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  • Summary: One of the biggest names in boxing returns after a 15-year hiatus. 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! Everyone’s favorite underdog from the 1980s joinsOne of the biggest names in boxing returns after a 15-year hiatus. 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! Everyone’s favorite underdog from the 1980s joins the best of the original Punch-Out!! cast in a modern re-imagination of the series. Players will find familiar names like Glass Joe, King Hippo and trainer Doc Louis. These boxers come to life again in cel-shaded 3-D, complete with hilarious fighting animations and back stories that capture all the fun and flair of the original Punch-Out!! games. 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: Little Mac, Glass Joe, King Hippo, Doc Louis, Von Kaiser and other unannounced favorites. Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Players can obtain special "Star Punches," which allow Little Mac to take more Health from his rival in a single punch. Motion Control (Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers) Punch-Out!! uses the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to simulate throwing punches. Use the Nunchuk to throw a left punch and the Wii Remote to throw a right punch. Classic Control (Wii Remote NES style) 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. [Nintendo] Expand
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  • Developer: Next Level Games
  • Genre(s): Sports, Traditional, Individual, Boxing, Boxing, Combat, Boxing / Martial Arts
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: E10+
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. 100
    While Punch Out!! makes for an entertaining enough solitary experience, the back-seat driving aspect makes it positively shine as a party game. There's nothing quite like having a few friends over, passing the controller around, shouting advice, and just generally bonding over some hilarious, bloodless violence.
  2. From the music to the controls and Doc’s worthless advice between rounds, everything in Punch Out!! hearkens back to a time before bump-mapping and load screens, a time when games didn’t have to rely on downloadable content or pre-order bonuses to be great.
  3. 90
    Punch-Out!! is destined to become one of this generation's top classics, right up there with Super Mario Galaxy. It's one heckuva peace offering for Nintendo's jilted lifers, an elaborate brainteaser for everyone who picks it up, and absolutely the best Punch-Out!! to date. If you're still fishing for a reason to own a Wii, this is it.
  4. Overall, the gameplay itself is fun, and there are enough options (Wii Remote, Wii Remote/Nunchuk, Balance Board) to suit the preferences of any gamer.
  5. Punch-Out for the Wii isn't much different from the NES version, but it hardly matters when it's this much fun.
  6. It’s an ardently old-school video game, big on simple, challenging fun and wonderfully overblown, colourful caricatures. A gorgeous, gleeful tribute to how video games used to be.
  7. Punch-Out!! for Wii is a great comeback from a classic saga. People who lived prior games will like it, but it also appeal to new gamers with its funny design and astounding personality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    10
    This is the 2nd best Wii game, no question. Just behind Brawl. Very reminiscent of the NES and SNES titles. There are no issues with thisThis is the 2nd best Wii game, no question. Just behind Brawl. Very reminiscent of the NES and SNES titles. There are no issues with this game. Buy it. Expand
  2. JoradT
    May 31, 2009
    10
    This is easily the best Wii game this year so (even exceeding Little King's Story) however there could be a couple of minor This is easily the best Wii game this year so (even exceeding Little King's Story) however there could be a couple of minor improvements. As far as graphics go they are stunning, cell shaded and beautiful. The animations are wacky yet smooth and the characters are full of personality. The soundtrack is awsome and I especially like Disco Kid's and King Hippo's themes. I also liked how each character spoke in their native tongue (though subtitles would've been appreciated). The gameplay is fantastic. It isn't a boxing game as such but more arcade with a hint of strategy. You have to learn each characters techniques and using dodges and blocks find a way to counter and win. It all works flawlessly and as you get better you find newer, faster ways to beat down your opponents. The multiplayer mode, whilst still pretty fun, is no where near as fun and addictive as the single player mode and some Wifi would've been nice. But beggars can't be choosers and it's still a fantastic experience. As far as difficulty and length goes, at first it seems easy. Beating the first 13 opponents all in all won't take too long. However after that you have to face them all AGAIN and they are all much harder. However even here overall the story mode will last around 7 or 8 hours. But there is the hardest part of all. The Exibition mode. This allows you to fight off against the characters you have fought in the Career mode however you have three challenges to complete, each requiring you to learn the moves of the opponent back to front before you can beat them. Overall the game is awesome. It offers a great challenge and will last for ages due to it's massive replay value. Both newcomers and nostalgic Punch Out fans will adore it!! Expand
  3. DME
    Jul 24, 2012
    10
    The visuals are beautiful, animations are a lot of fun to watch, and the stereotypical voice acting can be hilarious. And on top of all that,The visuals are beautiful, animations are a lot of fun to watch, and the stereotypical voice acting can be hilarious. And on top of all that, the controls are near-perfect, every battle feels significantly different, and the bonus exhibition challenges will give diehards a run for their money. My Nintendo Wii has been collecting dust on my shelf every since I invested in an Xbox 360, but Punch Out was the game that brought me back. Highly recommended. Collapse
  4. Sep 10, 2011
    9
    A fantastic remake to one of the greatest video games on the NES and is actually better than the original to me with much more addictingA fantastic remake to one of the greatest video games on the NES and is actually better than the original to me with much more addicting gameplay than the original Expand
  5. Apr 3, 2015
    9
    This game is a good game. I haven't played it in AGES though... Last played: probably 2012. The graphics are awesome. The controls areThis game is a good game. I haven't played it in AGES though... Last played: probably 2012. The graphics are awesome. The controls are mediocre but okay... The character designs are well done. This game Punch Out for Wii is a Nintendo Select and is usually $20 USD or less, or probably around $30 Canadian Dollars (Never been there, so don't know. Closest place to Canada I lived in: Box Elder, South Dakota and don't try to hunt me down there because I don't live there anymore.) and if it is cheaper, it is DEFINITELY wourth it. I recommend this game EVEN though I haven't played it in ages. Be aware: Defeated opponents are looking for a rematch, coming back to haunt you. Expand
  6. Jun 26, 2013
    9
    Punch-Out!! for Wii is awesome, plain and simple. Every match is intense, every victory is satisfying, and every defeat acts as a learningPunch-Out!! for Wii is awesome, plain and simple. Every match is intense, every victory is satisfying, and every defeat acts as a learning experience. Your hands will sweat and your nerves will kick in late into intensely difficult matches as you try to best your opponent.
    It's a great game. Highly recommended.
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  7. Oct 7, 2010
    7
    The single player experience of Punch-Out is amazing. However, the multiplayer mode lacks in the fun department. Give Punch-Out a shot if youThe single player experience of Punch-Out is amazing. However, the multiplayer mode lacks in the fun department. Give Punch-Out a shot if you liked any of the previous installments. Expand

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#13 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
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#27 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009