Friday, June 22, 2007

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting Revolution

The Hajime no Ippo manga has delighted boxing fans in Japan for the past 17 years. In the story, an underdog named Ippo Makunouchi rises from fledgling pugilist to serious contender. Read reams of manga or watch reels of anime and you'll notice a common character archetype used in many feel-good scenarios. There are many variants and branches of this model but they all boil down to a single core concept. Succinctly, we term it the "underdog becomes god" phenomenon where a goofy outcast rises above his oppressors with nothing but inner drive and innate ability. In the end, the archetype attains all of his goals and the former critics and bullies are squarely on his side.

Relive the ascent of Ippo from geek to god in Hajime no Ippo Revolution which is the Wii's first boxing title. Per Wii convention, the Nunchuk and Wiimote are manhandled to throw punches, swerve away from incoming swings, and perform rapid-fire blows. The game is viewed from behind the boxer who's body is semi-transparent so that you can view the opponent head-on. The controls require some practice and learning but once you've gotten the swing of things, you'll be dancing across the ring like a seasoned pro and stinging like a bee. «more»

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