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Hajime no Ippo Revolution (はじめの一歩 レボリューション, Hajime no Ippo Reboryūshon), known as Victorious Boxers: Revolution in the US, is seventh video game based on Hajime no Ippo and the first made for the Nintendo Wii system. It was released in Japan on June 21, 2007 and in the US on October 16.

Introduction

Hajime no Ippo Revolution 001

A boxing game with realistic fighting action and intuitive controls, Victorious Boxers: Revolution takes full advantage of the unique capabilities of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to give players an authentic, real-life boxing experience. The various moves include punches like jabs, straights, uppercuts and hooks, as well as defensive maneuver like ducks and sways. Players can enjoy head-to-head rounds with their friends or play through the deep and compelling Story Mode as they follow the story of Ippo Makunouchi, a high school student who is bullied by his classmates, as he rises to the top of the professional boxing ranks. Each of the opponents Ippo faces has unique moves and techniques. Various control schemes allow eager players to punch and weave with their body to make the action appear onscreen for the full boxing experience, as well as less strenuous options and even Classic Controller compatibility. The standard viewpoint is positioned right behind the player's transparent fighter to further enhance the feeling of being right there in the heat of battle.

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The player experiences the Hajime no Ippo storyline from the very beginning, when Makunouchi Ippo experienced his first sparring match against Miyata, playing as various characters the player must fight and win against their opponents each round in order to advance the storyline. The player is also given a choice of selecting Free Battle mode, where they can pit a chosen character against the computer or a second player. They are also given a choice of modifying the character and their opponent's strength, stamina, and guard as well as the difficulty level, BGM and boxing stage in the following match. The game also introduces stages in Canada and Australia unique to itself.

Gameplay

Wii - Morikawa and Assitant playing

Morikawa playing game with Assistant - Volume 79

With the standard holding of the Wii console's controller and nunchuk, the player can assume a boxing stance and perform standard techniques or finishing moves unique to their chosen character. Before any match the player is given a choice of control options out of eight total selections depending on the player's style: Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Wii classic controller, or GameCube controller. The Wii Remote and Nunchuck has two control modes: Swing Mode and Pointer Mode. Swing Mode has some movements that moves a boxer according to how the player moves their Wii Remote using its motion sensory. In pointer mode, the player still moves the boxer by moving the Wii Remote, however, the way to throw punches is different, as the player draws patterns on the screen using the Wii's pointer function to draw on the screen.

Game modes include story mode, sparring, and tutorial. The game starts with five playable characters and the rest are unlocked by progressing through the game's story mode, you can unlock new boxers that you can take on in sparring mode, which can be played either solo or against a friend. After you choose the boxer you wish to use, as well as the rule settings, you can set the abilities of each fighter along three different attributes: power, speed, and stamina. Increasing one attribute will drain from the other two attributes. Consequently, if you create a one-punch knockout machine by maximising a boxer's strength, his speed and stamina will be greatly reduced. You can also set the "strength" of each boxer (weak, average, and strong), though this setting refers to a boxer's technique, not his muscle in the ring.

The rules you can change in Sparring Mode are:

  • Number of Rounds: (4R, 6R, 8R, 10R, 12R)
  • Number of Downs: (2, 3, Infinite)
  • Stop the count with the bell: (Stop, Don't Stop)

Playable Characters

Hajime no Ippo: Revolution

Playable Characters

Playable Stages

Japan

United States of America

  • Las Vegas Palace

Canada

  • Canada Arena

Panama

  • Panama Stadium

Australia

  • Sydney City Arena

Gallery

Trivia

  • Fami2Comic Magazine released short promo manga with chibi characters to help promote the game.
  • In File 109 of Mou, Shimasen kara manga, character Morikawa Jouji and MC/Mangaka, Nishimoto Hideo, are seen playing Hajime no Ippo: Revolution.
    • On the inner sleeve of Volume 79, it shows Morikawa and Hideo playing it.
  • According to XSeed Games[1], back when game was first released in North America, they were nervous of retailers reluctance to stock their game because anime-style games would sell rather poorly at the time. So they used on their initial box art for the Wii Game a generic boxer silhouette for the cover.
    • After a swift fan backlash, they changed the silhouette to Ippo's and had the Japanese box design as a bonus reversible cover. It is a practice that they continue to use whenever possible.

External links

References

  1. https://twitter.com/XSEEDGames/status/1195501980699025408
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