Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 (Import) FAQ v1.2 - Bill Wood
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Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 (Import) FAQ

by Bill Wood   Updated to v1.2 on
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=VIRTUAL PRO WRESTLING 64: GENERAL FAQ AND GUIDE== 
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for Nintendo 64 (Japan) 
Version 1.2 
by Bill Wood with help from the AxB community
http://www.axebombermag.com
Last modified: 7/17/12 
 
Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 (c)1997 Asmik Ace Entertainment Inc., AKI Corporation 
 
NOTE: This guide views and prints best with a fixed-width typeface. 
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==TABLE OF CONTENTS== 
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SECTION 01: VERSION HISTORY 
SECTION 02: INTRODUCTION 
SECTION 03: CONTROLS AND MENU TRANSLATIONS 
SECTION 04: ROSTER 
SECTION 05: HIDDEN WRESTLERS AND SECRETS 
SECTION 06: CREDITS 
 
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==SECTION 01: VERSION HISTORY== 
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1.2 - Roster errors corrected, thanks to Remmy Skye.
 
1.1 - Moves section expanded. A few minor corrections.

1.0 - Initial release of the guide. Should be close to final, barring any 
      minor corrections/additions. 
 
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==SECTION 02: INTRODUCTION== 
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It's 2012, why a Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 guide 15 years later? Well, after
playing and enjoying the sequel for a decade, a few positive message board
posts prompted me to check out the original Virtual Pro Wrestling title for
N64. Much to my surprise, the game holds up very well, it's right up there
with the best of the N64 AKI wrestling titles in my humble opinion. 
 
But why choose this game over the (mostly) superior sequel? Simply put, the 
roster. With over 100 classic grapplers to choose from -- including 20 vintage
WCW/nWo wrestlers -- this is one of the best collections of talent ever
assembled in a single wrestling game. VPW2's roster is almost as good, but the
WCW license in VPW64 (at a time when WCW were at a creative peak no less)
gives VPW64's roster the competitive edge. 
 
So I decided to write a guide... better late than never I suppose. In any case,
I hope that you enjoy reading this guide as much as I did writing it, and that
it helps you better understand and enjoy the game. 

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==SECTION 03: CONTROLS AND MENU TRANSLATIONS== 
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BASIC COMMANDS 
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OPPONENT STANDING
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D-Pad...................Move
(A) (tap)...............Weak Grapple
(A) (hold)..............Strong Grapple
(B) (tap)...............Weak Strike
(B) (hold)..............Strong Strike
(C-Up)..................Exit/Enter Ring
                        Tag Partner
(C-Down)................Run
(C-Down) + (B)..........Running Strike*
(C-Right)...............Change Focus
L Trigger...............Dodge
R Trigger...............Block
Analog Stick............Taunt

* = Do not use the D-Pad while attempting a running strike. If you leave the
pad in a neutral position, your wrestler will auto-target his opponent.

GRAPPLE COMMANDS (during weak/strong grapple advantage)
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(A)/(A) + Left/Right....Grapple 1
(A) + Up................Grapple 2
(A) + Down..............Grapple 3
(B)/(B) + Left/Right....Grapple 4
(B) + Up................Grapple 5
(B) + Down..............Grapple 6
(C-Down)................Irish Whip
Analog Stick............Finisher (when "SPECIAL" is activated)

APRON MOVES
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(C-Up) + D-Pad toward ring....Enter ring
(C-Up) + D-Pad toward floor...Drop to floor
(A)...........................Apron Grapple
(B)...........................Apron Strike

OPPONENT DOWN
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(A).....................Ground Grapple
(B).....................Ground Strike
D-Pad + (A).............Drag Opponent
(C-Up)..................Flip Opponent Over
(C-Down)................Pin
R Trigger...............Lift Opponent Off Mat

There are many more situational moves in the game, such as weapon moves, top
rope moves, etc. I may expand on this section in future revisions, but the
moves listed above should help you with the basics.
 
For a more comprehensive list of moves and commands, please refer to LockeJV's
VPW64 guide or one of the many WCW/nWo World Tour guides, as the controls are
mostly the same. If you're already familiar with other AKI wrestling games
such as VPW2, WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/nWo Revenge, WWF Wrestlemania 2000 or
WWF No Mercy, odds are you won't have much of a problem here. 

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OPTIONS MENU 
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Difficulty.........Easy/Normal/Hard 
Referee............Show/Hide 
Spirit Meter.......Show/Hide 
Realism............On/Off (enables/disables blood) 
Audio..............Stereo/Mono, BGM, SFX 
Controller.........Customize controller settings here 
Player Data........Player Win/Loss Records 
Wrestler Data......Individual Wrestler Stats 
Return 
 
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PRE-MATCH OPTIONS 
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Time Limit.........Unlimited/5 min/10 min/30 min/60 min 
Arena..............Random/NSW/EWF/WOU/DAW/ICW/WCW/nWo/AKI 
Pin................Yes/No 
Submission.........Yes/No 
TKO................Yes/No 
Rope break.........Yes/No 
Ring out...........Unlimited/10 sec/20 sec/Lumberjack 
Quick match........Yes/No 
 
ADDITIONAL TAG MATCH OPTIONS: 
Tag Format.........Standard/Tornado 
Match Rules........Standard/Elimination

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PAUSE MENU OPTIONS 
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Continue Match 
Restart Match......Yes/No 
Quit Match.........Yes/No 
Spirit Meter.......Show/Hide 
Referee............Show/Hide 
 
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==SECTION 04: ROSTER== 
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Below you'll find the complete list of wrestlers in the game, along with their
alternate outfits and respective leagues/promotions. Apart from WCW/nWo, all
leagues are fictional, their real names are listed in parentheses.

