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excthour: MAME ROM Information.


Exciting Hour - The Prowrestling Network (c) 1985 Taito Corp.

An early wrestling game.


Game ID : TA-0015

Main CPU : M6502 (@ 1.5 Mhz)

Sound CPU : M6502 (@ 1.2 Mhz)

Sound Chips : (2x) AY8910 (@ 1.5 Mhz), DAC

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 240 x 256 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 80

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2


Released by Taito under license from Technos.

This game is known outside Japan as "Mat Mania - The Prowrestling Network".

The 2 players version of this game is known as "Mania Challenge".

In the game, if you look closely at the audience in the background, you will see a variety of recognizable characters including a boy in a Union Jack t-shirt, Darth Vader, Superman, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (look to the far left when outside the ring) and ZZ Top is very prominently present in the middle of the crowd.

The champion in this game is very obviously a copy of Hulk Hogan. First of all, he bears a striking resemblance to Hogan. Second, his name is "Golden Hulk"; Hulk Hogan debuted wrestling as 'Sterling Golden'. Finally, Golden Hulk's most powerful move is the leg drop, which is Hogan's finisher.

Other wrestlers are copied from superstars of the early 80s : The Insane Warrior is a copy of Road Warrior Animal, Coco Savage is probably Kamala The Cannibal and The Piranha is probably Mil Mascaras. The main wrestler ('You') bears a striking resemblance to Kerry Von Erich. These are guesses, but all the mentioned wrestlers were very popular about the time this game was released.

Rac Carpana holds the official record for this game with 5,000,150 points.


In the game, The Piranha's name is misspelled as 'The Pirania'.

Insane Warrior's name is misspelled as 'Insane Worrier'.

Golden Hulk is known as 'Blues Bloody'.


1. The Big Pro Wrestling! (1983)

2. Exciting Hour - The Prowrestling Network (1985)


* Computers :

Sharp X68000 (1994)


Game's rom.

MAME Info:

0.30 [Brad Oliver]

Artwork available


- 0.136u4: Fabio Priuli added driver_data struct and save states to the Mania Challenge driver.

- 0.136u1: MASH fixed graphical corruption in Mania Challenge (typo in the video driver).

- 0.131u1: Angelo Salese merged memory maps in the Mania Challenge driver.

- 9th July 2008: Mr. Do - Added the bezel instruction card to Mat Mania, scanned by Anoid.

- 0.124u2: Fabio Priuli added tags and locations to dips for Mat Mania driver.

- 0.122u4: David Haywood fixed garbage graphics (matmaniac37b14gre).

- 23rd October 2006: Mr. Do - Ad_Enuff finished up Mat Mania bezel; scanned in by Anoid.

- 0.103u2: Roberto Fresca fixed Mat Mania DIPs. Added 'Tournament Time' and 4x 'Unused'.

- 0.34b1: Added color proms ($0, 20, 40, 60).

- 0.31: Nicola Salmoria added speech to Mat Mania.

- 0.30: Brad Oliver added Mat Mania (Technos 1985) and clone Exciting Hour. Known issues: Most colors seem correct, but the audience graphics use purple instead of blue?

- 23rd June 1997: Dumped Mat Mania.


Other Emulators:

* Raine

Recommended Games (Wrestling):

The Big Pro Wrestling!


Champion Pro Wrestling

Mat Mania

Body Slam

Mania Challenge

Pro Wrestling (PlayChoice-10)

Robo Wres 2001

The Main Event

Champion Wrestler

Grudge Match (Yankee Game Technology)

Wrestle War

Wrestle War (Mega-Tech)

WWF Superstars

WWF WrestleFest

Ring Rage

3 Count Bout / Fire Suplex

Muscle Bomber Duo

Saturday Night Slam Masters

Ring of Destruction: Slammasters II

Blazing Tornado

WWF: Wrestlemania

Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling Toukon Retsuden 3 Arcade

Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling Toukon Retsuden 4 Arcade Edition

