The man who created the Nintendo Entertainment System's first (and arguably best) wrestling game, Pro Wrestling, has died at the age of 48. The news of Masato Masuda's untimely passing was revealed by Grasshopper Manufacture's Goichi Suda. Masato Masuda created the original Pro Wrestling for the NES while working at TRY Studios in 1986. That game series would eventually be renamed Fire Pro Wrestling, arguably one of the best wrestling game series ever made.
"The creator of Fire Pro-wrestling, Masato Masuda, has passed away," wrote Suda. "He was 48 years old, still young. I genuinely pray for his happiness in the next world. He was one of the greatest creators of video games and he was my direct teacher. Thank you for giving us our favorite Fire Pro-wrestling. You are the god of it."
We offer our sincerest condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Masato Masuda. He will live on and be honored through his great work and contributions to the world of gaming forever.