Friends, the other day on Facebook I was sent a link to this Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out parody video by one of my good friends from the arcade. The Studio C parody is a look at the classic NES game from the viewpoint of Little Mac – the boxer that Players attempt to help rise through the ranks of the World Video Boxing Association. Testing their video game boxing skills against the likes of Glass Joe, Piston Honda, King Hippo, Great Tiger, and others. All for the chance to earn the World Circuit title belt and a chance to take on Mike Tyson in “The Dream Fight” for global fame and glory. It is for that fight alone that I personally feel that Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out along with the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Castlevania, Battletoads, and Ghosts ‘n Goblins – make up the 5 most difficult titles to be released for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
As you will see for yourself, Studio C has decided to poke fun at some of the elements of the classic video game, such as the “helpful” advice from Doc Louis, the ex-heavyweight boxer turned trainer. Or pointing out the fact that Little Mac is put into the ring with towering and aggressive opponents who border on possessing super powers – to say nothing of the fact that Tyson can lay the Player out with a single hit.
For what it is worth, beating Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out back in the day was without a doubt one of my greatest video game accomplishments. I played the game for hours and hours every single day until I was good enough to stand toe to to toe with the digital version of Tyson. Then the game destroyed me with it’s punishing difficulty and I had to suffer the taunting smile and muscle flexing of the then heavyweight champion… over and over again. It was my Grandfather and Grandmother who while watching me play realized that the designers had given Tyson tells as to where he was throwing a punch – like winking a split second before throwing a jab. It still took me a ridiculous amount of tries but eventually my persistence won out and I was able to take out Tyson and win the game.
Without further ado, enjoy this Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out parody by Studio C – and don’t forget to join the Nintendo Fan Club today, Mac!