Ever since the first videos were shown, Punch-Out!! for the Wii has been my most anticipated title coming from Nintendo. The original Punch-Out!! for the arcade and NES still holds up well today, which is pretty rare for a game from that era. Well, come May 18th of this year, gamers will be getting the next installment in the seires, the first sequel since Super Punch-Out!! on the SNES. We’re still a little scarce on the details, but Nintendo has promised that Punch-Out!! for the Wii is definitely a labor of love. It will be nice to get a full list of boxers, as we’ve only seen a handful of old favorites so far.
Just this past weekend my wife and I went to a locally owned Italian restaurant that has been in our town for longer than I’ve been alive, but we had never walked in and ate there. When we finally decided to give it a try, the first thing I saw upon walking in was a handful of old arcades. They had a Dig Dug, Popeye, VS. The Goonies, and Punch-Out!!. After dropping a couple of bucks in the machines, I think I found a new place to drop by once in a while, even if it’s just to play the games. Standing there, playing Punch-Out!! reminded me of how simplicity mixed with a bit of strategy is a great formula for a timeless classic.