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Top boxing game returns after a 15-year hiatus. Grab a Wii Remote in one hand and a Nunchuk controller in the other / ESRB T Teen
|One of the biggest names in boxing returns after a 15-year hiatus. In Punch-Out!! you play as young up-and-coming fighter Little Mac who, with the help of his ringside trainer Doc Lewis, is working his way through the ranks of a wide variety of boxing caricatures, each with their own patterns of attacks. Grab a Wii Remote controller in one hand and a Nunchuk controller in the other and step back into the ring with a modern update of the classic Punch-Out!! |
Little Mac Is Back
Tune your skills in early rounds.
Key off tells in the ring.
13 over the top opponents.
Do max damage with 'Star punches' .
Everyone’s favorite underdog from the 1980s joins the best of the original Punch-Out!! cast in a modern re-imagining of the series. Players will find familiar names like Glass Joe, King Hippo and trainer Doc Louis. These boxers come to life again in cell-shaded 3-D, complete with hilarious fighting animations and backstories that capture all the fun and flair of the original Punch-Out!! games. The Wii's Motion Sensitivity
The motion-sensitive controls of the Wii console mean that when players throw punches, Little Mac throws punches as well. Additionally, you can control hooks and jabs by combining motion control with control-stick movement. The motion-sensing Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers turn real-life swings into on-screen punches, so anyone can play. The game can also be played with classic NES-style controls by turning the Wii Remote sideways. Characters
Punch-Out!! features a total of 13 opponents for Little Mac to step into the ring with. 12 of which are returning from previous games in the Punch-Out!! series. Each have their own backstory and patterns of attacks to learn and learn to counter. Just a few of the characters you can expect to see are:
| ||Little Mac |
Small but extremely game, Little Mac is a young, up-and-coming fighter, who with the help of his trainer, ex-champion Doc Lewis, has set his sights on working his way through the ranks.
| ||Glass Joe |
A fearful French fighter due to his extremely weak chin, Glass Joe will crumple to the mat quickly with just a few well-placed shots, making him an easy mark and a good warm-up for the fighters to follow.
| ||King Hippo |
King Hippo is both huge and an immensely powerful fighter, but can be weakened with the right combinations to the head and body, giving you time to go for the knockout if you can survive his onslaught.
| ||Von Kaiser |
An old-timey fighter whose rumored childhood difficulties have left him eager to dish out punishment in the ring, Von Kaiser is a dangerous opponent, but one who will turn tail if you can find his weakness.
Players can obtain special 'Star Punches,' which allow Little Mac to take more health from his rival in a single punch. Players can now use multiple stars in a single punch for an extra-powerful attack. Controller Options
Punch-Out!! features multiple controller options. For players looking to take advantage of the Wii's motion control capabilities, Punch-Out!! uses the Wii Remote and Nunchuck controllers to simulate throwing punches. Use the Nunchuck to throw a left punch and the Wii Remote to throw a right punch. Fans of the NES version and core gamers will be excited to see Nintendo has also included the option to play Punch-Out!! using the classic layout from the original NES controller. Use the 1 and 2 buttons along with the cross pad to throw hooks and jabs or to dodge.
- Players have the option to play using the classic layout from the original NES controller. Use the 1 and 2 buttons along with the cross pad to throw hooks and jabs or to dodge.
- The ultimate boxing underdog Little Mac returns as the hero in this re-imagining of a gaming classic.
- Large character roster including: Little Mac, Glass Joe, King Hippo, Doc Louis, Von Kaiser and others.
- Players can obtain special 'Star Punches,' which allow Little Mac to take more Health from his rival in a single punch.
- The Wii Remote/Nunchuk controller configuration allows players to simulate punching and ducking for a realistic boxing feel.
- Intense, Hilarious and Challenging
This is a perfect update of Punchout, combining the original's addictive gameplay with stunning, wonderful animation and tons of style and charm. The characters are so entertaining that you'll want to fight them again and again. You'll probably find yourself laughing and yelling out loud as you play: It's almost impossible not to. Like all of Nintendo's best games, Punchout provides a great challenge without being unfair: The visual clues for beating each fighter are right there for you to discover, and once you spot a character's weakness, you'll have to face him several times to perfect the timing needed to take him down.
In a nod to older players who have lives, families and jobs, the game doesn't make you start from square one when you lose a match (or dozens of matches). The game holds your spot in the championship in case you wish to stop for a while, practice against a hologram, or re-fight characters you've beaten. That guy who's giving you trouble will always be waiting patiently for your return, and you resume your climb to the championship when you're ready for it.
Sharp gameplay and a cast of terrific, unforgettable characters make this one of the most purely fun titles I've ever played. I hope they make a sequel.
- Unlike Wii Sports Boxing (Thankfully). A Great Mild Fitness Game!
One of the things I like most about the Wii are the games that get you up and active. Wii Sports and Wii Fit are still among my favorites!
Unfortunately, it seems that most of the "active" games lately have been lackluster mini-game fests that start to blur together after awhile. Enter Punch-Out!!
The full experience leaves you punching with the remote and nunchuck and dodging/ducking with the Wii Balance board.
