Fire Pro Wrestling creator Masato Masuda passes away at 48

"He was one of the greatest creators of video games and he was my direct teacher," says Grasshopper Manufacture boss Suda51.

Cover art for 1996's Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium.

Masato Masuda, creator of the Fire Pro Wrestling series, has passed away. He was 48.

The news was confirmed by Grasshopper Manufacture boss Goichi "Suda51" Suda, who spoke of him time working with Masuda in the 90s. "He was 48 years old, still young," wrote Suda on Twitter. "I genuinely pray for his happiness in the next world."

"He was one of the greatest creators of video games and he was my direct teacher," added Suda.

The series--a hit in Japan--started in 1989 with Fire Pro Wrestling Combination Tag for the PC Engine. The series saw releases on the SNES, Saturn, Game Boy Advance, Dreamcast, and the PlayStation 2.

Recently, an Xbox Live Arcade version of Fire Pro Wrestling was released in 2012.

"Thank you for giving us our favorite Fire Pro Wrestling. You are the god of it," concluded Suda.

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19 comments
swantn5
swantn5

wow this is really sad RIP Masato Masuda

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

I still play Fire Pro Returns to this day on my PS2....Time to boot this up in his honor today.

MapleStoryPSN
MapleStoryPSN

Truly a sad day in the gaming world, let alone the wrestling genre as a whole. He created the greatest wrestling franchise to exist at this point in time. He was far too young. Rest in peace, Masato Masuda.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

So sad to see a great man pass away at such a young age. I salute you sir may you rest in peace.

DrKill09
DrKill09

My dad just died at 48 two months ago.

Moonco
Moonco

He helped create Pro Wrestling (NES) before leaving Nintendo to work on Fire Pro. My house is gonna be rockin' tonight with Star Man going for the VWF title in Mr. Masuda honor. RIP

Rambolike
Rambolike

Very sad news.  Rest in peace.  48 is so young, especially these days.

oneEnigma
oneEnigma

this its the 4th site i read the news on and theres not even a single picture with the man in question wtf instead they show us the worst game in the series

Mraou
Mraou

Nice, you celebrate him by posting a video of the worst game in the series.

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

So sad. Fire Pro was one of my favorite import series to collect since their first release.

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

At 48? What did he die of? I NEED TO KNOW THX IN ADVANCE!! =(

DantheMan9856
DantheMan9856

I saw Fire Pro in the headline and thought there was a new game...and that XBLA FP is atrocious.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Awww,RIP.
I actually played 2 Fire Pro games on the PC Engine and the 4-player battles was a blast.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Rest in Peace.

Fire Pro Wrestling 2 on PS2 was an amazing game. Very deep in-game editor that allowed you to create any wrestler with stunning likeness. I have it on PC with PS2 emulator.