In the midst of GDC 2011, EA launched Fight Night Champions for iOS just last night.

Go toe-to-toe with a premium roster of title-holders past and present, and create your own championship legacy in the ring. Experience the true brutality of boxing in the tradition of the highest rated simulation fighting franchise of all time. Featuring innovative gameplay and best-in-class graphic quality, you’re looking at the best boxing game on the App Store. It’s undisputed.

The $4.99 app promises a game roster of 20 champions including Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali.

We haven't had time to test out the new game, but the discussion thread is showing early positive impressions. One reader posts this gameplay video and some notes:

Please note i'm just going mad in the video,throwing as many punches as possible ,if i was playing like i should i would defend more

As for the question of taking up a lot of the screen with lots of swipes,well yes you can do that i suppose but if playing properly and you don't wanna get K.O'd then better to get 2 or 3 off then step back/defend and then throw a few more.So not a bit deal if played as you should play it,unlike in this video where i'm manic swiping

EA recommends iOS 4.2 for smoother gameplay, and requires a 3GS or above for head-to-head Multiplayer. Dynamic lighting is added for 3rd generation devices and above (3GS, iPod Touch 3rd Gen). Meanwhile, 1st generation devices are not supported at all.

  • Anonymous

    It looks as boring as watching grass grow.

    • Gwet17

      OMG, I love watching grass grow!

    • Pahncrd

      Well, I suppose you aren't a Fight Night fan? I am and I have played them all through FN4. This is actually a pretty fun game, and I only wish that the legacy mode was more robust with the flavor extras that make FN3 and FN4 so much fun.

      • Anonymous

        I have played FF on consoles. This one looks boring.

  • Anonymous

    Firstly there's no player-controlled movement, and it's using the Fight Night Round 3 fight engine, which has that infuriating counter punch pause!
    FNC on the big consoles is great fun and proper boxing. This looks a bit... 'meh'

    • Logical

      There is player movement, you tilt the device to move.

    • Theringtailedlemur

      What do you mean in that there is no player controlled movement? Tilt to move...

  • Noah

    I miss Mike Tyson's Punch-Out :(

    • http://www.twitter.com/frostyXIV frostyXIV

      that was THE GAME.

  • http://twitter.com/daveloft Dave Loft

    'EA recommends iOS 4.2 for smoother gameplay, and requires a 3GS or above for head-to-head Multiplayer. Dynamic lighting is added for 3rd generation devices and above (3GS, iPod Touch 3rd Gen). Meanwhile, 1st generation devices are not supported at all.'

    Fragmentation

    • Salsamd

      Social Darwinism for idevices...

    • ltcommander.data

      I have no problem with not support 1st gen devices. What I have issue with is why EA doesn't explicitly make it part of their system requirements since their requirements are just the generic any iDevice supported. Instead, they just put in in the description where people may not notice. Similarly, in their description they recommend against iOS 3.0 or iOS 3.0.1. Why don't they just set a requirement at iOS 3.1 or higher then?

    • Pahncrd

      Good, it's time for the old devices to take a back seat. They had their run, but there is so much more power available in the newer devices and it sucks to have to play games on new devices that are made with the ancient devices in mind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cristiano-Fernandez/100001794208078 Cristiano Fernandez

    I guess, but the graphics... In more pleasant news coming soon Chupacabra for the iPhone.

  • Noemail

    thanks for selecting every fighter ... stopped watching the video.