Nick Aldis talks about the upstart developers of RetroMania meshing with the upstart NWA brand.
RetroMania Wrestling is the spiritual successor to the 1991 arcade game WWF WrestleFest. Instead of only being an arcade game with two modes, RetroMania will be a fully fleshed-out game complete with a campaign mode that is all about the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and its champion, Nick Aldis.
On the surface, it would appear that the retro appeal of the upcoming wrestling game and the revitalized National Wrestling Alliance are a match made in heaven. In a new interview with Wrestling Headlines, Nick Aldis reflects on being asked to join the game and how his involvement later led to the expansion of the video game through the addition of an NWA presence.
"It’s very flattering. It feels like a lifetime ago now that Mike and the team at Retrosoft reached out. Right from the first conversation, I was thrilled when they described the concept. I totally understood why they were approaching me, and smartly on their part, they got me on board first, then helped leverage that to a wider deal with the NWA, a license deal with them for the set, and the brand, and the Ten Pounds of Gold mode.
It’s been a blast. We are a start-up organization. We totally appreciate and want to help the growth of other ambitious start-ups who are approaching things in a different way. So with Retromania…the concept and the way they were going about it… they were focusing on a niche, but they were approaching their marketing in a fun way. I felt like they had a really good degree of self-awareness and authenticity, and I thought that it aligned perfectly with the message that we were trying to get across in the branding and marketing of the NWA. The whole process has been great."
Nick Aldis, who will be making his video game debut in the upcoming release, says the upcoming release may even lead to him opening a Twitch account.
"I don’t want anything I lend my name to be subpar. I want it to be…even if it’s not the biggest thing in the world…I want the people that do see it or do experience it to say “wow that was really good.” I’m excited about it. It will probably lead to me finally getting on Twitch because once there’s a game that has a whole mode dedicated to me and what I’ve done…seems like a no-brainer."
RetroMania Wrestling is set to release on February 26 and is available for pre-order now on PC via Steam and the Nintendo Switch. You can pre-order the game at this link.