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Fire Pro Wrestling (ファイヤープロレスリング) is a long-running professional wrestling video game series originating from Japan, started in 1989 by Human Entertainment and continued by Spike in 2000.

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History

Beginning with the first title in the series from Human Entertainment, Fire Pro Wrestling Combination Tag for PC Engine in 1989, the Fire Pro Wrestling series eventually produced editions of games for many systems, notably the Super Famicom, Sega Saturn, Game Boy Advance, Dreamcast and the PlayStation 2. Human also released a wrestling game outside the Fire Pro Wrestling series in 1989 for Game Boy. Titled Pro Wrestling in its native Japan, it was released internationally as HAL Wrestling.

The series became popular in Japan, but did not see an international release until after Spike took over the franchise in 2000. Early games in the Fire Pro Wrestling series were popular outside of Japan with import gamers, and at least one game, Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium for Super Famicom, received an unofficial fan translation through video game console emulators. Fire Pro Wrestling A for the Game Boy Advance was released internationally as Fire Pro Wrestling in 2001, and was one of the titles initially available when the Game Boy Advance was launched in Japan and North America. Three editions of the game received official English translations: Fire Pro Wrestling (2001) and Fire Pro Wrestling 2 (2002) for the GBA, and Fire Pro Wrestling Returns for PS2 (2007).

While other wrestling games made the transition to using 3D polygonal models when 32-bit consoles arrived, Fire Pro Wrestling relies on 2D sprites to represent the characters in the ring. Spike also has another wrestling game series in full 3D, King of Colosseum.

Features

The Fire Pro Wrestling series of games distinguish themselves from other wrestling games by combining several unique features. One feature is the focus on a timing-based grappling control system, which encourages the use of complex strategy, built on working up to using increasingly powerful moves on your opponent. The timing-based system stands in contrast to the button-mashing tactics with which most 2D wrestling gamers are familiar. Another feature of Fire Pro Wrestling games is the inclusion of a large roster of wrestlers from different promotions around the world, representing many different styles of professional wrestling: from North American WWE style sports-entertainment, Mexican lucha-libre to various styles of Japanese puroresu: athletic junior-heavyweight style, realistic strong-style, women's' joshi wrestling, and violent hardcore wrestling, as well as different styles of shoot fighting and mixed martial arts.

A third distinguishing feature of the Fire Pro Wrestling series of games, particularly the later games in the series, is the inclusion of a detailed wrestler creation and edit mode. The edit mode of Fire Pro Wrestling games allows players to build game characters with a high level of attention to detail. Appearance characteristics such as clothing and ring attire, physical build, head and facial features, can be customized for a created wrestler. A detailed set of wrestling and fighting moves, drawn from a large pool of moves built into the game, can also be assigned to a created wrestler. Later titles in the series allowed for customization of other aspects of professional wrestling, including changing the design of the ring mat, creating customized championship belts, and creation and editing of referees. The extensive edit mode in the Fire Pro series of games also allowed players to make detailed changes to the CPU logic of an edited wrestler, making it possible for a skilled creator to create a wrestler that behaves very much like his real-life counterpart even when controlled by the computer. The highly detailed character creation and edit mode of the Fire Pro Wrestling games became an influential feature that was eventually added to other wrestling and sports games.

This combination of features included in Fire Pro Wrestling games allows players to create "dream matchups" of wrestlers from different promotions, different eras in the history of professional wrestling, as well as bouts between real-life wrestlers and fighters, fictional characters and non-wrestling celebrities.

