3 Count Bout (Neo Geo AES) Playthrough – NintendoComplete

37
2



A playthrough of SNK’s 1993 wrestling game for the Neo Geo AES, 3 Count Bout (ファイヤースープレックス/Fire Suplex in Japan).

Played through as Terry Rogers on the normal difficulty level.

3 Count Bout is the only proper wrestling game that was released on the Neo Geo (unless you really stretch how you’d define the genre in order to include King of the Monsters), and it was easily one if the more impressive wrestling titles when it was released. Consuming a massive 106 megabits of memory, 3 Count Bout drew attention with its enormous character sprites, wide range of moves, violence, and generally gritty, hard-edged look – Saturday Night Slam Masters this is not. It feels far closer to Street Smart and Wrestle War (both arcade games with Sega Genesis ports) than it does any of the WWF games that were around at the time.

It’s also one of the few Neo Geo titles that I don’t recall ever seeing on any non-SNK platforms, either ported or emulated.

You get your choice of one of ten characters (eight are unique, while the other two are slightly altered clones), with many of them bearing more a slight resemblance to real wrestlers – Terry Jones (Hulk “Terry” Hogan) and The Great Muta (Red Dragon) being the most obvious picks. They each have their own unique strikes, grapples, and balances of speed and power, and all feel quite different from one another to play.

The focus of the matches tends to be the grappling system. When you or your opponent initiates a grapple, you have to bash buttons to get your power bar as high as possible. If you filled it more than,your opponent, you then input a move command using a combination of joystick directions and the A or B button, but even if you win the grapple, you have to be careful about the move you pick. If your enemy hasn’t been sufficiently weakened, they’ll easily reverse your more powerful moves. It’s pretty damned frantic.

You have to fight your way through ten matches to become the ultimate champion, and there is some variety between these. Most take place in the traditional ring setting, but you also will fight in no-holds-barred events in a parking lot and a warehouse (where you can use weapons, destroy property, or even pick up bystanders to use as weapons!), and in deathmatches wherein you fight surrounded by electrified ropes. It’s all pretty intense.

And it plays quite well, overall, but it has been criticized over the years for being too difficult. I’d have to agree there – the systems are simple and easy to work with, but the CPU is relentless, even when set to easy. The grappling system is the biggest victim of that – unless you’re very careful in how you set yourself up, youll get power bombed through the floor endlessly. I played this a lot on my Neo Geo CD way back, and it took a very long time to become any good at it. I still wouldn’t say I’m good at it – the CPU wipes the floor with me on hard – but I made sure that I was at least well-practiced enough to go through normal without losing a fight.

I didn’t mind the difficulty too much once I got used to it, but what really made all the practice enjoyable was the presentation. The characters look great, even if their massive sizes do highlight the fairly limited animation, and they each have all sorts of cool little incidental movements that make them feel more alive than they do in, say, WWF Royal Rumble. The backgrounds also look great, with lots of detail put into the crowds, the cameraman, and the rings themselves. The sound is as big and as in your face as the visuals, with a lot of catchy sample-laden tunes and voice work at play. The fully voiced announcer always impressed me too, especially during the fight introductions.

3 Count Bout certainly won’t be everyone’s cuppa, but for those of you that aren’t afraid of a challenge and love SNK’s classic style, this is a very good time.
__
No cheats were used during the recording of this video.

NintendoComplete ( punches you in the face with in-depth reviews, screenshot archives, and music from classic 8-bit NES games!

Visit for the latest updates!

Nguồn: https://potomacstewards.org/

Xem thêm bài viết khác: https://potomacstewards.org/game/

37 COMMENTS

  1. Soo wanted to love this game, but the grapples are literally impossible to win after the third round and you have to cheese the game to win.
    But shame there never was a sequel (though some people count that Neo Geo Pocket wrestling game as the sequel)

  2. Lots of people think Rogers is Hogan, but he reminds me more of Lex Luger when Vince tried to make him an all American face.

  3. Blubber man is Abdul the butcher if you ever seen Abdul the butcher matches you'll know he keeps a spike in his shorts she's also one of the legendary wrestlers

  4. G.Bigbomb I have to say it gots to be Andre the Giant and Andre the Giant early career he was part of a mask team

  5. LED it's pretty obvious who he is Greg The Hammer Valentine he looked exactly like him and Greg The Hammer Valentine never faults are in the WWE he always cheated with some type of weapon or he could be Ric Flair

  6. Terry Rogers is Terry Funk
    But he look like Kerry Von Erich if you look up the Von Erich family you'll see that Kerry is the bigger Von Erich out of all of them but he never wore those type of pants which make everybody think that it was Terry Funk plus he also has Terry Funk finishing move

  7. After seeing the link NC, I had to come right over to see your 3 Count Bout video. Marvelous as usual bro. Such a fantastic game and graphically impressive to really show us the power of the Neo-Geo and the 100th Mega Shock that SNK had to offer at the time.

    Tough as rubber this gem was, I never could go past The Red Dragon. However, a fellow Neo-Geo player explain to me that you will never be able to progress if you start grappling all the time, you had to weaken the CPU with high risk maneuvers, colliding with them, or using weapons to cause damage…It work soon after. 8^)

    Nice work for sure NC. Thank you again for the link and always a pleasure to see you in action. 8^)

  8. Wasted opportunity to not have Raiden/Big Bear as a guest from Fatal Fury. Capcom's Saturday Night Slam Masters brought in Mike Haggar from Final Fight. That was a great idea.

  9. THIS WAS UNBELIEVABLE & I CAN ONLY WISH MY OUTCOME TO FINISH THIS GAME WILL COME SOMEDAY. I CAN'T EVEN GET THE JOB DONE WITH THE UNIBIOS CHIP INSTALLED, THE CODES APPEAR TO BE CORRUPT & SIMPLY DON'T WORK. 3 COUNT BOUT IS THE ONLY GAME IN THE ENTIRE LIBRARY THAT SEEMS TO BE PLAGUED IN SOME WAY THAT JUST FEELS IMPOSSIBLE TO OVERCOME UNFORTUNATELY SO & MY INFINITE ENERGY CODE DON'T EVEN WORK. IT APPEARS THAT I'M NEVER GOING TO FINISH THIS ONE GAME WHICH FOR ME IS TRAGICALLY ABOVE & BEYOND DEPRESSING, "IT'S SAD I TELL YOU SAD"!!!!!!!!!!🤕😩😱😫😨😔🙏😢

  10. Game looks great, just wished this game played better. It's very similar to GanGan. Looks great, but clunky control sorta ruin the game.

  11. I dont know what you guys have. I played it for the first time couple of years ago and came until the 4th enemy with 1 credit

  12. Looking back on this game, Saturday Night Slam Masters had this beat on the Roster. 4 of the playable characters in this game are just palette swaps with the exact same moves. Seems kind of lazy in hindsight.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here