Zen Nippon Pro-Wrestling Featuring Virtua


Buriki One

Giant Gram

Giant Gram 2000

WWF Royal Rumble

Romset: 489 kb / 36 files / 198.1 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="excthour" sourcefile="matmania.c" cloneof="matmania" romof="matmania">
              <description>Exciting Hour</description>
              <manufacturer>Technos Japan (Taito license)</manufacturer>
              <rom name="e29" size="16384" crc="c453e855" sha1="52ce83042ec04e7ba5b45a61316d6281cb10170a" region="maincpu" offset="4000"/>
              <rom name="e28" size="16384" crc="17b63708" sha1="01c868b7ea32c4857f7187ce73a4cab5b4def246" region="maincpu" offset="8000"/>
              <rom name="e27" size="16384" crc="269ab3bc" sha1="f2f307c5fc6d50167be8904bef8c7ef21209be50" region="maincpu" offset="c000"/>
              <rom name="k4-0" merge="k4-0" size="16384" crc="86dab489" sha1="27f6eea29b0287e461e0e321fd7bfaada52c39dc" region="audiocpu" offset="8000"/>
              <rom name="k5-0" merge="k5-0" size="16384" crc="4c41cdba" sha1="a0af0c019bd6d9456cbbe83ecdeee689bc5f1bea" region="audiocpu" offset="c000"/>
              <rom name="e30" size="8192" crc="b2875329" sha1="b37a8b95eb09f1ddc422cc981184b3ea40a5730d" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="e31" size="8192" crc="c9506de8" sha1="1036f9acd8b391c03e6408fe1db3406e105373d9" region="gfx1" offset="2000"/>
              <rom name="e32" size="8192" crc="00d1635f" sha1="3a7a20ff949d333ec4d3c0287d73e15dcfefdc71" region="gfx1" offset="4000"/>
              <rom name="e5" size="16384" crc="0604dc55" sha1="dc4e36dac1a820d4e649132206a8b16603d08192" region="gfx2" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="ks-02" merge="ks-02" size="16384" crc="2e9f3ba0" sha1="21d6686580de6ecfe57e458821fa92e966a42d95" region="gfx2" offset="4000"/>
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              <rom name="kc-00" merge="kc-00" size="16384" crc="8d08bce7" sha1="1433962c837f568cc1eb27464e243dc580a141de" region="gfx3" offset="18000"/>
              <rom name="kd-00" merge="kd-00" size="16384" crc="af1d6a60" sha1="ae3131e3e1fcc9bb1d59db6b1668f6838849241d" region="gfx3" offset="1c000"/>
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              <rom name="kg-00" merge="kg-00" size="16384" crc="2189f5cf" sha1="48289263f7b9cc5b6d975742d45dd64ba45e38c8" region="gfx3" offset="28000"/>
              <rom name="kh-00" merge="kh-00" size="16384" crc="6b11ed1f" sha1="8b5c52a14ac3f80ebf630fed8108df17106efd93" region="gfx3" offset="2c000"/>
              <rom name="ki-00" merge="ki-00" size="16384" crc="d7ac4ec5" sha1="35b1503147cb521d2fcc756e6f90ef70d62e2d04" region="gfx3" offset="30000"/>
              <rom name="kj-00" merge="kj-00" size="16384" crc="2caee05d" sha1="51e0799312e4737bc6f6ae7b74d02f9e10f91c3b" region="gfx3" offset="34000"/>
              <rom name="kk-00" merge="kk-00" size="16384" crc="eb54f010" sha1="9ed8addd8a542299be2a8f0108447e68b9b33436" region="gfx3" offset="38000"/>
              <rom name="kl-00" merge="kl-00" size="16384" crc="fa4c7e0c" sha1="365f5b60ac880928b49a254a5a49a9e9a766046d" region="gfx3" offset="3c000"/>
              <rom name="km-00" merge="km-00" size="16384" crc="6d2369b6" sha1="b3071cc27598045167681a00f41bf77b6d4bd5bd" region="gfx3" offset="40000"/>
              <rom name="kn-00" merge="kn-00" size="16384" crc="c55733e2" sha1="b550afd2ceb3b0159c11627ab31f49cc49785809" region="gfx3" offset="44000"/>
              <rom name="ko-00" merge="ko-00" size="16384" crc="ed3c3476" sha1="eb7bc7c72443d4e3bdfc535bfe460524c0f900d3" region="gfx3" offset="48000"/>
              <rom name="kp-00" merge="kp-00" size="16384" crc="9c84a969" sha1="8492ba523e1c1ca94eeba1e53521dd74df854cb9" region="gfx3" offset="4c000"/>
              <rom name="kq-00" merge="kq-00" size="16384" crc="fa2f0003" sha1="7327ce822be8aea360210bbd466a8129788a65c3" region="gfx3" offset="50000"/>
              <rom name="matmania.1" merge="matmania.1" size="32" crc="1b58f01f" sha1="ffc098d85413777740a25c767096ba5b2aeaf5a8" region="proms" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="matmania.5" merge="matmania.5" size="32" crc="2029f85f" sha1="7825d42eed284ea0fe7fd60304b8a27a1b5a4075" region="proms" offset="20"/>
              <rom name="matmania.2" merge="matmania.2" size="32" crc="b6ac1fd5" sha1="e312a8ff7317eb21320308400539a733c27e8fca" region="proms" offset="40"/>
              <rom name="matmania.16" merge="matmania.16" size="32" crc="09325dc2" sha1="3d9ebdf73840a9603af2acc4bcc4339f3029d284" region="proms" offset="60"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="M6502" clock="1500000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="M6502" clock="1200000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ay1" name="AY-3-8910A" clock="1500000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ay2" name="AY-3-8910A" clock="1500000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="dac" name="DAC"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="270" width="256" height="240" refresh="60.000000" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="2" coins="2">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin A" tag="DSW1" mask="3">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="3" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/3 Credits" value="1"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin B" tag="DSW1" mask="12">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="12" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/3 Credits" value="4"/>
              <dipswitch name="Demo Sounds" tag="DSW1" mask="16">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="16" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Cabinet" tag="DSW1" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Upright" value="0" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Cocktail" value="32"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="DSW1" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Difficulty" tag="DSW2" mask="3">
                     <dipvalue name="Easy" value="3" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Medium" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Hard" value="1"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Hardest" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Tournament Time" tag="DSW2" mask="12">
                     <dipvalue name="2:12" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2:24" value="4"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2:30" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2:36" value="12" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="16">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="16" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="128" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="80"/>

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