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Punch-Out!! has been one of the most wanted and requested Virtual Console titles since Day 1 of the Wii's launch last November. Now, with its arrival, it'll likely become a top seller for the NES VC line-up. And deservedly so. Punch-Out!! is more than worth its 500 Point asking price, and a high volume of digital sales for the title may make Nintendo take notice again of the forgotten franchise. The Wii seems perfectly suited for a revival of the series – or, at least, Little Mac could be added to the roster of playable fighters in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He's Nintendo's original fighting mascot, after all – the company's own celebrity sports star.
L’originalité est sans nul doute le point fort du titre. Néanmoins, le cœur du jeu n’est pas en reste. L’aspect arcade harmonise parfaitement l’ensemble, comblant certaines lacunes du gameplay. Et ici, simplicité ne veut pas dire facilité. La difficulté exponentielle des combats fait de ce titre un véritable petit challenge, et il faudra faire preuve d’audace et de réflexes si vous souhaitez que Little Mac se tourne vers vous bras levés pour fêter la victoire. Punch-Out!! est un jeu déjanté, fun, accessible, dans la pure tradition des jeux d’arcade. Même si un manque de renouvellement essouffle rapidement le titre, l’envie d’y jouer nous reprendra toujours. Et c’est sûrement ça le principal !
Moving around the ring is a joy and stringing together devastating combos soon becomes second nature – naturally, your opponents improve in skill as you progress and that’s when the fun really starts. Punch Out!! transforms from a mindless button-basher to a game of skill, timing and intuition; the more the you play the better you start to know your rivals, and eventually you will be able to predict their movements.
While the SNES version has better visuals many fans still maintain that this edition is the best of the two. It’s amazing that Nintendo hasn’t decided to update this brilliant series because modern boxing games simply don’t come close to this.
Punch-Out!! is one of the greatest games of the NES generation, and while it certainly shows a bit of its age with this Virtual Console release, none of what made the game fun or unique has been lost with time. If you remember the game from your younger days, you probably ran off to go download this the moment King Hippo got name-dropped. If you never had the chance to experience Punch-Out!! back in the day, there's no time like the present.