New Punch-Out!! Is Classic Fun

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2009 3:50 PM CDT
King Hippo is shown in a scene from "Punch-Out!!"   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, on the original Nintendo Entertainment System, was a “perfect combination of addictive gameplay and technological impressiveness,” Chris Kohler writes in Wired. In a new version for Wii, happily, the company has figured out "what made the original so compelling” and recreated it “in spades.” Sometimes, Kohler writes, “they do make ’em like they used to.”

The game, of course, “has basically nothing to do with boxing,” Kohler writes. It’s “a pure test of a gamer’s reflexes,” and as such players should just stick with the controller, though you can use the motion controls or the floorpad. Kohler’s only qualm is that the game doesn’t support the more comfy Classic Controller. All in all, it’s “a solid, addictive, finely polished game.”