Fortunately, the controls are much better than the awful controls of Wii Sports Boxing! In Punch-Out!! you simply punch left or right and you hold down the nunchuck control stick to determine whether you punch the face or body. UNfortunately, the balance board can be a little frustrating and finicky to use. Sometimes you have to dodge left, but your movement translates into a dodge right or a duck, leaving you punched in the face!
All in all, however, the control quirks are forgivable and avoidable altogether if you'd rather give your THUMBS a workout by using the D-pad.
The whole game is vibrant, colorful, innovative and exciting. It's great for old fans of the original Punch-Out!! games and new players alike. I find it a delight, especially since I've been hoping for a new fitness game that motivates me to get off of the couch and get the blood pumping a tiny bit....more info
- Better Than The Arcade
One of the best games for the Wii. This game blows all the other punch out series including the arcade out of the water. Everything about this game is great. Even if you are not into boxing this game is great. The controls are unbelievable and Nintendo made the game so you can use the Wii remote and the nun chuck to work as you throw real life punches or you can choose old school mode - were you can use the Wii remote the same way you used to use the old school Nintendo remote when you played Mike Tysons Punch Out. This game is more fun then I can put into words. It has everything and then some. Nintendo hit a grand slam with this game. If you liked Punch Out in the Arcade and Mike Tyson's punch out - this game beats them both and then some. The controls are super accurate and you could actually get a work out from this game. This game is a must for any Punch Out Fan. A+++ Super Fun!!!...more info
- Just like you remember but BETTER!
Having grown up with Mike Tyson's Punch Out I had pretty high expectations. I was shocked to discover that this version is even better than the original. All of the old favorite characters are back, except for Mike unfortunately. Not only are the old characters back but they all do basically the same moves. If you played the old one you'll be able to jump right in and use your knowledge.
Rush out and buy this game. It is so much fun AND a great workout!!! ...more info
- Nintendo definitely has a hit with this one
As many reviews have stated already, the gameplay and look/feel of this game are amazing. It is just FUN to play - which is really what we should be looking for in any game, especially wii games.
I played up to Great Tiger last night using the motion controls (without the balance board), and i LOVED it. the only complaint I have about the entire game (aside from no online features at all) is that for a jab/high punch, you have to press up on the nunchuk stick (or change your controls so that you hit Z or B) in addition to punching.
I found myself naturally just punching high, and forgetting to hit the stick. So i was still just doing belly shots. I'm still not completely used to it, but i'll get there.
I assume this is what caused the reviews that stated they should have waited to use the Wii Motion plus.
but other than that small complaint, like i said, i love it....more info
- An 80's Classic Wonderfully Updated
When I first heard the edgy new version of a song I hold near and dear to my heart in the opening credits, I knew I was in for a good time. The new Punch Out does not disappoint for fans of the old game. We see familiar opponents we spent hour trying to defeat in our living rooms so many years ago. There are even jokes thrown in that only true fans/players of the game could get. The new characters are pretty good, just as annoying and egotistical as opponents of the game always were. The old characters are given much more depth and yes, they actually talk now!
The controller option is one of my favorite features of the game. The Wiimote and nunchuck can be used to fight an opponent like you would in Wii Sports boxing. The Wii balance board can also be added as a challenge for ducking and dodging. If you want to relive your childhood, or not feeling like a workout, just flip your controller for playing the way you always remember.
It's not going to be the original and it never can be. It is however a wonderful blast from the past for anyone who understands the significance of the numbers 005-737-5423!...more info
- The Mac Attack is Back
Punch-Out!! has to be the one Nintendo game that most needed to be redone. I absolutely cannot understand why the big `N' skipped two whole platforms before releasing a new version. Why wasn't Punch-Out!! ported to the DS? We know it can handle Super NES games. Oh well, Punch-Out!! is finally back and I love it. Let me start by saying that Nintendo didn't screw this one up although I can't say that it felt like 1984 again. The technological leap is pretty dramatic and visually it feels like a whole new experience. On the other hand it takes players back with old school pattern recognition and from a control standpoint it's a near clone of the NES Punch-Out!!
The characters look fantastic but I was a little disappointed by the opponent's intro's that consisted of nothing more than four still images. On the other hand the characters voices are absolutely hilarious. King Hippo has a voice that sounds like a cross between a grunt and a belch. The line-up of fighters is less then what was in the Super NES version but it's still impressive. I might have liked to have seen Pizza Pasta but no lineup short of every character ever made would have been perfect. The only new character is Disco Kid whose is essentially the new Kid Quick. The lack of new characters shows a little failure of imagination on the part of Next Level Games but such is life. Despite any issues I might have this is a game I really did not want to stop playing and that is about as much as I can demand. The sound of glove on face is positively magical and when Glass Joe went down I wanted him back to his feet so I could continue to deliver more punishment. In fact it is the fighting that Next Level Games really nailed. The first time I fought Don Flamenco he cleaned my clock but I stayed with it until I beat him. I never felt frustrated and the success of planting his Spanish rear on the canvas was outstanding.
