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Doc Louis’s Punch-Out! WiiWare

I saw this on NA and thought it was worth a mention.

Doc Louis’s Punch-Out!! is a WiiWare title that was available as a reward for 2009 Club Nintendo Platinum members in North America. Choosing it awarded you a special code via e-mail to download the game when it was made available on October 27, 2009. Though a separate game, it uses the same engine as the Wii version. It also controls the same, with the Wii Remote or Wii Remote+Nuncuk used to duck, punch, and dodge. Unlike Punch-Out!! for Wii, there is no multiplayer, no Wii Balance Board Support, and only three game modes: Warm-Up, Training, and Sparring. Doc Louis becomes increasingly tougher to beat after each is completed, but Little Mac only needs to knock him out once to win.

Here’s the thing, tomorrow the code to download the game expires – and there’s only one code up on eBay. If, and this is a very big if, DLC ever becomes collectible, this might be something to make a Wii console very valuable and in demand.

It’s really hard to say though. From a personal perspective, lets say twenty years down the road I have a complete Wii collection. Obviously I will want a copy of exclusive digital games like these. I can obviously do so easily though modding a system, or shell out for a console with an original copy on it. I really can’t see myself doing the later if there is no actual physical copy of the game.

What do you think?

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  1. This is why I hate DLC and locking content to consoles. In 10 years time if your console breaks you likely won’t be able to download the software again nor transfer it to a working console.

    I’m sure in 10 years time all my NES carts will still be working though…

  2. its only valuable just cause it was only available for certain club nintendo members. and im pretty sure most have claimed the code. but as BulkSlash mentioned, if the console breaks then you pretty much said goodbye to it. without anything physical that you can transfer or even an advertisement piece to back it up also in physical form i dont think anyone would really care as much. if anything, the console that has this might actually be worth a little bit more than usual.

  3. uhm.. zelda bs anyone? this wil find its way into repro form or in rom form.
    Nothing special here if you ask me.
    If there will be any interrest for this in the future.

  4. I think the future holds easy ways to pull DLC off of your consoles without hard mods. All modding has gotten softer and softer. I suspect that DLC won’t be collectible since we’ll probably just copy it from console to console. In fact, we probably will just mod old consoles with fat hard drives and every game evar (for that system) on them. And by the future, I mean 5-10 years.

  5. they shouldnt limit anyone from claiming the code though. i understand that they may be taking up server space, but give gamers a break by not putting an expiration date on the codes since they were loyal to your company all year long (at least for club nintendo).

    i wonder which code will it be for this year

  6. I think all DLC should be treated as rentals. This is the main reason I don’t care for DLC and will always seek out a hard copy before resorting to it.

    At least Sony will let you assign your DLC to 5 consoles. Playstation+ worries me though. Once you stop paying for the service you lose everything tied to it!

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