Someone Bought This Classic: WWF Royal Rumble SNES Game

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“Climb into the ring with the latest World Wrestling Federation video games.”

RD: Now before you send me scathing emails about how Royal Rumble was a great game, please closely examine the image up top. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Notice anything odd? Look again.

That’s right – WWF Magazine was offering to sell you the game for the low, low price of $94.95! Factor in shipping, and you’re looking at a c-note for the damn thing!

I guess Vince had to pay Doink’s salary somehow!

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29 Responses to "Someone Bought This Classic: WWF Royal Rumble SNES Game"
  1. Wrestlecrap's Janitor says:

    Not even worth $9.40, let alone 94 cents!

    But this was the early 90s!

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Royal Rumble was a great game! If you find it for $10 it’s well worth picking up.

      It’s not quite as good as WWF Raw that came out the next year, but still excellent for the time.

      You can beat the Referee down and cheat to win! What’s not to love?

      • pyoobez says:

        Agreed. It was one of the few games my grandfather had for his SNES so when visiting, my bro and I would clean house as the tag team of Undertaker (me) and Razor Ramon (my brother). However, $100 is nuts. Today, that kind of scratch would include a collector’s edition with the game encased in a fancy case. Perhaps an Undertaker urn, or better yet mini Narcissist mirrors.

      • Wrestlecrap's Janitor says:

        Oh yeah. I think I have played this before. I vaguely remember being able to beat up the referee in one of these games.

  2. Art0Donnell says:

    I like how they “updated” the roster for the Genesis version that came out in September 1993…
    by getting rid of DiBiase, Perfect, Yokozuna (the current champion), and Tatanka (and Ric Flair) and replacing them with Hulk Hogan, Jim Duggan, Rick Martel, and Papa Shango (and IRS).

  3. The Loosest Cannon says:

    That was actually the standard going-rate for an SNES game back in the day ($90-100) and not just WWE inflating the price a little. Is it any wonder why the industry embraced optical disc-based media so strongly given the microscopic manufacturing costs?

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      I don’t know where you were shopping for video games, but $95 was absolutely not the standard asking price for a new SNES game in 1993. Games were between $20 to $65 depending on the game, how new it was, and where you shopped.

  4. Sean says:

    I bought that game for $9.99 in 1999

  5. Alex says:

    It’s funny too because it says “choose from these exciting cartridges” and the first one listed is a CD based game.

  6. Scrooge McSuck says:

    I loved Royal Rumble, and actually got it as a present, when it first came out, for what I think was $60 at Toys R’ Us. Obviously too much money by today’s standards, but it’s still an old favorite. That $30+ mark up for ordering through a catalog is the biggest crime since the mysterious helper for the McMahon’s at KOTR ’99.

  7. Scott Hurley says:

    Yes Royal Rumble was awesome. I had it for genesis and I cant imagine my folks paying 75 bucks. Maybe I should thank them or something

  8. Madman Szalinski says:

    Anyone ever play Rage in the Cage for the Sega CD?

    Imagine WWF RAW but with really long load times, choppy FMV video clips of everyone’s finisher on the select screen, twice the normal characters to choose from, and oh yeah – voice clips of each wrestler as well as match introductions by Howard Finkel.

    • Scrooge McSuck says:

      I always wanted to play it, but didn’t know anyone who owned a Sega CD, and then when I grew up, found out you couldn’t do tag matches, when the game is littered with real tag teams. Go figure.

  9. Ben says:

    I used to play that game like crazy, which is insane, because the game was almost nothing but pushing buttons as fast as you can until your forehead was dripping with sweat and your thumb felt like it was falling off. The one thing you didn’t really feel was that you controlled that guy on the screen…

  10. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    What’s funny is that the SNES system itself retailed for about $150 at the time.

  11. El J says:

    As cool as Royal Rumble was I think that the follow up (Raw I think) was vastly better

  12. Madman Szalinski says:

    I loved RAW, wore out many a controller on the Genesis version. Never knew about the Royal Rumble game until my adulthood, as well as Rage In The Cage.

    Makes me wonder if a more modern version of this game could ever be made. I think an updated roster/ring graphics/moveset on the DS would rock.

    • Mariano Fernandez says:

      Maybe a Legends of Wrestlemania-like roster in this type of game would be the absolute best.

  13. Mariano Fernandez says:

    You know, this game came with exclusives in each port.

    The SNES version of Royal Rumble had Ric Flair, Mr. Perfect, Ted DiBiase, Tatanka and Yokozuna. The Genesis version of Royal Rumble had IRS, Rick “The Model” Martel, Papa Shango, Jim Duggan and Hulk Hogan!

    Maybe that explains the price difference. xD

  14. Sean Bateman says:

    The follow up game, Raw was the last LJN game that the WWE had.

  15. AK says:

    Royal Rumble still has it’s charm no doubt. Raw is the better game but it did this by building off of RR.

    I always wondered something about the cover. You have all the wrestlers doing a pose of some sort and then there’s Mr. Perfect with a chair in hand kind of looking well..bewildered? Not sure what they were going for there. I also don’t recall Perfect being much of a steel chair kind of guy.

    Just a thought.

  16. Jimbolian says:

    The good news is now you can play it for $0.00!

  17. Alexandru says:

    94.95!!! Woe talk about a magazine mark up (though ridiculously overpriced with/without the markup). While most things are overpriced/expensive nowadays I will say the cost of video games has, more or less, gone down as some Sega games would be like 50 bucks in 90’s money. But yeah a friend of mine collected old games and he happened to have this, it actually was alright.

  18. Jerem says:

    Nothing was more satisfying than weakening a Rumble opponent enough to [VinceMcMahonVoice]BAAAAAACK BODYDROP[/VinceMcMahonVoice] them from the center of the ring.

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