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Obituary:  Fire Pro Wrestling  creator Masato Masuda
Obituary: Fire Pro Wrestling creator Masato Masuda
April 4, 2014 | By Mike Rose

April 4, 2014 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Masato Masuda, the game developer best known for creating the Japanese Fire Pro Wrestling series, has passed away. He was 48 years old.

The news comes via a tweet from Japanese game veteran Goichi Suda, in which the designer stated, "He was one of the greatest creators of video games and he was my direct teacher."

Masuda originally developed Pro Wrestling for the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1987 while at Japanese TRY. After TRY became Human Entertainment, Masuda went on to create the iconic Fire Pro Wrestling.

Fire Pro Wrestling would eventually become a popular, long-running Japanese series spanning across the SNES, the Sega Genesis and PC, with numerous spin-offs created well into the current century.

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Mike Griffin
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Loved the old school 2D editions. Such character in those sprite-based battles and arenas.
Fire Pro Wrestling S: 6 Men Scramble owned on Sega Saturn. Classic.
Thanks for the memories, Masato Masuda.

evan c
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Rest In Peace and thank you for the great Fire Pro Wrestling series.

Jeremy Alessi
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My friends and I played the heck out of Pro Wrestling on the NES. There was one weekend in particular I remember where all we did was play that game, occasionally breaking to eat and sleep.