The opponents in Punch-Out!! move in a predictable pattern but this is definitely to the games benefit. Unlike other fighting games you cannot just mash buttons and win. In games like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Soul Caliber I could often win early battles with my eyes shut tightly. You can't even beat Glass Joe that way. Punch-Out!! requires steely concentration. There is also a sense of discovery in hunting down fighters weaknesses. Great Tiger was plastering me until I found out then when he leans for an upper cut I need to lean the same direction to avoid his punch and when Bear Hugger tries to hug me I can avoid by ducking down and then giving him a shot to the belly.
Punch-Out!! isn't going to win any innovation awards but what it does is take old fashioned timing and pattern recognition and perfect it. It is essentially the classic Punch-Out!! with a massive facelift. Now if we could just convince Nintendo that Punch-Out!! needs to come out with every new platform life would be just a little bit better. And while Nintendo is at it where is Wave Race for the Wii?...more info
i bought punch out!! the day after it was released and i think its a great fun game one of my favs.kinda hard at times and can be annoying but i guess a challenging game is always fun.so if your a fan of punch out!! i would highly recommend you get this game....more info
- A welcome trip down memory lane!
As a fan of the original Punch-Out!! titles on NES and SNES, I knew that this game was a must have for me. Having finally played the title yesterday, I am glad to report that it certainly does not disappoint! This is hardcore Punch-Out gameplay at it's best!
The thing that I love about Punch-Out!! is that, like the original games, it really isn't a brawler. You can't button-mash your way through the game. Rather, it really is more of a puzzler, in that each opponent has a "tell", and a specific fighting style. Once you have him figured out, it is just a matter of countering him. Don't be mistaken, however: this game's difficulty get's hardcore really quickly (much like the original games!). For instance, last night, I was able to breeze right through the Minor Circuit (using the motion controls), but in the second circuit (Major Circuit I believe), the fighter "Great Tiger" (a welcome import from the original NES game!) gave me a really hard time! I found myself REALLY challenged, much to my delight! Also, much like the original games, once you defeat several of the players in the game, you get to fight them again later in the game.... however, their fighting style (the puzzle element of the game) has completely changed, and the difficulty is ramped up drastically. I am confident that this game will provide hours and hours of gameplay. Anyway, here are some of my observations about the game:
*Art style - everything is hand drawn, colorful, and animated. This game looks great, and doesn't take itself too seriously. Also, several humerous head-nods to the original games were included (lik Doc urging you to join Club Nintendo ringside!). Also, some of the knockout animations (like the original games) are REALLY satisfying and funny. When I knocked out Disco Kid, he spun around like a top and hit all four corners of the ring while making pinball machine noises. Now THAT'S classic Punch-Out!! if I've ever seen it!
*Difficulty - one thing that games are missing these days is hardcore difficulty. The original Punch-Out!!, as well as titles like the Contra series or the Mega Man series tended to be so difficult at times that you were tempted to throw your controller at the wall! There is nothing worse to me than just breezing through a game. I was pleasantly surprised that, even though I knew how to beat most of the fighters that I have faced so far (since they were in the original games), they still were no push-overs this time around. The characters are FASTER than they were in the old games, and the motion controls ad a new dimension of difficulty.
*Achievements - this game has a simple achievement system where you are challenged, for instance, to beat a character in one round, or with only right jabs, etc. Achievements are something special for any Wii game, since so very select few developers are including them in Wii titles. This ads loads of replay value in my opinion (I am STILL trying to get all the trophies unlocked in Smash Bros Brawl! What can I say... I'm a perfectionist!)
*Multiplayer - the game includes a simple multiplayer mode where you play head to head with a friend as Little Mac. It is really simple, but it is fun. I only wish that you could have played as other boxers and that some kind of online play was included... but this was still a welcome feature!
*Controls - Wii Sports Boxing was fun, but really left me wanting a great boxing title where the motion controls really work well. Punch-Out!!, while not really a "Boxing" game (it's no Knockout Kings for sure!), has implemented some really smooth motion controls. Rather than relying solely on motion controls, you simply swing right and left. You hold a button while swinging to do an upwards swing, and press a button while swinging to do a star punch. The motion controls are simple, and they work. Later in the game, as the difficulty ramps up even higher, I have a feeling that I will switch to the classic NES controls rather than the motion controls (Wii remote on it's side), as this will allow for more speed and responsiveness (since a button press is always faster than a swing of the wiimote), so I'm glad this was included.
*Could have included a few more original/new boxers
*No online play
All in all, this game is really wonderful. Certainly a must-have for any hardcore gamer who owns (or is thinking about buying) a Wii.
Replay Value: A
Overall: A...more info
- Just as fun as original
This game plays like the original, which is a good thing. If you enjoyed the original you'll enjoy the Wii version as well. Most of the original games boxers are in this version and similar tactics from the past work.
If you've never played punchout, you should try out this game. It's an entertaining boxing game that's less serious than most.
The trick is to figure out the signal the opponent gives as to what is coming next and react accordingly. The further you get the more signals the boxer will give requiring you to respond by ducking differently and puching back in a certain position at the right time....more info
- Alot of Fun!!!! This is a great game, about exactly what expected.
