Classic Induction: WrestleMania Challenge – Hulkamania Battles Donkey Kong, Brother!

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WWF, 1989 
Text by Forest George; You can check out his website here and his Myspace page here!

I kind of miss the good old days of my childhood.

I really mean it! I mean back when I was a mark and I could really enjoy wrestling, and envy the kids who had the Nintendo gaming system and the Wrestlemania arcade game. In retrospect, the game wasn’t that good, but to Commodore 64 users as myself, all we had to play with was the non-action Microleague Wrestling game (which may or may not be considered as crap to RD).

(Note from RD: I had that game, on my Atari ST computer, no less. It was definitely crap.)

So because my dad felt a console system was too much money when computer games were superior, I was always looking for a cheap way to find a good wrestling game. One day while at the local Best Products Toy Store, I begged my mom to buy me the hand-held game for under $20.00 called WrestleMania Challenge, the WrestleMania V sequel to the previous handheld WrestleMania game. The first one was a simple game where you battled Andre the Giant, as Hulk Hogan. You’d think that in a wrestling game, you’d want to pin your opponent. Maybe make him submit. Oh no. In that game, you just kept beating on the poor guy and scoring points until he beat you. And to be honest, for a 12 year old kid, it was actually a lot of fun.

And now…now I was going to have the new Wrestlemania game.

Some fifteen years later, I was listening to Wrestlecrap Radio and heard Blade tell RD about this game and that it should be in the halls of Wrestlecrap, if he hadn’t lost his years ago. Fear not, Mr. Braxton, because I happened to find mine, and I discovered how easily amused I really was back then. 

Much like the first Wrestlemania handheld game, you are once again Hulk Hogan. This time, however, you’re not just pummeling Andre the Giant for hours on end. You are battling your former ally, and now enemy the Macho Man, who has captured Miss Elizabeth and has ball and chained.

Well they were married. No wait, she was actually in physical bondage by the Macho Man.

Mrs. Deal! Get Blade Braxton on the line!!

Not only did Macho have Elizabeth, but he had her trapped in a three tier wrestling ring. (So this is where Hogan got the Doomsday Cage match idea). So it’s up to you (as Hulk Hogan) to battle Macho’s goons and to retrieve the keys on the first and second levels. You would have to jump several times in order to retrieve the keys.

As an aside, I should note the starting game music sounded unlike an ambulance.

But that grating sound was orchestral bliss compared to the noises the game made when Hogan did battle with his foes.
Well anyways, as Hogan, you do battle with Hogan’s three major feuds of 1988-89. On level one, you get to battle the Big Bossman. Your wrestling moves of choice include a ladder to the head (which you used to climb to the next level).
On the next level, you get to battle Hogan’s Wrestlemania 3 and 4 foe, Andre the Giant.

Since the bodyslam heard around the world had been overplayed by that point, Hogan instead chose a much more blunt attack, namely a flying punch to the head. Sadly, Hogan fails to shout “SHORYUKEN!” upon delivering the blow. Somewhere Ryu is hanging his head in shame. And Ken is probably laughing, because Ken was a prick.

Of course, attacking Boss Man and Andre only sent them back to their starting marks and you would continue to attack them like rolling barrels.

Where have I played this game before?

Finally you get to battle Macho Man, who looks not unlike Bad News Brown, using his dreaded finisher: a kick to the stomach. 
Or maybe Macho was using the big boot as a finisher in protest or something.
Of course, if you fail in your mission, sad music will play, and Elizabeth remains in bondage to Randy forever.

Should you win, however, Elizabeth will grab you, flash hearts of love for you (Macho might have been right all along about the ‘lust in Hogan’s eyes’) and Real American will play.

If it was played by a spastic twelve-year old, that is.

And thus you go to level 2, where Liz is chained once again.


Sometimes you have to wonder if a 12-year old Stephanie McMahon twiddled her thumbs with this one, and decided to turn this game into real life for the WWE.

At least nowadays, the wrestling games actually have the wrestlers, wrestle. 

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11 Responses to "Classic Induction: WrestleMania Challenge – Hulkamania Battles Donkey Kong, Brother!"
  1. Mark Cardoso says:

    Still trying to find my Sable Kong one where she faces Jacquelin, Marc mero and Vince Mcmahon on it. There was also ones made with austin and Kane too.

  2. Mark Cardoso says:

    Tiger Electronics had a decent wrestling game where you can pick from 6 different guys and you go off teh turnbuckles too.

  3. Forest George says:

    I don’t know who wrote that induction, but that dude was horrible. I don’t think even RD’s editing job could save that from being the worst wrestlecrap induction ever. RD tried, I grant you that, but he had little to work with.

  4. drunkenmaster says:

    I had one similar to this one (well, it was quite frankly the same game) that was from when Hogan was in WCW, in ’95 to be more specific.

  5. Forest George says:

    The funny thing is I don’t even use my My-Space account anymore. I haven’t updated it in five years, and it is still there.

  6. Mike says:

    The funny thing is that this got re-released as a WCW game in the mid-90’s. I almost wish I could find my copy of it but not really.

  7. Scrooge McSuck says:

    I need to dust off my copy… not to play, just to dust. It’s been a while.

  8. Stephen says:

    I know this is a minor thing but I have to say … I miss the way the inductions used to have text in one box and a picture in the other.

  9. Mister Forth says:

    Very strange game.

  10. MistaMaddog says:

    When that came out, I thought how impossible it would be to have three wrestling rings stackes up like that. And then I watched Ready To Rumble… 😛

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