Titles

Human Entertainment


Original release dates:
NA June 22, 1989
System release:
PC Engine
Notes:

Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリング コンビネーションタッグ

HAL Wrestling

Original release dates:
NA September 14, 1990
System release:
Game Boy
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as プロレス

Original release dates:
NA August 30, 1991
System release:
PC Engine
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリング 2nd BOUT

Original release dates:
NA December 20, 1991
System release:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリング
Thunder Pro Wrestling Biographies

Original release dates:
NA March 27, 1992
System release:
Sega Mega Drive
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as サンダープロレスリング列伝
Fire Pro Wrestling 3 Legend Bout

Original release dates:
NA November 13, 1992
System release:
PC Engine
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリング3 レジェンドバウト
Super Fire Pro Wrestling 2

Original release dates:
NA December 25, 1992
System release:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリング2

Original release dates:
NA December 29, 1993
System release:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリング3 ファイナルバウト
Super Fire Pro Wrestling 3 Easy Type

Original release dates:
NA February 4, 1994
System release:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリング3 EASY TYPE
Fire Pro Women: All Star Dream Slam

Original release dates:
NA July 22, 1994
System release:
Super Famicom
Notes:

Original release dates:
NA December 22, 1994
System release:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリング スペシャル

Original release dates:
NA 1994
System release:
Arcade
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ブレイジングトルネード
Wrestling Universe: Fire Pro Women: Dome Super Female Big Battle: All Japan Women VS J.W.P.

Original release dates:
NA February 3, 1995
System release:
PC Engine (ARCADE CD-ROM²)
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイプロ女子 憧夢超女大戦 全女 VS JWP
  • Officially licensed by All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling & J.W.P. (Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling)
Super Fire Pro Wrestling: Queen's Special

Original release dates:
NA June 30, 1995
System release:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリング クイーンズスペシャル
  • Officially licensed by All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
Fire Pro Another Story: Blazing Tornado

Original release dates:
NA August 25, 1995
System release:
Sega Saturn
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイプロ外伝 ブレイジングトルネード
Super Fire Pro Wrestling X

Original release dates:
NA December 2, 1995
System release:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリングX
Fire Pro Wrestling: Iron Slam '96

Original release dates:
NA March 15, 1996
System release:
PlayStation
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリング アイアンスラム’96

Original release dates:
NA March 29, 1996
System release:
Super Famicom
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as スーパーファイヤープロレスリングX プレミアム
Fire Pro Wrestling S: 6 Men Scramble

Original release dates:
NA December 27, 1996
System release:
Sega Saturn
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングS 6メン・スクランブル
All Japan Pro-Wrestling: Soul of Champion

Original release dates:
NA April 8, 1999
System release:
PlayStation
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as 全日本プロレス~王者の魂~
Fire Pro Wrestling G

Original release dates:
NA June 24, 1999
System release:
PlayStation
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングG
  • The final Human Entertainment released Fire Pro game

Spike

Fire Pro Wrestling CB

Original release dates:
NA March 2000
System release:
card game
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリング CB (カードバウト)
Fire Pro Wrestling for WonderSwan

Original release dates:
NA August 31, 2000
System release:
WonderSwan
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリング for WonderSwan
Fire Pro Wrestling i

Original release dates:
NA January 22, 2001
System release:
i-mode (mobile)
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングi
Fire Pro Wrestling D

Original release dates:
NA March 1, 2001
System release:
Dreamcast
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングD

Original release dates:
NA March 21, 2001
System release:
Game Boy Advance
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングA
Fire Pro Wrestling J

Original release dates:
NA February 4, 2002
System release:
J-Phone (mobile)
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングJ

Original release dates:
NA July 18, 2002
System release:
Game Boy Advance
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイナルファイヤープロレスリング~夢の団体運営!~
New Japan x All Japan x Pancrase Disc

Original release dates:
NA December 19, 2002
System release:
PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as キング オブ コロシアム(赤) ~新日本×全日本×パンクラス ディスク~
King of Colosseum (Green) ~NOAH x Zero-One Disc~

Original release dates:
NA March 6, 2003
System release:
PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as キング オブ コロシアム(緑) ~ノア×ZERO-ONE ディスク~
Fire Pro Wrestling Z

Original release dates:
NA June 5, 2003
System release:
PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイヤープロレスリングZ

Original release dates:
NA September 9, 2004
System release:
PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as キング オブ コロシアムII

Original release dates:
JP September 9, 2005
System release:
PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as ファイプロ・リターンズ

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