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Hell yeah. HELL yeah. I love this game so much. We can use this thread to discuss any game in the series, since they're pretty similar.
Don't you love games that instead of throwing random BS at you, use one simple yet awesome game mechanic, and polish it to absolute perfection? That is the definition of a classic video game to me. And Punch-Out is one of the best examples of that. It's just so addictive, so purely fun.
Gotta love the characters too. This is how you do racial stereotypes right - you make them all equally awesome and extremely unique. My all-time favorite is Aran Ryan, because he cheats and he doesn't give a shit, plus he's Irish. Can't compete with Irish people. But I also love Piston Honda, Flamenco and Great Tiger.
So what's your favorite Punch-Out game? Mine's chocolate.
Hmm yeah, oddly enough I don't mind the obvious racial stereotypes in this game. I guess because it is to ridiculously over the top and applied pretty equally across the board. Kind of like the Simpsons. You can point out individual stereotypes and say "this is terrible!", but once you look at them in context you realize they are doing it to everyone and in such ridiculous ways that it makes you question the stereotypes. Sort of. Although The Simpsons adds a lot more context than Punch-Out!! does.
Anyway. I definitely love this game. If there was one thing I didn't like, it was that they reused too many old characters instead of coming up with more new ones. But considering how differently the characters play than they did in the old games, it still felt pretty new. It had a very nice challenge level and the "rematch" mode or whatever it was called added so much to it.
Speaking of which, I still need to finish this game. I got all the way up to Aran Ryan on the "rematch" mode but never got further. Not because he was too hard or anything, just that other games came up. Although the fights were getting pretty darn hard at that point...
Making it even better this time around was ACTUAL LANGUAGE from their homeland. Pretty neat. I think I actually asked Shamim (as seen in the Quizno's HEELS episode) about one of the things that Great Tiger said. Good stuff!
After enjoying some original Punch Out in NES Remix 2, I was reminded that I needed to finally play this game. Ran through the first two circuits pretty easily. It's definitely Punch Out, alright, but really nice presentation and even though the characters are the same, they are different enough in their attacks and special moves that it's completely fresh gameplay wise. I'm excited to try the Title Defense stuff that I've heard is extra tricky, but first things first, I've gotta beat the World Circuit.
I'm pretty disappointed that they didn't make a sequel to this game on Wii. I was hoping they were rehashing the old characters to reintroduce the franchise and then we'd get a second one with a completely new roster, but it didn't happen. Maybe on Wii U? Certainly could be even prettier in HD.
@Jargon Yeah, it's great! Each fight has three achievements, and they almost always push you to learn some new quirk in the boss's pattern, or they tell you how many different stars you can earn. I got 'em all!
TDBB is wild. When I play Punch-Out!! (now), I restart a character and go from scratch. My last run I went undefeated until I got to NORMAL Bald Bull, I think. My timing is off. I could probably use a few more reps.
Do you like that aspect of the game? I thought it was one of the coolest things; I always wondered why we never defended our title!
I think it's great. The initial run to the belt is probably enough for a lot of people who just want to enjoy the presentation with only a small amount of challenge, but the title defense gives seasoned Punch Out!! vets like us something to really sink into. I'm having a lot of fun and thinking about it when I'm not playing it, which is a tell tale sign that I'm hooked.