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Boxing / Punch-Out!! - Standalone LCD (1984)

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A part of Nintendo's Micro Vs. series of 2-player LCD handhelds, Boxing was released a few months after Punch-Out!! hit the arcades. After the success of the NES game, Nintendo of America re-released the oldie as Punch-Out!! to tie in with the popular title. The game shows a side view of the action, and the players can direct high or low punches at each other. Depleting the opponent's health bar makes them back away a step, and knocking them down in the corner wins the match. It has nothing to do with any other game of the series, as it's only similarity is that they're both about boxing. Nintendo included this game in their Game & Watch Gallery 4 for the Game Boy Advance, where it again appears as just Boxing. The remi mode has Luigi fight against a Wiggler, a Boo, and finally against Waluigi.

Game & Watch Gallery 4 (Game Boy Advance)

Game & Watch Gallery 4 (Game Boy Advance)


Arm Wrestling - Arcade (1985)

American Arcade Flyer

As the title suggest, this arcade title is a very different game from the Punch-Out!! series. However, it was developed by the same team behind Punch-Out!! and there are many similarities, namely the same two screen setup and the graphics. Arm Wrestling has the same graphic engine as the Punch-Out!! arcade games, and features bright vibrant colors and an assortment of colorful enemies to take down, ranging from a Texan, a sumo wrestler, a monkey robot controlled by a little girl, and Frankenstein's monster's son named Frank Jr. The one arm wrestler named Mask X is actually Bald Bull in a mask, and seems to have inspired the character Masked Muscle in the SNES Super Punch-Out!! In this game, the characters make a face and strange noises, while you frantically wiggle the arcade stick and keep pressing the button to bring his/her arm down. The game isn't nearly as fun and was never as popular as the Punch-Out!! games were.

Arm Wrestling (Arcade)

Arm Wrestling (Arcade)


Frank Bruno's Boxing - Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC (1985)

Commodore 64 Cover

Oh... man! A year after the original arcade Punch-Out!! games, Elite published a computer game that is such a monstrously huge rip-off, it's hilarious. In addition to getting a famous boxer to endorse it, several characters are ripped straight from the arcade Punch-Out!! games, including Bear Hugger (renamed Canadian Crusher), Dragon Chan (Fling Long Chop) and Vodka Drunkenski (Andra Puncharedov). And somehow, they managed to come up with even more offensive characters - Raviolo Mafiosi and Frenchie France are relatively tame, but Antipodean Andy is the worst kind of blackface stereotype. I guess this kind of ripping off wasn't too uncommon in the European computer gaming scene of the 1980s - see the Super Mario Bros. clone The Great Giana Sisters.

Frank Bruno's Boxing (ZX Spectrum)

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Frank Bruno's Boxing (C64)

Frank Bruno's Boxing (C64)

Frank Bruno's Boxing (C64)


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Power Punch II - NES (1992)

American Cover

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Power Punch II's development history is an interesting tale. Riding on the heels of its successful Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, Nintendo decided to begin working on a sequel with the help of a development company named Beam Software. Things started going downhill before it even got started. Mike Tyson, the poster boy for the series, was facing trial for rape accusations. That served as a problem, for this upcoming game was to star him again, and this time, players were actually going to control him. To not raise controversy, Beam Software had replaced Mike Tyson with the look-a-like Mark Tyler, who wore pink short to differentiate him from his obvious inspiration. It didn't stop there: As the game continued in development, Nintendo disapproved of the its terrible quality and dropped the contract, leaving another company to publish it. That dubious honor would go to American Softworks Corp. The original title was going to be Punch-Out!! 2, but since Nintendo of course kept the rights to the name, it was given the confusing title Power Punch II (there actually is no Power Punch part one).

So here you are, as Mark Tyler, the Greatest Boxer Ever. So great that humans can't even touch you. Mark Tyler is so cocky, he says he'll except any challenge form anywhere and anyone. Some aliens catch word of this and challenge him to an intergalactic boxing championship of epic proportions. Mark Tyler accepts this otherworldly challenge and prepares for the fight. With such an intriguing story, how could Nintendo pass this game up?!? If the story wasn't enough to make you vomit in disgust, the rest of the game will. Before each fight, you can go and train, which is strongly recommended, or you will lose no matter what. Good luck however on figuring out what exactly to do in training. Correctly mastering the training segments will power you up for the next match, and my word, will you need it if you plan on seeing this game to the end (not recommended).

The actual fighting scenes are about the equivalent of someone spitting in your face. For starters, the essence of the Punch-Out!! gameplay is entirely removed - there's no counterattacking, and thus, no real strategy. It's just punching, dodging, and more punching. The computer-controlled combatants are grossly overpowered and always command the fight. They have an overwhelming reach and they back up to dodge your attacks. That would be just fine, if only you could do the same thing. You can only move left and right. That's not even a sidestep like the usual Punch-Out!! norm, but just slowly inching either left or right. While the opponent is able to dance all over the place, you are stuck on a single plane. Want to give your opponent a swift uppercut? Go ahead. Oh wait, he moved back one inch, making you miss entirely. Another horrific downfall of this game during the fights is the sheer power of your opponents. They can attack you with quick jabs that quickly reduce life gauge, while it takes 20 jabs of your own to bring the enemies' life gauge down even one notch. Turns out the aliens are better than Mark Tyler.

From a technical stand point, the game is mediocre at best. It would have had decent graphics for 1986, but this game wasn't released in 1986. It was released in 1992. Every single character is remarkably ugly. Things don't fare much better in the sound department, either. As a whole, the game walks a line between boring and massively frustrating. It's like in the same league as Strider Returns: Journey From Darkness, as far as piss poor "sequels" go. It's no wonder Nintendo decided not to publish this. A beta ROM that still features Mike Tyson was released on the internet in 2009, for those who are curious.

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Power Punch II (NES)

Power Punch II (NES)

Power Punch II (NES)

Power Punch II (NES)


Wade Hixton's Counter Punch - Game Boy Advance (2004)

American Cover

Developed by Inferno Games, Wade Hixton's Counter Punch is an obvious tribute to the Punch-Out!! series in terms of gameplay (especially compared to the SNES game). It's pretty much the same setup - during fights, you have a variety of punches ranging from left and right, up and down. You've got an uppercut, a block and the ability to dodge left and right. Besides your regular health meter, there's a power meter on the bottom, which grows from each punch you connect, and below that is a fatigue meter. Much like Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, you must keep watch of this meter so you don't over exert yourself and be unable to attack. Also like Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! is the inclusion of rounds instead of just three minutes of fighting. Each match earns you some cash, which can be used to purchase extra moves.

Wade Hixton's differences to Punch-Out!! outweigh the similarities, though. For starters, there is a story mode, albeit a very weird one. Wade Hixton's car breaks down in a small, podunk town. While your beloved car is being worked on, you stay at O'Reilly's Pub to wait and wet your whistle. Trouble starts immediately as you take the seat of Rocco McScrub, and he challenges you to a boxing match. The whole story is exceeding bizarre, but it oozes goofy charm. The rest of the characters are an amusing bunch, including a pimp named Sweetness, a witch doctor named Jobu, a demon straight from hell named Gus Incubus, and even a gorilla wearing a tuxedo. And in true video game fashion, there's even an evil Wade Hixton doppelganger to fight.

The graphics in this game are incredible, and the talented artists really have to be commended. Sure, each attack has probably only three or four frames of animation, but the huge characters look fantastic. The game has a delightful cartoonish look that fits the game world nicely. Each opponent is hilarious and and their attacks sometimes become more over the top than even Punch-Out!!'s - Rocco, for instance, sics his pet raccoon on you. There are plenty of other cool touches, like the trailer trash card girls in between each round.

The difficulty is a little steep, seeing how it takes a lot of punches to knock your opponent down, and it has the arcade Punch-Out!! blocking system (you have to press down to block down, ugh). It's pretty obvious the developers were huge fans of Punch Out!!, and they did a great job updating it for the Game Boy Advance.

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Wade Hixton's Counter Punch

Wade Hixton's Counter Punch

Wade Hixton's Counter Punch

Wade Hixton's Counter Punch


Cameos

One of the villains in the cartoon and comic book series Captain N was King Hippo from Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Voiced by Gary Chalk, King Hippo came from Punchland and served under the evil Mother Brain from Metroid, along with Eggplant Wizard. Both were insanely stupid and idiotic, and served as typical comic relief characters. In a strange artist decision, King Hippo's skin is blue. The first issue of the Captain N comics also showed Little Mac in the opening panel. He never appeared in any of the actual stories, but the Nintendo Comics System ran three brief standalone Punch-Out!! stories.

In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega MicroGame$ for the Game Boy Advance and WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Games for the GameCube, Jimmy's boss stage is called "Punch Out." Jimmy's description is, "Fancy feet & sweet moves! KO that guy, baby! If he's got flash in effect, it means he's comin' at you!" Basically, you have dodge from the opponents punch when he's flashing (dodging either left or right) and then landing him one right in the kisser.

WarioWare Inc. (NDS)

Wario Ware Touched! for the NDS has a micro game called "Button Masher" where you have to press the A button on a NES controller to do one of three things: One of them is to hit a boxer as he stops lowering his arms, clearly inspired by Punch-Out!!

Super Smash Brothers Brawl first showed hat Little Mac could be in 3D. While not being an actual fighter in the game, he can be summoned from the assist trophy item which is basically a Pokeball with various Nintendo characters in it. Little Mac is literally half the size of most of the fighters and when he is in play, he will run towards the closest opponent and either send a barrage of punches at him or do a star uppercut. He even has the NES sound effects every time he punches!

Little Mac would later also show up in the Skip Ltd. game Captain Rainbow for the Wii, alongside other obscure Nintendo characters like Takamaru from Nazo no Murasamejou and Lip from Panel de Pon. Little Mac has actually became overweight and it is up to Captain Rainbow to help train Little Mac to lose the weight and once again fight in the boxing ring. This game never came out in America.

Little Mac in Captain Rainbow

Captain N

Fight Night Round 2 (GameCube)

Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii)


Nintendo Comics System - Punch-Out!! Comic


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