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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Things You Should Know Codes Discussion Weird Miscellaneous Crap Conclusion INTRODUCTION Hi. The first version of this FAQ was researched and written in one day, not counting the countless (ten or so) years that I've been playing my NES version of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, and was born because 1) I was bored that day, 2) I could not find a MTPO FAQ on gamefaqs.com, and 3)I wanted to test my new miniature tape recorder. So I sat down and played a game of MTPO [the original NES cart that at I bought when I was 10, on the original NES that I got when I was 8, but with a Hudson Soft Joycard Sansui SSS that I bought very recently, not because my original pads were broken (far from it!) but because it kicks ass]. Much to my surprise, Mr. Sandman kicked my ass, but he let me rematch and I promptly fought my way to Tyson. Anyway, I recorded my own sarcastic comments and fight tips while playing, and I am preparing to transcribe them into random strategies below. But first, the preliminary sections: Things You Should Know is for the beginner, or the eight year old who just downloaded the ROM, and explains the limited maneuvers of Little Mac. Codes is an incomplete list of the telephone-style passwords of MTPO. Discussion is where I ramble on about each fighter's various strengths and weaknesses. Weird Miscellaneous Crap is just that. So, read on and enjoy. And hey, if you like this (not really a) FAQ, e-mail me. A lot of people already have, which was the impetus for this new version. Have fun! Things You Should Know Okay, here's the basics. You are Little Mac, a little tiny boxer who faces off against huge gigantic monster-sized boxers. Your repertoire of moves is limited (necessarily so) by the NES' button layout. B throws a left body blow. A throws a right body blow. Holding Up while pressing either throws a blow to the head (your main weapon). Hitting Start throws an uppercut, your most powerful move. However, you have to earn a Star before you can throw one. Pressing Left dodges to the left, and you can draw your own conclusions as to what pressing Right does. Pressing Down raises your guard for a second, and pressing Down twice in rapid succession makes Little Mac duck, which is by all means a useless move - you can beat the game in short order without ducking once. The object of the game is to hit the opponent and avoid being hit by him. There are only three rounds per fight... if there is no winner, you may win by decision depending on how many points you rack up. Between rounds, press Select to regain energy... but you can only do it once per fight. Codes Some codes are useful, some are not, but they're all real... Nintendo's Official Level-Skipping Passwords: Major Circuit 005 737 5423 World Circuit 777 807 3454 Super Macho Man 940 861 8538 Mike Tyson 007 373 5963 Other Level-Skipping Passwords - Win/Loss Record varies Major Circuit 005 373 5423 World Circuit 032 730 8442 Super Macho Man (23 wins) 267 913 7638 Other Passwords Nintendo's Old Phone Number 800 422 2602 Weird Passwords For these passwords, you must enter the first nine digits, then leave the cursor on zero and hit A, B, and Select at the same time to get them to work. Another World Circuit 135 792 4680 Credits 106 113 0120 Discussion The reason Mike Tyson's Punch-Out retains its appeal to us grown-ups who were weaned on the NES is not because of its fast action, funny characters, or large sprites (although they helped). It is because the secrets of the character designs of MTPO were never revealed by Nintendo. All of the strategies herein were developed by players and spread around by word of mouth. Nintendo "covered" the game in both their original 1987 Nintendo Player's Guide and their 1992 Top Secret Passwords Players' Guide, however, the 1987 version only presented basic strategies (if you can call them that) for the first few fighters, and the 1992 one only a few passwords. Yes, MTPO was released in the age where Nintendo guarded its secrets heavily, not like today where you can buy a Player's Guide detailing every last secret of every last game, usually released by Nintendo themselves. But I digress. These strategies have not been culled from a book or a call to Nintendo's Customer Service. They have been formulated from discussion with other players and ten years of practice. Therefore, if you have played this game before, your strategies will undoubtedly be vastly different from mine. MINOR CIRCUIT #2 Glass Joe Glass Jaw of France 1-99 1 KO Age: 38 Wt: 110 From: Paris, France Win By Decision: 5000 points Glass Joe is a human punching bag. When he raises his guard, hit him in the gut, when he lowers it, hit him in the face. Repeat until he hits the mat. At some point, he will jump up to the top of the ring and taunt you. While he is on his way back down, hit him high to knock him down. After he gets knocked down once, he'll