"In the end, Punch-Out!! is something of a disappointment. Relatively speaking, that is. The game's lack of new additions makes it more akin to Virtual Console throwbacks than a must-have Wii title. It doesn't offer the kind of freedom (read: the ability to move your character around the ring, adding a whole new dimension to fighting) that would make it a wholly worthwhile experience. But for what it is and what it aims to do, it couldn't have been done better."