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?
Fans of the original game can breathe a sigh of relief, as nearly everything you cherished about the original remains intact in Punch-Out!! for the Wii. Developer Next Level Games knew it had a good thing going with the basics, and decided not to play with the formula too much, while making a number of key strides and taking a few unexpected chances that ultimately pay off in spades.
Score: 9 -- Superb (9s are a hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won't cause massive damage to what is a supreme title.)
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