Little Mac Is Back
Okay, so not just Little Mac specifically. What I'm really talking about is character. Punch-Out!! doesn't need to be about realism, but it does need to step it up past a cast of Mii boxers. Bring back some old favorites from the original Punch-Out!! and give us some new ones with names as awesome as Soda Popinski, Don Flamenco, and King Hippo.
Making these characters look and feel as creative and original as they need to be is key. Punch-Out!! for the Wii needs top-shelf production values, and that means slick animation and a unique visual style that really sets it apart from the likes of boxing titles such as the uber-realistic Fight Night and graphically-lacking Wii Sports Boxing. Hell, a cel-shaded Punch-Out!! would be fantastic. Taking notes, Nintendo?
It's the Motion (Plus) of the Ocean
One of the most frustrating things about Wii Sports Boxing is simply how inaccurate it can be. There's no telling how many times I've tried to swing in a certain way, in a certain place, only to miss an opponent or the bag completely -- or to land a punch in a totally different region than I swung. But oh, Wii MotionPlus, you will be our savior.
You all know the deal: Wii MotionPlus will enhance the system's ability to tell where your arm is in relation to the screen, how it's moving, and so on. Nintendo showed off this technology as a means to throw a Frisbee really well, but I think using it to accurately break faces will be far more satisfying. Not only will this allow for far more accurate attacks in a Wii version of Punch-Out!!, it'll also allow for a more complex fighting system than what we've had so far.