First off, I have to say that without Wii Motion Plus, this game isn't really an upgrade to Wii Sports Boxing. Without Wii Motion Plus, the controls are really horrible, and the Wii sensor bar only recognizes what you're doing about 50 percent of the time, so during the game, you don't feel like you're boxing, you just feel like your just randomly moving your arms around. With Wii Motion Plus is a different story. You have so much control over where to punch and what type of punch to do, its amazing. Still, you will get pretty bored from this game after about 2 hours. What really dissapointed me was the lack of big name stars. I mean, I don't follow boxing, but I know who people like Manny Pacquiano and Oscar De La Hoya are. Nobody in the list of characters was recognizable, and part of the fun of sports games is being your hero.
Overall, a rent at most, only if you have Wii Motion Plus.
All I wanted was a cool game with minor storylines and Wii control usage that mimics real punches. Giving a work out would be great.
On those criteria, Don King was best. The controls are similar to a punching action, but I agree with other reviews that say that the balance board is useless. It took me about 45 minutes of going quickly to work up a minor sweat.
What really disappointed me about Don King is that it has text messages and junk between matches but there aren't any instant replays of knock-down punches. I can't tell what I did to knock someone out or how they knocked me out.
Is a replay feature that hard?
The controls for Punchout were too much like a joy stick and the opponents were too goofy: you had to know the exact combination of punches to knock down the goofy characters.