Wednesday, May 20, 2009

PLAY: Punch-Out!! for Nintendo Wii (Tyson not included)

I promised myself I would post this prior to it's release but my art blog got the best of me.  For shame I know.  Just recently released and long time coming, Punch-Out!! is finally here!  One of the most beloved NES games (and to some degree SNES games) has finally made a comeback to Nintendo's newest system.  The game itself has changed of course, now with the addition of 3D modeled characters, intros, crowds, but that's pretty much it for the most part.  You still have the same game at it's core that we all remember from back in the day.  You have all the original boxers from the first, a couple thrown in from Super Punch-Out!!, as well as some new comers.  There's also some drawn out cutscene-like backstories for each boxer as well.
The game can now be controlled via the Wiimote and Nunchuk, but classic gamers know that it's all about speed so you'll most likely switch to classic controller mode to get right into the groove of things.  Aside from changing fighting patterns of the boxers as you progress, not much has changed.  This isn't of course Fight Night, but basically a pattern recognition game.  This essentially can be considered a bad thing as it's little more then just an updated version of a classic game.  But there's nothing wrong with that at all in my opinion.  To top it off there's also a versus mode but unfortunately no online mode (what gives?).  Either way it's an incredibly fun game to play, and I would say a must have to any old school fan of the original.

$40 | BUY

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