This is a fun game , it picks up where punchout left off and adds some to an already classic formula. However there is not a ton of replayability. I think that just comes with the territory when using a 20 + yr old game engine though, I mean how much could you really one up a donkey kong or supermario brothers game using the same format. Yea you can dress up the graphics and add some new pitfalls, remix the classic music but still you are essentailly playing a 20 year old game. Not that there is a problem with that at all.If you are a Classic Gamer, Nintendo Fanboy or Girl this is a must have for your collection, If you are an XBOX360 Person you will probably find renting this game is probably adaquate....more info
- Not bad, not incredibly inspired though either...
The gameplay is fun, the sound effects are great, and the well designed basic layout from 25 years ago has wisely been left alone. I'm having a good time working through all the characters (I got up to Bear Hugger before losing) and some of the graphic and sonic quirks are really cool. That said, I would have liked to see some new characters thrown into the mix as 13 characters (12 returning) isn't really setting the world on fire, IMHO. The Super Punch-Out arcade release added some great new characters as did the Mike Tyson NES version. Why not add five or six more this time around as well? It seems to me that the game's developers took a pretty cautious approach in this regard, which doesn't really bother me terribly but it doesn't quite smack of five stars either. I absolutely worshiped the original arcade game when it came out in '84 (I would have signed away years of my life to have had that arcade console in my living room) and I loved the sequel and also Mike Tyson's Punch Out when it came out, though the limitations of the 8 bit NES were obviously apparent. I wasn't into the SNES so I never played that particular version of Super Punch Out until recently via the Wii's virtual console, and I have to say that it holds up remarkably well for its age. This brings me to my slight beef with this release. 15 years later, Nintendo should have been able to knock our socks off with a mind-blowing new version of Punch-Out and I don't quite feel that way about this one. Maybe I'm just getting too old for this sort of thing, I don't know.
In short, I believe that Punch-Out 2009 is certainly worth your time, but I can't help feeling just a bit underwhelmed. Is this simply a case of "It's not you, it's me"? Maybe. :) 7.5/10...more info
- Brings you back 20 years younger. Wonderful memories.
It's a great remake of a hall of fame game. This was one of the all time great games back on the Nintendo 8bit days. Playing the game so much, had to continously blow the cartridge and the machine to keep it working!
Now the remake is just as fun, except less the blowing part. Still a great workout when you use the remote+numbchuk+wii board. After a couple of fights, works up a good sweat. To be really good at the game, it's easier to play it game pad way. But to have fun with it, the body motions really gets you feeling good. The motion capture is accurate, when you punch, the game reflects that instantly, no lag. That is crucial to the enjoyment of these wii sports games.
Nintendo has done a wonderful job in revisiting a classic such as Punch-Out! Fans and newcomers alike will enjoy Punch Out. This game is for adults, teens, and children.
Bravo Nintendo! Superb Presentation!
5 Full Stars!!...more info
- An old-school gamer's dream!
Nintendo has done it again; this time they are catering to their most loyal fanbase, the old school gamer. Now there is a distinction between an old school gamer and a hardcore gamer. Hardcore gamers who like running around in zero gravity and blowing people up with swords need not buy this game because they would not appreciate the nostalgia, spot on controls, and pattern based game play of Punch Out!! Unfortunately casual gamers may also struggle with this game because of its insane difficulty as one progress through Title Defense mode and gasp Mac's Last Stand mode. Even in the Contender mode (first part of the game), button mashing will not get you beyond Disco Kid. Minor studying of your opponent would bed required for you to get beyond Great Tiger.
Anyway, if you are still interested, then you are in for a treat. I cannot remember the last time I sat in front of a video game console for 4 consecutive hours playing a video game. It reminded me of my childhood when we played the NES during weekends and summers. The game developers nailed it. All the originals are there and 2 Super Punchout veterans also return.
Punch-Out!! is almost like a puzzle game where you learn patterns to dodge and counter. Once you have mastered a particular fighter, it is like art in motion when you TKO an opponent flawlessly.
The motion controls work well, but you have to play the game holding the wii remote horizontally. 2 player mode is pretty lame but a nice change of pace. Too bad you cannot play as any boxer and there is no online functionality whatsoever.
Fellow old school gamers, our patience has been rewarded handsomely....more info
- The Game Had Me at "Hippo"
Back in November of 2008, I read an article saying that this game was coming to the Wii in '09. And that date couldn't get here fast enough. I'm an old-schooler that grew up playing the original arcade at a local convenience store down the street - standing around with friends, eating microwave burritos, drinking Squirt, and throwing away my allowance one quarter at a time. That was a large part of my childhood, a very '80s childhood that I loved every minute of. From there I bought the Tyson version in junior high and then even after high school - I asked for the Super Punch-Out!! for the SNES Christmas of '94. And I got it. There's only one thing missing from this little jaunt down memory lane, the N64 and Gamecube Punch-Outs!! - both systems passed up a great opportunity at making money... namely from me. I was so disappointed that the series had ended... but then I saw the article and saw King Hippo in all of his glory - jumping right off the page, bigger than ever! I pre-ordered the first day that Amazon offered the chance. Seeing King Hippo was plenty enough reason for me.
