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The Most Entertaining Boxing Game Ever Made. NES Guy Chapman (2001)
"Let's keep it clean! Now come out boxing!" NES chirinea (43233)
Not Even Mike Can Ruin The Greatest Game Of All Time NES Jeff Clawson (7)
Nintendo's Knock out punch! NES wade hampton (9)
Mario is the referee, what else do you need NES Pixelspeech (1006)
Gameplay stands the test of time NES Nick Seafort (22)

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Critic Reviews

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Shining with personality and polish, the entire presentation is top-notch, with quality graphics and large sprites, nice sound effects, and quality music. This high quality gaming package should thrill gamers of all types, boxing fans or not.
100 (Nov, 2012)
Some of the less devoted might see Punch-Out!!as nothing more than memorizing, and reacting to, a series of timed moves. Such a statement is understandable, but it fails to comprehend the rush that comes from taking on each fighter. For a relatively simple arcade game, Punch-Out!! has a surprising amount of depth and replay value. Like the NES’ best games, it’s easy to pick up and play, and difficult to master. May we as gamers continue to learn from its greatness.
NESNES Archives (Jun 04, 2001)
This is one of the games that is a must-have for any collection. Most people that like the NES will ask me if I have this game, and then will ask if they can play it. The Tyson version is supposedly slightly more common than the other version but the game just doesn't have the same magic without him as the final guy.
NESJust Games Retro (May 13, 2007)
I'm trying to think about something bad I can say about the game to be objective. There is a short list of fighters, but the game length and difficulty seem just right. The graphics are dated, but still perfect for the game. The character "Mr. Dream" they replaced Iron Mike with after the license expired is very generic, very white, and very lame - but even that version of the game remains just as enjoyable. It simply seems like the stars were aligned when this title came out, and it showcases the kind of quirky, fundamentally enjoyable games Nintendo would become famous for. It's a wonderful mix of challenge, simplicity, humour, and fun that all games should aspire to and most, even Nintendo itself, will not likely be able to match. Absolutely flawless.
How many games can you say honestly took you 11 years to beat? Not only that, but how many games still remain enjoyable after such a period of time without becoming insanely frustrating? THAT is the sure sign of a bona-fide classic. It's one of those games that you'll be talking about over bingo when you're 90 years old, and even when you're trying to run down old women in your hover-chair. It's that fantastic, and it's because of the Nintendo style.
NESThe Video Game Critic (Dec 03, 2000)
I was always fascinated by the arcade version of Punch-Out!, thanks to its huge, hilarious cartoon boxers. In this version the boxers are rather small, but the gameplay is still a knockout. You'll face ten different opponents from around the globe, each with his own distinct dances, taunts, and special punches. Your boxer looks like a midget by comparison, but at least his height gives you a clear view of the action. Superb controls let you punch high or low, block, and dodge. Unlike some other boxing games, this isn't a button-mashing affair. You'll need to study your opponents and identify their weakness if you aspire to advance up the ranks. A password is provided after you conquer each circuit. I can highly recommend this fun, arcade-style boxing game.
NESGeeks Under Grace (Oct 05, 2014)
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! is a solid game. The graphics are nice, the music is catchy, and the controls are fluid. It stands on its own as one of the crown jewels of the NES library.
NESGénération 4 (Dec, 1988)
Un très bon jeu de boxe, à mon avis le meilleur !
NESNES Times (Aug 15, 2006)
Overall, just because Mike Tyson's Punch-Out is not a "serious" boxing game doesn't mean it's not fun. Punch-Out is simply a fun and challenging arcade title that's easy to play and fun to watch at the same time, plus the addictive action keeps you coming back for more. Besides, you get a real sense of accomplishment when you finally defeat Tyson, something many Nintendo players strived to acheive to this day. Overall, Punch-Out!! is another Nintendo classic that certainly deserves the title, whether you're a boxing fan or not.
