Punch-Out for Wii


Illustration by Pat Henzy

In the year 1987 everyone was playing Punch-Out on Nintendo. Everyone was trying to beat Mike Tyson, but only a few were able to complete that task. I can vividly remember all the kids in my neighborhood talking about the game, a large percentage of them claimed that they had already beaten Mike Tyson. I knew this was a lie, the game was brutally difficult.

Punch-Out returned to Nintendo consoles in 2009 for the Wii, Unfortunately sans Mike Tyson.
When the game was first released I had planned to pick it up, but my video game purchases at the time were generally focused on Xbox 360. Unfortunately at the time I missed out on a fantastic game because of this.

Punch-Out for Wii is a grade A game for the Wii system. It should appeal to all gamer types from the very young to the hardcore player.
The animation is top notch, the game looks like a cartoon. I especially love the fact that if you hit an opponent in the same spot long enough that they start to bruise or show bumps and welts in those areas.

Title Defense mode is the most fun I’ve had in a game in a long while. After you have completed the game you have to defend your title against each fighter, but each fighter has picked up new tricks at this point. King Hippo tapes a manhole cover onto his belly so you can no longer hit him there.

The only down side to this game for some people might be the difficulty, the game does get frustratingly hard towards the end. I’m also not sure if younger players will enjoy this game as much as I did. The game is about as deep as the original N.E.S. game as far as game play goes, which isn’t very deep. Once you strip away the perfect control and fantastic animation it is essentially the same game as the original, I don’t know if that is enough to hold the attention of this generation of gamers. If you, like me, spent a great deal of your youth trying to work your way up the ranks to Mike Tyson you will find this highly addictive game to be one of the Wii’s best games released.

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Amazon Purchases

I recently picked up a couple of games through Amazon. My Brother in law gave me a gift card for Christmas and I ran right to Amazon.com. I normally wouldn’t post something like this but I had a great experience with all the items that I purchased through Amazon. I used to be afraid to use Ebay and Amazon and I have totally changed my mind about both sites over the past few years. The games I picked up were as follows:

Megaman 2 for Gameboy
Warioland: Shake It! for Wii
Punch-Out for Wii
Lemmings and Oh No! More Lemmings for PS1

Each of the sellers listed these games as Good(other than Punch-Out which was listed as New), but each of these came in like new condition. I kind of expected Lemmings to show up in a generic case and maybe a little worn looking, but to my surprise it came perfect. No cracks in the case, full instruction booklet and the disk looked like it was never ever used. I am super excited to have received Lemmings because I plan to do a full review on the game over the course of the next month or so.

The sellers that I bought from are listed below:

Rock30 Games (Megaman 2)
Reset Games (Punch-Out)
DMMSTUFF (Wario Land)
MARY4376 (Lemmings)

I recommend each of these sellers. On top of the fact that the games all came looking brand new I also got them super quick(each in less that 7 days). Hopefully if anyone out there has a fear of using Amazon my post might help them to fear it just a little bit less.