Well needless to say, I've had the game a little over a week now and I've been playing it every night. So much so that I have finally found a game on the Wii that really connects to my old NES days. I love seeing fully rendered versions of most of the old characters. Plus, they've found ways to up the ante for longer play value (records to beat, etc.) Personally my only complaint is that there are a few characters that are not on here that could've been (I'd be happy to settle for a sequel though).
And more importantly, the single thing that stands out about this game is that it seems like a normal game. Although the game features motion controls and balance board options - it also allows for the classic button style too. Finally a game that can be a normal old button smasher... if that's your style. Lately I've found myself starting to tire from all of those fun Wii games that seem to leave my elbows sore and assorted living room objects bumped and knocked over. Although extremely fun, the fatigue of repetitive Wii remote flicking becomes monotonous. Wii Punch-Out!! on the other hand lets you revisit the old days of D-pad movement and A / B punching. I have to say that the Wii, in all of it's innovation, started to lose me to motion sickness. As to say, I was getting sick of constantly going through the motions of pointing and swinging and whatevering.... just let me play a normal relaxing game already. I don't want a Richard Simmons workout... I just want to fight King Hippo... without slipping a disc in my back or breaking Aunt Louise's family heirloom vase.
Nintendo delivered so much more than that. This is one of my favorite Nintendo franchises and even with my high expectations, I was not let down (that hardly ever happens). Thanks Nintendo, I love this game - it makes me feel like a kid again... and not because I broke the vase....more info
- The Mac is Back in Black!!
If you're like me and you grew up with the original Mike Tyson's Punch Out and the Super Punch Out in the subsequent decade, then you probably got either really excited or shook your head when you saw that Nintendo was redoing the classic. I personally was excited, but hesitant to give the game a shot since Nintendo has really put out some crappers lately and the third-party games were even worse. It's as though they focus all their efforts into one super game every years (Mario Kart for 2008) and then everything else just gets the scraps.
Enter Punch Out.
The layout of Punch Out is very simple; try to knock out your (very campy) opponents by blocking, countering, and using the star-power punches leftover from both MT Punch Out and Super Punch Out. The opponents, in loving tradition with both the NES, Arcade, and SNES versions, are extremely campy. In fact, their campiness has been amplified. Glass Joe has a striking French accent (which REALLY makes me wanna lay the punches) while Von Kaiser utters stereotypical German phrases such as "Auchtung!!" and so forth. And, of course, the not-so loveable King Hippo is back to hug you and have his shorts fall off every time you hit him in the stomach. Oh, and let us not forget a secret character from the Mario Universe that has come to put the bannanas... er, gloves on.
While some of the cultural stereotypes are exactly that and may seem offensive, they are in line with the Punch Out tradition... not to mention EVERYONE gets made fun of (including the Canadians) and it's all in good fun.
As for the controls. Some reviewers have already referenced Wii Sports Boxing and immediately breathed a sigh of relief. I'm in that group as well but I must also compare Punch Out to other existing boxing games for the Wii such as Don King's and Facebreakers; they all SUCK. Many times you can be pummeling in the air very quickly and the game will fail to realise what you're doing and start initiating random moves making the AI nearly impossible to beat (You hear me Facebreakers?!).
I was quickly able to figure out the controls (be advised I'm using the Wii Remote and Nunchuck) and learn to use them to my advantage. Unlike Wii Sports boxing, where you have to lean the controls left/right to dodge, Punch Out allows you to move by either leaning on the Wii Fit balance board or using the controller on the Nunchuck to dodge and/or duck. This is a LOT easier.
I only have one complaint as to the regular controls; when you want to punch up you have to press up on the Nunchuck controller. This is true for both hands so you have to press up with the left to punch up with the right. This can be very odd at first but can be overcome after a while.
I tried using the Wii Fit balance board to box (which, like EA Active, ignores the weight limit), but I found it to be too limiting as I felt somewhat clastrophobic, really boxed in and I slipped off several times. After two bouts I quickly put the balance board away and worked simply with the remote and nunchuck.
The AI difficulty seemed difficult at first, but once I discovered that, like real boxing, you have to dodge and take punches as well to counter, playing the game became exceptionally easier. My only limitation was that my arms got really sore after about 30 minutes to an hour of play. This means I need more practice. Fortunately, I have the EA Active to practice boxing, but an advanced workout mode would've been a nice touch to Punch Out.
Another few elements I really liked about Punch Out was how they incorporated a LOT of elements from the original games including a loading screen of the NES Mac running, sound effects, and even your overweight trainer... who is also a stereotype. Like Samuel L. Jackson, I keep subconsciously placing "motha *insert expletive here*" at the end of everything he says (Try it, it's fun!).
Lastly is multiplayer. My co-worker and I (who, by the way, do NOT work for Nintendo, EA, or any other video game developer) tried multiplayer last night and found ourselves button mashing (well, punching wildly) at the air not knowing what the crap we're doing. Then came on giga Mac, the powerful Barry Bond version of Little Mac, and two "wtf mate" later we finally figured out just how different multiplayer speeds are from regular mode.
I guess my only real beefs are that the new additions really aren't that special such as the re-match mode after you complete the main game. This does NOT take away from the game experience, however. My other ones are the cultural stereotypes but, unlike other politically correct forces in the world, I'll get over it.
