Time to roll with the punches as we introduce our next contender in the 25-in-25 send off.
Genres: Fighting, Sports, Other
Developer: Next-Level Games
2 Player offline head-to-head.
Wii 25-in-25: Punch-Out!!, 10.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
During the course of the Summer Daze last year, I was able to revisit a game for the Nintendo Wii that truly is emblematic of how fun the system can be. While I would be the first to admit that my tastes in gaming rarely, if ever fall into the sports category, the furious fighting of the boxing ring kept me enthralled for a time, jabbing and sway my way to victory against an onslaught of tough opponents. As my trainer gave sage advice against the toughest boxers from around the world, in the end the championship would be mine, making the name Little Mac synonymous with the sport of kings.
I am, of course, talking about, Punch-Out!! for the Wii. The long-awaited revival of a Nintendo classic, the arcade puzzle boxer from the 8-bit days remade into something that was truly memorable. With crisp graphics and smooth animation, Little Mac is able to take on the gamut of quirky opponents, from the pathetic Glass Joe to the iconic Bald Bull. It is also one of the few Nintendo games to really capture the motion controls in action, showing that the Wii remotes are more than just a gimmicky fluke.
And really, this is the crux of the Punch-Out!! experience. The controls are pitch perfect for the kind of game Punch-Out!! is, making the entire atmosphere just a slobber-knocker affair that is exhilarating to go through. The chess game against the colorful cast of fighters is retained from the original title, and the almost “Nintendo hard” difficulty keeps the challenge fresh for hardcore fans of the title, but never shies away from bring new faces into the fold.
But what really made Punch-Out!! unique are the added extras Nintendo provided, fattening out the content of what would normally be a straightforward title. Featuring practice modes, an actual challenge mode, and the hardcore title defense mode–where three losses forces you to retire from the ring permanently. Let’s not forget the debut of a true multiplayer mode, in which two Little Macs can duke it out for both bragging rights and boxing supremacy, and the chance to hulk up for some special arcade goodness.
What made Punch-Out!! such a good game? It was just downright fun to play through. The atmosphere and the gameplay meshed into a perfect storm for Nintendo, making this comeback one of the most memorable and successful titles on the Nintendo Wii. The amount of entertainment Punch-Out!! provided for players was just spectacular, really encapsulating what the Nintendo Wii is great at: charming, fun titles that are able to play to the Wii’s strengths. So if you are looking for a contender among the throng of great Wii titles, Punch-Out!! should be among the top of your list.
Be sure to stay tuned to the Wii’s 25-in-25 to see more great Wii games.