Konami grapples with AAA Lucha Libre Aug. 9

Japanese publisher steps back into the ring, agrees to distribute Slang's debut pro wrestling title for PS3, 360, Wii, DS, PSP.

Konami is passing on puroresu and looking at lucha libre. The Japanese publisher today announced a deal with Slang to distribute the company's Mexican pro wrestling game Lucha Libre AAA: Heroes Del Ring in the United States, Canada, and Latin America (outside of Mexico).

Did you think it was called an "airplane spin" for nothing?

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions of Lucha Libre AAA are being developed with the Unreal Engine 3 by Immersion Software, with offices in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Bogota, Colombia. Argentine developer Sabarasa Studios is handling development on the Wii, PSP, and DS editions of the game.

The game's full roster of playable wrestlers has not yet been revealed, but it will include featured stars of AAA wrestling like La Parka, Konnan, El Elegido, Abismo Negro, Psycho Clown, Electroshock, and Charly Manson.

While this won't be Konami's first time in the pro wrestling ring, it is the publisher's first time dealing with a real-life license for one of its grappling games. The publisher had relied on fictitious wrestling federations for efforts like 2004's Rumble Roses on the PlayStation 2, its 2006 Xbox 360 follow-up Rumble Roses XX, and the 1988 arcade game The Main Event.

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BrolyLSSJ3
BrolyLSSJ3

Man too bad this isn't based of all the promotions of Lucha Libre i would have loved to play as Mistico.well in any case i'm still going to check this out Vampiro,Konnan,Jack Evans,Teddy Hart, La Parka are all on the roster i really hope there is a demo sometime before release.

XanderZane
XanderZane

@ryogapower 'Konami was never good at making games' WHAT???!!!??? ****************************************** @Chico_Azteca @XanderZane "Konami was never good at making games" oh god what? ********************************************************* @JJB03 @XanderZane Konami was never good at making games. WHAT! have you been living in a cave for the past two years u obviously have not heard of metal gear solid play that please it will make u very happy u picked up a game from konami ********************************************************************* I meant wrestling games. Konami was never good at making "Wrestling" games. No, I haven't been living in a cave. I was playing Pong and Space War before you were born. Before that I was playing text games like Zork, Aventure, Star Trek, Tank, etc..

thekey
thekey

The main event was konami's best wrestling effort so far. Hopefully they get this one right.

MichaelMorbid
MichaelMorbid

if they have a multi-player season with quasi-rpg elements we'll be aces... hell, if the ai can figure out how a ten count works we'll be aces. thq has gotten so damn lazy with their wwe license, they keep screwing with the the controls, which was the last thing wrong with their repackaged titles. AAA is crazy and we can barely understand any of it, but it's fun as hell. extra points if they have the midget wrestlers.

JJB03
JJB03

@XanderZane Konami was never good at making games. WHAT! have you been living in a cave for the past two years u obviously have not heard of metal gear solid play that please it will make u very happy u picked up a game from konami

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

@XanderZane "Konami was never good at making games" oh god what?

ryogapower
ryogapower

'Konami was never good at making games' WHAT???!!!???

Col-Neil
Col-Neil

Hopefully this will widen the market and it wont be so flooded with WWE games

Harerazer
Harerazer

I gotta agree with the (few) Rumble Roses fans. That game would be so much better now with the technology advanced and more effort put into it. It may not be SvR but you gotta give a new IP a chance. That being said, this looks like a good game visually tho I think I saw some animation "pops" in the trailers. Can't be any worse than the TNA games. And Firepro is still the top of the hill despite it slipping a bit with the last installment. Bring 6Ms to the PSN/XBL/VC and I'll definitely grab it (goes to hook up his Saturn).

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

AAA is not even popular anymore among Hispanics in the U.S.A This is a massive fail for Konami

XanderZane
XanderZane

santinodrake I want a New Rumble Roses please ******************************************************* Dude.. Rumble Rose was not a good wrestling game. The women looked great, but the controls and action were not the best. Konami was never good at making wrestling games. The Fire Pro Wrestling series is one of the better wrestling games. There were a few Japan style wrestling games that came out on the Saturn and Dreamcast many years back that were very good. I can't think of the names of them now. The Raw -vs- Smackdown games have been pretty good as well.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@vega13mv dude, did you not see their last ppv? seriously. it was embarrassing. abyss didnt win the title, but slammed 3 guys through the ring, and hes celebrating like he won how can you have a crapload of 50 and guys NEARLY SEVENTY trying to wrestle pushing out the new guys. tna should be called wcw 2010! tna=FAIL! at least on the "pg soap opera starring cena" you see wrestling sometimes

Barighm
Barighm

Not sure by the article's text, but this game is being distributed in Mexico, right? Because that's obviously where the most appeal is.

