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Retro Vault: Royal Rumble, Croc, US Gold, Popeye

Plus: Sega's early predecessor to PlayStation Plus

Retro Vault is our regular weekly feature in which we dive into gaming's past and share five classic nuggets of retro nostalgia. If you want to catch up on previous Retro Vaults, check out the CVG Retro Vault archive.

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June 1993 - WWF Royal Rumble magazine ad

With the 2014 Royal Rumble recently taking place, we thought it would be apt to look back at the first video game dedicated to the event.

Using the same game engine as LJN's previous SNES grappler WWF Super Wrestlemania, Royal Rumble was featured a total of twelve wrestlers, including the likes of Bret Hart, Razor Ramon and The Undertaker. Intially released on SNES and later getting a Mega Drive port, each version also had five exclusive grapplers.

The SNES version exclusively featured Mr Perfect, Ric Flair, Tatanka, Ted DiBiase and Yokozuna, whereas the Mega Drive version was the only way players could select Hulk Hogan, IRS, Jim Duggan, Rick Martel and Papa Shango.

As well as the Royal Rumble match itself, the game's other major features included the addition of weapons outside the ring, and the ability to perform finisher moves (a first for the SNES).

The same engine was used for a number of other WWF titles, including WWF Raw and the Mega CD exclusive WWF Rage In The Cage. Another Royal Rumble game, using Yuke's Smackdown engine, was created for the Sega Dreamcast, but we'll talk more about that one some other time.

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