Wii Sports: Boxing

LQ: 7.8

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Brain grade: 6.8
Fun score: 8.8

Game Type: , ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 7+ Thinking Skills Used: , ,

In Wii Sports: Boxing, players use the Wii remote and nunchuck to simulate boxing. Holding the controllers upright and punching forward to jab, players can swing to throw hooks and uppercuts, and sway left and right to dodge. Chaining attacks together scores combos for extra damage, helping players drain their opponents energy to win. As a boxing game, Wii: Sports Boxing features mild cartoon violence, but no blood. The game also has a tutorial and is easy to learn and play, so it is recommended for players ages 7 and up.


THIS GAME IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Self-Control

Understanding our own actions, thoughts, and feelings.

One of the worst things to do in this game is to become panicked and begin swinging wildly. Players need to control their level of excitement and make quick, distinct, fluid motions to land punches. Furthermore, this is one of the more challenging games included in Wii Sports, and players will often lose matches. Getting frustrated will just muddle their performance. Staying calm and in-control makes it much easier to deliver punches and dodge attacks. By successfully managing their excitement, frustration, and movement, players will have a much better chance of winning bouts.

Flexibility

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

In Wii Sports: Boxing, players need to constantly move around and use different punches in order to defeat their opponent. If the payers stands in one place and continually throws the same types of punches, the opponent will easily be able to block and doge his attacks and inflict more damage. By learning to improvise and adapt quickly to their opponent's position and movement, players have a better chance of dodging attacks and opening up opportunities to land more powerful shots like the uppercut or hook.

Focus

Maintaining attention and effort during tasks and seeing them through to completion. 

Players need to pay close attention to the position of their opponent at all times, as maneuvering around blocks is key to dealing damage. By focusing on low attacks while their opponent blocks high -- or vice versa -- they can connect a series of punches in combination. Combo hits cause far more damage than regular attacks, and are a big factor in winning later matches. Players that fail to focus closely on the position and movements of their opponent will also have a hard time avoiding hits, as foreseeing incoming attacks is key to blocking and dodging.

Physical exercise that involves complex body movement and keen coordination such as boxing also has benefits for improving focusing skills, and research shows that vigorous physical activity can also help boost attention and concentration for up  to 4 hours after exercise.

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