Shin Nippon Pro Wrestling was founded in 1972 by Antonio Inoki, a former professional wrestler, which then briefly passed to video game developer Yuke's before being sold to its current owners Bushiroad, a Japanese CCG developer. Its roster over the decades has featured many prominent Japanese and American pro wrestlers, including Big Van Vader and Jim Neidhart.
There are two "eras" for Shin Nippon Pro Wrestling video game adaptations. They include:
Varie put out three Super Famicom games between 1993-1995, one of which was ported to the PC Engine CD by Fujicom. The first of these was Shin Nippon Pro Wrestling: Chou Senshi in Tokyo Dome, the first Shin Nippon Pro Wrestling game.
In 1995, Yuke's picked up the license to produce Shin Nippon Pro Wrestling games, and would later purchase a majority share of the promotion. Yuke's games usually contained the phrase "Toukon Retsuden" or "Toukon Road" in their titles. The first Shin Nippon Pro Wrestling Toukon Retsuden game was published on the PlayStation, but the series would also see releases for the N64, Dreamcast, Game Boy Advance and WonderSwan.