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"TG Review: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!"

PUNCH-OUT!!

Published by Nintendo, Punch-Out turned out to be one of the first successful boxing games ever. Although it started out small, it gradually built sales after Nintendo signed a $50,000 deal with famous boxer Mike Tyson's name for the game Mike Tyson's Punch-Out. Mike Tyson would become known as one of the greatest boxers in history, but also one of the most controversial in history after he bite an opponent in the ear twice and sent to prison for rape.

The goal is for your character ‘Little Mac' to fight his way to the top of the boxing matches. The opponents you face have funny faces, big heads and memorable characters. This all leads to the ultimate battle with Mike Tyson who is extremely difficult to beat. He is one of the most difficult boss fights in history. It's difficult enough reaching him, but to actually beat him requires a lot of hardcore video gaming skills. What makes this even more difficult is that if you lose to Mike Tyson just one time, you have to start all over from the beginning. For the Punch-Out version on NES without Mike Tyson, he is replaced by Mr. Dream.

The game is a simple boxing game with great controls and not about button mashing, it also involves strategy and timing which still does take a lot of time to get used to. Your moves include left and right jabs, left and right body blows and a powerful uppercut which can only be used when you earn a star. It's a little weird that the start button is used to throw the uppercut, usually start is to the pause. You have a stamina meter indicated by the hearts, once it goes down to zero, you will turn pink and will be unable to attack for a few seconds. Like in most real life boxing matches, if a fighter is unable to get up within ten seconds, then the match is over. You can only get up three times, after a fourth time you will lose. If a fighter is knocked down three times in a single round that game is over by a technical knockout (TKO). If the game goes by three rounds without a winner, they will add up the point total that is added by punching the opponent and/or knocking him down, but there are exceptions. You have two chances to fight the same opponent, if you lose both times, you will have to fight the previous opponent.

The characters include the protagonist ‘Little Mac' who was named after the famous McDonald's hamburger ‘Big Mac'. They need to include this character in the next Super Smash Bros. game on the Wii U. Your opponents include ‘Bald Bull', ‘Don Flamenco', ‘Glass Joe', ‘Great Tiger', ‘King Hippo', ‘Mr. Sandman', ‘Piston Honda', ‘Soda Popinksi', ‘Super Macho Man', ‘Von Kaiser' and ‘Mike Tyson'. Your trainer and coach is Doc Louis who gives you advice between rounds that are sometimes pretty funny. The referee is actually ‘Mario', I'm dead serious. There have been many different versions of this game. There's the original Punch-Out released for the arcade and later released for the NES, Super Punch-Out, on the arcade and Super NES, and Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, exclusive to the NES.

This is a fun and challenging game. Although I'm not too big on sports games, this is one that is not based on real characters (apart from Mike Tyson). It is a game with its own style and doesn't require new games every year to keep up with the sports industries updated roster. There were only three versions of this game on a retro Nintendo console and that's all it ever needed. This is a very good game and one of the best boxing games I have ever played. Although it's hard as hell, it keeps you glued on until you play it enough time where you'll breeze through the whole game. I've never been able to beat Mike Tyson, so don't say I didn't warn you that this is a very difficult game.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 06/03/13

Game Release: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (US, 10/31/87)


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