Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
Punch-Out!! Game Poster Image
Cartoony, retro brawler with humor, but too short.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This is a humorous boxing game where your goal is to knock out others.


The game features cartoon violence as boxers climb into a ring and take swings at each other until one is knocked down. Characters show damage to their face and body, and some of the knockouts are shown in slow motion.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is an arcade boxing game, so there is some violence in the game. That said, the fighters are clearly cartoons -- i.e. not realistic in the least -- plus comedic effects can be seen such as stars dancing around their head after receiving a blow.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfallout May 25, 2009

better then the others

even if you do not like the others I would recommend this one.
it is short, yes, but it has a charm and fun about it most other game don't.
best game on th... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old March 19, 2021


a little violence but ok for 8 and up
Kid, 12 years old June 21, 2019

I love Punch Out!

Punch Out is a great game. People say it’s short, but I can’t say too much myself because I’m pretty bad at it. It’s taking me a while! The only thing I don’t l... Continue reading

What's it about?

Little Mac is back -- the classic cartoon fighter has climbed back into in the ring after a 15-year hiatus. Nintendo's beloved brawler PUNCH-OUT!! is now available for the Nintendo Wii, offering players one of two revised control schemes. Players can face off against each of the zany fighters -- such as Von Kaiser, King Hippo, and newcomer Disco Kid -- using the wireless and motion-sensing Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers or the Wii Balance Board (included with Wii Fit). Alternatively, the game can also be played with classic NES-style controls by turning the Wii Remote sideways.

In case you never played the original, this modern update of Punch-Out!! -- now employing "cell-shaded" graphics that make the fighters appear as 3-D cartoons -- stars a young and spunky fighter, Little Mac, who challenges a host of hilarious boxers from around the world. Trainer Doc Louis will teach players how to swing a punch (upper cuts, jabs, and hooks), use defensive maneuvers (dodge, duck, and block) and dance about the ring with grace. Play well and you'll KO opponents, take on tougher fighters, and vie to wear the covered championship belt.

Is it any good?

Punch-Out!! is quite fun for both fans of the original as well as younger gamers, but it's not a perfect fighter. You can't play against a friend online (two players can only duke it out on the same television via split-screen) and its $50 price is too high for a game you could easily finish in a weekend (or less). That said, it's hard to resist the game's retro charm.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Nintendo should bring back these classic games -- and introduce updated graphics and control options -- or should the Japanese game maker concentrate more on new games. On a related note, are gamers getting tired of the "retro" movement?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: May 18, 2009
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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