion Road is completed, the player enters the name of their championship and then their name as follows:

Directional button to move cursor
L1 to move name cursor to the left
R1 to move name cursor to the right
Triangle to delete a character and move to the right
Circle to enter a character

The bottom line second to last character from left changes to English while the bottom line last character from left ends the name entering process.

The game will save, and the previously unavailable Title Match mode icon will now become selectable. This mode requires two/four controllers and two memory cards to play. The defending champion needs to have his or her memory card connected to slot 1, and the challenger needs to have his or her memory card connected to slot 2. When the championship changes hands, the mode once again becomes inaccessible unless the card slots are changed. When a championship changes hands, the winning player is to input only their name for their championship. You can carry a maximum of 8 championship belts.


* Consoles:
Sony Playstation (1996) "Champion Wrestler - Jikkyou Raibu (Taito 2000 Series) [SLPM-86617]