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Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES)

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Mike Tyson's Punch-Out is one of the most popular and biggest selling video games of all time. Step into the ring as Little Mac, a 17-year-old fighter from the Bronx, ranked number three in the minor circuit. Your goal is to work your way up through the rankings so that you can challenge Mike Tyson, Kid Dynamite, in a dream fight.

But the road to the championship is long and hard. You'll have to work your way up through the minor, major, and world circuits by winning 14 bouts against some very tough opponents.

The rules of the World Video Boxing Association govern your bouts. Each match is three three-minute rounds long. Any boxer knocked down for a 10 count is Knocked Out (KO). If a boxer goes down three times, he'll find himself a Technical Knock Out (TKO). If both boxers make it to the end of the third round, the ref determines the winner.

Once you're in the ring you'll have to beat your opponent with smart fighting. Use left and right punches, as well as uppercuts to knock your opponent to the mat. Dodge your opponent's blows with some fancy footwork. Dazzle them with your brilliance and you'll be the World Video Boxing Association Champion. On the other hand, you might find yourself down for the count.


Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! NES Hitting Von Kaiser with an uppercut, sending him flying.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! NES And as a white guy for whatever reason.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! NES King Hippo's pants has dropped. Now is the time to give him a beating!
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! NES Joe Goes Down

Alternate Titles

  • "Punch-Out!!" -- NES re-release & Wii title

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User Reviews

"Let's keep it clean! Now come out boxing!" chirinea (33100) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
The Most Entertaining Boxing Game Ever Made. Guy Chapman (1746) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Not Even Mike Can Ruin The Greatest Game Of All Time Jeff Clawson (7) unrated
Nintendo's Knock out punch! wade hampton (9) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Mario is the referee, what else do you need Pixelspeech (953) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Gameplay stands the test of time Nick Seafort (22) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars

The Press Says

NES Archives Jun 04, 2001 A+ 100
Just Games Retro May 13, 2007 100 out of 100 100
The Video Game Critic Dec 03, 2000 A- 91
NES Times Aug 15, 2006 9 out of 10 90
SwankWorld 2004 9 out of 10 90
Génération 4 Dec, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Video Games Mar, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Mar, 1988 8 out of 10 80
VideoGame Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Tilt Jan, 1988 14 out of 20 70


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When the 3-year licensing deal with Mike Tyson was up, Nintendo decided not to renew it as Tyson was no longer world champion. The character was redesigned and named "Mr. Dream" and the game was re-released as "Punch-Out!". Not all passwords from the old version were compatible with the new one.

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RKL (5614) added Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES) on Sep 09, 2003
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