Platform: Nintendo NES
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (yes, strangely enough it has two ‘!’ in the title) was released to the American audience in 1987 and the game is based on the arcade game Punch-Out!! Many of the characters was ported over to the Mike Tyson version.
Even though he’s mentioned in the title, Mike Tyson is actually not the character you play as, but rather the end-boss of the game (and what a ridicules hard one as well – more about that later!). You play as a young guy trying to make his way to the top in the boxing rankings and to your help (?) you have Little Mac, which is mainly there for the cut scenes (well, thanks for that Little Mac…). As in IRL boxing you only have a set number of moves and punches you can do, so don’t expect your guy doing a “hadouken”. It’s mainly the basic duck, move to the sides, normal punch and an uppercut, careful though; this will drain your stamina. You are defiantly going to need to be economic with your stamina in later stages and cannot just swing away hoping to win.
As there’s no “foot soldiers” or levels in a game like this, every fight turns into a boss battle and they have really managed to make each opponent special. You start of easy with Glass Joe, but from there on it a whole other story. There’s a lot of replay value in Punch-Out!! as you can always learn quicker and easier ways to take down the opponents. First time around though you’ll find that you need to start out with learning what makes each opponent weak as a kitten.
Ok, so back to the man of the hour, Mr Tyson himself. Now if you had problems digesting some bosses in other classic NES titles, you are in for a world of Vindaloo pain here with Mike. He is relentless and you will drain your stamina all the time. Super hard and there’s not a lot of people that can take him to town. If you want to see a funny time trial on Punch-Out!! check out Screw Attack’s Monday Challenge here.
I would highly recommend anybody who hasn’t tried Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out for the NES to try it out. This game is really a sweet and sour pork dish as it’s one of the most well-designed NES games in my opinion, but at the same time it is often found on people’s list over hardest NES games of all time.