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'Punch-Out!!' Wii Preview

Posted by Brian Leahy - Wednesday, April 01, 2009 3:00 AM

While Nintendo has been spacing Wii releases out quite a bit, the next first party Wii release will be Punch-Out!!, an update of the classic franchise with Wii motion controls and the classic NES-era gameplay you know and love. Unfortunately, it’s mainly just the classic NES-era gameplay you know and love. What I mean is this: remember the days before AI? Feel like memorizing enemy attack patterns? Because that is what it boils down to in Punch-Out!!

Maybe I’ve grown cynical in my years, but when a fight amounts to dodging a single punch and throwing six counter-punches in a row until the opponent stumbles out of range, I’m not interested anymore. Furthermore, when the game ups the difficulty by modifying the enemy’s attack pattern mid-match, it comes off as an annoying game mechanic: an excuse to have the player take damage and an attempt to cover up the complete lack of enemy AI.

Sure, that’s fine for 1987, but 22 years later, it’s time to spend some time evolving the gameplay. This is a game for a new audience. An audience that has never played Punch-Out!! and doesn’t already know what to expect. Hell, I knew most of the attack patterns before I picked up the game only because they are the same as the NES version. You’re probably better off picking up the original or SNES version on the Virtual Console.

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Additionally, the Wii motion controls don’t add that much. In fact, they make the game more complicated than it needs to be. The game will not use MotionPlus and shaking your hand to punch isn’t all that immersive. You can also control the game with the sideways Wiimote, which gives you the same controls as the NES version. When you stop shacking your hands, you realize how little you’re actually doing in this game.

As for replayability, Nintendo did add challenges to the exhibition mode. These add a layer on top of the fights. You could be asked to defeat Glass Joe without dodging or finding his hidden one-punch knockdown (hint: it’s the same as the NES version). There are three of these challenges per fighter and they get increasingly more difficult. More additions like this would have been welcome.

The art style is fun and the game looks great in motion. It’s cool to see updated versions of classic characters like King Hippo, Von Kaiser, and Glass Joe. The sound is good and the music will hit your nostalgia button. Fighters deliver dialogue in their native language, but unfortunately the lines aren’t subtitled.

There are several features and modes in the game that make it better than I’ve described, but Nintendo is not allowing coverage of these elements at this time. I don’t know why they are holding out information, but that’s the case for now.

As I said, I feel that this is Punch-Out!! for the new generation: the gamers that are growing up with the Wii and aren’t familiar with the gameplay formula of the original. Nintendo is known for sticking to their old franchises, but this is basically the same game. At least Mario gets a new world (or galaxy) to explore…

 

I am pissed... what the hell does he have to complain for?!  Discuss.



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i think he wants punchout to be anactual boxing game from what i can tell.

also it sounds like he was just shaking the controler rather than actually making punching motions with it

but hey, its good to know there are more featured and modes like those challenges that we havnt heard about. damm nintendo secrecy



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i can see why nintendo gets frustrated with the 'core gamer'. i mean they put reosurces into bringing back a well loved IP and the response thta get is

''Bogus! I got into my computer and this is what I find?? So I guess is true, Nintendo are a bunch of w-----...don't get me wrong, is good if you like it but that's if you like it, is a whole new ball game afterwards. Well, I guess if you wanna go for something new, do what you do best, huh? (Hilarious...Nintendo is good at that for sure, LOL!).


Really Bleahy? The Wii controls make it that complicated? And I thought that was the X-factor in this, considering it is somewhat of an upgrade and utility in all this. And if you recommend going back with my old lady(NES one), I'll take your advice. Then again, it does seem like old-school once again reigns over new-school.

Yep...no wonder many people go back to their relationships, LOL!! Hey, is what you got best, unless you find something better...speaking of finding something better, how's my love doing? LOL! And you guys(G4) too, how are you guys doing lately??

You suck Nintendo! ''

can anyone else make sense of the comment?



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Yes! it's exactly like the NES version, couldn't be happier. 10/10

 

I don't care about reviewers anymore, they have lost their way long time ago but this is enough.



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^it is, isn't it Naum?

I mean, this article just goes to show you that the review sites are now defunct and useless.


I guess I should have seen it before posting this article but now I realize that I don't need this guy or any other review sites' opinion anymore b/c they don't have my interests in considerations, but of fans who own the HD consoles...weird, ain't it?



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http://gameinformer.com/News/Story/200903/N09.0331.1442.14433.htm?Page=1

Yeeloy: I think the main thing is that people need to understand that Punch-Out is not a boxing game. It’s not Wii Boxing; it’s a puzzle game. As soon as you understand that, then it makes it easier. And I think that’s what we did. We understood that. We realized what the hook was for that game. What was the draw for the original game? Why did people like it so much? Why does everybody still love it? And why were they crying for a new one? The hook on that game was the puzzle element, the visceral reaction or the feeling you’d get while trying to figure out the puzzle—and then trying to execute on it. It’d be like, “Oh, I got punched, and now I’m screwed—I have to figure out something else now!” That was something that we wanted to recreate in our game. By doing so, you’ve got hit regions. In a puzzle game, there are definitive places where you can strike the character, and that sort of thing.



New look, new motion controls but same old game. I'm sure new players will love it and fans of the original will too but anyone expecting Fight Night Wii will be most sorely disappointed like this reviewer.

Personally, I never played Punch Out! but I think I'll just download the NES version and get Don King Boxing instead for the online.



 


As I said, I feel that this is Punch-Out!! for the new generation: the gamers that are growing up with the Wii and aren’t familiar with the gameplay formula of the original. Nintendo is known for sticking to their old franchises, but this is basically the same game. At least Mario gets a new world (or galaxy) to explore…

Oh damn! Nintendo at least did this right, and he's complaining about it? o_O

I wished Mario Kart and Smash would have kept their formula, if you know what I mean.

 



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Why is Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 getting so much hate? We finally get a real game and they're not even satisfied... I'm starting to hate the gaming community so f****** much...

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im not gona bother because its G4. but i can see theyre complaining



Phoenix_Wiight said:
im not gona bother because its G4. but i can see theyre complaining

 

Well, this IS the internet you know...the best place to complain without having to face your critics face to face.



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