Fire Pro Wrestling

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Fire Pro Wrestling
Genres Fighting
Developers Human Entertainment, Spike
Publishers Human Entertainment, Spike, BAM! Entertainment, Agetec, 505 Games
Creators Masato Masuda[1]
Platforms Various (see table)
Platform of origin PC Engine
Year of inception 1989
First release Fire Pro Wrestling Combination Tag
June 22, 1989
Latest release Fire Pro Wrestling (Xbox 360)
September 21, 2012
"Fire Pro" redirects here. For line of professional graphics cards, see AMD FirePro.

Fire Pro Wrestling (ファイヤープロレスリング?) is a long-running professional wrestling video game series originating from Japan, started in 1989 by Human Entertainment and continued by Spike in 2000. The series is distinguished by its grappling system, which is primarily based on timed button presses and strategy. Another signature feature of the series is its Edit mode, a character creation feature with many options to customize appearances, wrestling moves and A.I. behavior.

Unlike many other pro wrestling games, most Fire Pro games are not licensed by any major professional wrestling promotion, but do feature likenesses of real-life wrestlers under different names. Games in the series generally utilize 2-D sprite-based graphics, with some later games incorporating 3-D graphical elements. The spin-off King of Colosseum series features polygonal 3-D graphics.

Most of the titles in the Fire Pro series have been released exclusively in Japan, although some of the games have seen release in North America.

History[edit]

Beginning with the first title in the series from Human Entertainment, Fire Pro Wrestling Combination Tag for PC Engine in 1989, the Fire Pro Wrestling series eventually produced editions of games for many systems, notably the Super Famicom, Sega Saturn, Game Boy Advance, Dreamcast and the PlayStation 2. Human also released a wrestling game outside the Fire Pro Wrestling series in 1989 for Game Boy. Titled Pro Wrestling in its native Japan, it was released internationally as HAL Wrestling. Most of the titles in the Fire Pro series have been released exclusively in Japan, although some of the games have seen release in North America.

The series became popular in Japan, but did not see an international release until after Spike took over the franchise in 2000. Early games in the Fire Pro Wrestling series were popular outside of Japan with import gamers, and at least one game, Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium for Super Famicom, received an unofficial fan translation through video game console emulators. Fire Pro Wrestling A for the Game Boy Advance was released internationally as Fire Pro Wrestling in 2001, and was one of the titles initially available when the Game Boy Advance was launched in Japan and North America. Three editions of the game received official English translations: Fire Pro Wrestling (2001) and Fire Pro Wrestling 2 (2002) for the GBA, and Fire Pro Wrestling Returns for PS2 (2007).

At the 2010 Tokyo Game Show, it was announced that a 3-D avatar-based version of Fire Pro Wrestling would be released for the Xbox 360 in 2011. [2] However, it was not released that year. This game uses a button-mashing minigame instead of the traditional time-based grappling system in hopes of appealing to a more casual audience. [3] The Xbox 360 edition of Fire Pro Wrestling was released on September 21, 2012.[4]

Features[edit]

Unlike many other pro wrestling games, most games in the Fire Pro Wrestling series are not licensed by any major professional wrestling promotion, but do feature likenesses of real-life wrestlers under different names. Games in the series generally utilize 2-D sprite-based graphics, with some later games incorporating 3-D graphical elements. The spin-off King of Colosseum series features polygonal 3-D graphics.

The Fire Pro Wrestling series of games distinguish themselves from other wrestling games by combining other unique features. One feature is the focus on a timing-based grappling control system. The grappling control system encourages the use of complex strategy, built on working up to using increasingly powerful moves on your opponent. The timing-based system also stands in contrast to the button-mashing tactics with which most 2-D wrestling gamers are familiar.

Another feature of Fire Pro Wrestling games is the inclusion of a large roster of playable wrestlers and fighters from different promotions located around the world. The wrestlers are renamed from their real-life counterparts, and represent many different styles of professional wrestling: North American WWE style sports-entertainment, Mexican lucha-libre, various styles of Japanese puroresu: athletic junior-heavyweight style, realistic strong-style, women's joshi wrestling, and violent hardcore wrestling, as well as different styles of shoot fighting and mixed martial arts.

A variety of match types are available in the Fire Pro Wrestling series of games, with flexible settings for the rules within each match. This complements the variety of wrestlers available as playable characters. Different match types include conventional singles and tag-team wrestling matches, extreme hardcore matches such as the Landmine Death Match or Electric Barbed Wire Cage Match, and various types of mixed-martial-arts matches.

Another distinguishing feature of the Fire Pro Wrestling series of games, particularly the later games in the series, is the inclusion of an extensive and highly detailed wrestler creation and edit mode. The edit mode of Fire Pro Wrestling games allows players to build game characters with a high level of attention to detail. Appearance characteristics, such as clothing and ring attire, and physical build, head and facial features, can be customized for a created wrestler. A detailed set of wrestling and fighting moves, drawn from the large pool of moves built into each game, can also be assigned to a created wrestler. The edit mode of Fire Pro Wrestling games also allows players to make detailed changes to the CPU logic of an edited wrestler, making it possible for a skilled creator to create a wrestler that behaves very much like his real-life counterpart, even when controlled by the computer.

Later titles in the series allowed for customization of other aspects of professional wrestling, including changing the design of the ring mat, creating customized championship belts, and creation and editing of referees. The character creation and edit mode of the Fire Pro Wrestling games became an influential feature that was eventually added to other wrestling and sports games.

