March 16th, 2007, 02:08 Posted By: wraggster
When we first saw Victorious Boxers in action during one of Nintendo's trailers during the Tokyo Game Show last year, we instantly wanted it. The Victorius Boxers series, predominantly a Japanese franchise, has seen a handful of releases worldwide (including the United States and Europe), so while we weren't expecting to see it reach our shores, we remained cautiously optimistic as we witnessed anime brawlers beating the ever-loving hell out of each other.
Now that the Japanese sits has gone live, new details on the series have surfaced along with it, and while there's still no word on a worldwide release, buzz is growing for this action-packed Wii brawler.
On the Victorious Boxers Japanese Website (translated into Hajime no Ippo Revolution), the development team shares a ton of information on the game, including multiple game modes, story tidbits, and specifics of the Wii technology designers are currently working with.
As the main highlight of the site, Japanese-reading fans (or smarty-pants Babel Fish users) can step into the development offices, sharing interviews with the producer Mr. Yoshihara, check out production photos and Japanese screens, as well as a few snippets of flash demos. One of the more interesting facts about the game centers around control, as there seems to be two modes of play. Players can either hold the nunchuk and Wii remote like boxing gloves (similar to Wii Sports Boxing) to deliver blows, with the gripping of shoulder buttons seemingly used for some sort of dodge or parry mode, or the game can be split into a targeting-specific mode, where the Wii remote's onscreen cursor is used to pinpoint where your boxer's intended hit will land.
While there's been no announcement for Victorious Boxers Wii to release outside of Japan, the series has already seen a worldwide release in the form of Victorious Boxers: Ippo's Road to Glory, published in late 2001 by Vivendi Universal for the PS2. IGN contacted Vivendi to get a statement on the status of Victorious Boxers Wii, but it was unavailable for comment at this time.
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