September is Arcade Month, where we present tons of unique columns, reviews and features about wrestling video games.
For nearly 40 years, wrestling video games have been a great outlet for wrestling fans and gaming fans alike to simulate the action of the squared circle on consoles, computers and at the arcade. And despite hundreds and hundreds of titles being made available over the years, how does one determine which are the very best?
In our case, we recruited our resident Grappling Gamer, a/k/a Adam Zimmerman, to help us come up with a list that's reflective of Arcade Month. Check out Adam's Grappling Gamer page for more than 70 in-depth reviews.
In counting down the Top 50 Pro Wrestling Video Games, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories considered the following criteria:
How memorable is the title, years or even decades later?
What kind of impact did it make on the industry?
How innovative was the title compared to previous iterations, or even competing game lines?
How much did it help wrestling fans gain a deeper appreciation for the sport?
Note that some titles from the early days of video gaming aren't nearly as advanced as some titles today, but for this list, Adam and I made some changes to If you'd like to be a part of this conversation, Tweet us at @canadianbulldog using the hashtag #Top50, or leave a comment below.
Ready? Here we go!