actually start throwing punches (heaven forbid!) Dodge them and counter- punch with rapid blows to the head. Glass Joe will go down like a cheap whore in no time. There are methods of defeating Glass Joe in seconds, but it's not even worth it to talk about them because, well, he's so pathetically easy. #1 Von Kaiser German Steel Machine 23-13 10 KO Age: 28 Wt: 144 From: Berlin, Germany 8000 points Von Kaiser isn't as easy as Glass Joe, but he's not that difficult either. Let him lead off. He'll bounce his head back and forth, which telegraphs a jab. Dodge it and hit him in the face. Do this over and over to knock him down. When he gets up, he'll start ducking and throwing uppercuts. When he ducks, throw a body blow and get a star. He'll duck again. Dodge the uppercut, hit him once in the face, and then unleash the uppercut. Von Kaiser will start to cry just before hitting the mat. He'll get up and throw more uppercuts. Repeat the process to knock him down again. Champ Piston Honda Kamikaze 26-1 18 KO Age: 28 Wt: 174 From: Tokyo, Japan No win by decision Piston Honda is relatively difficult compared to Von Kaiser. He telegraphs his short Jabs with a twitch of his eyebrows. Dodge the jab and retaliate with two hits to the face. Eventually, he'll throw right hooks. Dodge them and hit him in the face five times afterwards. He'll throw uppercuts: he'll duck and toss them out. Dodge, then hit him in the face eleven times. Eventually, he'll whip out his Piston Punch, where he jumps backwards, dances around, and bounces forward. If you hit him in the face as soon as he gets back in range, he'll head for the mat. If you miss or don't try, he'll throw four jabs to the face. Block them. Defeating Piston Honda is simply a matter of learning when to retaliate to his punches. Just keep plugging away at him and eventually you'll TKO him. If you can knock him out of his Piston Punch, you can defeat him late in Round One. MAJOR CIRCUIT #3 Don Flamenco Red Rose of France 22-3 9 KO Age: 23 Wt: 152 From: Madrid, Spain 10,000 points Don Flamenco is certainly the most interesting fighter you've faced so far. With a repertoire even more limited than Glass Joe's, Don's strategy is to block whatever you throw at him and retaliate with his Flamenco Punch, a highly telegraphed (and very damaging!) uppercut. He'll raise his arm high into the air and swing away. If Don can wear all your hearts down, he'll start in with right hooks which you must dodge until you've recovered. The best way to beat Don is this. Hit him right at the start of the match. He'll block it and try a Flamenco Punch. Dodge it and start hitting him in the face with a left, then a right, then a left, etc. He will sit there like the retard that he is and get his ass kicked. He'll hit the mat, get up with no energy, and try an instant Flamenco Punch. Repeat until he's hit the mat for good (under a minute or so). NEW INFO (1.1) Muggsb01@aol.com and email@example.com each sent me this information about Don, which was quite interesting to me since I never knew that you could even GET a star on Don Flamenco's first incarnation. (A popular rumor when I was in third grade was that if you got a star on him, you'd knock him out of the ring...) Anyway, it is possible to get a star on DF. Once you've knocked him down for the first time and he gets up, he'll try for the instant Flamenco Punch. Rather than dodge it, just hit him with a left body blow and you'll get a star. From here you can do two things. One, you can just keep throwing left body blows until he goes down for a KO (but only if they're thrown in succession). Or, you can simply dodge the Flamenco Punch and immediately uppercut without bothering to stun him. This should also be a KO. This information proves two things: 1)My hypothesis that there is much info on MTPO that isn't printed anywhere yet. 2)Don Flamenco is a loser. #2 King Hippo Great Chief of the South Island 18-9 18 KO Age: ?? (looks to be about 29) Weight: ?? (maybe half a ton) From: Hippo Island, South Pacific No win by decision The big man will start throwing left and right crosses at you. Just dodge them and don't try to hit him. Eventually, he will raise his arm over his head and open his giant mouth. He telegraphs this punch by vibrating for a while. This is your cue to punch him in the face. Miraculously, Mac's small fist will not enter King Hippo's mouth. However, for some odd reason, the King's size 89 boxers will hit the mat. Take advantage of this display of partial nudity and whack him multiple times on his bandaged navel. Apparently, he recently had his umbilical cord removed, or he's been injecting food directly into his stomach. Or something. Eventually, his bellybutton will have taken too much punishment and the King will be dethroned, heading for a night on the canvas. #1 Great Tiger Great Magician of India 24-5 3 KO Age: 29 Wt: 132 From: Bombay, India 10,000 points Great Tiger will begin by throwing telegraphed jabs. The jewel on his head will flash briefly - you can try to hit him for a Star, or wait until he throws the Jab, dodge, and retaliate with a blow to the head. If you feel like using up hearts, you can block the jabs and retaliate with five blows to the head. You won't do much damage until Tiger starts throwing uppercuts. At that point, you'll want to use the strategy you used against Von Kaiser - hit him when he ducks for a Star, then hit him when he's stunned with the uppercut. At two minutes and thirty seconds, he'll try his Magic Punch. He'll jump backwards and start spinning towards you in a circle. He'll spin around and punch you repeatedly. Learn the rhythm of the hits and block five of them in a row. He'll get dizzy. Hit him when he's stunned and send him down to the mat. Champ Bald Bull Bald Bucking Bull 34-4 29 KO Age: 36 Wt: 298 From: Istanbul, Turkey No win by decision Bald Bull will begin by throwing jabs. He telegraphs them by rotating his fists right before he does. Dodge and hit his face. When he's about to throw a right hook, he'll make a motion as if he's rubbing his ears. Dodge when he throws the punch and retaliate with five head blows. Eventually, he'll do his Bull Charge. He hops up to the top of the ring and bounces down at you. Hit him in the stomach when he bounces into range (a split second after he starts bouncing, after three jumps) and he'll hit the mat. NEW INFO (1.1) Aaron Howell (firstname.lastname@example.org) gave me this info. At the beginning of this match, start hitting Bald Bull in the head immediately. Every time you get a star, use it at once. After 4 uppercuts, Bull will hit the mat. He won't be KO'ed, but you'll have a nice head start. WORLD CIRCUIT #5 Piston Honda Honda Turbo 26-2 18 KO Age: 28 Wt: 174 From: Tokyo, Japan 3000 points Honda's jabs have been modified. If you dodge when he wrinkles his brow, he will throw three jabs, so you'll have to dodge three times. He'll start the hooks and uppercuts again. Every now and again, he'll duck to start his uppercut and bounce around a couple of times before delivering. This is your chance to smack him in the head and earn a star. If you don't really want to fight him, hit him in the gut as he bounces down and chances are you'll earn a KO. The Piston Punch has been modified. He no longer dances like a retard before charging. You can hit him out of it like the first time, but you won't send him to the mat: you'll simply earn a star and you'll have to block the four punches afterwards. After he tries the three jabs, he'll usually follow up with an uppercut. Otherwise, there's really no trick to beating Honda's second incarnation. Just keep plugging at him. NEW INFO (1.1) Muggsb01@aol.com says that if your timing is just right, you CAN knock Honda down after his charge. #4 Soda Popinski Russian Monster 33-2 24 KO Age: 35 Wt: 237 From: Moscow, USSR 10,000 points Soda Popinski was altered from the arcade's Vodka Drunkenski. He literally has no defining punches. All he really does is throw a lot of basic maneuvers, so strategy is to simply dodge and counterattack. He'll start with a left hook and left and right uppercuts. Dodge and retaliate to his face. If you pause a split second before retaliating to his uppercuts, you'll get a star. He'll throw jabs with no telegraphing and you'll have to absorb them. When you see him dancing for a second, he'll toss out a series of three jabs. Popinski has few real moves. His basic maneuvers can really hurt, but they're so telegraphed that losing to him is difficult. After an uppercut, you can deliver seven hits to his face. After a left cross, you can get in four punches to the face. #3 Bald Bull Crazy Bucking Bull 34-5 29 KO Age: 36 Wt: 298 From: Istanbul, Turkey 7000 points The second incarnation of Bald Bull is virtually invincible. You can only send him to the mat with an uppercut or by defeating his Bull Charge. Bald Bull may block your counter punches. If he does, dodge immediately (he'll throw a jab) and punch him in the face one final time. When Bald Bull rubs his ears slowly, hit him in the face to earn a star. Hit him with the uppercut when his energy has dropped to send him to the mat. When he tries the Bull Charge, dodge his first attempt. Then, he'll only go back halfway the second time. RIGHT after he starts the charge, stick out a body blow and he'll go down. The trick is to recognize when Bald Bull is telegraphing a punch and when he's feigning a telegraph. #2 Don Flamenco Flamenco's Counterattack 22-4 9 KO Age: 23 Wt: 152 From: Madrid, Spain 5000 points Flamenco, like his previous incarnation, will taunt you, but he won't always throw a Flamenco Punch afterwards. If he blocks and leans to the right, he's going to keep blocking. If he blocks and stays straight, he's going to throw a Flamenco Punch. Dodge and hit him. He won't go down as fast as his doppelganger, but you can really beat on him. An important thing to remember about this version is to wait for him to take the lead. He adds a left cross to his repertoire, which, in addition