WWF No Mercy was one of the multiple wrestling games produced for the Nintendo 64 by AKI Corporation and it is one of my favourite wrestling games ever made.
AKI Corporation were very well regarded in the late nineties by wrestling fans because they produced three of the games that are often regarded as some of the best in the genre. WCW/nWo: Revenge, WWF WrestleMania 2000 and WWF No Mercy. Although this is mostly about No Mercy, you can pretty much take most of the positives in regards to gameplay and apply them to any of these games, seeing as how they are so similar.
WWF No Mercy, released in 2000, was mostly just an updated version of WrestleMania 2000 but with a fair amount of bells and whistles added including new match types, a Story mode, a Survival mode and a whole bunch of unlockables. The gameplay was all very similar.
Admittingly, the story mode is pretty barebones by today’s standards but at the time it felt like a huge achievement. You choose a belt to go after and receive a neat story with branching paths culminating in you winning the belt. The survival is an excellent addition to this game and it’s where I spent almost all of my single-player time. It’s pretty much just a Royal Rumble that doesn’t end until you’re eliminated. There’s a counter which increments by one each time you eliminate a superstar. It was always really fun to try and beat your high score every time you play it, my high score was around ninety if you’re interested. I was quite proud of it at the time, if I’m honest. Everything you did in these modes would reward you with WWF$ to spend in the Smackdown Mall toward the copious unlockables in the game.
However many hours I spent in the single-player portion of this game though, you can probably double it to get closer to my time spent playing the game with friends. No Mercy had a bunch of different match types to choose from including Cage matches, Ladder matches, Ironman matches and King of the Ring matches. The game also features a create your own Pay-Per-View mode, which is surprisingly exhaustive. It allows you to create up to fifteen matches in a PPV and even put a bunch of different belts on the line.
Even though No Mercy is my favourite of all of the AKI wrestling games, you should actually just seek out whichever one appeals more to you if you want to check any of them out. Although No Mercy is probably the better choice over WrestleMania 2000, you should definitely take a look at WCW/nWo: Revenge if you were more into the WCW side of things in late nineties. As of this post you can easily find a copy of WWF No Mercy and WCW/nWo: Revenge fully boxed for about £10 each. Although, you should be aware that when WWF No Mercy originally came out, there was a pretty severe glitch which would cause the game to erase all of your data at random. They fixed this problem in later carts but this bug might sway your opinion of which game to pick up.
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