A truly victorious boxing revolution
Ever since Wii boxing teased us in the Wii sports package, fans have clamored for a deeper boxing game that takes full advantage of the wiimote nunchuk combo. Fight Night seemed like the most logical choice, but EA was too busy bombarding Wii with minigames of all shapes and sizes to even bother to port the PS2 version of Fight Night Round 3 with a revamped control screen.
Enter Victorious Boxers: Revolution. From the title alone you might hazard that it’s a Japanese game, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Based on a manga called Hajime no Ippo (the cartoon series of which I think I’ve caught an episode or two), the game chronicles the story of one Ippo Makuonuchi, your typical kid who gets picked on a lot then joins a boxing gym to kick some ass. The story mode takes you through a succession of boxers, much like Punch Out or Super Punch Out, but that’s only half of the game because what would a boxing game be if you couldn’t take your friends out on a tv screen? VBR lets you take on a friend one on one using any characters you’ve unlocked in story mode, and according to wiifanboy, it’s a blast if you’re using the right control scheme.
Other mags have reported issues with the control and the art (which is cell shaded and EXTREMELY Japanesey), but if you can get past the art and get used to the control scheme, this certainly looks like a must buy for anyone who had a blast with Wii boxing.