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Game Reviewed: Punch Out
Developer: Next Level Games
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
ESRB Rating: E10+
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Back in the days of the original Nintendo Entertainment System there was a boxing game called Mike Tyson’s Punch Out. The game was simple yet extremely addictive and challenging. Not long ago this game (although it was the version without Tyson) was released on the Wii’s Virtual Console and although the game is over 20 years old, it was still just as fun and challenging as it was back in 1987. Now here we are in 2009 and Nintendo has released a new version of Punch Out with many of the classic boxers fans have come to love (although Tyson is still missing from the line up) and the game is still as fun and challenging as it ever was. As in the original, the player takes control of 17 year old boxer Little Mac. You must then fight your way through the minor, major and world circuits to make your way to becoming the world champion boxer.
Controlling Little Mac can be done two different ways. First you can flip the Wii-Mote sideways like the classic Nintendo controller and play the game just like the original Punch Out or if you are feeling up to more of a challenge, you can use the Wii-mote and Nunchuck to swing your arms like an actual boxer. Plus, if you have a balance board, you can even use that for swaying side to side. Either way you play it, however, Punch Out is one of the more fun games to come out on the Wii this year.
What Parents Need to Know
Punch Out is a boxing game, but there is no blood or gore. There are a few bruises though. The graphics are cell shaded which makes the game look like a cartoon. So the sports violence that is there, however, is not very realistic looking.
There is no bad language in Punch Out.
There is no inappropriate sexual content in Punch Out.
One of the boxers, named Great Tiger, is able to teleport himself throughout the ring..
Punch Out is a blast and a great game for almost anyone in the family to play if they enjoy boxing. There is even a two player mode where you and a friend can box against each other. Parents may not want their very young children to play Punch Out if their child tends to mimic what they usually see on the screen, but I would have no problem recommending Punch Out for families who enjoy the sport of boxing.