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A 1 to 4 player wrestling game in which each player has control of a wrestler for a one-fall tag team match. Characters are controlled by a directional joystick, a large light-up action button and a tag button.

Main Event, The was produced by Konami in 1988.

Konami released 433 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Konami was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Konami during the time period Main Event, The was produced include: Hyper Crash, Vs. Top Gun, Typhoon, Trick Trap, Track & Field (PlayChoice), '88 Games, Akumajou Dracula, Chequered Flag, Contra (PlayChoice), and Crazy Cop


Name Main Event, The
Developer Konami (Japan)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8599
Class Wide Release
Genre Sports
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Main Event, The Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 4
# Maximum Players 4
Game Play Either
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Backlit Buttons: 1 - Action
  • Buttons: 1 - Tag
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - 258 lbs
PCB Main Event, The PCB Image

Game Introduction

What is so addicting about this multiplayer wrestling game is that physical activity immerses you in the gameplay. The game's "Action" button and the characters position from the opponent controls all the special moves. Action becomes furious when a player's character pins or has been pinned by an opponent. The game's "ring side" commentary descibes the various moves and holds occuring on screen to add to the excitement.

The game has eight different characters to choose from: Kamikaze Ken, The Maui Mauler, San Antonio Smasher, Conan The Great, El Condor, Saturn Six, Bigfoot Joe and Alan The Empire. Most of these were patterned after actual wrestlers at the time, including Hulk Hogan, King Kong Bundy, Ricky Steamboat, King Haku, Koko B. Ware, and Andre The Giant.

One player can choose two of those wrestlers for his or her own tag team or two players can each choose to be one of the wrestlers on the same tag team depending on whether the game is played competively or cooperatively. There can be up to four players that compete in a single match.

Game Play

You pick your player control by choosing the coin slot you want (there are four two on the left side for players 1 and 2, and two on the right for players 3 and 4 respectively).

You start with 100 life points (on your first credit), and when you win a match, you earn 5000 points on your total score, and 80 life points, except for a double countout (when both tag teams reach the count of 20 while not returning into the ring, and that is when the match becomes a brawl between the tag teams). Also, every time you add a second or more credits, it will give you 101 life points per each credit.

The announcer will determine whether the match ends in a pin (announcer says "It's a pin!", submission ("Awesome Power"), a double count out ("Double Countout, .........", and Winner by Countout (no speech after the referee reaches the count of 20 against one tag team).

You have to defeat 15 tag teams to become champions. While becoming the top-ranked opponents for the Konami Wrestling Federation (KWF) tag team titles, when you win a match they will display a black and white picture of the team you choose (this is the announcer, and newspaper pic in between matches). However, once you become tag team champions, the picture will change to color. Also, they will count the amount of successful title defenses. When you lose, the count will stop until you get at least two wins in a row.

Main Event, The KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.78 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 4.80

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 5.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 4.75

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 5.00
Sound/Music 5.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

The Tag button will pull a prone opponent from the mat to his feet. A stunned opponent on their feet will be whipped to the ropes if you hit the Tag button again.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Main Event, The Census

There are 14,743 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,468 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,437 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 75 known instances of this machine owned by Main Event, The collectors who are active members. Of these, 12 of them are original dedicated machines. 62 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 3 active VAPS members with a Main Event, The machines for sale. There are 5 active VAPS members with a Main Event, The circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Main Event, The.

This game ranks a 25 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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