Punch Out!! Wii is now set to release May 19th. While waggle support is an absolute must for this game, we can only hope that some classic bruisers return for this long-awaited sequel. Of course, some are obvious, like Glass Joe and Von Kaiser who are shown in the picture, we can only hope that some of the more iconic or memorable foes will return. (I’m looking at you Narcis Prince).
While I thourougly enjoyed Punch Out!! (yes those exclamation marks are official) on the NES, Super Punch Out!! will always have a special place in my heart. Filled with completely unique fighters, it was one boxing game that never got old. It pioneered elements like time trials in a fighting game, and hosted some completely wacky fighters.
A pretty boy at heart, Narcis Prince was one awesome adversary. Does the “V” on his shirt stand for “vain” or “vanity”? Either one could work, as this guy did everything possible to protect his face. If you finally clocked him in his kisser, he got extremely angry, disheveled, and vengeful. Use this time to knock him to the mat with your super uppercut and bodyblows! You wish you could have Narcis Prince’s hair.
Hoy Quarlow is a cheater! Not only does he hop around the entire ring, but he uses his trademark staff to beat you senseless. While it was kind of gimmicky to include a boxer with a weapon, it was still very rewarding to down someone who apparently is allowed to break the rules. Oh, and it sucked getting beat down by an old dude.
Tit for tat, Mad Clown is one of the best encounters ever done in a video game. He had a whole host of tricks to defeat you, but his most unique attack was his juggle ball manuever. The laugh-master jumped back out of your reach, and threw balls at two parts of the screen, forcing you to either dodge left, right, or just stand still. They were tossed a breakneck speed, so it was imperative that your hand-eye coordination be at it’s best!
With a name you can hardly pronounce and an extremely metro hair style, you wouldn’t expect Heike to be a formidable foe. Nintendo Power itself even called this guy “kind of a pansy”. But, if you’ve ever played a video game with a character than can attack with their hair you will know this assumption is completely false.
Wait?! Is this boxing, or kick-boxing?! Dragon Chan cares as little about the rules as people do about cheap Bruce Lee imitations. Dragon would jump across the ropes, and dragon kick you in the face. Also completely unique to his character, Dragon goes into a meditative state, and heals himself. Quick, super uppercut!
Great Tiger was probably my first coolest boss battle ever. When you’re a kid, nothing is cooler than teleporting boxers who wear animal skin ring coats. Punch Out!! NES gives you a bunch of decently cool fights, but then blows you away with this “Master of Mirages”.
In what is probably the most hilarious re-naming coverup since Street Fighter’s “Mike Bison”, Nintendo changed the real name of “Vokda Drunkinski” to “Soda Popinski”. So that’s what he was drinking! Soda Popinski was the “noob basher” of the NES Punch Out!! It was possible to irk by without much skill up until him, but once you got there, be prepared to restart the game numerous times before progressing!
Is there a snowball’s chance of this happening? Nope! But we can all collectively hold our breath. Mike Tyson was the single most challenging opponent in both major iterations of Punch Out!! Mike would beat the living pulp out of Nick Bruiser (Super Punch Out!!’s final foe), much less your little brother. Few people even saw Mike Tyson in-game; when I was younger, I made it to him a few times, but could never actually beat him. What a legacy!
Wii Punch Out!! Trailer
If anyone wants to start doing Super Punch Out!! time trials again, let me know. I’ll start a forum post.