DescriptionMike 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.
- "Punch-Out!!" -- NES re-release & Wii title
Part of the Following Groups
|Just Games Retro||May 13, 2007||100|
|The Video Game Critic||Dec 03, 2000||A-||91|
|NES Times||Aug 15, 2006||9 out of 10||90|
|Génération 4||Dec, 1988||90 out of 100||90|
|Lens of Truth||May 18, 2009||8.5 out of 10||85|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Sep 08, 2010||17 out of 20||85|
|Video Games||Mar, 1991||84 out of 100||84|
|Power Play||Mar, 1988||8 out of 10||80|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Sep, 1988||8 out of 10||80|
|Tilt||Jan, 1988||14 out of 20||70|
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CutsceneIn between each tournament, Little Mac jogs through New York while his trainer Doc Louis leads him on a bike. This harmless scene became one of the biggest internet sensations, at the same level of Zero Wing's All Your Base, when a SomethingAwful.com user added the caption "Nigga stole my bike!" in one of their weekly photoshop contests. The picture soon spread and became a hype, in spite of the racist undercurrent. One of the end results, a YTMND showing the animation, along with a voiced song, can be found in the related links section.
NES version differencesWhen the 3-year licensing deal with Mike Tysonwas 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 simply Punch-Out!!. Not all passwords from the old version were compatible with the new one.
Technical issuesThe "Little Mac" storyline was a product of technical issues that developers were confronted with in bringing the game to the NES. The arcade games featured a see-through character to allow the player adequate view of their opponent. This method would not work on the NES, therefore the idea of a tiny main character (Little Mac) was adopted in successful effort to provide a clear and full view of the opposing boxer.
Version differencesOriginally, the arcade version of Punch Out! featured a Russian character named "Vodka Drunkenski." In the NES version his name was changed to "Soda Popinski." Although it seems clear that the primary motivation for this change was Nintendo's censorship guidelines (one of which forbids liquor references), it's also possible that the name was changed at least partially motivated by a desire to tone down the character's image as a stereotypical Russian drunk.
- February 2006 (Issue #200) - named #44 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
- Game Informer Magazine
- August 2001 (Issue 100) - voted #14 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll
Related Web Sites
- Nigga stole my bike! (A YTMND showing an animation of the famous "Nigga stole my bike!" phenomenon based on a scene from this game, along with a voiced song.)
- Video review of NES accessories (WARNING: Laguage) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews some NES accessories and some associated games, including the U-Force and Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! on NES.)