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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 Punching Great Tiger in the stomach and getting a star. You need stars to be able to perform uppercuts.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! NES The different color on me means that I'm tired and can't fight back.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! NES Sidestepping to avoid Soda Popinski's fearsome uppercut.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! NES Title Fight!

Promo Images

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Screenshot
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Screenshot
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Screenshot
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream" -- Nintendo 3DS/Wii U title
  • "Punch-Out!!" -- NES re-release & Wii title

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User Reviews

The Most Entertaining Boxing Game Ever Made. Guy Chapman (2001) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
"Let's keep it clean! Now come out boxing!" chirinea (46525) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 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 Asinine (1006) 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

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 27, 2005 9.5 out of 10 95
The Video Game Critic Dec 03, 2000 A- 91 Dec 19, 2016 9 out of 10 90
Geeks Under Grace Oct 05, 2014 9 out of 10 90
NES Times Aug 15, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Lens of Truth May 18, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85 Sep 08, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Video Games Mar, 1991 84 out of 100 84
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1989 792 out of 1000 79
Tilt Jan, 1988 14 out of 20 70


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In 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 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 differences

When 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 issues

The "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 differences

Originally, 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.


  • EGM
    • 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
Information also contributed by Big John WV, CaptainCanuck, D Michael, PCGamer77, and Sciere

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.)
RKL (5737) added Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES) on Sep 09, 2003
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