As creative and over-the-top as professional wrestling can be, you’d think game developers would be hard pressed to find a way to make a game that’s even more ridiculous. Midway managed to do just that with Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game, which exploded into arcades and later a ton of home consoles. The 32X version is quite good, and those looking for some simple, arcadey fun should definitely check it out. Read the full review for all the wrasslin’ details.
In the arcades, Atari’s T-MEK was a monstrous and intimidating machine. The massive cab fit two players and could be linked to another, making for some awesome four-player matches. The 32X version, however, lost that great multi-player capability in the conversion (along with most of the game’s charm), and if you listened hard enough, you could hear the poor little mushroom panting as it strained under the T-MEK’s engine. I guess it’s true that sometimes, a game is better left in the arcade.
Tomorrow’s MLB all-star game looks to be a great one, so why not level off all that positive energy with a really poor baseball title? Time Warner Interactive’s R.B.I. Baseball ’95 for the 32X took zero advantage of the hardware, much like other titles on the add-on, and it was even outclassed by offerings on the stock Genesis that year, such as Sega’s own stellar World Series Baseball ’95. Check out our full review for the sorry details, and trust us, it’ll make watching tomorrow’s game THAT much better.
When the 32X had finally laid down to die, it managed to breathe its last in Europe, in the form of the technologically impressive DarXide. Forced to change the name of its wonder cart for trademark reasons, Frontier Developments somehow managed to squeeze power out of the defunct mushroom like no other company could. The fruit of the company’s labor now goes for a small fortune on auction sites, and the high price definitely begs the question: is it worth the money? For the answer, my friend, you’ll have to read our full review!
Sega made good use of its Spider-Man license. With releases for every console of the era, the company fired off one last salvo of web fluid with 1996’s Web of Fire for the 32X. Despite the new hardware, ol’ web head’s last hurrah was more of a whimper than a bang. The problem with it is that it doesn’t set off your spider sense for mediocrity until after you’ve blown $150 for it on eBay. read our full review and stick with Spider-Man vs. the Kingpin for all your wall crawling needs.