However, I remember playing the game as a child, and reviewing it now brings back a lot of memories, especially when I downloaded this game on the Wii. The Japanese developers brought the idea of Mike Tyson being in the game, which was a great idea, because at that time before his jail time, biting Holyfield's ear, and so on, Tyson was a major star in the boxing world due to his skill, speed, and strength. This game starts easy, but later it becomes even more challenging, especially when you fight against Mike Tyson or Mr. Dream, depending on which version of the game you have.
Gameplay. Players take control of Little Mac, a boxer from The Bronx, working his way up to the professional boxing circuits, facing a series of colorful, fictional boxers, until he fights against the then World Heavyweight Champion, Mike Tyson in the original version, or Mr. Dream in the later version. Little Mac has a limited repertoire compared to most of his opponents. His punches are limited to left and right jabs, left and right body blows, and a powerful uppercut.
The powerful uppercut can be executed when the player achieves a star, which is accomplished when players counter-punch the opponent before or after certain punches are launched. The player can acquire up to three stars. To perform the powerful uppercut the player needs to simply press the start button once a star is received. For defensive techniques, Mac can dodge left or right, duck, and block attacks. Little Mac has a heart meter, which decreases to three when he's hit, and to one when his attacks are blocked. When the Heart Meter decreases to zero, he temporarily turns pink, which means he's fatigued, and when attacked he is hurt a lot more, but he can still dodge until he recovers a certain amount of hearts.
Design. The game is rendered in sprites, and so are the characters. Mario makes a cameo appearance as a referee in the game, which is cool. Some characters like Piston Honda, Soda Popinski, and Bald Bull had some controversy, which involved racial stereotyping.
Racial stereotyping. Piston Honda's racial stereotyping insisted in how the Japanese have a love for their traditional meal, sushi. There is also saying about him being able to intercept a sword with his bare hands. Bald Bull's racial stereotyping was about him being Muslim and from Istanbul, Turkey, and he usually muttered "Allah Akbar", which meant, "God is great". Soda Popinski was named originally in Japan as Vodka Drunkenski, and he was from Russia, back when it was the U.S.S.R. Soda Popinski is known to have a love for vodka, which is the Russian liquor. Some Japanese, Russians, and Turks understood them as a stereotype that wasn't offensive, while others took it too seriously.
Memories. I remember how my older siblings beat the game and gave me passwords. I had this game when I was about 5 years old, when I had my old Nintendo. Those were great times, when games were hard and challenging, but now, they appear to be too easy. Sometimes, taking a break from Punch Out, me and my siblings would play games like Metroid, A Boy and His Blob, and Super Mario Bros 3., oh memories!
Tips and Strategies. If you are knocked out, you get an opportunity to rematch, but if you lose it, then you go down one or more fights. Sometimes when you lose, you go all the way down to fight to the top again. A third loss means a game over. Now, when fighting against Piston Honda, he will randomly at times perform his special attack, you have to watch carefully, and when he gets in front of you, time your movements and punch him in the stomach. Bald Bull can be very tough, especially with his Bull Charge, so you have to time and attack as well. In your fight against Mike Tyson, in the first part, his punches can instantly knock you down, but if you knock him down once, his punches won't knock you down, but hurt badly. In this game, patience is the key.
Rantings. I truly hated fighting against Bald Bull, Soda Popinski, and Super Macho Man. These three bastards always gave me problems, especially Popinski. Popinski could take so many hits, and no matter how much you knocked him down, he still kept on going. Enough to make you go down in defeat. Everytime Bald Bull made his Bull Charge, I would get pissed off, and Super Macho Man, his special was the worst.
Good Aspects. Though not a two-player game, this game has many great qualities, and has a high replay value that will have you jumping from the edge of your seat. You can download this game on the Wii for 500 Wii Points.
Legacy. Punch Out was very successful since it's release and spawned another game on the Super NES, Super Punch Out, which was more fun and challenging. Then in 2007, our dreams came true when it was re-released on the Virtual Console. Then in 2009, a new Punch Out game was released, featuring old and new fighters. King Hippo made an appearance on Captain N: The Game Master, and Little Mac was a trophy and assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Overall. This game is part of my childhood memories in video games, and it