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For the athletic contest, see Arm wrestling.

Arm Wrestling is a 1985 arcade game developed and released only in North America by Nintendo and a spin-off of the Punch-Out!! series. Since it was created by the same development team who made the Punch-Out!! series, Arm Wrestling features many of the same features such as a dual monitor system and quirky computer opponents. It was Nintendo's last arcade game they independentally developed and released. The game was almost exclusively released overseas, with only a few machines available in Japan.[1]


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The first match in Arm Wrestling against Texas Mac.

The goal of the game is to become the World Arm Wrestling Champion by defeating as many opponents in arm-wrestling as possible. In order to achieve this title the player must compete against five different computer opponents and pin them in a timed match. The opponents are:

  • Texas Mac, a stereotypical Texan in a cowboy hat
  • Kabuki, a Japanese sumo wrestler
  • Mask X, actually Bald Bull from Punch-Out!!
  • Alice & Ape III, a little girl controlling a monkey robot via remote
  • Frank Jr., an homage to Frankenstein's creature as popularized in the 1930s films

A match begins when the player taps left on the joystick. During the match the player must attack the computer by pressing right on the joystick and tapping the button to increase the power of the attack. If the computer makes a strange face it means they are about to counterattack. In order to win a match the player must move the joystick back and forth and surprise the computer before they have a chance to counterattack. After Kabuki is defeated, players will play a bonus game. The bonus game requires players to catch a sack of money for extra points by pressing a button right when the bag is near the protagonist's head. After the player beats the fifth and final opponent the game begins again with increased difficulty.


  1. アームレスリング (Japanese). Retrieved on 18 June 2010

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