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Mania Challenge Mania Challenge - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Mania Challenge - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A wrestling game that pits a player against either one of three computer characters or against second player.

Mania Challenge was produced by Taito in 1986.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Mania Challenge was produced include: Lady Master of Kung Fu, Typhoon Gal, Super Dead Heat, Onna Sanshirou, Metal Soldier Isaac 2, Alcon, Arkanoid, Battle Lane Vol. 5, Big Event Golf, and Bobble Bobble


Name Mania Challenge
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8614
Class Wide Release
Genre Sports
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Mania Challenge Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Mania Challenge Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - PunchKick
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

This is a standard wrestling beat-em-up game. The game is basically a two-player version of Mat Mania.

Game Play

Use a combination of the Punch and Kick buttons to perform a variety of wrestling holds and counter-holds.

This game has four character wrestlers, two of which are Insane Warrior and Golden Hulk from Mat Mania and the others are Dynamite Tommy and Hurricane Joe.

In a two-player game, one player can be Dynamite Tommy and the other can be Hurricane Joe. In a one-player game, you play as Dynamite Tommy unless you continue as Hurricane Joe from a two-player game who must defeat the remaining three opponents.

The main difference in game play is that you can do a drop kick in Mania Challenge. This was not possible in the original Mat Mania.

Mania Challenge KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.70 (8 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.14

Overall Like 4.43
Fun (Social) 4.43
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 3.43

Technical Rating: 3.66

Gameplay 3.75
Graphics 4.14
Originality 3.71
Sound/Music 4.14

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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The pinouts for the board set are identical to Mat Mania and Tag Team Wrestling.



This game, which is also known as Vs Mania Challenge, was distributed in the US by Memetron. It is a basic copy of Mat Mania, but it adds a player versus player feature.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Mania Challenge Census

There are 14,908 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,530 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,187 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Common - There are 45 known instances of this machine owned by Mania Challenge collectors who are active members. Of these, 6 of them are original dedicated machines. 7 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 32 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a Mania Challenge machines for sale. There are 4 active VAPS members with a Mania Challenge circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Mania Challenge.

This game ranks a 15 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 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]



The PCB set for this game is comprised of two boards. The top board is labeled TA-0017-1 and the bottom board is TA-0015-P1-0 the same as Mat Mania. The main CPU is a 6502A and the sound processor is a 6809 with a Yamaha YM3526 IC.


  1. Tag Team Wrestling
  2. Mat Mania
  3. Mania Challenge


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