Punch on!! A worthy purchase!!...more info
- Short and to the Point
The top-rated helpful reviews here say it as well as I could, so I'll keep this short and sweet. This is one of the best video games I have ever played - a true homage to the original while at the same time being a refreshing experience and blast to play. I won't even add any "if you were a fan of the original" statements. It doesn't matter. This game is for absolutely anyone.
EXCELLENT work, Nintendo. You have recreated something truly special. ...more info
- The best old school fun on the Wii
Games on the Wii have a hard time standing out. With so many systems out there, developers try and cater to as many tastes as there are gamers. With Punch Out, Nintendo had a difficult choice. Make a game for everyone or try and develope something for those hungry hardcore gamers. Who says you can't have it both ways?
Punch Out is a puzzle game that demands some memorization and quick reflexes. As you fight against the 13 regular fighters, they will telegraph their attacks and give little tell signs of how the will go about hitting you. Learn those attacks (easier than ever by going to the exhibition mode and practicing) and jab your way to the top for a title bout.
After the initial bout of fights, you become the champ and all former boxers return with new and improved techniques. This is when the game turns reaaally hard. But the good news is that nothing beats winning a close fight where you almost lost, having your buddies cheer you on and passing the controller around, of which there are various options. Old NES controls are great, even if I liked the motion controls better.
As someone who has been playing for over 22 years, I remember having a blast with the original Punch Out. The best part about this one is how it reminds me of all the fun I had with that game and at the same time feels like a whole new experience. ...more info
- A blast from the past with better graphics
I was really excited for this game since I played Mike Tyson's Punch Out and Super Punch Out back in the day. This updated version is fun to play, but it's pretty similar to the old version, just with better graphics. The nostalgia factor helps for sure, so maybe I'm a little biased....more info
- Nintendo's Boxer Is Back, But Somewhat Down For The Count
There is no question about the fact that Nintendo right now is trying to bring in the success of video games to the casual games to the DSi and the Wii. While there are some who might feel very tired with the gaming turn that Nintendo has made within the past year, there are others that are getting a chance to play some really fun titles like Excitebots: Trick Racing and Mario Super Sluggers. But while that seems fine, Nintendo has decided to bring back some very strong titles on its virtual console for the Wii, and in the homes everywhere, that does include fighter games. With the success of Street Fighter 4 on the PS3 and Xbox 360 only, there just really isn't enough there for Wii owners. Well for them, it is a return of one of the most classic titles from Nintendo's NES era that is back with a punch. But is this absolutely a knockout, well not completely.
Punch-Out! for the Nintendo Wii, brings back the enjoyment of Nintendo's original fighter Mac to a whole new generation of gamers. While it has been so long since Little Mac the boxer has been on a Nintendo game, fans have recently taken a new shine on him because of the original game being available on the Wii's Virtual Console. The gameplay brings in Mac to a whole new era of fans mostly well, but not definitively to capture the audience of fighting fans Nintendo has shown on the Wii with Super Smash Brothers Brawl. Still, Nintendo has shown to bring in the simplicity of the game as a whole to a new generation. As you fight your way to the championship belt, you'll tackle favorites from the original Punch-Out and Super Punch-Out eras like King Hippo, Von Kaiser, and many others. The graphics have been mastered noblely well, to bring in the classic feel from Nintendo's Puch-Out glory days, and the gameplay is a delight for hardcore fans.
The control here is a bit mixed in the gameplay. While it works well for the classic fans, and of those who've loved Wii Sports, as you can choose to play the game, like you did from the early Punch-Out era, by holding the Wii-mote like the original NES controller, or using the Wii-mote and Nunchuck to bring the boxing appeal in well, like a pair of boxing gloves, using the balance board here from Wii Fit sadly doesn't give it your all here in the gameplay. Sadly that isn't the only disadvantage here. I was honestly a bit dissapointed that there could've been more in the multiplayer action too, like the ability to play against others online like other fighter games now like Street Fighter 4 and Super Smash Brothers showed well. That limitation doesn't completely show it as being as universal enough.
All in all, with such a long absence from the eye of Nintendo's gaming library, Punch-Out!! isn't as definitive as it could've been for a comeback. Even Mario who was in the very original Punch-Out from 1987 would've been upset about this. So to be honest with you, if you're still hungary for a hard core fighting game for the Wii, stick with Super Smash Brothers Brawl instead.
Control: B for the Wii-Mote; B- for the Wii-mote & Nunchuck; C for the Wii Balance Board
Fun & Enjoyment: C for solo players; C 1/2+ for multiplayer
Overall: C+...more info
- Punch-Out is back!
