"WWF Road to Wrestlemania" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2001 by THQ. It is a sports game with professional wrestling being represented. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
Road to Wrestlemania marked the first WWF/WWE branded video game on the Gameboy Advance console. The game sports a variety of gameplay modes, including a quick exhibition mode and a versus mode which allows up to four players to connect by use of an optional game link cable for head-to-head action, but the bulk of the gameplay experience is held within the story mode. The story mode is very basic and has been seen throughout many of the professional wrestling video games released to date. Here, the player must first select a wrestler and battle against a roster of opponents to claim the world heavyweight championship. The player has access to a roster of 24 wrestlers with popular names to include Jeff Hardy, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H and The Undertaker. I found the controls to be quite responsive and did not suffer from any obvious slow down during more intense play. They are also quite simple to learn with the "A" button controlling strikes, "B" button initiating a tie-up and "R" grabbing a folding chair or other suitable object from outside the ring.
The graphics are presented from a top side perspective which focuses on the action in the ring. The majority of the arena is visible and this renders the appearance of the wrestlers to be somewhat small. I was able to distinguish clearly between the wrestlers but found some of their facial detailing to be poor. Costume and ring attire seems to be the only way to differentiate between the wrestlers, but are missing some finer points such as the stars and stripes on Kurt Angle's singlet or the flames on Kane's butcher tights. The game also includes a full stand of spectators who each jump and jive with the goings-on in the ring. The soundtrack is somewhat lacking with one generic rock theme and an assortment of grunts and "crashing" sounds when wrestling with an opponent.
Overall, Road to Wrestlemania is a good release which would likely appeal to professional wrestling fans. It offers a suitable play to the handheld market looking to take their favourite superstars on in a portable form but is not quite as advanced as more technologically superior releases for other consoles.
i myself am a wrestling fan and for some reason seem to find myself getting all the wrestling games.
This game is however a major let down and a upset for anyone who paid money for it. No way was this game up to the standards of anything else out at the time and no way up to any standard of anything out before it.
This game was like a step in the wrong direction and i think thq thought everyone would buy it cause of the wwe brand on it.
It did however have all the main guys of the time but still lacked a bit of depth in the roster.
The graphics was very poor for a hand held system from this year. Modern systems are alot better however and thankfuly we dont have to put up with these sorts of games.
This game was only out on the gambeoy and i dont think as much effort went into the game for this reason.
poor game dont waste you money 1 star
WWF Road to Wrestlemania for the Game Boy Advance is a game I suspect only real fans of this highly theatrical form of wrestling will enjoy. It features all the stars of the game characters who apparently go by names such as The Rock, Cold Stone Steve Austin (or something like that) prance around the ring in shiny outfits, occasionally throwing each other over their shoulders. You might think from that description that Im not a fan of WWF and youd be right. But that didnt necessarily mean I wouldnt enjoy the game, I remember a wrestling game on the old NES that was quite fun. Sadly, that clunky old 8-bit game beats its flashy 32-bit successor hands down.
I only came to have this game because it was thrown in for free when I bought my GBA second-hand. (I actually bartered the price down by saying I wouldnt have that game but they threw it in for free anyway I guess that should have been my first clue ) There are many types of tournament that you can set up, from a single exhibition match to a full season or even your own Pay Per View tournament. The myriad options in the start menu should keep even the most hardened WWF fan happy. Each wrestler has their own intro sequence and music which looks quite flashy and presumably is authentic (I have absolutely no desire to find out by watching the real thing!) The digitised music is quite good and theres even a bit of speech scattered here and there. So far so good
but its when you actually enter the ring that things all go pear-shaped. Therere plenty of moves you can do when you learn how but the bouts are just so boring. (It didnt help that I was absolutely useless at the game either!! However I did refuse to review this until Id at least beaten someone took me about 6 goes to get my first win.) I felt absolutely no desire to practice and get better at the game though, it was just so dull. Thats my overall impression of the game dull and boring. The graphics were quite nice, the animation fairly good, and the sound crisp and clear, but the game just failed to invoke any excitement whatsoever.
Fans of WWF may find they have the patience to give it more of a chance, get better at it, and be rewarded for doing so. My advice though would be to stay well away from this. You have been warned (My only positive comment about the gameplay is that if you linked 2 GBAs and played against another human, it might be quite fun for a while.)
(Incidentally, we took it down to Gamestation and got ?3 for it as a trade-in, so I guess that for a freebie it wasnt a complete disaster!)
Graphics: - 77% - pretty good in all honesty, animation was detailed although a little slow.
Sound: - 86% - good, crisp sound effects and music
Playability: - 45% - stab some buttons, get bored
Longevity: - 20% - stab some buttons, get bored
Replay Value: - 15% - stab some buttons, get bored
Value For Money: - 10% - stab some buttons, get bored
Overall Rating: - 18% - stab some buttons, get bored
If despite all good judgement, common sense, and my review you still want this piece of junk, look for it second hand and very, very cheap... even then I wouldn't recommend it. You can get it on the Marketplace at Amazon.co.uk from £3.49... I'd say that was underpriced - they'd have to give me more than that for me to take it off their hands!! :-D
WWF: Road to Wrestlemania for Game Boy Advance features five in-depth game modes, including exhibition and season. Players can select from 24 top WWF superstars and compete in six different match types in seven different venues. From two-man tag to cage to submission, the most popular matches are represented. With the handheld-optimized gameplay, players can take the drama of the World Wrestling Federation wherever they go.