It's important to remember that certain unlocked wrestlers -- but not all --
need to be accessed by holding the Z Trigger. For instance, to choose The
Great Muta, highlight Keiji Mutoh then hold the Z Trigger.
 
KEY 
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(2) = Accessed via wrestler's 2nd outfit 
(3) = Accessed via wrestler's 3rd outfit 
(4) = Accessed via wrestler's 4th outfit 
(z) = Hidden wrestler - accessed by holding down the Z Trigger 
 *  = Hidden wrestler - must be unlocked 
 
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WCW (World Championship Wrestling) 
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| Sting                        | Ric Flair                     | 
| Lex Luger                    | The Giant                     | 
| Rick Steiner                 | Scott Steiner                 | 
| Diamond Dallas Page          | Steven Regal                  | 
| Dean Malenko                 | Rey Mysterio Jr.              | 
| Chris Benoit                 | Eddy Guerrero                 | 
|   (3) Wild Pegasus           |  (3) Black Tiger              | 
|   (4) Pegasus Kid            |                               | 
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nWo (New World Order) 
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| Hollywood Hogan              | Eric Bischoff               | 
|   (3)(4) Hulk Hogan          | Scott Hall                  | 
| Kevin Nash                   | Buff Bagwell                | 
| Scott "Flash" Norton         | Syxx                        | 
| Macho Man Randy Savage       |                             | 
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NSW (New Japan Pro Wrestling) 
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| Riki Chosyu                  | Kensuke Sasaki              |
| Tatsumi Fujinami             |   (z) Power Warrior*        |
| Shin'ya Hashimoto            | Shiro Koshinaka             |
|   (z) Naoya Ogawa*           | Junji Hirata                |
|   (z3)(z4) David             |   (2) Super Strong Machine  |
|            Khakhaleishvili*  | Kazuo Yamazaki              |
| Keiji Mutoh                  | Hiroyoshi Tenzan            |
|   (z) The Great Muta*        | El Samurai                  |
| Masahiro Chono               | Koji Kanemoto               |
| Jushin Thunder Liger         |   (2) Tiger Mask III        | 
| Shinjiro Ohtani              |                             |
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EWF (All Japan Pro Wrestling) 
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| Mitsuharu Misawa             | Jun Akiyama                 | 
|   (2) Tiger Mask II          | Akira Taue                  | 
| Toshiaki Kawada              | Johnny Ace                  | 
| Kenta Kobashi                | Masanobu Fuchi              |
| Jumbo Tsuruta                |   (2) Rusher Kimura         |
| Steve Williams               |   (3) Haruka Eigen          |
| Stan Hansen                  |   (4) Tsuyoshi Kikuchi      |
|                              | Gary Albright               | 
|                              | Hiroshi Hase                | 
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WOU (MMA, Shootfighting) 
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| Nobuhiko Takada              | Masahito Kakihara           | 
| Yoji Anjoh                   | Yoshihiro Takayama          | 
| Akira Maeda                  | Kiyoshi Tamura              | 
| Volk Han                     | Dick Vrij                   | 
| Masakatsu Funaki             | Minoru Suzuki               |
| Ken Shamrock                 |   (4) Yoshiki Takahashi     | 
|                              | Bas Rutten                  | 
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DAW (Hardcore/Garbage Wrestling & Free Agents) 
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| Geni'chiro Tenryu            | Ultimo Dragon                | 
| Koji Kitao                   | Tarzan Goto                  | 
| Atsushi Onita                | Hayabusa                     | 
|   (4) W*ING Kanemura         | Jado                         | 
| Kodo Fuyuki                  |   (3)(4) Gedo                | 
| Big Van Vader                | R. Warrior Hawk              | 
|   (3) Bam Bam Bigelow        |   (3)(4) R. Warrior Animal   | 
|   (4) Aja Kong               | Tiger Jeet Singh             | 
| Abdullah the Butcher         |                              | 
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ILW (Michinoku Pro) 
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| The Great Sasuke             | Jinsei Shinzaki             | 
| Super Delfin                 |   (3) Hakushi               | 
| TAKA Michinoku               | Gran Naniwa                 | 
| Shunji Tanako                | Dick Togo                   | 
|   (4) Great Zebra            |   (3) MEN'S Teioh           | 
|                              | Yoshiaki Fujiwara           | 
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LEGENDS 
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| Antonio Inoki*              | Seiji Sakaguchi*             | 
|   (z) Muhammad Ali*         | Bruiser Brody*               | 
|   (z2) Karl Mildenberger*   | Maurice Smith*               | 
|   (z3) Leon Spinks*         |   (3) Gerard Gordeau*        | 
    (z4) Michael Spinks*      |   (4) Don Nielson*           | 
| Giant Baba*                 | Dory Funk Jr.*               | 
|   (4) Giant Zebra*          | Dynamite Kid*                | 
| Rickson Gracie*             | Dos Caras*                   | 
| Terry Funk*                 | The Destroyer*               | 
| Tiger Mask*                 | Manami Toyota*               | 
|   (z) Kuniaki Kobayashi*    |                              | 
| Mil Mascaras*               |                              | 
| Rikidozan*                  |                              | 
| Andre the Giant*            |                              | 
|   (4) Giant Machine*        |                              | 
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==SECTION 05: HIDDEN WRESTLERS AND SECRETS== 
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While the following list of unlockables seems pretty extensive, it shouldn't
take more than a couple of hours to uncover all of the game's hidden wrestlers.
Some titles (WCW) require you to win only three matches, and matches can be
completed in a few minutes once you have a solid grasp of the game mechanics. 

