WCW Vs. NWo: World Tour - Reception


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GameStats 8.0 / 10 (4 reviews)
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GameSpot 3 of 5
IGN 7.5 of 10

WCW vs. nWo: World Tour proved to be one of THQ's biggest hits and was awarded the title of "Fighting Game of the Year" by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. It gained Player's Choice status with over a million copies sold and its 1998 re-release was instrumental in THQ's 59% revenue increase in the year's third quarter. World Tour eventually sold 1.3 million copies in the US, making it the second best-selling wrestling game for the N64 and ranking it amongst the console's all-time best selling titles.

The game received generally positive reviews. Praise was given particularly to the simple yet comprehensive gameplay approach and variety of fun multiplayer modes; IGN's Matt Casamassina went as far as to state, "If you even moderately enjoy wrestling but love multiplayer gaming, we don't see how you could go wrong with this game." Its 3D polygonal engine, character animation, and dynamic camera movements were also considered refreshing to a genre that had not experienced such modern innovations.

In IGN's 2008 "History of Wrestling Games" article, Rus McLaughlin reflected, "World Tour was just as revolutionary as the nWo storyline it borrowed, with all moves built off holds instead of happening out of nowhere. . . Suddenly, wrestling was all about the grapple again, and players loved it."

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