The first Punch-Out! was one of my all time favorites for NES. The SNES sequel was great too, adding a bunch of new characters and improving the game mechanics just slightly. The Wii version is basically a graphically polished, polygon-rendered SNES Punch-Out with just one new character (well, two, sort of), a 'meh' multiplayer mode and support for the Wii motion accessories. The game is definitely fun to play, but after making your way through the selection of fighters I ultimately felt like it wasn't enough. True, there is a "hard mode" that unlocks after beating the game which has a fun little surprise for getting through that but it honestly just wasn't enough to warrant a $50 purchase.
I highly recommend playing this game, especially for the older gaming generation who never grow tired of retrofitting the retro. The younger crowd might be woo'd over by the cartoony characters and simple gameplay but it won't engage them for very long. It doesn't have the depth of other Nintendo franchises such as Zelda, Mario or Pokemon and where those properties are continuously adding new features to draw new fans, Punch-Out decidedly took the simplest path to make a buck.
I was as excited as most people when I heard that "Punch Out!", was being released onto the Wii platform. The game itself is as I remembered. Now here comes the bad news. While all of the original style is still in the game, and the improvements they made to the game give it better play-ability, they missed in only one place. As versatile as the Wii is, someone forgot to re-think the actual boxing moves. Wii sports has a much better boxing simulation, one that gives a good workout, and uses the new technology more effeciently. I have enjoyed playing the game, but I did have difficulty with the actual boxing. I'm sure that I won't be the only one to mention this one item. I noticed the same problem handling the boxing when I went to local video game demo place. Kids loved the game, cause to them it was new. I remember seeing some very frustrated kids when they failed due to the boxing style difference.
Good stuff, keeps the nostalgia of the classic version yet adds in obviously way better graphics. personally was too easy, defeated in 2 days,,,BUT i didnt use the numchux... that makes it a lot harder and wears yah out, great game to rent...takes yah back to tyson's punch out and the arcade 1