Powerball (video game)

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For the US lottery game, see Powerball.
North America cover art
Powerball cover art (Sega Genesis version)
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Distributor(s) Sega (Virtual Console)
Composer(s) Yoshinori Kawamoto
Platform(s) Mega Drive/Genesis
Virtual Console
Release date(s) Mega Drive/Genesis
  • JP February 8, 1991
  • NA 1991
Virtual Console
  • JP February 19, 2008
  • NA March 24, 2008
Genre(s) Alternative sports
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Cartridge/Virtual Console Download

Powerball, known in Japan as Wrestleball (レッスルボール?), is a video game for the Sega Genesis released in 1991 from Namco Hometek. It was re-released for the Wii's Virtual Console in Japan on February 19, 2008, and in North America on March 24, 2008, at a cost of 800 Wii Points.[1] This version is virtually identical to the original version. An enhanced remake of it was remade for Namco Anthology 1 for the PlayStation.


The game contains elements of American football, Association football, and Rugby. Two teams square off against each other with the goal of either kicking a powerball against a backstop or running the ball into the endzone. Kicked goals are worth one point and touchdowns are worth three.

The game begins with a scramble, as the ball is dropped at the center between five players from each side. Players advance the ball toward their opponent's goal by running with it, throwing it, or kicking it. Players on offense or defense are allowed to execute any number of wrestling-type moves in order to obstruct or even knock out opponents. The goal is defended by a goal keeper who is generally faster, stronger and more durable than other player types.

Players can initially choose between eight teams representing Korea, Brazil, Greece, the United States, the USSR, the United Kingdom, China, and Japan.


  1. ^ "King's Knight and Powerball Now Available on Wii Shop Channel!". Nintendo of America. 24 March. Retrieved 9 September 2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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