I totally forgot about this game. I first heard about it about 7 months ago before it was released.
It's a Japanese wrestling game created by Spike who made the Fire Pro Wrestling series. There's two version of the game, the Red version featuring NJPW, AJPW and other traditional feds while the Green version has the newer breed like Zero-One, NOAH, UFO (sorry, no Toryumon as far as I know). Also apparantly a CAW mode that contains thousands of outfits, over 200 entrance themes, and 2000 moves.
As of now it's out on import that is playable on PS2's from Japan or modified PS2's but according to this site, there's a US version coming out as well
Fire Pro Wrestling Z is coming to the PS2 in Japan sometime soon. Famitsu says June -- NCS says June 26th is the ship date, and hinted at a Deluxe version with bonus goodies to come.
If past precedent is a guide, Fire Pro Wrestling Z is coming to unmodded American PS2s on the 12th of Never. (Time to invest in the flip-top mod, perhaps, as this is presumably a single-disc game.)
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Is there anyone as dorky as me who is religious about updating their Fire Pro characters on GBA? If I see someone has a new costume on this week, I'll update my game within the day. I'm absolutely insane about it. I spent days typing in everyone's real name in the game.
This is the level of obsession this game creates. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let this come stateside.
Stupid Namco...making me need to play all three versions. I think the one that gets my money, though, is going to be the Gamecube one. BTW - Anyone know if Siegfried is in the new one??? He's been my favorite character since the first game.