NESSwankWorld (2004)
Not only is Punch Out one of the best boxing games ever, it’s also one of the greatest games that the NES had to offer. You’d be hard pressed not to see Punch Out show up on the top ten list of any kid who grew up in front of a Nintendo, or else they just weren’t a gamer. There was nothing like showing off your skill by taking Glass Joe down in the first couple of minutes of round 1. Though the real life drama of Mike Tyson caused him to get cut out of future versions of the game, it still remained the same albeit with lamer box art and a guy named Mr. Dream at the end. Punch Out was the first game to take video boxing to the next level and every game that comes out today or in the future owes something to it.
WiiIGN (Apr 18, 2007)
Punch-Out!! has been one of the most wanted and requested Virtual Console titles since Day 1 of the Wii's launch last November. Now, with its arrival, it'll likely become a top seller for the NES VC line-up. And deservedly so. Punch-Out!! is more than worth its 500 Point asking price, and a high volume of digital sales for the title may make Nintendo take notice again of the forgotten franchise. The Wii seems perfectly suited for a revival of the series – or, at least, Little Mac could be added to the roster of playable fighters in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He's Nintendo's original fighting mascot, after all – the company's own celebrity sports star.
85 (Sep 08, 2010)
L’originalité est sans nul doute le point fort du titre. Néanmoins, le cœur du jeu n’est pas en reste. L’aspect arcade harmonise parfaitement l’ensemble, comblant certaines lacunes du gameplay. Et ici, simplicité ne veut pas dire facilité. La difficulté exponentielle des combats fait de ce titre un véritable petit challenge, et il faudra faire preuve d’audace et de réflexes si vous souhaitez que Little Mac se tourne vers vous bras levés pour fêter la victoire. Punch-Out!! est un jeu déjanté, fun, accessible, dans la pure tradition des jeux d’arcade. Même si un manque de renouvellement essouffle rapidement le titre, l’envie d’y jouer nous reprendra toujours. Et c’est sûrement ça le principal !
85 (Sep 08, 2010)
L’originalité est sans nul doute le point fort du titre. Néanmoins, le cœur du jeu n’est pas en reste. L’aspect arcade harmonise parfaitement l’ensemble, comblant certaines lacunes du gameplay. Et ici, simplicité ne veut pas dire facilité. La difficulté exponentielle des combats fait de ce titre un véritable petit challenge, et il faudra faire preuve d’audace et de réflexes si vous souhaitez que Little Mac se tourne vers vous bras levés pour fêter la victoire. Punch-Out!! est un jeu déjanté, fun, accessible, dans la pure tradition des jeux d’arcade. Même si un manque de renouvellement essouffle rapidement le titre, l’envie d’y jouer nous reprendra toujours. Et c’est sûrement ça le principal !
NESLens of Truth (May 18, 2009)
To this day Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! is undisputedly the most famous boxing game of all time, and for good reason. It looks and plays great and its long list of characters and their special moves are some of the most memorable you’ll ever face off against. If you haven’t played Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! yet, you must – and try and reach Iron Mike yourself, don’t use “the code”, and your sure to see all the brilliance Nintendo packs inside each, three minute round. “Now let’s keep it clean and come out Boxing!”
NESVideo Games (Mar, 1991)
In Sachen Steuerung und gewitzter Grafik ist „Punch Out“ allen anderen Boxsimulationen mehrere Faustlängen voraus – ein echter Treffer eben.
WiiFNintendo (May 05, 2009)
Resta-me apenas referir que Punch-Out!! é um jogo que dificilmente agradará à maioria. Se são jogadores que viveram a época de 8-bits e ainda hoje recordam os clássicos com saudade, então este é indubitavelmente um jogo que deverão experimentar se ainda não tiveram oportunidade de o fazer. Se por outro lado já estão demasiado acostumados a mecânicas dos tempos recentes, dificilmente vão encontrar algo em Punch-Out!! que não vos crie frustração. Pessoalmente, adoro Punch-Out!! pelo seu estilo único e porque basicamente conseguiu transpor a modalidade do box para um jogo com uma jogabilidade extremamente interessante, apesar de minimalista.