Who could forget Punch-Out for the NES? I know I can't, playing as Little Mac and getting my butt handed to me by Mike Tyson over and over again. Well, let's fast-forward to 2009 now, and Nintendo has brought Punch-Out back for the Wii, minus Mike Tyson of course, and the kind of oh so fun gameplay that made the original game so good is wonderfully re-created here with this new Punch-Out. The themes of the original game are re-vitalized, with the same presentation of the original Punch-Out re-created with some modern 3-D elements that end up making the game look surprisingly great in the graphics department, and the fluid animation only adds to the visual experience. Gameplay wise, the formula remains the same, as Punch-Out requires having quick reflexes and recognizing your opponent's fighting patterns is the big key to success. Once you manage to grasp those elements, the game becomes a blast to play through. The lack of online however is a gaping hole, but there's enough replayability here with the main three circuits, facing tougher versions of previous fighters, and of course, VS mode. All in all, the new Punch-Out for the Wii is a blast to play, and fans of the original should definitely pick this up....more info
- Like I never stopped playing this!
Wow, it took me a little bit to play it again and understand the controls..but as I started playing again...wow I missed this game...it takes me back to the old school days!
This game have never disappointed...bring some more "old" games back to the wii!...more info
- Classic! A Gamer's Game
Wow, I was so excited for Punch-Out! to be coming out and it has not let me down.
Straight up, this game is Fun. It's a fun Game. Timing is everything, you have to figure out the fighter's personality and tells and signs and secrets and then you pull it off and you throw your arms up in the air in victory!
Graphics - Amazing. So fluid, so personable, just so nice to look at. I play fighters again just to watch them move.
Gameplay - Classic, but in a good way. You doge, you duck, you block, and you punch, and you figure out when to throw your stars. It's fast paced and keeps you interested.
Motion Controls - Well done! If you have a big HDTV, make sure to find a "gaming" mode, because there can be some lag otherwise.
Fun - Heck yeah it's fun. I'd list that as a core gameplay mechanic.
I love that we're in the generation where GAMING is coming back! Not this interactive movie stuff and realism for the sake of realism without the FUN.
Get this game if you're a gamer....more info
- A Knockout!
+Really fun art style
+Simple to play, yet difficult to master
+Different ways to play
-Competing in multiplayer can only be done as Little Mac
-There's no online multiplayer, but I really don't think that's a big deal
Those who owned the original NES probably got a chance to play the original Punch-Out. At the time the game was incredibly awesome and incredibly difficult. There was also a Super Punch-Out for the SNES, but after that there was never another game. With the Wii's motion sensor controls, however, it's amazing we didn't get a Punch Out game for the system sooner. Wii Sports has already established that a boxing game is perfect for the Wii. Punch-Out for the Wii makes it possible.
If you were one of those people who played Punch-Out for the original NES, then you'll be right at home when playing it on the Wii. It's instantly familiar. A lot of the competitors are the same, and they look very much the same. So is Little Mac. And the gameplay is just about the same as well. If you were a veteran of the old games you'll find that playing Punch-Out for the Wii is like returning to visit an old friend after a few years. There's a lot that will start coming back to you.
As Little Mac, you'll step into the ring and take on a grand total of 13 fighters. Just like the original Punch-Out, there's a bit of pattern recognition going on. Making the right moves at the right time, and watching your opponent are the keys to winning. While it's not quite Wii Boxing in terms of making punches and whatnot, it is quite a challenging game. Especially your first time through. And it's still pretty addictive. All you really need to do is watch your foe and make sure you make your punches accordingly. You've also got Stars that you obtain by punching your opponents at the right time (when they flash). This allows you to use Star Punches which really pack a wallop.
It's got simple gameplay that you'll find incredibly addictive for a while. You might, however, find the main campaign to be a little short. And indeed, it is. But the game does have a few things that help it along. For example, after going through all the fighters once, you'll have to do it again to defend your title, but the fights won't be the same. They'll be more challenging, having more moves and moving faster and requiring you to take on different tactics than before.
Aside from that there is also the exhibition mode where you go up against the fighters but pertaining to specific conditions. Again, simple gameplay, but it can be very challenging to figure out just how to complete some of the conditions.
There are a few ways one can control Punch-Out for the Wii. The first, and most obvious, is to use the Nunchuck and Wii Remote so that you can swing them to make punches if you wish. You can also use the balance board for ducking and dodging. Lastly, you can use just the Wii Remote by itself and play like the original NES title. Of all the control schemes using the Wii-Remote like a classic NES controller is the best, and that's pretty sad. The game is fun with the other control modes, but it's hard to doubt that it's just a lot easier to pick up and play with the classic controller approach. On the other hand, it's nice that we're not playing a Wii game where the Wii Controls feel tacked on.
Another addition to Punch-Out is that people can now play multi-player. This is a really nice addition. Two people can now go at it. They'll both play as Little Mac, though, and this is probably the biggest complaint concerning multi-player. It would be so much better if players could choose between any of the opponents to play as and go head to head. It would make Punch-Out the perfect party game. There's also no online multi-player but I doubt most gamers will lose sleep over that.
For a Wii Game Punch-Out looks pretty good. It's artistic style has often been fairly popular. Punch-Out is, and pretty much always will be a cartoony like game. And it's definitely true of the Wii version, which makes Punch-Out come alive the way it should. It still sounds very good as well. There are some nostalgic tunes thrown in there, but mostly it just suits Punch-Out.
For old fans of the Punch-Out series, this is like a thank you gift. They're more apt to enjoy than someone who has never played it before. If you're new to the series, this isn't really all that bad to play at all, and you might find yourself becoming addicted....more info
- It's got me down for the count.