The combination of features included in Fire Pro Wrestling games allows players to create "dream matchups" of wrestlers from different promotions, or different eras in the history of professional wrestling, as well as matches between real-life wrestlers and fighters, fictional characters and non-wrestling celebrities.

Titles[edit]

Human Entertainment[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP June 22, 1989
    March 13, 2007
Release years by system:
PC Engine
Virtual Console
Notes:

Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリング コンビネーションタッグ



Original release date(s):
  • JP August 30, 1991
    May 27, 2008
Release years by system:
PC Engine
Virtual Console
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリング 2nd BOUT



Original release date(s):
  • JP December 20, 1991
Release years by system:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリング



Original release date(s):
  • JP March 27, 1992
Release years by system:
Sega Mega Drive
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as サンダープロレスリング列伝


Fire Pro Wrestling 3: Legend Bout

Original release date(s):
  • JP November 13, 1992
    December 24, 2008
Release years by system:
PC Engine
Virtual Console
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリング3 レジェンドバウト


Super Fire Pro Wrestling 2

Original release date(s):
  • JP December 25, 1992
Release years by system:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリング2



Original release date(s):
  • JP December 29, 1993
Release years by system:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリング3 ファイナルバウト
  • A simplified version of the game known as Super Fire Pro Wrestling 3 Easy Type (スーパーファイヤープロレスリング3 EASY TYPE) was released for the Super Famicom on February 4, 1994.


Fire Pro Women: All Star Dream Slam

Original release date(s):
  • JP July 22, 1994
Release years by system:
Super Famicom
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP December 22, 1994
Release years by system:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリング スペシャル



Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
Arcade
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ブレイジングトルネード
  • A version of the game was released for the Sega Saturn on August 25, 1995 as Fire Pro Another Story: Blazing Tornado ( ファイプロ外伝 ブレイジングトルネード, "Fai-Puro Gaiden Blazing Tornado" in Japan)


Wrestling Universe: Fire Pro Women: Dome Super Female Big Battle: All Japan Women VS J.W.P.

Original release date(s):
  • JP February 3, 1995
Release years by system:
PC Engine (ARCADE CD-ROM²)
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP June 30, 1995
Release years by system:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリング クイーンズスペシャル
  • Officially licensed by All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling


Super Fire Pro Wrestling X

Original release date(s):
  • JP December 2, 1995
Release years by system:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリングX



Original release date(s):
  • JP March 15, 1996
Release years by system:
PlayStation
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリング アイアンスラム’96



Original release date(s):
  • JP March 29, 1996
Release years by system:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリングX プレミアム



Original release date(s):
  • JP December 27, 1996
Release years by system:
Sega Saturn
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングS 6メン・スクランブル


Fire Pro Wrestling G

Original release date(s):
  • JP June 24, 1999
    February 25, 2009
Release years by system:
PlayStation
PlayStation Network
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングG
  • The final Human Entertainment released Fire Pro game


Spike[edit]

Title Details
Fire Pro Wrestling CB

Original release date(s):
  • JP March 2000
Release years by system:
card game
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリング CB (カードバウト)


Fire Pro Wrestling for WonderSwan

Original release date(s):
  • JP August 31, 2000
Release years by system:
WonderSwan
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリング for WonderSwan


Fire Pro Wrestling i

Original release date(s):
  • JP January 22, 2001
Release years by system:
i-mode
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングi


Fire Pro Wrestling D

Original release date(s):
  • JP March 1, 2001
Release years by system:
Dreamcast
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングD



Original release date(s):
  • JP March 21, 2001
  • NA June 10, 2001
Release years by system:
Game Boy Advance
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングA


Fire Pro Wrestling J

Original release date(s):
  • JP February 4, 2002
Release years by system:
J-PHONE
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングJ



Original release date(s):
  • JP July 19, 2002
  • NA October 23, 2002
Release years by system:
Game Boy Advance
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイナルファイヤープロレスリング~夢の団体運営!~


Fire Pro Wrestling Z

Original release date(s):
  • JP June 5, 2003
Release years by system:
PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングZ



Original release date(s):
  • JP September 15, 2005
  • NA November 13, 2007
    April 23, 2013
Release years by system:
PlayStation 2
PlayStation Network
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイプロ・リターンズ


Fire Pro Wrestling in Mobage

Original release date(s):
  • JP November 12, 2011
Release years by system:
Mobage
Notes:


Fire Pro Wrestling

Original release date(s):
  • INT September 21, 2012
Release years by system:
Xbox 360
Notes:

Xbox Live Arcade release [6]


Spin-offs[edit]

Title Details
HAL Wrestling

Original release date(s):
  • JP September 14, 1990
  • NA December 1990
Release years by system:
Game Boy
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as プロレス


All Japan Pro-Wrestling: Soul of Champion

Original release date(s):
  • JP April 8, 1999
Release years by system:
PlayStation
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as 全日本プロレス~王者の魂~


King of Colosseum (Red) New Japan x All Japan x Pancrase Disc

Original release date(s):
  • JP December 19, 2002
Release years by system:
PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as キング オブ コロシアム(赤) ~新日本×全日本×パンクラス ディスク~


King of Colosseum (Green) ~NOAH x Zero-One Disc~

Original release date(s):
  • JP March 6, 2003
Release years by system:
PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as キング オブ コロシアム(緑) ~ノア×ZERO-ONE ディスク~



Original release date(s):
  • JP September 9, 2004
Release years by system:
PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as キング オブ コロシアムII


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