I’ve actually got an interesting story to share when it comes to Punch-Out. It was one of the very first videogames I ever traded for. Back when the NES was all the rage, rental chains only had a handful of games to offer prospective customers. Lucky for me, where I was living at the time had just such a place at the top of the street and my brother and I rented Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! and really enjoyed it. It was a super simple arcade game where you dodged punches and jabbed, and uppercut your way to victory. Needless to say we got our butts handed to us, and never really made it too far with the two day rental. It was a super hard game, that required insanely fast reflexes. When the opportunity arrived for the trade with a family friend, we gave Lode Runner for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, River City Ransom, and Punch-Out. That’s a pretty awesome trade wouldn’t you say?
I remember being so happy to have the chance to try my luck with Punch-Out again because I was never truly satisfied with our performance with the rental. Sadly the rental place closed shortly after we started renting games there, but boy did we experience a lot of classics from that place. From the already mentioned Punch-Out to Bubble Bobble and countless others in-between, this place was awesome. It’s funny how memories like that come rushing back when you start talking about these old gems.
Punch-Out was also my real introduction to Mike Tyson, who many young people were into at the time. This was long before his prison sentence and all that other jazz that happened to him. Back during this time period he was someone kids looked up to because of his rough upbringing to his super-stardom. He was someone many people wanted to be like. So being able to actually play a game with him in it was pretty darn cool. I never actually got to him as a kid because my reflexes were never that amazing, but that didn’t matter. I was playing a game he “endorsed” and that was enough.
Don’t get me wrong, Punch-Out remains a classic, it’s just that it was the perfect play for a few minutes before mom called us to dinner sort of game. I mean after all who could possibly forget such awesome matches as this one.
Do any of you have similar stories from this fun, and ridiculously difficult game? If so, I’d love to her them!