WWF No Mercy is the Nintendo 64 exclusive sequel to the critically acclaimed (in the wrestling games community), WWF Wrestlemania 2000. The WWE Day of Reckoning games use the same grappling engine as this game, as does the EA Def Jam games (which is also developed by AKI). It is still considered to be one of the best American wrestling games, and an N64 classic.
No Mercy is the culmination of previous, similar grapplers like WWF Wrestlemania 2000, WCW/nWo Revenge & WCW/nWo World Tour.
The game was named after the WWF No Mercy 2000 Pay-per-View in which Edge & Christian faced The Hardy Boyz in a violent tag team ladder match. This made the ladder match feature a big selling point of the game. A PlayStation and Game Boy Color versions were planned but it was cancelled due to difficulty in the porting process.
The game uses the same grappling system. It improves upon the original game with an expanded story mode, better graphics, a bigger roster, an expanded create-a-wrestler mode and more weapon possibilities. One of the most praised aspects of the engine, the ability to injure specific body parts by working on it the whole match, remained intact. Some of the games better features are still absent in current generation games.
In addition to the basic strong grapple/weak grapple system seen in WWF Wrestlemania 2000, there is now a new "Running grapple" that can be used to add even more moves to the moveset. Weapons are also much more interesting to use. Instead of magically shimmying to the side whenever a move is done near them, weapons, for the most part, stay in place, allowing you to actually do moves onto them. It does no extra damage, but it does create a nice extra smashing sound (Or ringing sound if you use the ring bell) to satisfy.
Critically No Mercy received favourable reviews, and is widely considered (by western gamers) as the best wrestling game ever. Many new releases are often compared to No Mercy.
WWF No Mercy also became notorious for a bug. When originally released (in both the US and Europe), after prolonged play the game would unexpectedly return to its factory default settings. The bug was fixed and the game was redistributed, with the notable removal of blood.
Some wrestlers are just alternate costumes of each other to save room on the cartridge. These wrestlers often have similar movesets anyway. These wrestlers are marked with a /.
The game was expected to include The Big Show in the roster. When it became apparent that he would not be returning from Ohio Valley Wrestling, he was replaced with Steven Richards.
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