Saturday 17 February 2024

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES review)

Developer: Nintendo R&D3
Publisher: Nintendo
Released: 1987

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! is a sports game that was re-released in 1990 as Punch-Out!! (NES).

+ Boxers ooze personality and their unique attacks give the game a puzzle-like element where button mashing is punished.

+ Despite the small amount of button inputs, there's lots of strategy to each bout, as well as various secrets to uncover.

+ Learning how to earn a Star Punch from each opponent is fun, and using them wisely can lead to devastating KOs.

+ Difficulty curve is spot-on and the Circuits slowly help to improve your skills before throwing the kitchen sink at you.

+ Includes a handy password system that allows you to skip ahead to different Circuits, or battle against later opponents.

+ Iconic cut-scenes with some amazing parallax scrolling effects, and the chunky character sprites have terrific animation.

- Some boxers are repeated in later Circuits, and while they do have new attacks, a fully unique roster would have been nice.

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