80 (May 18, 2007)
Punch-Out!! has aged well over its 20-year existence. It is an easy title to pick up, even if you aren’t a boxing fanatic. The presentation looks simple, but learning combinations, quick reflexes and a keen eye are the keys to success. Nintendo has delivered the single-player goods once again. For an old-school sports title, Punch-Out!! has defended its title for years and hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. For just 500 Wii points, this selection is highly recommended.
80 (UK) (May 25, 2007)
From its quaint cartoon graphics (yes, the wonderfully racist bug-eyed, watermelon-lipped black trainer is still there, gibbering away) to the chirpy music, Punch-Out is still a lot of fun and deserves its cult status. Well worth 500 points.
WiiDigitally Downloaded (Jul 05, 2011)
Those looking for a full-out fighting game will honestly be dissatisfied with Punch-Out!!. However, it still appeals to a fairly large audience due to its unique blend of puzzles, humor, and fighting. If you can appreciate titles that rely on comedic value, Punch-Out!! will be a knock-out hit.
Punchout will not disappoint you, it is a truly enjoyable piece of software...
Wii (Apr 13, 2013)
„Punch-Out!!“ ist nicht umsonst ein Klassiker. Das grafisch und akustisch noch heute gute Spiel macht Spaß und ist nicht nur jenen zu empfehlen, die tatsächlich etwas mit Boxen anfangen können. Durch einen linear ansteigenden Schwierigkeitsgrad mit ständig neuen Herausforderungen ist der Einstieg relativ einfach. Hat man erst einmal die Grundlagen drauf, wird man bei den einfacheren Kämpfen mitreißenden Spaß erleben. Getrübt wird der gute Eindruck dadurch, dass auch die schwierigeren Kämpfe keine Herausforderung mehr darstellen, wenn man die Taktik erst einmal durchschaut hat. Wer es noch nie gespielt hat, dem kann es jedenfalls nicht schaden, „Punch-Out!!“ in der Virtual-Console-Wiederveröffentlichung zu erleben. Ein Wermutstropfen ist der fehlende Zweispielermodus, der für einen länger andauernden Spielspaß gesorgt hätte.
Wii UNintendo Life (Mar 22, 2013)
While not a perfect game, Punch-Out!! set the standard for a classic series that is alive and well today. Because of its odd balance between fighting and pattern memorization, it’s difficult to place this one is a specific genre, but that’s also why it appeals to so many players from all across the gaming spectrum. This port won’t disappoint fans of the NES classic, and it’s also the best place to start for newcomers to the series. Boxing puns aside, it’s a real knock-out.
NESPower Play (Mar, 1988)
Punch-Out ist das bislang beste Boxen für Heimcomputer oder Videospiel. Es hat vor allem in spielerischer Hinsicht überzeugt. Man kann wirklich allen Schlägen ausweichen, wird für jeden Treffer belohnt und für jeden Schlag in die Deckung des Gegners bestraft. Einfach wild darauflosschlagen schadet nur. Im Gegensatz zu vielen Box-Simulationen entscheiden bei Punch-Out allein die eigene Geschicklichkeit und das Reaktionsvermögen über Sieg und Niederlage. Dazu kommen viele Gegner, die nicht nur unterschiedlich aussehen, sondern auch spezielle Stärken und Schwächen haben, das intelligente Paßwort-System und sogar Training mit dem Coach. Zum ersten Mal hat mir ein Boxspiel wirklich Spaß gemacht. Punch-Out ist ein Muß für alle Sportspiel-Freaks. Unbedingt ansehen!
