Body Slam was a SEGA arcade game featuring female wrestlers doing battle in the ring. It was fairly obscure, not not obscure enough though for Firebird to take up the licence it seems, with Software Creations behind the conversion work.
A conversion was completed by Jonathan French, who had previously converted Agent X 2 to the C64, with Wayne Blake (Mermaid Madness, Psycho Pigs UXB, Raw Recruit) on graphics and Tim Follin on music.
Oddly though, the game doesn’t seem to have ever got a full release – though it has existed on the scene for many years for download. Richard Hewison of the Bird Sanctuary website believes that the game was earmarked for released on the new Silverbird label (in the same way that Atari’s Peter Pack Rat was, also written by Software Creations). For reasons unknown, it just never happened. Maybe the licence expired?
The game never got a conversion for the other 8-bits, so this seems to have been a C64 exclusive, though variants of the arcade did appear on the Master System – but was nothing to do with Firebird or Software Creations.
Interestingly, collector Mat Allen found a master disk some time back – and has dug out and created a G64 image of it for the archives, which you can find in the download links. Just why didn’t the game get a release though?
Here it is anyway – we hope to hear from Jonathan French at some point to confirm what happened. Watch this space!
Contributions: Paul Fogarty, Gamebase64, Mat Allen