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HIDDEN WRESTLERS
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Andre the Giant.......Win the WCW Heavy Title. 
Antonio Inoki.........Win the NWGP Heavy or Tag Title. 
Bruiser Brody.........Win the EWF Tag Title. 
Dory Funk Jr..........Win the DOA Tag Title. 
Dos Caras.............Win the ILW Single or Tag Title. 
Dynamite Kid..........Win the NWGP Junior Title with Tiger Mask. 
                      Muhammad Ali and Kobayashi must be unlocked first. 
Giant Baba............Win the EWF Heavy or Tag Title. 
Great Muta............Win the NWGP Heavy Title with Keiji Mutoh. 
Kuniaki Kobayashi.....Win any title with Tiger Mask. 
Manami Toyota.........Win the WCW Heavyweight Title with Andre. 
Maurice Smith.........Win the WOU Title with Rickson Gracie. 
Mil Mascaras..........Win the ILW Tag Title. 
Ali/Tyson/Golota......Win any title with Antonio Inoki. 
Naoya Ogawa...........Win the NWGP Title with Shin'ya Hashimoto 
Power Warrior.........Win the NWGP Title with Kensuke Sasaki. 
Rickson Gracie........Win the WOU Title. 
Rikidozan.............Win every title in the game. 
Seiji Sakaguchi.......Win the NWGP Tag Title. 
Terry Funk............Win the DOA Single or Tag Title. 
The Destroyer.........Win every title in the game. 
Tiger Mask............Win the NWGP Junior Title. 

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SECRETS
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BLACK-AND-WHITE TV MODE 
To have a match in black-and-white mode, simply choose the AKI arena.

USE YOUR OPPONENT'S FINISHER
To use your opponent's Finisher in a match, work your way up to "SPECIAL" and
initiate a strong grapple. Then press A+B instead of the analog stick.

UNMASK YOUR OPPONENT
In order to do this you must select a character that can do the eye gouge. To
rip off a wrestler's mask or paint, repeatedly use the eye gouge move. After a
few times you will see their face.

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==SECTION 06: GAMEPLAY TIPS== 
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If you find yourself struggling for wins, remember these easy tips: 

1) It's all about Spirit. 
The Spirit meter represents a struggle of will and momentum between you and
your opponent. When it's in your favor, expect a lot of reversals and 
successful strong grapples. When it's not, well... you get the picture. 

Spirit plays a huge role in the AKI games. VPW64 has one of the more reliable
Spirit meters, meaning that if you maintain a solid base offense your meter
will go up (and your opponent's will go down!). This is vitally important to
controlling the tempo of a match. 

2) Start off weak. 
Don't confuse "weak" with "useless", weak strikes and grapples are your bread
and butter early on. Most strong attacks will be reversed until you wear down
your opponent and sufficiently build your Spirit meter.

3) Execute your finisher as many times as possible.
Wrestlers can perform their finishers as many as three times before losing
meter. Take advantage of this by immmediately lifting your opponent off the mat
every time you land your finisher, the opponent will alway rise in a stunned
state, setting them up perfectly for another finisher.

4) TAUNT! 
Yes, it will help you win matches. A completed taunt -- one that is not 
interrupted with an attack -- will boost your Spirit meter. This is even more
effective when your opponent is outside the ring and you are inside. 
 
After knocking an opponent from the apron to the floor, stay inside the ring
and taunt repeatedly. You should see a huge sway in Spirit. 
 
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==SECTION 07: CREDITS== 
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Thank you for reading. Special thanks to Gritsboy, DoomahX, JD and the entire
Axe Bomber crew for their help with this document and for providing a wealth
of puroresu gaming knowledge. Special thanks also to Remmy Skye for providing
extremely helpful roster information.

I would also like to thank: 
 
* LockeJV for his original VPW64 guide 
* Ryan CE and mauzer33 for their secrets contribution on GameFAQs 

VIRTUAL PRO WRESTLING 64: GENERAL FAQ AND GUIDE v1.2
(c) 2012 Bill Wood. All rights reserved.
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