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Sword and Sworcery is my first must-have iPad game photo
Sword and Sworcery is my first must-have iPad game
by Jonathan Holmes

A lot of people still doubt that the iPad is a "valid" gaming console, pointing out that most games for the thing are either ports or shovelware. There is also the argument that since the iPad has no dedicated gaming buttons or directional controller that it wasn't built for gaming, and that all the games for it aren't meant to be taken seriously.

Sword and Sworcery proves those people wrong. The game was built up for the iPad, and it really shows. It actually feels like the iPad was made specifically for this game, and not the other way around. That's how perfectly they fit together. The device's accelerometer, its touch controls, and its enormous size are key components to the Sword and Sworcery experience. It's not quite like anything I've ever played before, and I can't imagine playing it on anything but the iPad.

Also, did I mention how the game plays like a cross between Monkey Island and Punch-Out, and looks like combination of Super Metroid and Shadow of the Colossus?

When you're talking videogames, I don't think it gets any more "valid" than that. The game comes out this week, so if you know what's good for you, you'll give it a try. Check out the full video after the break!

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11:00 PM on 10.27.2009

Come watch Doc Louis take a beating

The Club Nintendo-exclusive stand-alone WiiWare game Doc Louis' Punch-Out!! appears to be finalized and ready to download for those who spent their "coins" (or whatever magical currency Nintendo uses) on it.Someone ...

Jordan Devore

7:40 PM on 07.29.2009

Punch-Out!! developer talks sequel, create-a-boss mode

In a recent chat with Official Nintendo Magazine, Ken Yeeloy, producer of Punch-Out!! for the Nintendo Wii, mentioned his desire to make a sequel to the title. Would it be Super Punch-Out!! Wii? From the interview: "I wo...

Colette Bennett

5:00 PM on 06.22.2009

Bacalao! Punch-Out!

 Señor Luigi Santa-Rosa Bacalao, our intrepid video game connoisseur from Havana Cuba, is a man who loves American flavors. He spit-cleans his 1958 Buick Special (he only owns a fender, so far) hand-oils his 1897 ...

R3Y GUTI3RR3Z

6:40 PM on 06.17.2009

The Thing and Hulk play some Punch-Out!!

GamerVision caught this ad that's appearing inside some big comics right now. As you can see, it's the Thing and the Hulk battling it out through the new Punch-Out!!This ad is completely unrealistic. First of all, look at the...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:58 PM on 06.09.2009

Check out this Punch-Out!! Little Mac custom figure

The new Punch-Out!! is probably one of my favorite Wii games ever, and it makes me happy to know other people seem to be digging it too. Leave it to a toy customizer to take things one step further and create toys fromn the g...

Colette Bennett



Review: Punch-Out!! photo
Review: Punch-Out!!
by Nick Chester

It’s criminal that Nintendo let 15 years pass between the Super Nintendo release of Super Punch-Out!! and Punch-Out!! on the Wii. Between then and now, there have been plenty of opportunities to drag Little Mac out of retirement -- the Game Boy Advance, the Nintendo 64, and the Nintendo DS, to name a few. What was the God damned hold up?

So when Nintendo finally decided to pull it out of the closet for the Wii, it raised a few red flags for a longtime Punch-Out!! fan like myself. The success of Wii Sports (and the included boxing game) seemed like the perfect catalyst for a more fleshed-out boxing title, and the Punch-Out!! franchise seemed like a no-brainer choice.

To say I was concerned was an understatement. Would Nintendo leave the series’ core mechanics in the dust, focusing instead on a new breed of motion controls that would deviate from the experience I fell in love with? And if they decided to stick with the old-school formula, would it feel dated and thin compared to other titles on the market?

Hit the jump to find out.

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3:00 PM on 05.17.2009

Pink Punch-Out!! hoodie leaves me wordless -- well not quite

I am literally livid with myself for not knowing that these existed before today. Evidently Nintendo was giving away pink Punch-Out!! hoodies just like Little Mac wears at the Nintendo World Store in New York yesterday. Now I...

Matthew Razak

3:00 AM on 05.11.2009

Little Mac is ready to get back in the ring in Punch-Out!!

You know what I really miss? Old school early '90s promotional videos for videogames. Sure, they were all pretty cheesy, but those promos always did the job of hyping up videogames for me. I still remember the day when I got ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:40 AM on 05.07.2009

We wonder if Punch-Out!!'s Piston Hondo is related to Piston Honda

A new contender found in the upcoming Punch-Out!! for the Wii has been revealed, and his name is Piston Hondo. We have to wonder -- is Piston Hondo related in any way to Piston Honda, well-known Japanese boxer of Mike Tyson's...

Nick Chester





2:20 PM on 05.05.2009

Check out the Nintendo World Store for Punch Out Challenge!

Worked up about the upcoming Wii version of Punch-Out!!? We are too -- I can't wait to take a swing at the new, super pretty version of King Hippo (well, as pretty as Hippo gets, anyway). If you live in New York, you may have...

Colette Bennett

7:20 PM on 05.04.2009

Behind the scenes with Punch-Out!! 'Developers Voice'

I'm clearing my schedule later this month to play Punch-Out!! on the Wii. I don't care what else is going on. If it's pre-E3 events, I'll send someone else. If there's zombie apocalypse, I'll board up my house while I swing m...

Nick Chester

7:40 PM on 04.23.2009

Yes, now you can follow Punch-Out!! on Twitter

Oprah Winfrey breaking new ground and heading face-first into the 21st Century has opened up the flood gates for Twitter's mass market appeal. Now everyone is free to get in on what used to be the Internets best kept secret. ...

Nick Chester

7:40 PM on 04.22.2009

New images of Punch-Out!!'s 'Head-to-Head' mode

Nintendo has released some new screenshots of Punch-Out!!'s "Head-to-Head" mode, which can be played via split-screen when the game ships this May. While each player will be able to control a character that loo...

Nick Chester

3:40 PM on 04.22.2009

Mike Tyson had no idea a new Punch Out game was being made

Mike Tyson was once quoted as saying "I'm not as deep or complicated as some people seem to think." I'm glad the man cleared that up, because for years before that I was really befuddled by what I could only conceiv...

Colette Bennett

11:30 PM on 04.17.2009

New Punch-Out!! Wii info hints a new modes, helmets

The first new Punch-Out!! game in almost fifteen years is about to be released, and I can't wait to play it. There are reasons to be concerned that it may be a one-trick pony, but with so much mystery still surrounding the ga...

Jonathan Holmes