to his right hook, can be devastating. So remember to wait and see what he's going to do rather than assuming he's going to taunt you. Eventually, you will run out of hearts and he'll begin to throw repeated right hooks. Dodge and wait until you've recovered, then start hitting him again. Flamenco's timing can throw you off, so be on guard. #1 Mr. Sandman Black Heavy Tank 27-2 21 KO Age: 31 Wt: 284 From: Philadelphia, PA No win by decision Sandman will toss you some jabs to start. Hit him in the face once to retaliate. He'll then start with some Bald Bull - type hooks from the left and the right. At this point, whenever you counter punch him, you'll have to hit him in the head once and then in the stomach each time after that. If you accidentally hit him in the head while he's guarding it, he'll toss out a jab similar to Bald Bull's retaliatory one. Dodge it and hit him in the face once more. He'll toss a few more uppercuts before turning to his super punch - a succession of three uppercuts similar to the ones he throws before the fight begins. He telegraphs them by dancing for a few seconds and finally glowing right before he tosses the punches. Dodge the three of them in rhythm and retaliate, but don't forget that he'll still block his face after the first hit. Sandman has no other moves - just anticipate, dodge, counterattack and you'll be fine. NEW INFO (1.1) Here's a strategy for the expert MTPO player, or so says email@example.com... "To wear him down (and to impress friends), you can start a pattern after the initial jabs and before his Sandman Punch. If you throw a jab at his face, he'll dodge it and swing at you. Dodge the swing, hit him in the face, then hit him three times in the stomach. Swing at his face again and repeat. You can continue this over and over until you either run out of hearts or he gets ready to do his Sandman Punch. The "impress your friends" part is that you don't have to look at the screen when doing this. Turn around and pound on one of the hardest guys without even looking at him." I love this stuff! Champ Super Macho Man Hollywood Muscle Man 35-0 29 KO Age: 27 Wt: 242 From: Hollywood, California No win by decision Super Macho Man is much easier than Mr. Sandman. He'll start out with Soda Popinski-esque hooks and uppercuts, which are fairly easy to dodge and counter. Macho Man's specialty punches are his Super Spin Punches, of which there are two kinds. Both are originally telegraphed by a short burst of inactivity by Macho. If he pulls back and vibrates, his Spin Punch will only be once and you can hit him afterwards. If he steps back and grunts, he'll punch anywhere from one to ten times and you'll have to dodge anywhere from one to ten times. After the last, hit him in the face for a while. After he is knocked down, he'll get up and throw a multiple Spin Punch. All his punches are highly telegraphed, so you shouldn't have to worry much about him - just keep plugging away. The Dream Fight Mike Tyson Kid Dynamite 99-0 99 KO From: Catskills, NY 5,000 points Beating Mike relies on not getting knocked down in the first 1:30 of the first round, when he throws his one-hit-knockdown Dynamite Punches. You can dodge these and counter with two blows to the face. They are telegraphed with a short blue flash. Afterwards, Mike will begin to throw left and right hooks which are more easily dodged. He winks before throwing them. At the beginning of the second and thrid rounds, he will toss some non-telegraphed jabs, so be ready and keep your guard up. He'll throw Dynamite Punches again, but they're much weaker this time. The only other move Mike might try is to sit and blink for a while. This is a good time to punch him in the face and earn a Star, but be ready to dodge the oncoming barrage of jabs. Otherwise, Mike Tyson can be beaten, but it takes skill, reflexes, and luck. Weird Miscellaneous Crap If you try to play MTPO with the Power Glove the way the guy in the commercial did, you will get your ass kicked so hard it won't even be funny. Wouldn't it have been funny if Glass Joe had come back in the World Circuit? If any fighter gets up on the count of 1, one uppercut will send them back. A lot of the later fighters will start to dodge your uppercuts after a few hits, so learn to save them. Don't try to cheat the Select button energy fill-up. If you energy bar is already full, it'll go DOWN. The newspaper you get after beating Super Macho Man... KO News April 1, 1987 New Champ! The WVBA World Circuit Last night, we found a small but great champ. His name is Little Mac. Puch Start for the Dream Fight. Daddy, Come Back Home! I lost my belt! Macho I found a key: -- -- --- Conclusion Thanks for reading this FAQ, the first version of which was completed in a day. The NEW INFO sections were obviously added later. Thanks to Al Riccitelli (firstname.lastname@example.org) for his input on the various strategies for each fighter. And if you have secret hints, be sure to send them to email@example.com. Thanks again!