Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation

Dolphin 2013-05-15 14-14-00-69This game was so rad.

Some of you might remember M.U.S.C.L.E., a line of small rubber wrestling figures from Japan. Similar to Monster in My Pocket, they were cheap, collectible, and quite popular. However, they actually originated from a Japanese manga called Kinnukuman… while Kinnikuman never made its way to the U.S., the follow up series Ultimate Muscle eventually did.

Ultimate Muscle was… weird, to put it lightly. The butchered 4Kids dub only served to make it even weirder, and the show wasn’t for everyone. Whether you liked the show or not, though, the Gamecube game was pretty awesome.

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Ultimate Muscle had plenty of content… story mode, vs. mode, tournament mode, even character creation! Dolphin 2013-05-15 14-19-42-26 Dolphin 2013-05-15 15-14-34-15

Now, I’m a sucker for good character creation. That said, the character creation here is pretty limited… but fun nonetheless. Anyway, on to the game proper.

Dolphin 2013-05-15 15-16-09-55There’s only a few characters initially available in story mode, but quite a few playable characters overall… 20, excluding the fan-made recruit wrestlers. As you can see, one of these characters is a gazelle man named Dik Dik Van Dik. If that’s not enough to make you go play this game right now, I’m very disappointed in you.

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Damn straight.

Dolphin 2013-05-15 15-19-07-41 Dolphin 2013-05-15 15-19-23-41The controls are relatively simple. You can punch, grapple, block, and jump, as well as do special attacks by holding the L trigger while punching or grappling, provided you have enough special meter.

Dolphin 2013-05-15 15-19-53-16 Dolphin 2013-05-15 15-20-00-95Alternatively, when your meter is full, you can press L and R together to do a powerful super move. You can, however, be hit out of it, so timing is key.

Dolphin 2013-05-15 15-27-29-40Unlike most wrestling games, where you win by pinning your opponent for the 3-count, in Ultimate Muscle your goal is to K.O. your opponent. So in some ways, it’s more like a party fighting game than a wrestling game.

Dolphin 2013-05-15 15-34-51-61In versus mode, you can play with up to three friends, or against the computer. There’s plenty of options, such as one-on-one, tag team, battle royale, etc.

Dolphin 2013-05-15 15-36-26-29 Dolphin 2013-05-15 15-35-56-87 Dolphin 2013-05-15 15-35-37-32Things can get a bit hectic, to say the least. But it’s loads of fun and easy to get into, making it a great party game. Overall, this is one of my favorite games in the Gamecube library, and I know there are plenty of people who share my views. I recommend you pick it up if you like wrestling games or clusterfuck fighters like Power Stone.

Do it for the Dik.

Do it for the Dik.



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One Response to Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation

  1. reminds me of the blank van blank show.

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