NJPW Let's Play Pro Wrestling - Review

Let's Play Pro Wrestling is an official NJPW Wrestling Game on mobile game. The game launched in Spring 2015 on both Android and iOS platforms and is currently only available in Japan. The game is a Freemium product with options to buy custom attires, different wrestling moves and in-game items.

The game features the NJPW roster including puplar stars such as: The Great Muta, Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamure, Hiroshi Tanahasi, Tetsuya Naito, AJ Styles, Kenny Omega and many more...

You can check out the game's official site here but be warned it's in Japanese.

Watch our video below for an overview of the game and it's core game play features.

 

Video Transcript

 

Let’s Play Pro Wrestling is the New Japan Pro Wrestling Licensed Game available on Android and IOS but only if you reside in Japan. If you’re not based in Japan there are still ways to access the game but we’re not going to talk about that here.

The game allows you to name and create a character by initially selecting from a range of free body parts on a character creator screen. Later on in the game you will be able to unlock more elaborate hair styles, physiques and attires. You can do this by using the games soft currency, i’ll call it New Japan Silver, or the game's hard currency New Japan Gold.

You’ll recognise certain attire and body parts from your favorite New Japan performers. You can even opt to buy pre made packages so you can assume the persona of the wrestler of your choice. Whilst your character will resemble the Pro Wrestler you’ve bought you won’t immediately have access to their trademark moves.

There is a selection of in game moves available to purchase, again using hard and soft currencies. A majority of the most desirable moves are locked until you reach a higher level, so you’ll have to play a bunch to unlock that V-trigger, One Winged Angel combo!

Game play itself is pretty simple. You’ll be able to equip your wrestler with 3 moves from your repertoire. Each of these will have a point value assigned and a colour code. Typically Reds are strikes and top rope splashes, Greens are throws and drops, and blues are submissions and pinning moves.

Executing a manoeuvre in match is simply a process of selecting one of your three moves from the button options at the bottom, your opponent will do the same. Whoever picks the highest value move wins the round and executes their attack.

There are a few modifiers that will increase or decrease a moves value when selected. First off there's a colour wheel that determines which type of attacks work better against each other.

The manoeuvre in your 3rd slot is selected as your finisher or “Super attack” and at times gives you the option of a timing based minigame that rewards you with a numbers boost. When initiated a circle will pulse in on itself and you need to trigger the attack when the circle has collapsed in the middle. Depending on when you trigger you will see either a miss, good or perfect rating on your timing. The better your timing here the better your reward. Aside from these mechanics you’ll note more arbitrary increases and decreases as the match progresses, likely tied to your success rate in game.

Tag matches will also offer up additional options in terms of tagging your opponent and executing a double team move. These actions however are dependent on having enough points in your tag-team-o-meter to allow you to select them.

Overall “Let's’ Play Pro Wrestling” is a fun mobile wrestling game that could easily rival WWE Champions, among others, for those interested in the New Japan product.

There are a load more features for this game that warrant further insight and review including items, tag matches and Gatcha.  If you’d like us to dig into any area in more detail please leave a note in our comments. If you like this video and want to see more like this please subscribe to our channel in which we’ll be reviewing any wrestling games, old and new, that we can get our hands on.

 

NJPW Let's Play Pro Wrestling - Review

Compared to it's contemporaries in the mobile wrestling game market, NJPW Let's Play Pro Wrestling stands tall. Perhaps it's main draw is the use of the NJPW roster and access to their unique move sets.

Game Play is fairly simple but often not tactical. Like many freemium game the main barrier to progression is an arbitrary time based factor that you have to play your way around. In a game that encourages grinding to unlock higher power and higher extravagance moves this intent to drive monetisation is clear. That said there is fair enough reward for just playing in the early game to get you hooked and some lower hanging rewards.

Graphically the game is on par with anything on market on mobile. The wrestlers are well rendered and the animations are reasonably smooth.

It was hard to fully explore the depths of this game due to the language barrier though if you're familiar with mobile gaming you can guess your way around the interface. Perhaps the hardest challenge in playing is understanding the effects of certain items and objective based in game missions.

If you're looking for a casual wrestling game experience and are actively interested in the NJPW product then this game is one to check out. If you're looking for a deeper experience then learning at least some Japanese would be advised.