WiiNintendo Life (Mar 31, 2007)
Moving around the ring is a joy and stringing together devastating combos soon becomes second nature – naturally, your opponents improve in skill as you progress and that’s when the fun really starts. Punch Out!! transforms from a mindless button-basher to a game of skill, timing and intuition; the more the you play the better you start to know your rivals, and eventually you will be able to predict their movements. While the SNES version has better visuals many fans still maintain that this edition is the best of the two. It’s amazing that Nintendo hasn’t decided to update this brilliant series because modern boxing games simply don’t come close to this.
MIKE TYSON'S PUNCH-OUT ist, um zum Ende zu kommen, ein Spiel, daß man stundenlang spielen kann, ohne daß Langeweile aufkommt. Die guten Grafiken mit den vielen Details tragen hierzu sicher ebenso bei wie die realistischen Bewegungsabläufe der Aktionen. Auch die verschiedenen Eigenarten, Stärken und Schwächen, der Boxer, für die man jeweils das entsprechende Gegenmittel finden muß, sorgen für Abwechslung und damit längerfristige Unterhaltung. Wenn es an dem Game überhaupt etwas zu bemängeln gibt, dann ist es wohl die Tatsache, daß es leider nur für den Nintendo erhältlich ist.
NESRetrogaming History (Apr 24, 2008)
Non pensate di trovare in Punch Out un titolo pugilistico classico, ne restereste delusi. Lasciatevi invece trasportare dalla superba realizzazione "particolare" e unica che il titolo è in grado di offrirvi (ripresa poi dai seguiti). Tutti gli avversari sono stupendamente caratterizzati e presentano dimensioni che nel 1987 dovevano sembrare enormi. Ogni personaggio che tenterà di impedirvi di acquisire il titolo mondiale è una sfida contro voi stessi, per dimostrare la vostra capacità di individuare un punto debole, per vedere se riuscite a trovare il ritmo perfetto e la combinazione adeguata. Un'emozione senza rivali che si ricorda con affetto!
80 (Apr 24, 2008)
Ricordate però, questo è un gioco molto particolare. Quindi, pur essendo un grandissimo titolo, prima dell’acquisto, consiglio di provarlo.
WiiGameSpot (Apr 17, 2007)
Punch-Out!! is one of the greatest games of the NES generation, and while it certainly shows a bit of its age with this Virtual Console release, none of what made the game fun or unique has been lost with time. If you remember the game from your younger days, you probably ran off to go download this the moment King Hippo got name-dropped. If you never had the chance to experience Punch-Out!! back in the day, there's no time like the present.
NESVideoGame (Mar, 1991)
Após muito treinamento e dedicação, é possível repetir a façanha de James "Buster" Douglas: derrubar o supercampeão Mike Tyson e sagrar-se campeão mudial de boxe. Mas, para isso, é necessário tornar-se campeão de categorias inferiores. Para vencer, o segredo é esquivar-se dos golpes do adversário.
Punch Out! is not meant to be a serious boxing simulation, it's just a fun beat-em-up that's enough and enjoyable enough to keep you playing for quite some time.
NESTilt (Jan, 1988)
La réalisation de l'ensemble est de bonne qualité et il n'y a pas grand-chose à lui reprocher. De même, l'ensemble des étapes et le temps d'arrêt lors d'un combat sont réellement agréables. En fait, seule la difficulté du jeu est rédhibitoire.
WiiDiehard GameFan (May 09, 2007)
Despite the game’s age, which quite frankly is beginning to show, Punch-Out!! is still one of the finest boxing titles available at the moment. The game only flunks when it comes to technical categories, and even then, the fact that some of the graphics do not feel as good as they used to just adds to the humour of the game. Sure, it might not have been intended this way when it was conceptualized about 20 years ago, but seeing Piston Honda’s exaggerated Asian traits really cracks me up. It might not be the prettiest game on the block, but it’s one of the most effective when it comes to delivering a decent challenge for your reflexes.