Looking for a little stocking-filler for the Wii this Christmas? Well, you can snap up Punch Out!! for under £3 at The Game Collection right now.
Boxing was one of the best parts of Wii Sports, and Punch Out!! takes all of that and makes i even more awesome, updating the Nintendo classic, and putting you back in the boots of Little Mac, now with added motion control. It's a colourful, entertaining little title that's full of cartoony violence rather than the squashed potato faces of Fight Night or semi-naked wrangling of UFC, just don't overdo it after Christmas dinner! Cheers Gooner!
It's Movember, and that can only mean one thing: across the globe men are taking pride in their bristling whiskers, growing them out in the name of solidarity and raising money in the battle against prostate and testicular cancer.
But there are some cracking Mo-Bros to be found in the videogame world too. From dastardly villains to everyman heroes, the moustache can be a valuable addition to one's visage. Just look at Mario. Not enough pixels to have a mouth? A 'tache will sort it out nicely. And he's never looked back.
So this Movember, join us in paying homage to some weird, wacky and truly wonderful moustache merchants.
It's probably the worst moustache in history, a pitiful excuse for a tache, and amongst the other majestic follicular caterpillars on this list, it pales into insignificance. But it is rather distinctive, infamous even, and you do get to wipe it off of the Fuhrer's face in some cracking ways
Do you know why Alakazam and Kadabra are such powerful Pokemon? It's not because of the spoons. It's because of the psychic energy stored within their Fu Manchu facial hair.We're not even sure if it's even made of hair. But it looks good. And wise. Oh so very wise.Click here to read more...
Little Mac is back, and he's still packing a punch! Sorry...had to. Punch-Out!! is a cartoony boxer with a lot of charm, some memorable characters and, as is so often the case with Nintendo games, a long history. Nearly everybody Little Mac meets on his way to the top will be someone you may have met before if you're a fan of the series. But we bet you've never seen them quite like this!
You can currently pick up a copy of Punch-Out!! for the Wii for just £14.95 from Zavvi at the moment, saving you a good couple of pounds on the nearest in-stock competitor over at Tesco.
Anyone who's played the boxing section of Wii Sports will know what's going on here. With Wiimote and Nunchuk in hand, it's your job to take Little Mac from the lowliest, scummiest garden shed to the glitziest arenas around, battling increasingly colourful characters along the way.
There are a whole host of glorious in-jokes here for long-term Ninty fanboys and the gameplay is both wonderfully simple, you can even play through the game using the classic controller layout too if you fancy more of a trip down memory lane. The cartoonish physicality on display is what makes this game, and whilst it's an absolute blast as a solitary experience, you'll really get the most out of it as a party game, be it staging tournaments with your mates or simply handing round the controllers and shouting backseat advice.
There's plenty of content here, and the power-ups add a surprising amount of depth to a game such as this. It just goes to show that a simple premise such as this doesn't have to result in one-dimensional mediocrity. Punch-Out!! is an absolute triumph of single-minded brilliance, and should be essential for any budding Wii developer let alone Wii owner.
Konami introduce classic PS2 games back into the market in today’s news roundup, while Mario illegally appears in Punch-Out!!, and the Wii Vitality Sensor gets its first game.
Konami Europe have already begun to bring some of their top PS2 games back onto shelves in the UK, despite no prior announcement or word whatsoever. These are brand new copies, and according to a Konami spokesperson “We've manufactured certain amounts depending on the title, and they're being bought by wholesalers so will likely pop up in independent rather than chain stores.”
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3, and Suikoden Tactics are currently available, with Silent Hill 2, 3 & 4 on the way. Konami have been kind with the pricing, offering the games for between £10 and £20. Hopefully this will inspire other companies to reinstate some of their classic games that are otherwise hard to get, or deserve more attention than they got the first time around. [EuroGamer]
In a recent interview, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and designer Makoto Wada revealed the truth about the origins of Mario in the classic Punch-Out!! series. The interview was part of feature called Iwata Asks, where president Iwata speaks with other Nintendo developers about their high profile games. The focus this time being Punch-Out!!. According to Wada, he neglected to get consent from Shigeru Miyamoto when including Mario as the referee.
“Mario became the referee after the NES version, and I drew that myself without permission” said Wada. “You could get away with a lot then” added Iwata. Miyamoto of course doesn’t seem too bothered about the whole affair claiming “We didn't have an approval system when using Mario images back then and it went right past my check (laughs)". Apparently this is the reason for a rather deformed appearance from the mustached plumber, who looks more like an egg/penguin hybrid than classic Mario. [GameSetWatch]
The Wii Vitality Sensor has been a source of speculation ever since it was unveiled at E3 2009. Nintendo has been quiet on the purpose of the device, but now some light may be shed on what it actually does. With input from University professors and people experienced in medical equipment, Nintendo has been working on a game with the “theme of relaxation” according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.
“I am sure you have experienced not being able to go to bed even when you are so tired after a busy day at work and coming home late at night... What if you were able to visualize how to unwind and relax, or check the condition of your automatic nerve by simply inserting your finger in the device once a day?” Hardly sounds like the most fun game you’ll ever see, but considering the success of similar titles like Wii Fit and Brain Training, it’s sure to be a hit. [Kotaku]