Originally posted by today's daily WrestlingObserver.com updateFire Pro Wrestling 20th anniversary collection for the Nintendo Wii, PS3 and XBox 360 comes out 9/9
BEST NEWS EVER. I have no details about this game, but even if it's just Fire Pro Wrestling Returns on the Xbox 360, I am the happiest dude.
EDIT - info stolen from fireproclub.com:
----- Fire Pro Wrestling 20th Collection A collection of 10 classic Fire Pro Wrestling games and a new version of Blazing Tornado to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fire Pro.
PC Engine / TG-16 Fire Pro Wrestling Combination Tag Fire Pro Wrestling Second Bout Fire Pro Wrestling 3 Legend Bout
Super Famicom / Super Nintendo Super Fire Pro Wrestling Super Fire Pro Wrestling 2 Super Fire Pro Wrestling 3 Final Bout Super Fire Pro Wrestling SPECIAL Super Fire Pro Wrestling Queen’s Special Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Super Fire Pro Wrestling X PREMIUM
These games will be released with only a few minor changes. - HUMAN logos replaced with SPIKE logos - Officially licensed wrestlers / logos / etc will be replaced
Players will be able to unlock video interviews, concept art, and other extra content by completing certain objectives in the classic games.
Also on the 20th collection disc:
Blazing Tornado REDUX Grasshopper Manufacture and S-Neo are combining their efforts on the ‘redux’ of Blazing Tornado.
The new version of Blazing Tornado is based on the original coin-op version of the game, but features new characters and scenarios created by Suda 51 and Grasshopper Manufacture.
Gameplay will remain true to Masato Masuda’s original Blazing Tornado, but will be "expanded for current technology".
Eric Starbuck Daijiro Zama Wolf McSchneider Baron Firebird John Saigo MASK de Smith Ho Long Hayate Skull Punk II Jailbreaker Bullnoi Thunder Ryu Hizelshutat von Ludwig
Known modes and match types
One on one Tag team Battle Royale Death Match Blazing Road
BLAZING ROAD is a story driven single player mode where players take control of a rookie and fight their way to the top of the wrestling world.
There are 2 main story paths: Face and Heel. There are multiple endings within each path.
Events take place both in and out of the ring.
Story sequences feature voiceovers. English subtitles will be an option.
The way you win matches will determine what happens in the story.
In addition to regular moves and finishers, certain "cinematic finishers" can be triggered during Champion Road matches. These are optional and will alter the story.
No edit mode in Blazing Tornado Redux. -----
Hmm. They also say it's Japan-only, which Meltzer does not, and they say it's Wii only, which Meltzer does not. They might know better than him.
They are also saying that Fire Pro Wrestling HD is on its way, and that might be more of what I'm really looking for, but it won't be out nearly as soon.
(edited by KJames199 on 26.3.09 1641) JK: LJ, FB, T
Those links say that HD is a downloadable game, so it should just be a matter of creating a Japanese XBOX Live/PlayStation Store profile.
20th Anniversary is a Japanese only disc, which means American Wii owners may be out of luck, assuming the manufacturers choose to enforce their region locking. My understanding is that the Japanese developers usually turn on the region lock on, whereas American and European developers leave it off. If the region lock is on, the only way to get around that involves software modifications, which I'm sure it would surprise anyone to learn is illegal.
I eventually read much the same thing - didn't get a lot of time to dig around the fireproclub.com forums, though.
The anniversary disc is a neat idea, but to be honest, each version of Fire Pro has improved on the previous. I loved the heck out of Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium but I have Fire Pro Wrestling Returns and haven't touched SFPWXP in years. I'd play most of the games on the disc for a few minutes each and never go back.
Trivia note - when I was first getting into SFPWXP, back when you needed the physical SNES cartridge, a converter, and a dumptruck full of translation guides, I got a lot of advice and help from a very friendly dude on a message board. He also posted about getting into wrestling and working his first match. It was Mike Quackenbush.
The one I'm totally excited over is Fire Pro HD. From what one poster was saying, it's apparently a very simple matter to get games from the Japanese PSN store. He said the PS3 has no region coding (at least for downloadable games), and if you want a game from the Japanese store, you can just go get it? I have not tried this and I have my doubts. But regardless, they made it sound like it would be a lot easier to get the PSN one than the XBLA one. Also, there's supposed to be an English translation built into the Japanese version. This all sounds too good to be true.
Between this and the just-announced Katamari Damacy Tribute, I might actually use my PS3 for something other than watching DVDs and Blu-Rays.
. He said the PS3 has no region coding (at least for downloadable games), and if you want a game from the Japanese store, you can just go get it? I have not tried this and I have my doubts. But regardless, they made it sound like it would be a lot easier to get the PSN one than the XBLA one. Also, there's supposed to be an English translation built into the Japanese version. This all sounds too good to be true.
Sony usually restricts content all sorts of ways, but the PS3 hardware is not region specific like a DVD player might be. They try to make up with it by making your login account region specific - a North America account gets that store instead of Japan or Europe.
This reminds me of when I heard of Mother 3 coming out, but it wouldn't be out in the states.
Really, what harm would it do to release it so American and European consumers could get their hands on it? You'd at least make some instead of no money from the markets, and marketing itself on XBLA and PSN consists of a few frames from the game and half a page of text. It could be the threat of copyright infringement style shenanigans (there's always a stable of wrestlers that are based entirely off of American wrestling), but I don't recall any lawsuits flying when you could make a Darth Vader rip-off in SmackDown!. Perhaps it's just laziness?
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