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The first boxing game for the Game Boy Advance, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 offers arcade-style action with a cast of ten colorful characters. Choose from Afro Thunder, Angel Rivera, Jet Chin, Joey T., Johnny Blood, Lulu Valentine, Mama Tua, Robox Rese-4, as well as special characters Michael Jackson and Shaquille O'Neal to best your opponents in three different modes of play.
Arcade mode is a series of one-on-one bouts, while Championship mode takes one character on a journey toward claiming the championship belt. After making it through the training games (which increase a boxer's strength, stamina, and speed), players enter a Title Fight to challenge the reigning champion. After winning the bout, players head to the Prize Fight, allowing them to earn cash used in other areas of the game. The final mode is known as Survival, and involves taking on fighter after fighter while using the same health meter. Since stamina and strength aren't replaced between fights, only the best will survive.
Boxing matches can last from one to nine rounds, with time limits ranging from 15 seconds to three minutes. Players must try to land successful combinations of punches, while at the same time avoiding the blows that may send them tumbling to the mat. Players can perform left and right punches, aiming them using the control pad. They can also block punches as well as evade or duck from opponents. Taunts can also be initiated.
Health and stamina meters appear at the top of the screen for both fighters. Once a boxer's health meter completely diminishes, he or she will fall to the mat and can only be revived by pressing two buttons at the same time. The stamina meter dictates how powerful the punches are. While the meter is drained during fighting, it is restored whenever a player takes a moment to rest.
One of the game's distinguishing features is the Rumble Mode. Players attempt to spell the word "RUMBLE" by earning letters after landing damaging punches or by performing taunts. Once the word is spelled out, pressing the L and R buttons at the same time activates the Rumble Mode. The boxer's gloves will glow and he or she will be able to unleash a Rumble Flurry, a deadly combination of powerful punches, which can either result in a knockout or the opponent flying out of the ring. ~ Shawn Nicholls, All Game Guide