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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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  1. Positive: 60 out of 62
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  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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  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
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  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. Apr 18, 2021
    10
    This is such a good game, a great retro revival from the NES, the gameplay has the same charm as the Punch-Out on NES, something about theThis is such a good game, a great retro revival from the NES, the gameplay has the same charm as the Punch-Out on NES, something about the gameplay just makes it so enjoyable and replayable, the cast of characters in this game is also amazing, they're all so hilarious and entertaining. This game is also good for completion, as there are many different challenges you can take on. The only thing I mildly dislike about this game is the fact that theres too many unskippable cutscenes, but thats not absolutely game-ruining, nevertheless, spectacular game. Expand
  3. Apr 26, 2011
    10
    Excellent graphics. Fun gameplay. One of the best on Wii!!! Little Mac is back and this time he's fighting some new characters.Excellent graphics. Fun gameplay. One of the best on Wii!!! Little Mac is back and this time he's fighting some new characters. This is a worthy sequel in the punch out series with many nationalities to fight. German. Italian. Spanish. Glass Joe etc. etc. kind of short game but supports the wii remote rather well. Expand
  4. Oct 22, 2010
    9
    Although there could be a few things improved about this game, it overall succeeds very much. Punch-Out is less about fighting and more aboutAlthough there could be a few things improved about this game, it overall succeeds very much. Punch-Out is less about fighting and more about timing compared to other boxing games. The system works well, and the game is BY FAR the best played with the Wii Remote held on its side. The number of fighters is underwhelming, and there is only one new boss (plus an awesome secret one). The game looks great and is very funny. There is also a stupid multiplayer mode where both players are Little Mac and can turn into Giga Mac! Yeah, not very awesome. Punch-Out is a superb Wii game and a must-have to anyone who has enjoyed Punch-Out games in the past. 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. Jan 29, 2022
    5
    In Punch-Out!!, every fight is a boss fight. At its best, these fights are about finding the perfect counter to every attack and executingIn Punch-Out!!, every fight is a boss fight. At its best, these fights are about finding the perfect counter to every attack and executing them to perfection. But too often the fights are either so easy you beat them on the first try or so hard that you have to memorize the exact sequence of their moves for the entire fight. Expand

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#9 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
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#29 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009