We’re about three games from the conclusion of this three month journey- and it makes me sorta sad. But I know how to cheer myself up- Let’s talk about the best wrestling game outside of the WWE (of for us old timers- WWF) that you probably never played- but you should- THE MAIN EVENT!
The Main Event, known in Japan as Ringu no Ōja (リングの王者, “King of the Ring”), is a professional wrestling arcade game released by Konami in 1988. A player selects two different wrestlers as their tag team, and they wrestle another tag team. If the player wins, his team moves on to another match. If he loses, he gets an immediate rematch, since the game isn’t over until the player’s energy falls to zero. Some of the game’s most distinguishable features were an oversized “Action” button which would flash whenever an attack, grapple, submission or pin could be performed; and an enthusiastic announcer who introduced the wrestlers and called the action during matches. The Japanese version of the game (Ringu no Ouja) is notably different from its American counterpart in several ways: Players could only use Conan the Great and Kamikaze Ken as their wrestlers, there were three buttons (Attack, Grapple and Tag) instead of two (Action and Tag), the game only lasted five matches, and if completed, the remaining energy would add as points to the final score.
Every wrestler a player could choose from was a lookalike of a contemporary wrestler. Characters included El Condor (similar to El Canek), Conan the Great (Hulk Hogan with a full head of white hair), The Maui Mauler (similar to Haku), Kamikaze Ken (Ricky Steamboat with little to no alteration), San Antonio Smasher (very similar to Koko B. Ware), Saturn Six (whose look was similar to Demolition), Bigfoot Joe (King Kong Bundy with orange hair), and Alan The Empire (a red-haired, bearded André the Giant).
You have to defeat 15 tag teams to become champions. While becoming the top-ranked opponents for the Konami Wrestling Federation (KWF) tag team titles, when you win a match they will display a black and white picture of the team you choose (this is the announcer, and newspaper pic in between matches). However, once you become tag team champions, the picture will change to color. Also, they will count the amount of successful title defenses. When you lose, the count will stop until you get at least two wins in a row.
The cabinet used for Dark Adventure is used again here. The four player positions can be a bit tight due to the control panel design- Usually making cabinet placement in the arcade crucial to allow player room. Konami would fix this with their next four player cabinet design. Now- a lot of people have put this game down as the atypical Konami button masher sports game. But I’m here to tell ‘ya… That’s what made this game and all of the others so much fun. easy to pick up and just get into the fun of it. smashing that big button to get that meter to go your way was half the fun. This game is a blast from coin up- and it shows- and sounds! Wait till you hear the intro tune!
Enough Jibber Jabber- let’s get… TO THE MAIN EVENT!
This game ( as well as Dark adventure) made this list of top Konami games that haven’t had a home port. It’s sad, because this would have been in my NES or SNES collection for sure!
So sadly, this game has never been put on modern systems. So, Hamster, please port this game! It would be amazing four player awesomeness!
So- what do you think of The Main Event? Have you ever played it? Let me know in the comments!
Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!