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Old School Arcade Review: Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

15 January 2009 No Comment

The New Year is upon us old school gamers and I thought I give you all a treat of another Old School Game Review. However, this time we are going to review second-generation console video games and thus let us go back to the past of the Nintendo Entertainment System.

It is funny about the stupid stuff you can remember, we went to the Ames store for some shopping and I think either my brother had the $100 or my dad did or it was split in half do not remember. I do know we were excited because of the fact we got a Nintendo System to play games with as the system came with two controllers, a light gun, the system itself and of course Mario/Duck Hunt game combination. As for the cliché slogan, the rest is history because that is what started us off in the gaming world. True we had an Atari system back then but I was a bit young and so the coordination was not there yet.

So you could say this is where my gaming world began and so as the years go by we played some of the most difficult games in the world during that time and of course found various ways to cheat as well. Like putting the light gun against the TV so as to shoot those stupid ducks quicker and of course the ever popular Game Genie. I know my brother was the only in our family to Super Mario Bros and Mike Tyson, can’t remember if he beat Zelda or not, but I do know I accidentally erase a friends saved game because of the mechanics to saving that game. Of course, the only game I ever beat without cheating was Wizards and Warrior but that is for another review.

As for the game itself, the furthest I ever got without using the Mike Tyson’s password was Soda Popinski, but I do think I go to Super Macho Man though at one time though. Either way, this game was rated one of the most difficult sports games of its time, and even if you did memorize the entire boxer’s patterns they still beat you good if your timing was off for just a millisecond. Of course, with only 2 losses before GAME OVER, you literally had to spend hours trying to figure everyone out. However, the problem was the designer’s 180 us gamers and not only change the difficult for 3 fighters, but you needed to upper cut one just to knock him out.

Of course the day was finally mine in 2006, that I finally beat Mike Tyson after countless hours in a emulator and reloading my last save in order to beat him. To me that was a proud moment even though it was technically cheating I did not care because after so many years I conquered this game. Interestingly enough, I think it was around the same time I found out there was updated version to this game and that Tyson got replaced with a fictional character, although the same move set. The Wikipedia article did not help much but I would have to go with the contract expiring before Tyson’s falls from grace happen soon after.

Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

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Game Maker: Nintendo IRD

Year: 1987

Price: Hell I don’t even remember how much these games cost, $20-$30 maybe. Well after looking around, it would seem like $40-50 for a game. Either way I think my brother borrowed this from a friend LOL.

Levels: 14 with each level increasing in difficulty.

Sound: 10

Graphics: Perfect Pixel 10

Mini-Games: none

Difficulty: Back Then: 10 Now:10


Two punch buttons, left and right moves, body blow and face shot, and super upper cut


You play the role of Little Mac, your goal, become the great boxer in the world and if you succeed, then you get to face Mike Tyson in the Dream Fight.

First Impressions:

So freaking awesome oh my god so freaking hard too, just replace freaking with another word and you know where I am getting at.

22 years later:

Still a great game to play as it still provides a challenge in your reflexes and timing of trying not to get the crap beat out of you. It is interesting to note that after many and I mean many times replaying the same fight, that these fighters are completely random in how they throw their punches except for when they get knocked down or they have a time on a certain combo.
Overall Ranking:


Now for that Catchy slogan–

“Games don’t get old, just people!”

–Now for some copyright info–

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