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

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

"Let's keep it clean! Now come out boxing!" chirinea (33486) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
The Most Entertaining Boxing Game Ever Made. Guy Chapman (1745) 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 (955) 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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.9
Overall MobyScore (67 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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NES Archives
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.
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Just Games Retro
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.
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Digital Press - Classic Video Games
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.
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The Video Game Critic
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.
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Génération 4
Un très bon jeu de boxe, à mon avis le meilleur !
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NES Times
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.
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SwankWorld
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.
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Jeuxvideo.com
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 !
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Lens of Truth
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!”
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Video Games
In Sachen Steuerung und gewitzter Grafik ist „Punch Out“ allen anderen Boxsimulationen mehrere Faustlängen voraus – ein echter Treffer eben.
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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
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.
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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Punchout will not disappoint you, it is a truly enjoyable piece of software...
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Power Play
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!
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Retrogaming History
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!
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Retrogaming.it
Ricordate però, questo è un gioco molto particolare. Quindi, pur essendo un grandissimo titolo, prima dell’acquisto, consiglio di provarlo.
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VideoGame
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.
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ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
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.
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Tilt
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.