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USA VC Update: Super Punch-Out!!

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

It's catchup week again, as today's new VC release is Super Punch-Out!!, which was recently released in Europe.

Super Punch-Out!! once again puts you in the shoes of Little Mac (Which has finally been confirmed in today's press release - Nintendo previously never said who this boxer was!) as he fights through four increasingly difficult boxing circuits, taking on a total of 16 opponents on his quest to become the new number one. - It features almost exactly the same gameplay. Pretty much the only new features are a time trial mode to practice your strategies, and a power meter during battles - When this fills up, you can throw extra strong punches as long as you don't get hit.

If you need some more convincing you can of course read our Super Punch-Out!! review.

Strangely enough, there are no new C64 or Arcade games today. Get on the ball, Nintendo!

On WiiWare, you can grab just one new title as well - The only recently revealed Bonsai Barber by Zoonami. The studio head formerly worked as lead developer on GoldenEye 007 on the N64, so perhaps this will turn out to be a surprisingly good title?

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DazzaAdmin

#2

Dazza said:

This more than makes up for the hairdressing vegetables game at least!

Roo

#3

Roo said:

"Strangely enough, there are no new C64 or Arcade games today. Get on the ball, Nintendo!"

No! More SNES games, please! I don't want any of Namco's foosty old rubbish!

KnucklesSonic8

#4

KnucklesSonic8 said:

"Strangely enough, there are no new C64 or Arcade games today. Get on the ball, Nintendo!"

Took the words right out of my mouth. I was hoping for releases other than Super Punch-Out but it seems like it was the only one... Oh well... Hopefully they'll support the VC more next week since this is the "Farewell edition".

ALDAWGZ

#5

ALDAWGZ said:

awesome cant wait 2 go home n download this mayb we'll get a surprise later on in the week like japan did u never know

Jockolantern

#6

Jockolantern said:

Glad to see Super Punch-Out!! released; looking forward to buying that later today. Bonsai Barber just looks... bad. Particularly at the 1000 price point. Do I really want to pay $10 to virtually groom chia pets?

No. I do not.

Rawk_Hawk

#8

Rawk_Hawk said:

North America is officialy 7 games away from the 300th VC update. Could it be Smash Bros. or Majora's Mask?

Mike1

#11

Mike1 said:

"Strangely enough, there are no new C64 or Arcade games today. Get on the ball, Nintendo!"

Took the words right out of my mouth.

7th_lutz

#12

7th_lutz said:

I was hoping that we would be getting more than 1 vc game this week since Super Punch!! was announced last week. At least it is a very good game.

I'm guessing that we will getting Smash Bros. for the vc's 300th game. I'm figuring that we might get it in late April, depending on how vc games will be released in a week.

LinktotheFuture

#13

LinktotheFuture said:

Glad this is finally here. Now how long to I have to hold my breath for Super Mario Kart, Contra, Pro Wrestling, and TMNT II?

TwilightV

#15

TwilightV said:

I think SSB will be out on the 27th (one day after the 10th anniversary of it's release).

North99

#17

North99 said:

thumbs down
I don't like Wrestling and the Bonsai thing seems to cost more Wiipoints than it looks to be worth.
Good thing I'm hooked on Pokemon Platinum and Rune Factory Frontiers.

KingMike

#20

KingMike said:

Really, it's Little Mac?
Surprised, I used to think his name was Mike for some reason.
(though I don't think it was because it is also my own)

SmaMan

#21

SmaMan said:

Nice choice of screenshot. Bear hugger is like Nintendo sticking their tongue at us for expecting more than one game from now on.

Well I didn't have my hopes up that much, but Nintendo is running out of excuses for this one game a week thing. The VC arcade gives Nintendo a near limitless source of titles to release now!

quakster

#22

quakster said:

It's not really a confirmation of anything, considering that whoever wrote the press release has absolutely nothing to do with the people who made the game.

Turtles89

#24

Turtles89 said:

Wow, this is like Chistmas! This is one of the first games I wanted on the VC two years ago when I bought a Wii. Better late then never. Best day ever!

