List of video games in the WWE Games series

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WWE Games (formerly, WWF SmackDown!, WWE SmackDown!, and WWE SmackDown vs. Raw) is a series of professional wrestling video games first published by THQ until 2013, when Take-Two Interactive's 2K Sports took over, based on WWE. Games in the series are primarily developed by the Japanese based company, Yuke's.[1] The original series was produced from 2000 through 2003, and was titled under the SmackDown name, while the present series, which has been produced since 2004, is titled SmackDown vs. Raw. The series was published by Yuke's and known as Exciting Pro Wrestling in Japan until 2005. Following SmackDown vs. Raw 2007, THQ took over as the Japanese publisher and the series adopted the western name.[2][3] Initially, the series was exclusive to PlayStation video game consoles, and was featured in all of the seventh generation consoles by 2008. The SmackDown! series is among the best-selling video game franchises with 47 million copies shipped as of 2009.[4] The game engine for the series is based on that used by the Japanese professional wrestling video game series, Toukon Retsuden and Rumble Roses, a fictional professional wrestling series, both developed by Yuke's.[5][6] THQ and Yuke's Future Media Creators consider one reason the series has remained so popular is due to series bringing "WWE programming to life through a host of key new features, extensive rosters with WWE's most popular Superstars, incredible graphics and engaging action in and beyond the ring."[7]

Main series[edit]

Original series[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[8]
  • JP August 3, 2000
  • NA March 2, 2000
  • PAL 2000
Release years by system:
2000—PlayStation[9]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Exciting Pro Wrestling[8]



Original release date(s):[10]
  • JP January 25, 2001
  • NA November 21, 2000
  • PAL December 1, 2000
Release years by system:
2000—PlayStation[11]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Exciting Pro Wrestling 2[10]



Original release date(s):[12]
  • JP January 24, 2002
  • NA November 19, 2001
  • PAL November 16, 2001
Release years by system:
2001—PlayStation 2[13]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[15]
  • JP February 6, 2003
  • NA October 31, 2002
  • PAL November 15, 2002
Release years by system:
2002—PlayStation 2[16]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Exciting Pro Wrestling 4[15]
  • Was the first video game released under the WWE acronym, due to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) changing their name to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).[14]



Original release date(s):[17]
  • JP January 29, 2004
  • NA October 27, 2003
  • PAL November 7, 2003
Release years by system:
2003—PlayStation 2[18]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Exciting Pro Wrestling 5[17]


SmackDown vs. Raw series[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[19]
  • JP November 24, 2005
  • NA November 2, 2004
  • PAL November 12, 2004
Release years by system:
2004—PlayStation 2[20]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Exciting Pro Wrestling 6: SmackDown! vs. RAW[19]
  • Was the first video game released under the SmackDown! vs. RAW name.[21]



Original release date(s):[22]
  • JP February 2, 2006
  • NA November 14, 2005
  • PAL November 11, 2005
Release years by system:
2005—PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable[23]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Exciting Pro Wrestling 7: SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006[22]
  • Was the first video game in the series to include a year in its title.[24]
  • Was the first game in the series to be released to a handheld console.



Original release date(s):[3]
  • JP January 25, 2007
  • NA November 14, 2006
  • PAL November 10, 2006
Release years by system:
2006—PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360[25]
Notes:
  • A PlayStation 3 version was also planned, but was canceled mid-way into production.[26]
  • From this game onwards, the exclamation mark from the title was removed.[27]



Original release date(s):[28]
  • JP February 14, 2008
  • NA November 13, 2007
  • PAL November 9, 2007
Release years by system:
2007 —Mobile, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360[29]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[31]
  • JP January 22, 2009
  • NA November 9, 2008
  • PAL November 7, 2008
Release years by system:
2008—Mobile, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360[32]
Notes:
  • Nintendo DS version was developed by Tose.[33]



Original release date(s):[34]
  • NA October 20, 2009
  • PAL October 23, 2009
Release years by system:
2009—Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360[35]
Notes:
  • Nintendo DS version was developed by Tose.[36]



Original release date(s):[37]
  • NA October 26, 2010
  • PAL October 29, 2010
  • AUS October 28, 2010
Release years by system:
2010—PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360
Notes:
  • This was the final game to be released under the SmackDown! vs. RAW name.