I was a little skeptic on buying this game, thinking it would just be Wii sports boxing but with green gloves. I'll be honest, I just bought the game for the love of the NES version (the original with Mike). So I got the game and "plugged" it in right away.I figured since I had a Wii fit I would try playing the game with it, and WOW. I could not imagine NOT playing the game with the wii fit board. Between the wii fit, wiimote and the nunchuck, it's a perfect boxing experience. the controls are seamlessly easy. It took me one round with Glassjoe to get them down. It's a pretty faced paced game too, and a workout.
I recommend this game to anyone, I'm 23 and grew up playing the original. But I know people who never even heard of the game before would instantly love it.
THERE IS ONE DOWNSIDE THOUGH.
Where's referee Mario? I miss him counting....more info
- Just like it was
This game is a lot of fun and it brings back the memories from the original and they did a great job re-doing the characters and graphics. It's a little shallow though, Im sure over the past 10+ years they could have come up with a few new fighters so there would be more than 13. The challenges add a little more depth to the game as well as the multiplayer. ...more info
- Tons of fun
I was skeptical at first that Nintendo would be able to recreate the fun of the original game without radically altering the basic elements of what made the game so great. The original Punch-Out!! had somewhat repetitive game play but there was a ton of enjoyment to be had in figuring out how to KO the fighters that the overall experience was very memorable. I was concerned that a direct translation of the original game play elements to the Wii with no modifications would result in a repetitive and shallow experience. I'm glad to see I was wrong. There is more depth and strategy to this remake than meets the eye, and the 2-player, exhibition matches and challenges add multiple levels of replay value. The basic high-level strategy remains the same as the original - you are Little Mac, a scrappy boxer fighting his way across the minor, major and world circuit. Eventually you can take the title and fight to defend it. As you beat various characters, you get to see the cut-scene for the next opponent. Cut-scenes and other unlockable content then become viewable in the gallery. The Wii expands on the original Punch-Out!! by including various "challenges" that you can undertake during the exhibition matches. Example challenges include K.O'ing an opponent with 6 punches in a single match, finding an opponents "weak-spot" and knocking him out with one hit, winning a match without dodging/ducking/blocking, etc. I won't spoil anything by saying what happens when you complete a challenge but these add plenty of replay value after you've jabbed and uppercutted your way through the world circuit. The exhibition matches are also great for practicing against an opponent without affecting your ranking, as career mode will track your win/loss record.
The characters from the original are more charming than you remember and the "celluloid" style (not sure if that's the exact term) of animation is interesting and takes advantage of the somewhat limited graphical capabilities of the Wii ("limited" when compared to the 360/PS3). You won't even notice that the Wii isn't rendering zillions of polygons and textures a minute because the cut scenes and character mannerisms are just fun to watch. Parents should note that even though this is a boxing game, the "violence" is quite comical and there is no blood or maliciousness. Overall, this is a must-have for fans of the original and Wii fans looking for a solid gaming experience.
- Great Fun - but not (quite) a great game
Finally, it's back! Arguably the greatest boxing game of all time - "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!" - has been re-made and released to fit all of our spoiled next generation graphics and game play needs - and what a great job they have done. My only argument, they should have added more exclamations at the end of the title!!!
One again, you are the young underdog: Little Mac; and just as the original did, Punch-Out!! has very memorable characters whose signature moves you will have nightmares about. Each character is an exaggerated representation of different cultures. Oh, but don't you worry - all of your favorite characters are back in the new version. I was very excited to see some new characters myself, but unfortunately there is only one new guy who I have seen thus far - Don't worry, I won't ruin that one surprise for you by continuing.
Controls - Just like in the original (and probably every other boxing sim to date) you will find yourself ducking and dodging left or right to avoid punches. But unlike any (decent) boxing game, this Punch-Out!! has the advantages of the Wii control. And just like in any other game where you are given the option to use the "Nunchuck" controller, game play is much more exciting and realistic when you do. You will really find yourself giving your all with this game - I swear I can hold my own in a real ring after taking down that Bear Hugger.
Graphics - The visuals of this game are great, as long as you aren't expecting this to be the Wii's version of a Fight Night game. Just like the original did, all the characters are very cartoony, and many of their moves are plain funny. They had to do this though, or else it wouldn't be Punch-Out. With that given, they did an amazing job with the type of game they were trying to make. Some of the best graphics I have seen on the Wii yet.
Multiplayer - Although you can not play Punch-Out!! online, they have finally given us a head to head mode where we can fight against our friends. While I haven't tried it, it looks very promising. I am very excited that they added a 2 player mode.
While I am thrilled that they didn't completely change the formula of the original, I think they could have added a lot of new material. If the game didn't come out so well, I would have chalked this up to laziness. I guess they just felt the characters were perfect the first time around, and now that it's been 15 years (?) we pretty much forgot them all anyway.
While I don't think the game is perfect, it is definitely a blast. I have been excited to play a decent boxing game for the Wii, and I've finally found one that I can love.
8.5 out of 10
My suggestion: Go get it....more info
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