An interview The Wiire had with Scott Merriam, the Director of Marketing and Creative Design from Ghostfire Games about Rage of the Gladiator, a first-person fighting game for WiiWare, shows similarities to Punch-Out!!:
"We spent many months debating internally which control scheme to use, and heavily tested each option. In the end, we made the decision not to use the motion controls. To play the game, you hold the Wii-remote sideways (like Punch Out). Punch Out fans have proven that is the most accurate way to play a fast-paced game. As the game has a very retro feel, we also felt as though using the controller like an old-school Nintendo game would be the most fun way to play."