WCW/nWo Thunder

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WCW/nWo Thunder
Cover art
Cover art featuring (clockwise from upper left) Goldberg, Diamond Dallas Page, Hollywood Hogan and The Giant
Developer(s) Inland Productions
Publisher(s) THQ
Platform(s) PlayStation
  • NA: December 31, 1998
  • EU: February 12, 1999[1]
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

WCW/nWo Thunder is a video game released on the PlayStation console by THQ in 1998. Thunder is the sequel to WCW Nitro and updates the previous game with new characters and features, including cage matches, battle royals, weapon use, and the ability to select what stable each wrestler competed for (this included WCW, nWo Hollywood, nWo Wolfpac, Raven's Flock, and The Four Horsemen). However, Thunder received poor reviews. Many of these were due to its graphics, style, and overall atmosphere, which bore too many similarities to WCW Nitro (e.g. all the cheat codes were exactly the same). A modification was also made to the control scheme, which allowed players to wear down and easily beat the opponent simply by winning grapples repeatedly, hitting your opponent once and then pinning them in around 30 seconds. This contributed to the harsh reviews the game received.

Later in 1999, new versions of the game's predecessor Nitro were released for PCs and Nintendo 64, featuring the updated roster from Thunder.


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 57.57%[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 1.5/5 stars[3]
EGM 6/10[4]
Game Informer 4.75/10[5]
Game Revolution C−[6]
GameSpot 5.4/10[7]
IGN 6.6/10[8]
OPM (US) 1/5 stars[9]
OPM (UK) 3/10[10]
PSM 3/5 stars[11]

WCW/nWo Thunder was met with very mixed reception, as GameRankings gave it a score of 57.57%.[2] Most very mixed points were given to the poor graphics, and difficulty of the controls. Despite the mediocre reviews given, the game went on to sell 1 million copies.[12]


  1. ^ "Game Guide". Computer Trade Weekly. No. 724. United Kingdom. 8 February 1999. p. 40. 
  2. ^ a b "WCW/nWo Thunder for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan. "WCW/NWO Thunder - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "WCW/nWo Thunder". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 1999. 
  5. ^ McNamara, Andy; Anderson, Paul; Reiner, Andrew (February 1999). "WCW/NWO Thunder - PlayStation". Game Informer (70): 38. Archived from the original on December 6, 2000. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ Hsu, Tim (February 1999). "WCW/nWo Thunder Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (December 23, 1998). "WCW/nWo Thunder Review". GameSpot. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (January 13, 1999). "WCW/NWO Thunder". IGN. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ "WCW/nWo Thunder". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. 1999. 
  10. ^ "WCW/nWo Thunder". Official UK PlayStation Magazine. Future Publishing (44). 
  11. ^ "Review: WCW/nWo Thunder". PSM. 1999. 
  12. ^ IGN staff (May 15, 1999). "Breaking News! WWF Meets Toukon Retsuden". IGN. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 

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