Review by Baldo

"NES Boxing at its Best"

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out is the greatest boxing game for the NES. Great graphics, great play control, and a whole lot of boxing action combine to create an impressive exhibit of the ''sweet science.''

Gameplay - 8/10

You view the fight from the perspective of your character, Little Mac. The camera is situated behind your character, thus giving you a full frontal view of your opponent and the ring. The main aspect of the game is hitting your opponent, a given in any boxing game. Mac is able to throw left or right shots to the face and left or right body blows. Uppercuts may also be thrown if Mac scores several effective punches and receives a star. Over-punching can be your downfall, as stamina plays a major role in Punch-Out. Ducking, blocking swaying away from your opponent's advances is also an essential part to gameplay. Each opposing character has a unique method of attack, and it is up to you to determine how to defend against it. These methods of attack are easily interpreted after a few fights, and once you discover how your opponent fights, the game is rather easy, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Story - 10/10

Your character, Little Mac began as a street fighter on the mean streets of the Bronx. He was discovered by Doc Louis, a former heavyweight contender who succumbed to alcohol and was forced to give up boxing and live a life of poverty. Doc Louis gave up drinking and decided to train Mac and build his boxing skills and further develop his fighting spirit so that Mac could hopefully become the World Champion. Think Rudy meets Rocky, but hey, it works. The characters are also pretty cool. Who could forget such great characters as: King Hippo, Mr. Sandman, the Bald Bull, or Super Macho Man?

Graphics/Visual Effects - 9/10

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out has some of the best graphics of any NES game. The opposing characters are nicely colored and designed. The punches, blocks, sways, and the signature moves of your opponents are all over-exaggerated, but very well done. The scenes of Little Mac training are also fun to watch.

Audio - 10/10

The music is really awesome in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out. The music that plays during the fight really gets you into the action. This is some of the coolest music I've ever heard on the NES.

Replay Value - 8/10

I found this game to be very entertaining and fun to replay over and over, but there are no special features to unlock once you've beaten it. Even so, the game is definitely cool enough to keep you entertained for at least the first couple of times through.

To Be or Not to Be?

You have to pick this one up. It's a classic example of excellent boxing action. The only boxing game that surpasses it is Super Punch-Out.

Overall - 9/10

Boxing at its best. Congrats Nintendo.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 11/01/01, Updated 11/01/01

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