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A real upgrade but with traditional weaknesses

  • Aug 28, 2009
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Punchout for the Wii is quite an upgrade from all of the previous Punchout games going back to the actual arcade game that I used to play in the days I had hair.

As you might suspect graphics is a huge upgrade but considering the game system that is almost obligatory. Still they are well done and the makers should get credit for it.

The Gameplay takes you through three different circuits where you can try to fight your way through a series of contenders to gain each belt. It also has a practice mode where if defeated you can continue to practice against an opponent until you feel ready to defeat him.

If you manage to go all the way then you have title defense mode, where each opponent improves dramatically, you also have "badges" where you attempt to win (or even in one case lose) in a particular way to unlock items.

If you actually "beat" the game (and that will take some time) there are special "extra" opponents that will pop up but that would be telling.

And now the weaknesses; the head to head mode that is frankly not all that exciting, but the real weakness is that the game falls into a pattern. You are basically signaled when to punch or counter punch. Although it would be very hard to do otherwise for me it really defeats the interactive modes of the Wii.

None of that seems to have slowed down my son who is actually the owner of the game and plays it over and over. I'm very sure he would give it one more star than me.

You will certainly get value for the money spent if you choose to buy it.

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WiiOne 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!!

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Tune your skills in early rounds.
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Timing puches against Von Kaiser in 'Punch-Out!!'
Key off tells in the ring.
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Battling King Hippo in 'Punch-Out!!'
13 over the top opponents.
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Do max damage with 'Star punches' .
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Little Mac Is Back
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 ...

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Number of Players: 1 Player
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Console: Wii
Genre: Sports Action
Release Date: April 16, 2007
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