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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

9:00 AM on 04.13.2009

Punch-Out!! Wii featuring Don Flamenco?

The stalwart heroes over at GoNintendo are reporting that the new issue of Game Informer will have some juicy new details on the upcoming Wii release of Punch-Out!!. Chief among these is the revelation that Don Flamenco from ...

Conrad Zimmerman

7:00 PM on 04.11.2009

Little Mac's south paw can be yours

Who needs two relatively dumb boxing gloves when you can have one completely amazing boxing glove? It's deep questions like these that I believe the Buddha contemplated to reach enlightenment, but that we don't have to becaus...

Matthew Razak

8:40 AM on 04.10.2009

Introducing Punch-Out!! Wii's Giga Mac, he will break you

If burying your drill in things or shooting Helghast aren't your things, don't worry -- GameTrailers TV had you covered last night. Geoff Keighley and company also revealed a brand new extended trailer for Punch-Out!!, w...

Nick Chester

5:00 PM on 03.31.2009

RetRose Tinted: Super Punch-Out!!

Few games have helped to mold and shape my love of gaming more than Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!. Mr. Dream can suck it for all I care, Iron Mike and his wacky rapist ways will always hold a place in my heart. I would have done a...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:20 PM on 03.31.2009

EDP Casting looking for Punch-Out! lookalikes

According to a recent article from Joystiq Nintendo, if you've always found you look mysteriously like a Punch-Out! character you may be in luck if you live in the New York area. A Craigslist ad has been posted in New York fo...

Colette Bennett

9:20 AM on 03.31.2009

Take to the ring in the Punch-Out!! King Hippo Contender kit

What is this Heavyweight Contender kit, you ask? Why, it's a marketing tie-in for the upcoming Wii version of Punch-Out!!. Exclusive to Amazon.com, the kit contains a replica of King Hippo's crown, the King Hippo desktop punc...

Colette Bennett







Wii Shop Update: Bonsai Barber, Super Punch-Out!! photo
Wii Shop Update: Bonsai Barber, Super Punch-Out!!
by Nick Chester

Relish in the title of this story, as it's the last "Wii Shop Update" you'll get. Starting next week, you'll start seeing it as the "Nintendo Download," as the updates will start including DSiWare titles. You excited? I can feel it. 

This last week of the "Wii Shop Update" brings Bonsai Barber (Nintendo, 1-4 players, 1,000 Wii Points) to WiiWare. Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like -- a game where you give the inhabitants of a tree village haircuts. Nintendo calls it a "first-person groomer," and we all laughed. Very clever. Actually, it sounds kind of neat; but I'll be saving my own Wii Points for...

Super Punch-Out!! (Super NES, 1 player, 800 Wii Points), which happens to be one of my favorite videogames of all time. There's not much more than can be said about this now-classic sequel, but it's a good way to whet the appetites of gamers who might not be familiar with the series. One can only hope that the new Wii version of Punch-Out!! is half as good as this title.

So, will you be buying either of these things?

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GDC 09: Hands-on with Punch-Out!! Wii photo
GDC 09: Hands-on with Punch-Out!! Wii
by Anthony Burch

I love Punch-Out!!. You love Punch-Out!!. Everybody loves Punch-Out!!. There's no real surprise there. And since everyone loves Punch-Out!! just as I do, I'm going to go ahead and presumptuously assume that whatever emotions I experienced upon hearing of a new Punch-Out!! for the Wii were pretty much the exact same emotions you felt as well.

Namely: adoration of the graphics, but intensely cynical worry about crappy motion controls and a toned-down difficulty level for the casual Wii audience. 

Granted, by the time I played a four-match demo of Punch-Out!! on the GDC expo floor, it'd been months since I'd even thought about the third console entry in one of my favorite not-really-sports game series. Were my half-remembered worries and complaints justified, or did Nintendo manage to assuage them? 

In other news, assuage looks and sounds like a perverted, possibly fecophilic activity. Especially when put in italics.

Assuage.

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