Punch-Out!! is a 1984 arcade game by Nintendo. It is a boxing game with innovative gameplay. This game's gameplay and memorable digitized speech made it popular throughout the rest of the '80s.
In the game, the player assumes the role of a boxer attempting to work his way through the ranks as a boxer. As the player defeats other boxers, he gains fame and repute and goes on to fight harder opponents. The player can even go on to win the Heavyweight Belt if they defeat all of the opponents.
The player assumes the role of a green-haired boxer, known by three initials the player chooses when the game begins. During matches, the player's boxer is viewed from behind as a wireframe (so the opponents can be seen). The player must time his punches, dodges and blocks in order to defeat the opposing boxer. Hints are given as to the opponents next move by subtle eye changes (the white of the eyes turn from white to yellow), but the player must ultimately predict what moves the opponent will make and react appropriately.
The figures in the game are very cartoonish, but are very appropriate for the game's genre. The player faces a total of six opponents, in the following order:
- Glass Joe
- Piston Hurricane
- Bald Bull
- Kid Quick
- Pizza Pasta
- Mr. Sandman
Once the player defeats Mr. Sandman, the opponents repeat, with the exception of "Kid Quick". "Pizza Pasta" does not return after his second defeat. On each successive round the opponents are harder and quicker.
For each opponent, the player must defeat them two out of three rounds. After their second loss, the winning opponent comes forward and taunts the player.
The game is a modified upright. This game was unusual in that it requires two monitors, one atop the other, for the game's display. The top monitor is used to display statistics while the bottom one is the main game display. Apart from this, the game is more or a less a standard upright. The game has a joystick and three buttons. Two buttons control left and right punches, one for each arm. One button delivers an uppercut or knockout blow.
This game inspired two sequels and one spin-off game:
- Super Punch-Out!!
- Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
- Arm Wrestling (spin-off)
This game inspired the development and release of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! for the Nintendo Entertainment System console in 1987. Several elements, such as opponents and their names, were changed for this version. In particular, professional boxer Mike Tyson was added as the game's final boss. The home game's graphics and gameplay are also significantly different, to the point it cannot be considered a direct port of the arcade Punch-Out!!. When the contract licensing the use of Mike Tyson's name in the console version expired, Nintendo removed Mike Tyson from the game re-releasing it as Punch-Out!!, though it bore no further resemblance to the arcade version.
- The KLOV entry on this game (http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?letter=P&game_id=9155)
- Category at ODP (http://dmoz.org/Games/Video_Games/Sports/Boxing/Punch-Out/)