I am a huge fan of the Hajime no Ippo, the manga/anime that the game is based off of, so don't think that this is just a biased fan's opinion. I love boxing and have been looking for a good simulation boxing game that would match up well, without having to step in a ring and have to mess up somebody else's face, and this is that solution. If you are looking for a good boxing game, this will be it as long as you take the time to understand the game and its design scheme. Controls: I figured I should begin here because most of the game's low points from the online and magazine reviews were from the controls. This game boasts multiple control schemes, the main one being 100% motion controls, which is where the problems begin. Basically if you hold up the Wii Remote and Nunchuck and lean them slightly in any direction, your character in the game will lean. If you lean the controllers more in any direction, the character will move. Punches are registered through movements you have to follow that would somewhat mimic the actual punch. In this control scheme however, basically the game has trouble registering between what is a punch, to movements, to even leaning, causing the confusion in the game. You can also use a Gamecube controller or a Classic Controller which is pretty much button pusher-esque gameplay but that isn't what you are looking for or else you would get a game designed around those controllers. Control Scheme 2 is where the fun is because the punches are still registered through motion but the movement and leaning is done with the Analog stick. This makes the game MUCH more enjoyable and that is how I play the game. No confusion or what not whenever you need to get away or you just want to punch the guy in the face. 8.0 Graphics: The game uses Cel shading graphics that looks good but is pretty much last generation console graphics. Since you own a Wii, you already know that the Wii will probably never match up with the PS3 or 360 so I guess you can't really take that away from the game. If you are okay with the cartoony/anime styled graphics then you should be fine with what the game offers. 9.5 Sound: The game has voice over cutscenes in English with voice actors who are very passionate with speaking lines. Some people will think they are corny, but I watch anime and know how emotional those voice actors can be so its no big deal. The music is fast paced, adrenaline pumping japanese styled techno. Announcer will get annoying after a while but that is normal for actual sports announcers for me. 9.0 Overall: 8.8 Game is fun, for a boxing simulator and especially for fans of the series. This game can seriously spend you some hours swinging away. If you don't mind sweating a little then you are in for a treat. Watch some videos online, and don't listen to the biased reviews online. Definitely check it out if you can!
yes: I recommend this product