Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rage of the Gladiator's Ixthid

On March 15, 2010, Rage of the Gladiator was released on Nintendo's WiiWare service.
On March 17, 2010,'s Tony Miller posted a review for Rage of the Gladiator.
In one of the bullet points, Tony said, "Played through campaign once, completed 8 fights in Challenge Mode."

In the comments section of the review on March 19, I asked Tony, "Have you completed Challenge Mode yet?  If not, what character are you on?"  I went on to say, "The enemies are destroying me left and right in Challenge Mode, but I've survived four of them now."

Tony replied to my questions, "I'm stuck on Ixthid in Challenge Mode.  I haven't played in the last couple of days since the review.  I've been working on some other stuff.  It's my plan to finish Challenge Mode over the weekend."  Tony's reply was on March 19.

Fast-forward to May 18, 2010.(you hear the fast-forward noise of a VHS tape in a VCR!) posted a review for Bit.Trip Runner.
Tony wrote the review for Bit.Trip Runner as well, and one of his bullet points was: 
"Played through the game in its entirety."

I commented on the Bit.Trip Runner review the same day, and after I quoted the bullet point, I said, "Rage of the Gladiator says hello."
Tony replied about not living it down(finishing Rage of the Gladiator), and he said, "I'll get that finished.  I promise.  It might be 10 years from now, but I will succeed in beating that stupid alien tentacle monster Ixthid.  He's become the bane of my existence."
During one conversation, Tony said, "I keep meaning to go back and finish it, but I never do.  I just need continual prodding and I'll get back to it."

So, I recorded a battle against Ixthid in Challenge Mode, and perhaps it will be the "prodding" or encouragement Tony needs to continue!  Also, perhaps the video will help others playing the game, if they are stuck on Ixthid like Tony.
WARNING!  If you do not want to see a full battle against Ixthid, do not watch this video!

I was using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls during the fight, and kept the attacks simple, using the most basic "special" attack.
If you have any questions about what to specifically look for during the match, leave a comment or send me an email to

If you have played Rage of the Gladiator, have you completed Challenge Mode yet with a "Rank: A" in each fight?
If not, which character is giving you the most trouble?
If you have not played Rage of the Gladiator, what do you think of the videos I have posted of the game?


  1. See what I mean? I'm not going to live this down. There are now internet posts about how much this game hates me. hehe

  2. @keith:
    A voice-over video may be happening soon...

    @Tony Miller:
    At least the post contains a video, that may be helpful; and hopefully encouraging!

  3. I just wanted to say that I hadn't heard about this game until I saw this video posted on GoNintendo. After that I had to download it because I'm a HUGE Punch-Out fan. I have enjoyed it immensely thus far and am about to start Challenge mode. I'm even considering writing a guide for it, as I did for the only other Punch-Out clone I know of (Wade Hixton on the GBA).

    You mentioned on another site that you were trying to gain awareness of this game through your videos, so just thought I'd share that you got at least 1 person to notice and buy the game this way :).

  4. @Taron Millet:
    Thanks so much for the comment and letting me know!
    This is the type of game, especially the Challenge Mode, that a guide can be helpful for others, I think.

    There is one guy, that I still can't figure out one of his moves in Challenge Mode.

    I hope you enjoy Challenge Mode, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

    Thanks for the comment!

  5. Just thought you might be interested in knowing, that while I haven't compiled any tips for the bosses yet, I spent a ton of time figuring out all the numbers behind the game, like how much damage each combo does and so on. Some of my discoveries were surprising. I posted it all at

  6. @Taron Millet:
    WOW! That looks like it was a crazy amount of work! Awesome job putting that together!
    How far have you made it in Challenge Mode?
    Thanks for the information!


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