Fans of the anime series, such as myself, will be happy to know that Story Mode is essentially a condensed version of the original television series.
Unfortunately those same fans, again such as myself, will be saddened by the fact that all of Ippo's trials including getting beaten up, grabbing ten leaves from the tree, and earning his amateur license, not to mention many of his early bouts, are ALL missing from the game play!
Are you listening XSeed? BOOOOO!!!! By focusing strictly on boxing in the ring you missed a golden opportunity to draw in elements from the original story line and incorporate them into the game play.
As if that weren't bad enough the abbreviated version of the story is likely very confusing (or at the least very uninteresting) to anyone not familiar with the anime. Some may even wonder why there's a story mode at all if the dialog in each cut-scene is limited to a only few short paragraphs and there's no character development. That's really a shame because the anime series was awesome and now some people are getting the wrong idea.
I'll end this review on a good note however, and that is sparring is still fun for all. The only problem there being the controls which, needless to say, could be vastly improved upon. Unfortunately that has more to do with the capabilities (or lack there of) of the Wii Remote than anything else.
Still it's more realistic than Wii Sports Boxing so if you like boxing then you definitely need this one. Get in there and box and enjoy it for what it is. Just don't expect a deep and considerate gaming experience.
This game is good start to how fun a boxing game could be on the wii. Besides the weird graphics game play is strange. Its nice that the game actually recognizes what type of punch you throw. But the rounds are really fast. And the story line is boring!
Its a start, but not quite there. Actually a long ways off but good try Xseed games