|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Aki Corporation||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Atari||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 17, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
To the game's credit, it does come with a nice set of features. There's a decent tutorial that teaches you the various moves (though, of course, it can't get you to the point of executing them regularly). Once you've tired of trying to get the hang of it, you can fight a single match, work your way through the arcade mode, play training mini-games, create a boxer, get in tag-team tournaments, or try to win the championship.
The latter is the title's meatiest mode, as it incorporates most of the others. You begin by constructing your boxer as you'd make a Mii avatar, selecting from various body types, articles of clothing, and even fighting styles. The process is rather arduous at first, but as you play, you unlock various new options. Before each fight, you have the option of playing training mini-games to improve your various stats. This is an important feature, because the enemies become harder much faster than you learn the controls, so you'll need all the firepower you can build up. On a side note, it does seem to help a bit, here and in the other modes, to turn down the difficulty in the options menu. Unfortunately, many of these mini-games suffer the same control issues the fights do, so you'll find yourself leveling up some abilities far more often than others. It's yet another example of this game's developers going the extra mile to make everything worthwhile except the controls.
Finally, if you can convince someone to spend time with you on this game, you can fight them - good luck with that. These matches don't feel as unfair as battling the computer can, since you're both struggling against the same lame controls, but they are no more rewarding. There's really no strategy involved; it's basically a button-masher without buttons - we're not sure what to call that; a waggle-masher? Wagglefest?
At this point it's stating the obvious, but we'll come right out with it: don't buy this game. It's not worth your time, much less your $30. If you're a Wii owner who really wants a boxing challenge beyond that of Wii Sports, there's nothing to do but wait.
CCC Freelance Writer