Sports Ish: What Made Punch Out So Special?

December 15, 2008

Ummm Everything? ESPN just posted a piece on the legacy of the game and the man himself, Iron Mike.  That game is still the greatest boxing video game EVER, eff what you heard. Peep it:

I still remember where I was the first time I saw Mike Tyson hit the canvas. No, not at the hands of Buster Douglas. I’m referring to when my friend Mike “Buzz” Bartholomew laid out the seemingly unbeatable animated Mike Tyson of “Punch-Out!!” fame. It was the summer of 1987, in the basement of my Billings, Mont., boyhood home. It felt as though we were witnessing history. It was a scene played out on Nintendo NES consoles everywhere. Beating Tyson was a victory so satisfying that two decades later, gamers of the time still talk about taking down the champ. “It took me two months to figure out Tyson’s knockout punch, but when I did, it was all over,” says Bartholomew, now an IT specialist. Sure, boxing was a much more mainstream sport 20 years ago, but lots of video games came and went (“Ring King,” anyone?), so why does Punch-Out!! live on in our collective pop culture memory? It starts with Kid Dynamite himself.

You can read the rest of the piece here.

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