Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

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Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! is an NES boxing game based off Punch-Out!! for the arcade, and later re-released as Punch-Out!! with Tyson being replaced by Mr. Dream.

Status

I own both Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! and Punch-Out!!. I have beat every boxer except Tyson.

Review

  • Overall: 6/10
  • Best Version: NES

Good

  • The boxing mechanic of dodging punches and counter-punching is a great system.
  • The game gives you very flexible control over Little Mac and allows you to move faster as you become more comfortable with the moves.
  • The stamina stat was a clever way to prevent the player from just mashing buttons.
  • Rewarding the player's experimentation with uppercut stars is a good mechanic that rewards creativity.
  • While the boxing mechanic is relatively the same throughout the game, each boxer introduces a new element keeping the game fresh all the way to the end.
  • The large flicker-free character sprites were very impressive for the time.
  • The dialog between rounds gives the game more character, and the injured look on both you and your opponents was a nice touch.

Bad

  • The game is really racist in the way it depicts boxers. The Russian is a drunk, the Pacific Islander is fat with beady little eyes, the Frenchman is weak and pathetic, etc. Although, I do have to give them credit for having such a diverse line up.
  • Mike Tyson is extremely hard. A little too hard for most players, and it kind of hurts the game.
  • Continuing after losing a match is setup weird. Sometimes you get a couple rematches before getting a game over, sometimes you get a game over the first time you lose.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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