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FIRE PROWRESTLING D CHARACTER GUIDE: NOBUHIKO TAKADA
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by GokuKenshiro (supercrazyninja@aol.com)

note: If you e-mail me, please write "FPWD" and the 
wrestler's name on the subject. I also accept any
other strategies.

Original Character Guide Format by Bill Wood

Version 1.0


Fire ProWrestling D (c) 2001 Spike/VAiLL

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=TABLE OF CONTENTS=
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SECTION 1: HISTORY OF NOBUHIKO TAKADA
SECTION 2: SKILL AND PARAMETER STATS
SECTION 3: MOVELIST
SECTION 4: RE-EDITING
SECTION 5: STRATEGY
SECTION 6: CLOSING

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====SECTION 1: HISTORY OF NOBUHIKO TAKADA
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"New Japan, UWF, UWFi, Kingdom, PRIDE, Hustle...."

Nobuhiko Takada always wanted to be a pro-wrestler
like his idol Antonio Inoki. He finally got the chance
at the age of 19, as he started out in New Japan Pro
Wrestling as a junior heavyweight. In 1983, Akira Maeda
created UWF, a promotion that was based on a stiff form
of wrestling, but with worked results. Takada joined, 
and he soon became one of the promotion's top wrestlers.

When UWF closed its doors, Takada created UWFi in 1991.Takada 
quickly became a popular cultural icon with his fighting spirit 
and his promotion became quite popular. Takada would often 
battle against strong wrestlers like Gary Albright and Super Vader
(whose arm was severly damaged by Takada), interchanging belts 
along the way. His promotion became so popular, UWFi fought against 
New Japan for a while. During this time, Takada won the IWGP 
Heavyweight Title against Keiji Mutoh, but later lost it against 
Shinya Hashimoto. 

After the promotion closed, Takada was called by Dream Stage Entertainment in 
order to help their new promotion, PRIDE. Soon, Takada would fight against 
fighters like Rickson Gracie, Mark Kerr, Igor Vovchanchyn, Alexander
Otsuka, and Mark Coleman. With his help, PRIDE gained a large audience. 

At 40 years of age and 21 years of wrestling, Takada finally called 
it quits. He retired against former UWFi worker Kiyoshi Tamura on
November 24, 2002. He now works at his Dojo and is PRIDE's 
spokesperson. He also acts in a villian role in the Hustle shows, 
along with his Takada Army. 
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==SECTION 2: SKILL AND PARAMETER STATS==
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SKILL
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Real Name...................Nobuhiko Takada
FPD Name................................N/A*
Promotion..............PRIDE or Takada Dojo**
FPD Promotion.....................Freelance
Size.................................Medium
Class.................................Heavy
Height...............................184 cm
Weight................................98 kg
Country...............................Japan
Birthdate.........................4.12.1962
Stance.............................Shooting
Offensive Skill.....................Shooter
Return Skill........................Shooter
Critical Type......................Striking 
Special Skill..................Quick Return
Recovery.............................Medium 
Recovery (when bleeding)...............Slow
Respiratory..........................Medium
Respiratory (when bleeding)...........Below
Awareness............................Medium
Awareness (when bleeding)............Medium
Neck Strength........................Medium
Arm Strength.........................Medium
Waist Strength..........................Low
Foot Strength...........................Low
Movement Speed.......................Medium
Ascend Speed...........................Slow
Ascend Skill.............................No

*Available on a future update 
**He's currently retired, but he works for many DSE events,
such as PRIDE and Hustle. He also works in his dojo.

PARAMETER - OFFENSE     PARAMETER - DEFENSE
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Punch.............6     Punch.............6  
Kick..............8     Kick..............7  
Suplex............6     Suplex............4  
Submission........7     Submission........7  
Stretch...........6     Stretch...........6  
Power.............4     Flying............4  
Instant-P.........7     Crush.............3  
Arm Power.........4     vs Lariat.........3  
Technical.........7     Technical.........6  
Rough.............2     Rough.............5  
Ground............6     Ground............5 


TOTAL SKILL POINTS (on a scale from 0-300): 173

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==SECTION 3: MOVELIST==
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Note: I don't own the official guidebook, so I used the movelist in the
FAQS section and my dictionary.

