Punch-Out!! – exclusive boxer reveals!

The Mario and Zelda series are unmatched in sales and popularity. Metroid, Star Fox and F-Zero all have devoted bases that’ll wave the franchise flag whenever needed. Punch-Out!!, on the other hand, has only two console games to its name, yet potentially carries more fond memories and nostalgia than any other Nintendo franchise. Everyone knows Punch-Out!! and can fondly recall time spent pounding goofy boxers into oblivion.

That’s why we’re happy to reveal four new additions to the upcoming Wii sequel. We’ll have a full-blown review coming up in a few weeks, but for now, take a look at these familiar faces.


Piston Hondo


Back from the original NES game, Piston’s gone through a minor name change. We asked about the difference (he was originally Piston Honda) and it sounds like Honda itself might’ve factored in the alteration. Nothing like Mr. Honda called Mr. Nintendo to complain, just some preventative swapping.

Above: Hondo’s boxing behavior is extremely similar to his NES form 

Above: He’ll mix up sweeping uppercuts with these faster jabs. Watch out! 

Above: Proper punches will knock little sushi items out of his head

Above: The official character art

Above: Piston Hondo match, click here for full screen player


Great Tiger


Great Tiger is another holdover from the original. His tricks include disappearing and reappearing elsewhere in the ring, as well as a duplicating fake-out move where he tries to cross you up. Check it in the video below.

Above: The aforementioned duplication move. Which way’s he gonna go? 

Above: Every Punch-Out!! boxer has a “tell.” Guess what his is? 

Above: Tiger gloating after knocking Mac to the mat

Above: The official character art 

Above: Great Tiger match, click here for full screen player

Next page – Glass Joe and King Hippo return with all-new forms in Title Defense mode

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  • DaBadGuy - May 9, 2009 2:30 a.m.

    I hope they bring Mario back as the ref, or make him a hidden opponent!!! How bitchin would that be, Little Mac vs Super Mario (he would have to be Super Mario so he's big enough, Mario is so teeny). Boxing is about the only sport that Mario hasn't had a game based around.
  • Ensoul - May 7, 2009 4:37 a.m.

    @ Ramijiman: I'm pretty sure I saw another video somewhere else that showed a person playing in the "traditional" way.
  • Geminiman82 - May 6, 2009 2:56 p.m.

    Thank you Brett-Bot! I was hoping to find out who else was going to be in this game. Us old school NES gen need to know who we can expect!
  • Moschetto - May 6, 2009 12:40 p.m.

    "yet potentially carries more fond memories and nostalgia than any other Nintendo franchise." Except, y'know, MARIO.
  • twishart - May 5, 2009 11:46 p.m.

    Yes, but does it encourage you to 'Join the Nintendo Fun Club today, Mac!'. I CERTAINLY HOPE SO.
  • captfuzzo - May 5, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    yay first page......................Yay new punch out. hopefully mario is still referee
  • Armyofnone - May 5, 2009 7:51 p.m.

    I never played the NES version except on emulators, and I don't own a Wii (Not something I lose a lot of sleep over, to be honest), so I'll have to wait til' a friend buys it to play it. Looks pretty decent though.
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - May 5, 2009 7:46 p.m.

    Glass Joe For the Lose! But seriously, I love that guy. Da king hippo is back, maybe I can be his hoe?!?! -_-
  • cloud617 - May 8, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    man I can to this to come out.I cant wait to get my hands on king hippo and knock that crown off his head.
  • Skykid - May 7, 2009 9:14 p.m.

  • Ramijiman - May 6, 2009 5:42 p.m.

    It looks great!! the only thing that worry me is the controls can't you just play with the wii remote sideways like a NES ?
  • Ensoul - May 6, 2009 4:37 a.m.

    What kinda cheap shot was that? P. H"o"ndo bows and the player nails him with a left jab? For shame. Looks like a fun game, but it must be demoralizing to have Glass Joe knock a player down; especially with that background music.
  • thelordmeatball - May 6, 2009 12:09 a.m.

    To kind of gave away the competitors name in the name of the list there didnt you?
  • Unoriginal - May 5, 2009 11:01 p.m.

    Funny how I just watched a top ten Screwattack list on an competitor's website who shall remain nameless called the Top Ten Pussie Ass Bitches. #2 was whoever lost to Glass Joe.
  • Romination - May 5, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    the freaking manhole lid made me laugh. that king hippo... i think i might have played this game, but i'm really not completely sure (obviously being the original). but if i just believe... then i know my dreams will come true!
  • Cyberninja - May 5, 2009 7:33 p.m.

    i was going to let glass joe win because he was one unlucklyest game chrater now i will pound his face in
  • Jacob816 - May 5, 2009 7:22 p.m.

    Yay, Glass Joe is back. I hope his eyes still shake around like before