WarioFan63

#27

WarioFan63 said:

This isnt so bad, considering we just came out of 6 VC games overall last week. Coupled with the fact that the PR is getting a mini-overhaul next week this totally has "calm before the storm" written all over it.

Starwolf_UK

#28

Starwolf_UK said:

The lack of any more VC Arcade and C64 should signifiy how dry the pot of releases really is. Those systems were only launched to increase the pot. Blowing the entire lot in one month would defeat the purpose somewhat and instead of 1 game weeks (after a few months of 2 and 3) you'ld suddenly have zero!

Of course Japan has it different as 3rd party publishers seem to be more interested in the VC over there...

Plus Nintendo might be thinking "now that people have blocks on their wii they'll buy the stuff they've been putting off since they ran out space". I can see that train of thought as I've seen many people going on buying sprees recently.

Stuffgamer1

#29

Stuffgamer1 said:

@WarioFan63: "PR mini-overhaul"? I know nothing of this.

@Starwolf_UK: Right you are with that last paragraph. I'm catching up on ignored games right now, though I will also download this one.

At least today's release is GOOD! Coulda been one crap game again or something.

Rapadash6

#30

Rapadash6 said:

Sweet release! I thought with all the latest and greatest Virtual Console news that we might start getting more games each week again but I guess not. T_T At least there are plenty of great titles on the way like Super Smash Bros., Final Fantasy II (IV) and Majora's Mask. Can't wait!

DrakeStaff

#33

Drake said:

@ North99: Not only is this not a wrestling game, it's not even a boxing game. The creators of the Wii version said it best, Punch-Out!! is more like a puzzle game.

Don

#34

Don said:

After the 300th VC game for NA, with its one VC game per week release, the 400th game won't be here until 2011.

GN0LAUM

#36

GN0LAUM said:

Fantastic game.

I'll be buying some more points to download this and Ogrebattle later on. Can't wait for Majora's Mask though!

Atlantis1982

#39

Atlantis1982 said:

@28. Starwolf_UK

I am surprised that many people are keeping their word with buying games from their boycotting. Again, I am disappointed with this release week. With C64 and VCA, where are the games?

Bass_X0

#40

Bass_X0 said:

Where are the games?

Lets have a look at the games that were released during March.

30/03 -- Super Punch Out!! (SNES)
25/03 -- Mappy, Gaplus, Star Force and Tower of Druaga (ARCADE)
23/03 -- Detana Twinbee & Bomberman '94 (TG16)
16/03 - Summer Games II (C64)
09/03 - Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars (SMS)
02/03 -- Ogre Battle (SNES)

The arcade got a good introduction so clearly that wasn't expected to be given more games so soon. The C64 is lacking in games but at least one game got released during March - common sense suggests more C64 games to come soon. The same with the Sega Master System too.

shinigami_tidus

#41

shinigami_tidus said:

@Bass X0:
Only 6 games in 4 weeks? o.Ô
We had in europe only 4 games, i think.
Nintendo's release politic is a shame for the whole industry.

Bass_X0

#42

Bass_X0 said:

Well actually... other than the four arcade games we all got, only three games were released during March - CluClu Land, Wonder Boy 3 and Super Punch Out!!

Rawk_Hawk

#44

Rawk_Hawk said:

The Neo Geo and N64 need some attention right now. Although I have a feeling a N64 game is right around the virtual corner.

Link79

#45

Link79 said:

If the boxer in this game is little mac then why is he blonde
He looks nothing like little mac. This game has better graphics but for some reason the original game is overall better I think. It's just more nostalgic and Mario is the ref. I also like the mid round smack talking between the oponents. It was missed in super Punch out. I also wonder why Mario didn't return as the Ref in the new Wii version? That's sort of a bummer. The game still looks great though. Can't wait! Punch out is back!

retro_player_22

#46

retro_player_22 said:

Still waiting for Super Smash Bros. It won't be surprising if this game got release the same time when TMNT Smash release for Wii.

HeikeKagero

#48

HeikeKagero said:

Yeah!

Finally this game is released.