Original release date(s):[38]
Cancelled
Release years by system:
2011—Microsoft Windows (cancelled)
Notes:


WWE Games series[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[40]
  • NA November 22, 2011
  • PAL November 25, 2011
Release years by system:
2011—PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
Notes:
  • Was the first video game released under the WWE name.[41]



Original release date(s):
  • NA October 30, 2012
  • PAL October 30, 2012
Release years by system:
2012—PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
Notes:
  • This was the last game published by THQ.



Original release date(s):
NA 20131029October 29, 2013
EU 20131101November 1, 2013
Release years by system:
2013—PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Notes:
  • This is the first game published by Take-Two Interactive's 2K Sports



Original release date(s):
NA 20141028October 28, 2014
EU 20141031October 31, 2014
Release years by system:
2014—PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Notes:
  • This is the first WWE Game made for next gen consoles


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yukes's Future Media Creators Information". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  2. ^ (Japanese) "YUKE'S Future Media Creators games list". Yuke's. Retrieved 2008-05-12.  Translation
  3. ^ a b "WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007 Game Information". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  4. ^ "The Number One Fighting Videogame Franchise Returns to the Virtual Ring with WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R) 2009" (Press release). THQ. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  5. ^ Kennedy, Sam (1999-11-19). "New WWF Smackdown Screens". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  6. ^ Navarro, Alex (2004-11-13). "Rumble Roses review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Three WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw video games for only $29.99". IGN. 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  8. ^ a b "WWF SmackDown! Versions & Release Dates". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  9. ^ "WWF SmackDown! (PS1)". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  10. ^ a b "WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role Game Information". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  11. ^ "WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role (PS1)". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  12. ^ a b "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It Game Information". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  13. ^ a b "WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-08. "The first WWF title for the PlayStation 2 has arrived with WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It!." 
  14. ^ a b "World Wrestling Entertainment to drop the "F" to emphasize the "E" for Entertainment". World Wrestling Entertainment Corporate. 2002-05-06. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  15. ^ a b "WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth Game Information". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  16. ^ "WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  17. ^ a b "WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain Game Information". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  18. ^ "WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  19. ^ a b "WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw Game Information". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  20. ^ "WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  21. ^ Jeremy Dunham (2004-05-05). "Pre:E3 SmackDown! vs. RAW revieled". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  22. ^ a b "WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 Game Information". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  23. ^ "WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  24. ^ "WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 World Premiere". IGN. 2005-07-04. Retrieved 2008-05-08. "Officially known as WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 (a title meant to reflect its new direction towards a sports and simulation feel" 
  25. ^ "WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007 Features". THQ. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  26. ^ "PS3 SmackDown is Smacked' Down". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  27. ^ Jeremy Dunham. "World Premiere: SmackDown vs. Raw 2007". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-08. "To be revealed at the annual Superstar Challenge prior to this weekend's festivities (which includes the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony and WrestleMania itself), the announcement will officially confirm the next iteration of the WWE videogame family, WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007." 
  28. ^ "WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2008 Game Information". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  29. ^ "WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2008 Features". THQ. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  30. ^ Matt Casamassina (2007-06-09). "Pre-E3 2007: WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2008". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  31. ^ "WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2009 Game Information". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  32. ^ "WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2009 Game Information". THQ. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  33. ^ Miller, Greg (2008-03-27). "WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2009 is Official". IGN. Retrieved 2008- First game to include the inferno match. 05-09. 
  34. ^ "WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2010 Game Information". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  35. ^ ""SmackDown vs. RAW 2010" prepares to enter the virtual ring". THQ. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  36. ^ "Summer of Slam". GamesMaster: 54–59. October 2009. 
  37. ^ Ekberg, Brian (2010-06-08). "Hands-On With THQ's E3 WWE Games". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  38. ^ MacMedan, Julie (2011-02-02). "THQ REPORTS FISCAL 2011 THIRD QUARTER RESULTS". Retrieved 2011-02-04. "As a result, the company's fiscal third quarter non-GAAP results exclude a charge of $9.9 million related to the cancellation of Company of Heroes® Online and WWE® Online." 
  39. ^ Sinclair, Brendan (2008-09-19). "WWE SmackDown headed to PC online market". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  40. ^ "E3 2011: WWE '12 Release Date and Cover - PlayStation 3 News at IGN". IGN. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  41. ^ "THQ’s "WWE ‘12" arrives this fall". WWE. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 

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