Specialty moves are marked with [S]. Finisher is marked with [F].
CRITICAL! moves are marked with [C].

STRIKES
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Standing (X)..........................................LOW KICK [S]
Standing (A)..........................................Mid Kick
Standing (B) + d-pad.................................HIGH KICK [S]
Standing (B)..........................................Solebutt
Standing (X) + (A)...........................Double Leg Tackle
Running (X)..................................Double Leg Tackle
Running (A)........................................Back Switch
Running Counter (X)...................................Solebutt
Running Counter (A)................................Waki Gatame
Running to corner.........................................none

GRAPPLES
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Grapple (X)......................................Forceful Knee
Grapple (X) + Up................................Face Knee Lift
Grapple (X) + Left/Right.........................Judo Takedown
Grapple (X) + Down..................................Neck Throw
Grapple (A).........................Machine Gun Face Knee Lift
Grapple (A) + Up.....................................Hip Throw
Grapple (A) + Left/Right.......................Body Punch Rush
Grapple (A) + Down..............................Watermill Drop 
Grapple (B)....................................Front Neck Lock
Grapple (B) + Up.........................HIGH KICK COMBINATION [S][C]
Grapple (B) + Left/Right......................Twisted Backdrop
Grapple (B) + Down.........................Back Spin Kick Rush
Grapple (X) + (A).........................Front Neck Chanchery
Back Grapple (X)......................................Mid Kick
Back Grapple (A)...............................Enzui High Kick
Back Grapple (B).........................Dou-Jimi Sleeper Hold 
Back Grapple (B) + Up/Down....................Twisted Backdrop
Back Grapple (B) + Left/Right...............German Suplex Whip
Back Grapple (X) + (A)......................Dragon Suplex Whip
Back Grapple Counter (X)............................Elbow Patt
Back Grapple Counter (A)..............................Ipponzei

OPPONENT DOWN MOVES
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Opponent Face Up at Head (A)..............Chicken Wing Armlock
Opponent Face Up at Feet (A)...................Cross Knee Hold
Opponent Face Down at Head (A)..................CROSS ARM HOLD [F]
Opponent Face Down at Feet (A)............Achilles Tendon Hold
Opponent Face Up at Head (B)....................Mount Position
Opponent Face Down at Feet (B)............Achilles Tendon Hold
Opponent Face Up at Head (B).............Step Over Arm Breaker
Opponent Face Down at Feet (B).............Back Mount Position
Running at Downed Opponent (B)............................none

MOUNT MOVES
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Mount Position (X).................................Mount Punch [C]
Mount Position (A)..............................Cross Arm Hold
Mount Position (B)...................................Heel Hold
Mount Position Counter..........................Cross Arm Hold
Front Facelock Attack (X)...........................Face Punch [C]
Front Facelock Attack (A)......................Front Neck Lock
Front Facelock Attack (B)..........................Back Switch
Front Facelock Attack Counter...................Watermill Drop
Back Mount Position (X).......................Back Mount Punch [C]
Back Mount Position (A)..........................Choke Sleeper
Back Mount Position (B).........................Cross Arm Hold
Back Mount Position Counter.......................Under Escape

POST AND APRON MOVES
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Post (X)..................................................none
Post (A)..................................................none
Post (B)..................................................none
Post (X) + (A)............................................none
Run-Up Post vs Standing (X)...............................none
Run-Up Post vs Downed (A).................................none
Corner Grapple (B) + Up..................Kushi-zashi Knee Lift
Corner Grapple (B) + Left/Right...........Kushi-zashi Stomping
Corner Grapple (B) + Down................Kushi-zashi Body Blow
Apron Grapple from inside.................................Hook
Apron Grapple from outside................................Hook
Front Avalanche Counter.................................Shouda
Back Avalanche Counter..........................Backhand Elbow
Running to out of bounds..................................none
Slingshot to outside......................................none
Slingshot to inside.......................................none


DOUBLE AND TRIPLE TEAM MOVES
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Two Platon Front Grapple........................W. Brainbuster
Two Platon Back Grapple............................W.Back Drop
Two Platon Corner.........................High Jack Piledriver
Three Platon Front Grapple..................Triple Hammer Blow
Three Platon Back Grapple...................Triple Hammer Blow
Three Platon Corner.........................Triple Hammer Blow

PERFORMANCE
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Analog Stick Left...................Wrist Check and Arm Raised
Analog Stick Right............................Both Arms Raised
Analog Stick Up.........................One Finger Pointing up
Analog Stick Down..........................Both Arms Guts Pose

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=SECTION 4: RE-EDITING=
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Injustice!!

