Top positive review
20 people found this helpful
on 29 May 2009
+Really fun art style
+Simple to play, yet difficult to master
+Different ways to play
-Competing in multiplayer can only be done as Little Mac
-There's no online multiplayer, but I really don't think that's a big deal
Those who owned the original NES probably got a chance to play the original Punch-Out. At the time the game was incredibly awesome and incredibly difficult. There was also a Super Punch-Out for the SNES, but after that there was never another game. With the Wii's motion sensor controls, however, it's amazing we didn't get a Punch Out game for the system sooner. Wii Sports has already established that a boxing game is perfect for the Wii. Punch-Out for the Wii makes it possible.
If you were one of those people who played Punch-Out for the original NES, then you'll be right at home when playing it on the Wii. It's instantly familiar. A lot of the competitors are the same, and they look very much the same. So is Little Mac. And the gameplay is just about the same as well. If you were a veteran of the old games you'll find that playing Punch-Out for the Wii is like returning to visit an old friend after a few years. There's a lot that will start coming back to you.
As Little Mac, you'll step into the ring and take on a grand total of 13 fighters. Just like the original Punch-Out, there's a bit of pattern recognition going on. Making the right moves at the right time, and watching your opponent are the keys to winning. While it's not quite Wii Boxing in terms of making punches and whatnot, it is quite a challenging game. Especially your first time through. And it's still pretty addictive. All you really need to do is watch your foe and make sure you make your punches accordingly. You've also got Stars that you obtain by punching your opponents at the right time (when they flash). This allows you to use Star Punches which really pack a wallop.
It's got simple gameplay that you'll find incredibly addictive for a while. You might, however, find the main campaign to be a little short. And indeed, it is. But the game does have a few things that help it along. For example, after going through all the fighters once, you'll have to do it again to defend your title, but the fights won't be the same. They'll be more challenging, having more moves and moving faster and requiring you to take on different tactics than before.
Aside from that there is also the exhibition mode where you go up against the fighters but pertaining to specific conditions. Again, simple gameplay, but it can be very challenging to figure out just how to complete some of the conditions.
There are a few ways one can control Punch-Out for the Wii. The first, and most obvious, is to use the Nunchuck and Wii Remote so that you can swing them to make punches if you wish. You can also use the balance board for ducking and dodging. Lastly, you can use just the Wii Remote by itself and play like the original NES title. Of all the control schemes using the Wii-Remote like a classic NES controller is the best, and that's pretty sad. The game is fun with the other control modes, but it's hard to doubt that it's just a lot easier to pick up and play with the classic controller approach. On the other hand, it's nice that we're not playing a Wii game where the Wii Controls feel tacked on.
Another addition to Punch-Out is that people can now play multi-player. This is a really nice addition. Two people can now go at it. They'll both play as Little Mac, though, and this is probably the biggest complaint concerning multi-player. It would be so much better if players could choose between any of the opponents to play as and go head to head. It would make Punch-Out the perfect party game. There's also no online multi-player but I doubt most gamers will lose sleep over that.
For a Wii Game Punch-Out looks pretty good. It's artistic style has often been fairly popular. Punch-Out is, and pretty much always will be a cartoony like game. And it's definitely true of the Wii version, which makes Punch-Out come alive the way it should. It still sounds very good as well. There are some nostalgic tunes thrown in there, but mostly it just suits Punch-Out.
For old fans of the Punch-Out series, this is like a thank you gift. They're more apt to enjoy than someone who has never played it before. If you're new to the series, this isn't really all that bad to play at all, and you might find yourself becoming addicted.