First look at handheld SmackDown!

[PSP] New screens show off what next-gen wrestling looks like when it's shrunken down

While we've gotten a pretty good look at WWE SmackDown! vs RAW 2007 on the Xbox 360, publisher THQ has been more cagey about showing us the other, less pretty versions of the next-gen wrestlefest. A trickle of PS2 screens started in July, but for a long time, we didn't seen screen one from the PSP edition - odd, considering it's scheduled to hit stores in November.

Today, however, THQ finally unleashed the first batch of PSP screens, and they look great for a handheld title, with sharp detail on the wrestlers and the ring. Granted, there are a few sacrifices - the crowd looks like a bunch of cardboard cutouts - but one of the shots at least implies that the interactive grapples from the console versions will make it to the PSP intact.

One thing they don't show, however, is a single new addition to the roster of wrestlers. But we expect that to change real soon. In the meantime, just hit the Images tab above to check the new shots out.

September 1, 2006

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