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Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing is a boxing simulation. Holyfield is the only licensed boxer, the rest are fictitious. Rather than a fanciful approach like Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, the developers went for a more strategic simulation. The game is played from a pseudo-3D side view with moving around the ring handled by scrolling the backdrop and moving the ropes. A top down camera is shown at the top of the screen.

Players can either play a quick exhibition match or fight their way through the career mode, using a created boxer to work their way up the 30-boxer ranking list until they fight Holyfield himself. During character creation, players can choose the fighter's color of skin, trunks and hair, haircut, dominant hand and stats emphasis. Between matches, career mode offers various exercises to assign the boxer to improve his stats.

During the fights, besides an energy bar, the fighters have a head and a torso damage meter. This meters are images of their head and torso, which become gradually grey, from top to bottom, as they are hit. If one of these meters becomes totally grey, it will start blinking, warning that it the fighter takes some more punches on that area, he will loose the fight by TKO. Being knocked down tree times in a round also leads to a TKO. During the rounds' breaks, fighters regain strength as the girl with the round sign passes along their sides.

Fighters can perform three types of punches: jabs, hooks and uppers, which can be aimed at the opponent's head or torso. Fighters can also taunt their opponents. If by some reason the fighters avoid to fight, the spectators will start to hiss at them. To keep the spectators pleased, the fighters must keep punching each other on a regular basis.


Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing Genesis Title screen / Main menu
Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing Genesis Beating Holyfield isn't enough. You have to beat his score to be "the greatest" fighter.
Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing Genesis When the gray bar grows over a fighter's head or torso, it will start blinking. If he gets some more hits on that part, the judge will ask to "stop the fight", declaring TKO.
Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing Genesis And we have a winner!

Promo Images

Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing Magazine Advertisement pp. 118-119


Alternate Titles

  • "ホリフィールド ボクシング" -- Japanese spelling

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Just Games Retro Sep 06, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Supersonic Sep, 1992 75 out of 100 75
The Video Game Critic Feb 23, 2000 B 75
Sega-16.com Jun 29, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Sep, 1992 70 out of 100 70
VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com Jun 20, 2009 66 out of 100 66
Player One Sep, 1992 66 out of 100 66
Play Time Oct, 1992 65 out of 100 65
Sega Force Nov, 1992 54 out of 100 54


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Ace of Sevens (4472) added Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing (Genesis) on Jul 09, 2006
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