You could probably imagine how excited I was when I downloaded this

Cheezy

#50

Cheezy said:

Guys, I think arcade games might be coming out on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

MickEiA

#52

MickEiA said:

i think it is a good thing that nintendo are focusing on other games than just arcade

The_Fox

#53

The_Fox said:

Awesome game, although I really doubt anyone was surprised to see it pop up today.

Ferret75

#54

Ferret75 said:

You'd think since they're releasing six arcade games at a time in Japan, and since Namco announced 25 arcade games, we'd get at least more than only one game. =

Objection

#55

Objection said:

Well, at least the ONE VC game is a GOOD one. We've had the opposite enough times now.

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#56

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

How boring is this? When are we gonna see some Super FX titles? Super Mario Kart is also overdue.

I'd also like the Master System edition of Columns.

Kid_A

#57

Kid_A said:

Super Punch-Out is my most anticipated VC title, so rest assured I was pretty excited. I downloaded it a couple hours ago. It did not dissapoint. And it's every bit as challenging as the NES original.

Guess the next thing I'm waiting for is Majora's Mask.

Chunky_Droid

#58

Chunky_Droid said:

@Starfox: Once they get Mode 7 and FX emulated properly

@Kid_A: I mastered Super Punch-Out!! pretty well after a while, I still can't beat the NES version though :/

Twilight_Crow

#59

Twilight_Crow said:

Good update, but right now I'm only waiting for Mayhem in Monterland, besides I'm not very fond of the Punch Out! series, so, since I finally got myself some wiipoints, I'll catch up with another title.

Party_On_Dude

#61

Party_On_Dude said:

@anyone mentioning SSB64:

I keep telling you... (rushes to see other posts of mine on VC reviews); I keep forseeing a April 27th release for SSB64 and as our SURPRISE #300 game!! ;)

Or clearly no fails to mention that they've read my posts before?! :(

Also I highly knew Super Punch-Out was coming out today; so I hope to get it sometime... like gifted to me from a dear friend of mine! :)

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#65

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

The thing is I came in at the tail-end of the NES generation. I'm more of an SNES onward. That's why I can't relate to any of these 8-bit systems (save for the NES).

Since I had a Game Gear as a kid, the SMS games are a treat as they're essentially the same thing. A week ago I downloaded Sonic Chaos and it didn't disappoint. Just as awesome as it was then, and very nostalgic for me. I also downloaded Sonic the Hedgehog for the Genesis, and it's cool too. Sure I had Sonic Mega Collection, but it's more fun using the classic controller or remote than the clunky Gamecube controller.

North99

#67

North99 said:

Bah....wrestling... boxing ... both consist of a couple guys making strained faces as they wail on each other in a ring....

WarioFan63

#68

WarioFan63 said:

@KnucklesSonic
I think we got a lot going for us right now with 2 new platforms waiting to leak their games out. The signs all seem to add up! I'm almost certain we're gonna get a Genesis Import Day in April too. We just happened to get stuck in a transitional period between the Arcade Games and the DSi, but the wait until next week to confirm this is just going to be killing me!

@chunky
I think Mode7's been taken care of already unless theres some glitches in games like F-Zero, Castlevania 4, and Actraiser that I don't know about

Viral

#69

Viral said:

Zzzzz....I'm just wondering what we'll get on Friday. I haven't even turned on my Wii since the SD Card update unfortunately...I should probably finish Metroid Prime 3...

TwilightV

#70

TwilightV said:

@WarioFan63: Mode 7 works just fine with the VC's F-Zero, Super Mario World, Super Mario RPG and Secret Of Mana. I'm also guessing the same is true of Super Castlevana IV and ActRaiser. :)

Party_On_Dude

#72

Party_On_Dude said:

@Also just a thought for everyone to know:
Even if we now have ONLY 7 MORE VC games to go until #300... I bet Nintendo will still make us play the WAITING GAME, and it'll be 1 VC releases until #300 hits on April 27th; which no doubt will probably be SSB64 in my mind!! ;)

