Punch-Out!! (Wii)

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Punch-Out!!
Punch-Out!!.jpg
Developer(s) Next Level Games
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Release date Original release
USA May 18, 2009
Europe May 22, 2009
Japan July 23, 2009
Wii U (digital download)
USA January 22, 2015[1]
Europe March 12, 2015[2]
Australia March 13, 2015
Japan June 24, 2015
Genre Fighting
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E10+.svg - Everyone 10+
PEGI:PEGI 12.svg - Twelve years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB PG.svg - Parental guidance
Mode(s)
Media
Wii:
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input
Wii:

Punch-Out!! is a game released for the Wii in 2009 by Next Level Games, the developers of Super Mario Strikers and its sequel. The game stars Little Mac and features Donkey Kong as a bonus opponent. It is the fifth installment of the Punch-Out!! series.

Punch-Out!! was re-released on the Wii U Nintendo eShop in North America on January 22, 2015, in Europe on March 12, 2015, in Oceania on March 13, 2015, and in Japan on June 24, 2015.

Gameplay[edit]

Little Mac fighting Glass Joe.

The gameplay is similar to Punch-Out!! on the NES. It has the heart system for stamina and the three star system for Power Punches. This game has various controller settings ranging from the Wii Remote, Wii Balance Board and Nunchuk.

In the game, Little Mac faces a variety of opponents, including Donkey Kong, who appears as a bonus opponent in the Mac's Last Stand game mode. After being unlocked, he can be faced at any time in Exhibition mode. He is a large, powerful opponent with a variety of taunts.

Development[edit]

The game started development in 2008, a 15 second trailer was shown. Nintendo wanted to make a new Punch-Out!! game like the original Punch-Out!! for the NES, so they asked Next Level Games to design the gameplay to be like the original game, and the characters to look like their original appearances. This led to the studio designing the game with classic NES-style controls by using the Wii Remote turned sideways. Pre-production started when the Wii was released. At the time, Nintendo was discussing the idea with the studio. Soon after that, the studio created a prototype of the game.

Donkey Kong, in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!.

Princess Peach was considered to make an appearance in this game as a fighter but the idea was dropped because Kensuke Tanabe did not like the thought of punching out women in the game.[3] The prospect of punching Mario was similarly off-putting, and while he was included as a referee in the original NES Punch-Out!! he was left out of the modern title altogether over concerns that his appearance would not work with the game's aesthetics[3]. Instead, Donkey Kong was included as a bonus opponent to represent the Mario franchise.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Good, Owen S. (January 14, 2015). Punch-Out!!, Super Mario Galaxy 2 among Wii titles coming to Wii U as downloads. Polygon. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.nintendo-insider.com/2015/03/09/nintendo-download-12th-march-2015-europe/
  3. ^ a b http://kotaku.com/5320198/punch-out-devs-talk-graphics-difficulty-nixed-princess-peach-idea
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