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WCW vs. nWo: World Tour

WCW vs nWo World Tour BoxWCW vs nWo: World Tour is a wrestling video game developed by Asmik Ace Entertainment and AKI Corporation for the Nintendo 64 and published by THQ.   Utilizing the World Championship Wrestling brand during its height of popularity, World Tour was THQ’s first wrestling game for the Nintendo 64 and sequel to the lesser known WCW vs. the World for the PlayStation.

Released at the peak of the Monday Night Wars between the World Wrestling Federation’s (WWF) Monday Night Raw and World Championship Wrestling’s (WCW) Monday Nitro, World Tour became a huge success for THQ on the Nintendo platform.  Asmik Ace Entertainment and AKI developed a grappling system that was introduced in the game that was revolutionary. 

The newly incorporated grappling system set the standard for wrestling games and separated the THQ wrestling games from their competitors.   The new gameplay mechanic was praised for its tight controls and ease of use in comparison to Acclaim’s WWF War Zone which had a much more convoluted control scheme.

The game features single, tag team, handicap and battle royal modes along with other match modes that were not featured in future sequels such as WCW versus nWo tournament, round-robin tournament and league tournaments.  World Tour lacked the features of more modern wrestling games such as create-a-wrestler mode, story mode, ring entrances and championship belts but built a solid foundation that could be expanded upon in future sequels.

The new grappling system laid the groundwork to a gameplay style that was universally seen as a superior approach for wrestling games.   THQ made this system a cornerstone of their wrestling franchise expanding upon it with every annual sequel, starting with WCW/nWo Revenge.   WCW/nWo Revenge would utilize the same game engine as World Tour but would add many new features such as ring entrances, improved graphics, additional arenas, more wrestling maneuvers, WCW championships and attire modifications.

The developer, Asmik Ace Entertainment self published the game in Japan and did not partner with THQ.  Released less than a month after the North American release of World Tour, the Japanese adaption of the game was released as “Virtual Pro Wrestling 64”.  The game still incorporated WCW wrestlers into its roster but also included generic renditions of wrestlers from major Japanese promotions such as New Japan Pro Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling.  The game is a sequel to “Virtual Pro Wrestling” for the PlayStation which is the counterpart to the North America version “WCW vs. the World”.

WCW vs. nWo: World Tour proved to be one of THQ’s biggest hits becoming the second-best selling wrestling game for the Nintendo 64.  The game would reach sales over 1.3 million units in North America and went on to sale approximately 1.69 million units worldwide.

WCW vs nWo World Tour Logo
Developer(s) Asmik Ace Entertainment
AKI Corporation
Publisher(s) THQ
License WCW
License Owner World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
Series THQ Wrestling (NA, EU)
Virtual Pro Wrestling (JP)
Predecessor WCW vs. The World
Successor WCW/nWo Revenge
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
Media Type Cartridge
Release NA: November 30, 1997
JP: December 19, 1997
EU: February 12, 1998
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player
Development Time TBD
Budget TBD
Sales 1.69 million
Rating ESRB: KA
Rereleased Platform(s) None

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Donn W. NauertDonn W. NauertExecutive Producer
Profile PlaceholderShuji YoshidaExecutive Producer
Sanders KeelSanders KeelAssociate Producers
Profile PlaceholderKunihiko ShimizuAssistant Director
Michael MurrayMichael MurrayProduct Manager
Profile PlaceholderSatoshi FurukawaArtist & Relations
Profile PlaceholderHiro AbeN64 System Programmer
3D System Programmer
Sound Programmer
Profile PlaceholderMasaaki KudouGame Programmer
Main Programmer
Profile PlaceholderShika NakayamaMenu Programmer
Ending Programmer
Profile PlaceholderMuneshige IkeshitaWrestler Model and Texture
Ring Model and Texture
Profile PlaceholderTakeshi KadomaRingmat Texture
Menu Part Design
Profile PlaceholderTakayuki Ikeuchi3D Animation
Profile PlaceholderKenji Kimura3D Animation
Profile PlaceholderHiroya Tamura3D Animation
Profile PlaceholderKazuhito ToyamaMenu Marks Design
League Marks Design
Profile PlaceholderTakeshi KajiiProducer
Profile PlaceholderMikio OnoAssociate Producer
Profile PlaceholderJunko HosoyaAssociate Producer
Profile PlaceholderMasao TeshimaSenior Producer
Profile PlaceholderHiroaki KaiExecutive Producer
Profile PlaceholderYoshinobu SatoSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderToshihide ŌnishiSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderShunsuke WadaSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderMasashi SuzukiSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderMaki KadunoSpecial Thanks
Profile PlaceholderAkiko KoyamaMusic Director
Profile PlaceholderHideaki MitsuiMusic Composer
Profile PlaceholderTsutomu FuzawaAssistant
Profile PlaceholderUmihiko DateGuitar
Profile PlaceholderKenichi KannoVoice
Profile PlaceholderAiichirou HosoiVoice
Profile PlaceholderKiyoshi NishinoVoice
Profile PlaceholderErika KitazatoVoice
Profile PlaceholderMotoyuki AokiSpecial Thanks
Mike HallerMike HallerSenior Vice President
Steve RynoSteve RynoVP of Product Development
Profile PlaceholderGreg GibsonSenior Producer
Profile PlaceholderJon OsbornProducer
Profile PlaceholderJames KillyAssociate Producers
Profile PlaceholderGabriel JonesAssociate Producers
Erik van RooyErik van RooyTesting
Erick FernandezErick FernandezTesting
Profile PlaceholderSkot TravisTesting
Profile PlaceholderJason LewisTesting
Profile PlaceholderEdward J. RamiroTesting

Nintendo 64 (North American Release)

Nintendo 64 (European Release)

Nintendo 64 (Japanese Release)

Game Modes:

  • WCW VS nWo - 5 vs. 5 Elimination style match pitting only WCW vs. nWo
  • Exhibition - Featuring 1 vs. 1, 2 vs 2 Tag Team match, 2 vs. 1 Handicap Match and Battle Royal 4 player elimination match
  • League Challenge - Main single player mode where player competes against all wrestlers from the four Promotions to unlock hidden leagues and wrestlers
  • League - Round Robin style league for for up to eight singles wrestlers or Tag Teams to compete against each other in
  • Tournament - Knock out tournament for up to eight singles wrestlers or Tag Teams

World Championship Wrestling (WCW):

  • Lex Luger
  • Sting
  • Giant
  • Scott Steiner
  • Rick Steiner
  • Ric Flair
  • Ultimo Dragon
  • Dean Malenko
  • Eddy Guerrero
  • Rey Misterio Jr.
  • Chris Benoit
  • Steven Regal
  • Diamond Dallas Page (Hidden)

New World Order (nWo):

  • "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan
  • nWo Sting
  • Buff Bagwell
  • Eric Bischoff
  • Scott Norton
  • Kevin Nash
  • Scott Hall
  • Syxx
  • "Macho Man" Randy Savage (Hidden)

Dead Or Alive (DOA):

  • Hannibal
  • Sumo Jo
  • Kim Chee
  • Blackheart
  • Puchteca
  • Saladin
  • Dim Sum
  • Powder Keg
  • Ali Baba
  • Wrath (Hidden)

Independent Union (IU):

  • Black Ninja
  • Shaolin
  • The Unknown
  • The Claw
  • Black Belt
  • Paco Loco
  • Shaman
  • Master Fuji
  • Glacier (Hidden)

Whole World Wrestling (WWW): 

  • Joe Bruiser (Hidden)
  • Black Widow (Hidden)

Media & Promotional Material