The Punch-Out!! Nintendo Wii game falls under the Sports (Boxing) genre and it was released on the 18th May, 2009 by its publisher, Nintendo. The game is rated as E for everyone meaning that it may contain minimal violence, some comic mischief or mild language, and it is suitable for players who are more than 10 years old by ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board), while the game’s developer is Next Level Games. In the game, you will be playing the role as a young up-and-coming 17-year-old fighter Little Mac (the favorite underdog from original Punch-Out!! games of the 1980s) from the Bronx who, with the help of his trainer Doc Lewis, trying to find his way up through the rank by taking on a wide range of boxing opponents with different style of attacks such as Glass Joe, King Hippo, Von Kaiser, Great Tiger, Soda Popinski, Bald Bull and Aran Ryan, plus these boxers was designed in cel-shaded 3-D, complete with comedic fighting animations and back stories. With only 5 feet 7 inches tall and 107 pounds in weight, he will be fighting big size opponents with powerful punches.
The Punch-Out!! Wii game offers player with up to 13 types of opponents for you to challenge inside the ring, where 12 of which are characters returning from the previous games of the Punch-Out!! series. Each of the opponents comes with various style of attacking for you to learn and also learn how to counter the attacks. Some of the boxers include Glass Joe, a French fighter who has a weak chin and if you managed to throw in a few well-placed shots he will be defeated easily. King Hippo is a huge and powerful boxer who can be defeated with the right combinations to the head and body, along with the right timing going for the knockout counter attacks if you manage to survive his onslaught. Von Kaiser is a dangerous opponent with childhood difficulty history, thus turning himself into a mean fighter who eagerly punishes his enemy in the ring. Bald Bull is also one of the favorites among the boxer who have many vintage moves such as a terrifying charge attack. Aran Ryan is a crazy Irishman who uses his head to attack, and Bear Hugger is a 400-pound Canadian who likes maple syrup and tiny woodland rodents. The only new challenger in the game is Disco Kid who has flashy fighting style.
In terms of controlling, you can throw punches by using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers, while you can control hooks and jabs by combining motion control with control-stick movement. It can also be played with the classic NES-style controls by turning the Wii Remote sideways and use the 1 and 2 buttons along with the cross pad to throw hooks and jabs or to dodge attacks. In addition, players can also acquire special “Star Punches” which enables Little Mac to take more Health from opponents with just a single punch, plus using multiple stars in a single punch for more extra-powerful attack. Every boxer throughout the game has various weak points, and if you managed to hit them at a perfect time, this will enable you to collect bonuses. For instance, player can throw a leaping uppercut in the mouth of Disco Kid during his taunting pose for you to earn a star punch and this move will definitely rattle your opponent’s spine. Once you have been crowned as champion, you need to defend the title against your previous opponents that you managed to defeat. This challenge is much more difficult as the fighters will be using new strategies to try and defeat you for instance, Glass Joe, who previously has a rather weak chin, will enter the ring with a protective helmet, thus forcing you to only attack him with body blows, plus he becomes significantly stronger, along with a few new punches he learned and changing the timing of his old moves.
Apart from the single-player mode, the game also features a two-player mode where players can enjoy playing against friend and see two Little Macs squaring off against each other. The winner and the one who managed to produce enough punches will be transformed into an oversized Giga Mac and have the feeling of maneuvering one of the single-player opponents, rather that dodging attacks from opponents, plus releasing furious punches or, even taunting the other Little Mac in order to earn a star. There is also the Exhibition mode that provides players with three challenges to earn un-lockable goodies, where some of the challenges are fairly easy to earn, while many of them are much more difficult. Although the challenge is difficult, but it is still worth the effort and rewarding to the players involve, thus you will try new strategies in the process of defeating your opponent.
Posted in: Nintendo Wii Games, ReviewsPublished: 06 August 2009 3:02 PM UTC