I remember my brother telling me how he loved played this game on the NES when he was younger. When I heard Punch-Out!! was coming out, I was excited. Sure, I had some expectations for it too. You may ask, 'Did this game exceed your expectations?'
Yes it did. By a lot.
It's a simple game to get into; equip the Nunchuk and the Wii mote, click on a profile to start your game, and you're ready to play. You can choose from Career--facing off with boxers beginning at the Minor League. This, of course, is the funnest. You get to learn more about the boxers, some funny cutscenes, and the fight begins. And Exhibition mode; practicing with boxers that you have or are fighting.
Of course, the reason this game is so great is not only behind it's multiple playing scenarios. Here's what I thought made the game really awesome:
The Gameplay: it's simple and fun. It really makes you feel like you're Little Mac, battling your way through the leagues. A few punches with the Nunchuk and Wii mote, and the opponent is almost down for the count. However, if it was that simple it wouldn't be fun. There are buttons to be pressed, and the opponents do get stronger. There is a challenge in some opponents--in how they fight, their movements and such.
Animation/Graphics: whether your fighting in the ring or on the options screen, the animations are amazing. I love it when you're fighting and you get a TKO (Triple Knock Out) and there's a great animation in how the opponent gets a good punch in the face and falls. The graphics aregreat as well, especially the colours.
Controls: once again, very simple. Sometimes it wears you out after tossing your arms forwards for a number of hours, but just think of it as the Wii Fit, except funner. I would say that after half an hour of playing, you've got the controls down.
Overall, this game is simply awesome. I just stopped playing it for a moment, and I feel happy with myself. If you feel bored or tired, this game will definately get you hyped up. How can you walk away from this game and not love Little Mac? This game makes him go down in my favourite characters listing.
Near perfect for me, but it all comes down to your own preferance of video games. I personally love RPGs, action/adventure/fantasy, etc. (especially the Zelda series) and I thought Punch-Out!! would be a nice break from that. It wasn't a nice break, it was amazing. Worth your money for sure.