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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 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. Punch-Out!! is a fantastic game on almost every level. It's entertaining for those who have thoroughly enjoyed the previous two games, and still accessible to people who are brand new to the series. The game is a one-of-a-kind boxing experience that transcends the boundary of sports games. The controls are great, the humor is there in spades, and the gameplay is almost unparalleled.
  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. As much as I was pummelled by the higher echelon of boxers, it was (and continues to be) fun. It’s also open enough to be kid-friendly and punishing enough to offer the kind of experience many of us from the NES era remember so fondly.
  4. The folks at Next Level Games have created an amazing title that has made the 15 years since Super Punch-Out!! quite worthwhile. [June 2009, p.88]
  5. If you've been waiting most of your life for a visually upgraded Punch-Out!! that plays just as you remember it from the NES and SNES, your dreams have been answered. This is exactly that, and packed full of the kind of charm you'd expect from a Nintendo product.
  6. A near-perfect reimagining of the NES classic with gameplay that still rings true, the only caveat being that the original game is available on Virtual Console for far less.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
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  1. Mar 30, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is without a doubt the best wii game next to wii sports. If you have a wii pick this up as soon as you can. It stays with the classic nes controls and characters. The game also includes DK himself if you beat every character twice. Just stop reading this and pick the damn game up already! 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 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. EvanB.
    May 19, 2009
    10
    A fantastic game that brings out the old and the new in a Nintendo franchise. Nintendo should continue to do this in the future! Playing through all 13 characters twice adds to the replayability of Punch-Out!! It's like having 26 fighters because of how new and fresh the second time around is! Highly recommended. Expand
  4. 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 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
  5. Nov 20, 2011
    9
    First I should say I never played the original Punch Out games back in the day. I've tried one on the NES since beating the Wii version, and it's a blast. That said, the Wii game is far superior. Its style and animations are amazing and very fun to watch. The characters are also more fleshed out and given personalities, often based on stereotypes from whatever country you opponent hails from. I still love how the weakest opponent was the Frenchman... Of course, the most important element is the gameplay, and that's where this game really shines. Memorizing the pattern of your opponent's attacks and swiftly dodging to fire off a punch of your own is fun and satisfying, and gets pretty challenging later in the game. In fact, this game proved to be one of the most difficult games I've played on this generation, and that's really saying something seeing as how many games I've played. One problem I had with this game was the controls. I chose to use the Wii remote and nunchuk, punching the air to fell my rivals. Though the motion controls were never misread, there seemed to be slight lag between the controller and system. It was fraction-of-a-second lag, but in a game where timing is everything, it could be frustrating. To be fair, it wasn't the Wii's fault; it was just the lag that comes with wireless controllers. You wouldn't notice it in most games, but it can appear to be glaring in Punch Out! This whole issue can be circumvented by using a wired Gamecube remote, however, and therefore isn't all that bad. This game is awesome. Everyone should play it at least once to experience its simple but oh-so-enjoyable gameplay and eccentric characters. 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 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 you liked any of the previous installments. Expand

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