IMO, Compared to other MMA/Wrestling types in the game, Takada
has low stats, not counting his Parameter rating. (Compared to
Sakuraba or Maeda) The game depicts Takada after his prime 
(in PRIDE) He needs to be re-edited a bit, so he can be more 
ike his UWFi days or at least up to Maeda's standards. (He beat 
Maeda twice) 

Stick with either the 2nd or 4th Costume (4th is better)

DEFENSE:
Recovery (Bloody)  - Medium
Breathing - Above
Breathing (Bloody) - Medium
Suplex - Up 3 
Rough - Up 3
Ground - Up 3

OFFENSE:
Kick - Up 1
Stretch - Up 1

If you want, you can also change his Critical Type to Submission or
Finisher instead of Striking.
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==SECTION 5: STRATEGY==
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GENERAL STRATEGY
Takada is an MMA fighter, so you need to perfect your mount timing 
as well as your defense. Takada can either be played as a Striker 
or as a sumbmission fighter. If you would like to go for an easier 
time, use him as a Striker. His attacks will be able to Critical 
the opponent, plus Takada is known for his dangerous high kicks. 
On the other hand, Takada can focus on seperate body parts as a 
submission fighter and another plus would be that his finisher is 
a submission move. Combine both styles for strategic destruction of 
a body part.

In MMA fights, Takada has preferred to stand-up fighting over ground 
attacks. He has more control that way in this game as well. However, 
the mount attacks produce more Criticals.

Strangely, Takada has low Rough and Ground ratings, so be careful 
during shoot fights. Also, Takada has the same weaknesses like 
other MMA fighters, so be cautious of pro-wrestlers like Luchadores 
and Lariat-heavy fighters.

Be aware that if Takada gets a lot of damage, his Quick return special 
will kick in, enabling him to get up faster from big attacks. Keep on 
using special moves and taunts to raise your spiritual level in order to 
attain this special.


STRIKES
His 'Critical; type is Striking, so this should be a main area of
interest. Takada's normal kicks can target three areas:

LOW KICK [S] - Legs
MID KICK/SOLEBUTT - Body
HIGH KICK [S] - Head/Face
Remember this while fightin in order to damage certain body parts at 
first.

Some of his Standing stikes can Critical, but there is a higher chance 
while on Mount posistion, so if your going for a quicker finish, try 
mount attacks. 

Overall, his Standing and Mount strikes are both effective towards 
weakening the opponent.


GRAPPLES
Takada's Submission rating is a 7, so he's fair in this department.
His attacks can either weaken the head or legs. Choose which one 
to finish off for an easier time. Takada's finisher in the Cross 
Arm Hold, so try to weaken the arms of your opponent for most of 
the fight to finish them off. His Grapple (A) moves are great to 
use as they land more damage to specific body parts. 

Along with the submissions, Takada's suplexes should be used a 
lot for tiring opponents and for head damage.
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==SECTION 6: CLOSING==
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In closing, I'd like to give thanks to:

* GameFAQS.com for hosting this FAQ and for everything 
they have done over the years.

* Neoseeker.com for hosting as well.

* www.gswf.org for Skill and Parameter stats.

* Bill Wood for creating the official format for the FPW FAQs.

* IceMaster's and Kilroys' movelist which helped me when I had trouble
translating.

* http://www.puroresufan.com for their bio on Takada.

* http://www.shootangle.com/tabe/ for information on Takada.

* Puroresu Power for information on PRIDE and Hustle.

And I promise that there are few to no errors on this FAQ.
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Copyright 2004 Carlos Osegueda