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

no conozco mucho sobre la lucha libre mexicana.. igual espero q sea un buen juego.. btw, el santo ftw!

monson21502
monson21502

@fester420, ok thanks for the info.so is konnan the macho man?

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

@fester420 that would be El Santo in my opinion, but yeah both got history

chano7
chano7

The AAA it was enterteining to see in 90´s but when they (tv stations) start to pass WWE and RAW all the people look and the AAA start to copy the crap of making a story and rivals when I dont care if they loved or not I want to see a grapples the Jumps from that stuff we liked even all we know is fake

MoonMarvel
MoonMarvel

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vega13mv
vega13mv

@ MoonMarvel Cena is the reason i started watching TNA. I'm sick of this PG soap opera SNL type crap that WWE is doing now. At least on TNA i actually watch WRESTLING. as far as this game goes, I think CMLL would've been a better choice. Mil Mascaras, Blue Demo and El Santo all deserve as much recognition.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i bet you more people buy it than watch(or played) the TNA game or watch that crap

cosmostein77
cosmostein77

Seems like another one to grab when its 9.99

jadefury27
jadefury27

cmll and emll have the better rosters these days. AAA mexico seems to be the place to go when you can't wrestle anywhere else. konann? really?

sochio
sochio

espero q sea bueno adoro la lucha libre

melty3219
melty3219

This looks and sounds horrible!

Cow_tipping
Cow_tipping

@ ji0pez don't get your hopes up yet the team making game might drop the ball and make a crappy game like the TNA one made by midway

jl0pez
jl0pez

I can't wait for this, i'm tired of the garbage sd vs raw games. We need something new.

Cow_tipping
Cow_tipping

AAA is garbage CMLL its competition is much better but i am glad to see game development jobs go down to Mexico and South America

MoonMarvel
MoonMarvel

Have any of you even seen AAA? Its aired here and its the WORST wrestling on the planet! Its boring, perdictable and in no way popular even amongst hispanics in the USA (Not mexico) who would rather watch WWE. The matches are bad and you can call every move! @NewbiePoster While I like WWE, I do agree with you that AAA is garbage. I will check out 80's and 90's stuff upon your recommendations. Because todays AAA is terrible. @Yomigaeru Try watching WWE, Cena isnt boring and your attack on WWE plotlines...When was the last time you even watched WWE? Some can be silly, but thats the point! Humor. Storylines like HBK vs Undertaker were not "boring and infantile". Also saying cheers friends doesnt add anything to your comment. Thanks.

GOR_TAK
GOR_TAK

@kalabo10688 Another RR AND a nude code! Lol

NewbiePoster
NewbiePoster

Oh please everyone knows Mexican Wrestling (AAA) has gone WWE-ish kind of show, bring back the real 80`s and 90`s Lucha Libre Mexicana. Abismo Negro ? (that guy passed away over a year ago) La Parka ? (there like 5 Parka`s right now) and the other guys are noting but a bunch of WWE Superstar wannabes...where's El Santo, Blue Demon, Tinieblas Jr., Super Porky...those are real mexican wrestlers not those clowns from AAA, they wrestle in a freakin' octagon FFS !!! im sorry guys but as a mexican who still enjoys REAL mexican wrestling I have to say "thanks, but no thanks" AAA`s nothing but a pile of horse crap...

bokiloki
bokiloki

lucha libre wueros lecheros

fester420
fester420

@monson21502 La Parka is pretty much the Hulk Hogan of Mexico.

buft
buft

I liked rumble roses gameplay though the design was slightly perverted, hopefully this game will be good because the smackdown franchise has been really disappointing recently

zzamaro
zzamaro

Luchadores Mexicanos La Parka, 1000 mascaras, Mascarita Sagrada, Blue Demon

monson21502
monson21502

la parka. no way thats the same one i used to watch in wcw about 15 years ago. by now he must be 50 some at least. so i bet its a new guy with the same outfit and mask.but konnan is on there and he must be 60 so maybe it is the same la parka lol

ahpuck
ahpuck

@Glade_Gnarr. agreed. we need more developers from all over the world. with so many developing houses going out of business left and right, it doesn't hurt to have others join the gaming business.

johny300
johny300

WWE would beat this game even before it cones out.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

Now this is a pleasant surprise. Lucha libre has always seemed more interesting to me, especially with the deep cultural significance of the sport. I've only seen a handful of matches, and am unfamiliar with the names, but that could be a plus. With the unknown comes skepticism, but by the same token you don't have any stigmas attached that you might have with more familiar brands like WWE and TNA. ...and as an added bonus for me, no John Cena. I have nothing against him personally, but he strikes me as a boring wrestler. Here's to the absence of boring and infantile WWE plotlines. Cheers, friends.

zar144
zar144

A mexican videogame... Sounds strange but quite intresting.

elbos2k
elbos2k

It's all about La Parka!