The NeoGeo Pocket conversions coming to Switch are always a bit fascinating and tend to be a surprise in some way, with a few of them having been stand-outs as not just great representatives from that surprisingly-powerful system but just as solid games in general. While I’ll say that the sheer number of modes do help to give Big Bang Pro Wrestling a little more general interest than the typical fighter, down to being able to play with rules for special matches if you’d like to experiment, the problem for me here is with the controls. While a few of their fighting titles have managed to impressively pack nuance and depth into their 2-button control scheme, in this case I just wasn’t feeling it at all. I wouldn’t consider the scheme terribly intuitive or effective, though perhaps I just didn’t have the patience to try to dig in long enough to get the feel. The thing is, even as I managed to do a little better in the matches in general it didn’t feel like the diversity in moves was really there to sustain my interest, outside of simply seeing what each wrestler brought to the table with their own signature style. For people who had the original this may be a terrific throwback to help you enjoy a slice of the past, but for people without that connection even though there are few competitors in the space I’d say they’d be better starting points than this particular title.
Justin Nation, Score: