M.U.S.C.L.E.



Read the review here.

“This is one of the poorest-looking video games in NES history.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.

Even as someone who never much liked NES wrestling games to begin with, M.U.S.C.L.E. is especially ugly, both in its visuals and its mechanics. Yuck.

3 Responses to “ M.U.S.C.L.E. ”

  1. How dare you give M.U.S.C.L.E. anything higher than 0 stars?

  2. Great review, Eric. By the way, I need to point out two things you forgot to mention about the game:

    1.The roster of characters and their finishers:

    Kinnikuman
    Finisher: Kinniku Driver

    Terryman
    Finisher: Bulldog Headlock

    Ramenman
    Finisher: Leg Lariat

    Robin Mask
    Finisher: Tower Bridge

    Buffaloman
    Finisher: Hurricane Mixer

    Warsman
    Finisher: Bear Claw

    Ashuraman
    Finisher: Ashura Buster

    Brocken Jr. (Japanese version only)
    Finisher: Nazi Gas Attack

    Geronimo (American version only)
    Finisher: Apache War Cry

    2.You have three wrestling rings to fight in: a normal ring, an ice ring, and a ring with electrified ropes.

    On a side note, while this game and the toys were brought to America, I would like to guess that at the time, there were probably plans to bring the anime and manga over as well.

    However, the Kinnikuman anime had so much content (massive amounts of violence and blood, Kinnikuman being a perverted slob armed with so much bathroom humour, and Brockenman and his son Brocken Jr. both dressed as Nazi’s, thus Brocken Jr. was replaced by Geronimo in the U.S. release of the M.U.S.C.L.E. game) that was too explicit for 1980’s American children’s TV (in which G.I. Joe was forced to use laser guns), and would’ve had to have been heavily censored.

    Besides, anime wasn’t as popular in America in the 80’s as it is today, due to Harmony Gold and World Events Productions being the only anime distributors at the time. Yeah, you had Voltron, Battle of the Planets, Robotech (which is just three unrelated shows with similar art styles combined into one show), and Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, but those were all heavily censored for English-speaking audiences, which would’ve been the same fate for the Kinnikuman anime if it was brought over to the USA.

    As for the manga, its market was non-existant too. Sure there was Barefoot Gen, Golgo 13, and Lone Wolf & Cub, but if the Kinnikuman manga was going to be released in the USA, then it too would require heavy censorship like all those other manga’s I mentioned above, since what’s intended for kids in Japan is *much* different than what’s intended for kids in other countries.

    Fist of the North Star? Meant for kids.

    Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure? Meant for kids.

    Do you understand what I’m getting at? Anyways Eric, keep up the good work. 🙂

  3. Considering that my first impression of the Fist of the North Star anime is “let’s explode some juicy skulls,” yeah, I think I hear ya on what you’re getting at. 😉

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