Summary: I bought this for my husband, because he LOVES Hajime no Ippo. He unwrapped it and set it aside but already had it in the wii and started by the time I got back from the bathroom. He didn't even have it twenty-four hours and he threw his shoulder out from playing so much...The game follows the actual story extremely well, and I believe that they used several of the original English voice actors. So for a fan of the Ippo anime this is definitely a great gift.
Summary: This game is VERY unique. There is more story packed into it than any other boxing game on earth. In between fights you will sit there and watch anime cut scenes go on and on and on...and you can't skip them. Depending on the mood you're in, that's either a good thing or a bad thing. But I have to say that the amount of artwork and effort put forth by these developers really impressed me. As I said in the title of this review, the controls are weak.
Summary: I just got this game and sparred two 6 round matches. The game just feels right. Both matches went the distance and I really did feel like I was in to it. By the sixth round I'm trying to pepper him and he's ducking and weaving. You have to time his moves and throw that punch at the right time. I also like the fact that when you miss you can't just flail you have to wait to get back to position, however when you connect you can fire right away for nice combos.
Summary: If you are looking for a boxing game that you actually get to play then this is not it! It's 90% storyline and maybe 10% actual boxing (if you play single player mode). You follow the main character through his "karate-kid" type journey to become a boxer. It's very annoying because you end up sitting and watching this stupid story, when you really just want to be boxing. The "Japan-amation" is really cheesy and overall this game is just boring and pointless.
Summary: The game is great for the series fans. The fact to fight with Ippo, Miyata, Takamura and the rest of the character series is great for the ones that are fans of Hajime No Ippo/Fighting Spirit. I recommend it!!!
Summary: If you like Wii sports boxing you will this one much better. In Wii Sports boxing sometimes you punch and punch and nothing happens that does not happen in this game the controls are much faster. The only problems with the game are the controls are hard to get use to but once you do it is great. If you don't want to try the setting can be changed. Also the Story and the graphics for that story are boring.
Summary: This game is much better than Wii sports boxing. On Wii sports sometimes you will punch and punch and nothing happens. In VBR if you move your controls it punches. There are several ways to set up the controls. The first way is a little tricky to learn but once you do it is worth it. Only problem the story and graphics during the story is a little weak but you can skip that if you want. The game can be as easy or hard as you like.