Yet unlike anyone else; I'll be still saving up my points & maybe not get SSB64 if it does come out... & wait until Zelda MM, (because I love Zelda WAY MORE)!! ;)

Chunky_Droid

#73

Chunky_Droid said:

@WarioFan: Super Mario Kart used a more advanced mode 7 chip, I forgot to mention that in my original post :). I believe it had something to do with being able to scroll the playing field with added sprites attached. Though I'm not certain

EDIT: It's not a Mode 7 chip per-say, Mode 7 is just the type of graphic achievement. The chip in question is actually called the DSP-1 chip and was used for more advanced mathematic calculations. It was also used in Pilotwings which could explain that particular game's absense too.

Stuffgamer1

#74

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Atlantis1982: What, you thought we were all making false promises? I, for one, wanted to vote with my wallet to try to make it VERY clear to Nintendo that their long-awaited storage solution was well appreciated. I LOVE downloading games without worrying about running out of space! :D

I did download and play Super Punch-Out!! yesterday. I like the fact that the match time goes in real time instead of stupid fast like in the NES game, and I like this game's super punch system better, too. But all that said, I still think the NES game has more charm somehow. The lack of a visible trainer and between-round banter hurt this game's charm. It's still totally worth a download if you like the first, it's just kind of a trade-off in some ways.

I'm having more trouble with this one than the NES, though (not that I've ever beaten either). I'm stuck on this jerk in the major circuit who keeps spitting in my eye! Freaking cheater...mutter mutter...

Zac429

#75

Zac429 said:

Nintendo has really stepped up the last few weeks. They should top it off by adding the SGEN version of Shadowrun. Add that to the Phantasy Stars and Shining Forces and I wouldn't need my Genesis anymore!

sponge

#76

sponge said:

@ #76 if you are having trouble with masked muscle, sandman will destroy you and the next circuit will make you cry. :) happy gaming!

MaxPlastic

#77

MaxPlastic said:

I'm still waiting for Pro Wrestling and Mayhem in Monsterland... Not to mention the countless other games we've already beaten to death and will probably never get...
Wow, that sounds bitter... Excuse me, I'm just not feeling well lol

MrPinguy

#78

MrPinguy said:

Saying that the Super Punch Out! Boxer is Lil. Mac is a sign of a good marketing scheme.
With the new Puchout comming soon to wii.

GooniesFan

#80

GooniesFan said:

does anyone know what happened to nintendo releasing zombies ate my neighboors on the virtual console...? or pro wrestling?

Will

#81

Will said:

Yes!!! Zombies ate my neighboors and pro wrestling are both being released 1st April!!! Honest!!

/.......

WarioFan63

#82

WarioFan63 said:

Zombies ate my Neighbors falls in the "LucasArts doesn't like digital distribution" category last I heard.

GooniesFan

#83

GooniesFan said:

i never knew if they were ever releasing those games...im hoping we get some more games in the new virtual arcade soon

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#84

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

How about the 300th release be the Saturn edition of Virtua Fighter? Then in a few weeks they could release Sonic R and never bother with the Saturn ever again.

Will

#85

Will said:

@StarFox, What about all the other awesome Saturn games like Nights, Sega Rally, Burning Rangers, X-men vs Street Fighter, Panzer Dragoon, VIRTUA FIGHTER 2! ect... I know theres loads more I cant think of right now, my mate had a Saturn and it was a fantastic console.

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#86

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

Nights: forgot about that one, good call
Virtua Fighter 2: I thought VF would suffice, but I suppose VF2 would be fine.

Never heard of the rest.

I really think the Saturn should be brought to the VC. They could charge 1200 a game for all I care. Just bring them!

sega_nerd

#87

sega_nerd said:

One game i can think of that was really great from Sega Saturn is Dragon Force. It is one of the best strategy/rpg game you'll ever play. It's very addictive but the problem is not many people know about the game which is a shame. Anyone who is a fan of Sega must experience Dragon Force.

LinkFanatic

#91

LinkFanatic said:

did Rare make an agreement with Nintendo? What's up with Goldeneye 007 being on the coming soon list?

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