|"Keep it clean and come out boxing!"|
But first, a few things. I'm doing my reviews in a certain way. First, I go through the plot, then the characters, gameplay, music, and extras. Each of those gets a rating out of 10. I then give an overview and a rating out of 10 based on everything else. Simple, right? Okay, let's roll!
|Nigga stole my bike!|
|How the hell is he this buff, but only 107 lbs?|
Now, on to the opponents. In the Minor Circuit, you have Glass Joe, the pussy Frenchman with a love for french bread and croissants, Von Kaiser, the German child boxing instructor who's traumatized from getting beating up by his students, Disco Kid*, the flamboyant, dancing (and later, 'Boxercising') black man, and King Hippo, the huge fatass whose weakness is literally his stomach. They're easy opponents, and their personalities are somewhat funny
In the Major Circuit, you fight Piston Hondo (originally Piston HondA), the Japanese man with the huge eyebrows, Bear Hugger, the fatass Canadian who drinks jugs of maple syrup like they're just shots, Great Tiger, the Indian magician who teleports everywhere, and Don Flamenco, the Spanish bullfighter and ladies-man. They're a little tougher, but not by that much. They're not really as humorous as the previous circuit.
Now, we're on the best circuit, the World Circuit. First up is Aran Ryan, the cheating, psychotic Irishman, Soda Popinski, the Russian who drinks *cough* 'soda' (yeah, right), Bald Bull, the near-hairless Turkish man with a short temper, Super Macho Man, the obnoxious Hollywood superstar bodybuilder who will RELEASE THE BOGUS on you, and the champ, Mr. Sandman, the intimidating black man who curb-stomped everyone else you beat. This is my favorite circuit. Everyone here is a nice challenge, the personalities are awesome. I just love these guys.
Also, the secret challenger in this game, Donkey Kong is a fightable opponent once you defeat him in Mac's Last Stand (which we'll cover in gameplay). He constantly taunts you, only has counterattacks, and has way too many star opportunities. He acts way too silly, but that's just part of his charm. Overall, the characters in this game, offensive as they may be, are hilarious and likable, in their own ways.
|"Vive la France!"|
Second is NES controls. In this style, you hold only the Wiimote, sideways, with your right hand holding the bottom and your left hand holding the top. Here, you use the 1 and 2 buttons for punching and recovering, the D-Pad for dodging and blocking, and the A button for star punches. The 3rd style of play has you use the Wii Balance Board to dodge and duck, but I've found it to be unreliable.
Now onto fights. Every fight has 3 rounds. You win the fight if you knock down the opponent a certain number of times, TKO them (knock them down 3 times in 1 round), run out of time and have more health and less knockdowns than them, or meet certain conditions (Like 3-Star punching Von Kaiser during his taunt). At certain opportunities (like taunts or just before attacks), if you attack your opponent in a certain way, you'll get a Star. You lose all your stars if you get hit, so try to avoid getting hit and rack up stars.
In between rounds, your opponent taunts you and Doc gives you advice (or a non-sequitor about chocolate). Once a fight, at these times, you can press the - button to make Doc eat a chocolate bar. This restores most of Mac's health, but like I said, can only be done once a fight, so use it sparingly.
Now onto the different modes. First, there's career mode, where you fight through the story of Punch-Out!! Once you defeat Mr. Sandman, you unlock Title Defense, a mode where you fight everyone again, but with twists that make them more difficult**. After you beat this mode, you go into Mac's Last Stand, where after you lose 3 fights, Mac retires and his career is over. In this mode, your opponent is either a random Title Defense opponent or Donkey Kong.
Next, there's exhibition mode. Here, if you haven't fought someone before, you can train against a holographic dummy of them without taking damage to learn their patterns. If you've beaten someone before, you can fight them again here, only with their own remix of the fight music, and 3 challenges.
Last, there's Head-To-Head mode. In this mode, 2 players fight each other. Normally, it's much slower paced than the actual game. But when someone gets enough Giga Mac juice from counterattacking the other player enough, they turn into Giga Mac, and it turns into a normal Punch Out fight for the other player. Otherwise, it's the same. So, while this game may be lacking in modes, it's still got good points in the gameplay.
|EPIC RUSSIAN CHORUS FTW!|
Super Macho Man
Major Circuit Title Bout
Minor Circuit Title Bout
Well, the music's all good, but kind lacking.
|The main menu in all it's glory.|
Overview: So, this game is really good. The plot is simple, it's not too violent, nice challenges, great characters. The meh unlockables kinda throw off a point or two, but that doesn't matter. This game is great. It just might get a tad boring after a while.
Overall Game Rating: 7.6/10
Well, next post, we're going onto the Dissidia info again, because tomorrow, it comes out in Japan, and there's a new character for those who didn't already know! HBM, signing out!
*Disco Kid is apparently a re-imagining of the character Kid Quick from the Arcade Punch-Out from the 1980s. Damn, he was annoying when I fought him (Kid Quick, that is...)!