Punch-Out!!

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Punch-Out!!
Punch-Out!! series logo.png
The most recent Punch-Out!! series logo. Based on the title screen logo of the original Punch-Out!! arcade game.
Genres Sports
Developers Nintendo IRD
Elite Systems
Nintendo R&D1/R&D3
Next Level Games
Publishers Nintendo
Creators Genyo Takeda
Makoto Wada[1]
Platform of origin 1984
First release Punch-Out!!
February 1984
Latest release Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!
October 27, 2009
Spin-offs Arm Wrestling
Official website www.punchout.com

Punch-Out!! (パンチアウト!! Panchi-Auto!!?) is a series of boxing video games created by Nintendo's general manager Genyo Takeda, and his partner Makoto Wada. It started in the arcades simply as Punch-Out!!, which was followed by a sequel Super Punch-Out!!. It has since spanned home consoles, including the Famicom and NES Punch-Out!! / Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, an SNES and Super Famicom sequel Super Punch-Out!!, and a Wii sequel Punch-Out!!. In November 2009, Platinum Club Nintendo members received a code to download Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!, which features a fight between series protagonist Little Mac and his mentor Doc Louis. The series also had a spin-off called Arm Wrestling which was released only in North American arcades, and was Nintendo's last arcade game they independently developed and released.


Video games[edit]

Title Platform Year Notes
Punch-Out!! Arcade Japan and North America: 1984 The first Punch-Out!! title.
Super Punch-Out!! Arcade Japan and North America: 1985 The sequel to the first Punch-Out!! arcade, the first to feature the "duck" move for avoiding moves that cannot be dodged sideways nor blocked, and the first to appear on home computers with a real boxer as Frank Bruno's Boxing; however, Nintendo wasn't involved in the home computer ports.
Arm Wrestling Arcade North America: 1985 The first and only spin-off in the Punch-Out!! series, as well as Nintendo's last arcade game it independently created and released.
Punch-Out!! / Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! NES, Virtual Console Japan: 1987, 2007
North America: 1987, 1990, 2007
PAL region: 2007
The first Punch-Out!! title to appear on a home console, as well as the first to feature a plot. Also, a semi-port of both the Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!! arcade games (mostly inclined towards the latter) with some variations. Originally featuring Super Macho Man as the final boss in the gold version given out to Golf U.S. Course Famicom Tournament winners. Then came the Mike Tyson version, and later featuring Mr. Dream.
Super Punch-Out!! Super NES, Virtual Console Japan: 1998
North America: 1994, 1996, 2009
Europe: 1995, 2009
An updated home console version of the arcade game of the same name and the sequel to the three NES versions. It is the first to allow players to select any boxer they want to battle against, instead of a group.
Punch-Out!! Wii North America: May 18, 2009
Europe: May 22, 2009
Japan: July 23, 2009
Australia: August 27, 2009
First game published in the series in over a decade, developed by Next Level Games. It is also the first title in the series to be rendered in three-dimensions and full motion video, as well as the first to include a multiplayer option and optional motion based controls.
Doc Louis's Punch-Out!! WiiWare North America: October 27, 2009 A standalone WiiWare game, Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!, was available as a download exclusive to 2009 Club Nintendo Platinum members.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

Playing as a diminutive boxer called Little Mac, the player must climb the ranks of the World Video Boxing Association. Gameplay differs slightly between each game, but generally, the player can attack with his left and right fists, at the head or the body, and can also dodge and block to avoid the opponent's attacks. Many games in the series give the player a powerful uppercut ability; its use is limited, and must be earned during matches.

The key to defeating each opponent is to learn their fighting patterns, avoid their attacks and respond with a counterattack. Opponents will often give a visual or audible cue to signal their attacks. If the player successfully dodges an attack, the opponent will be left vulnerable for a while, allowing the player to strike back. The player can defeat enemy boxers by knocking them down for a count of 10, downing them three times in one round for a TKO, or by a referee's decision.

Characters[edit]

Other appearances in media[edit]

The series has made multiple appearances in other games as well. The SNES version of Super Punch-Out!! was included in the Nintendo GameCube version of Electronic Arts' Fight Night Round 2. Along with that, the protagonist of the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!! appears as a secret boxer in full 3D with the name "MAC" on his boxers and was referred to as "Little Mac" as part of the Nintendo-exclusives deal between Nintendo and EA in allowing a few characters from the Mario franchise to star in NBA Street V3 and SSX on Tour, but, due to the third-party nature of his role in the game, while originally being a nameable character with a different look compared to the original Little Mac and not have a default name, it is considered by several fans of the series, especially those of the NES versions, to be uncanon; however, when the Virtual Console release of the Super NES version of Super Punch-Out!! was released, the official details for the game in the Wii Shop Channel referred to the protagonist as "Little Mac".[3] A review of this version by Chris Scullion of Official Nintendo Magazine also referred to the protagonist as "Little Mac" as well.[4] His latest cameo appearance is in skip Ltd.'s Wii video game called Captain Rainbow, where the title character has to help him get in shape to regain his championship title.[5] Little Mac also appears as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and will appear as a playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.[6]

A short story about the NES Punch-Out!! titles was made for the Nintendo Comics System.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ N-Sider.com Makoto Wada. N-Sider. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  2. ^ Craig Harris (2009-07-14). "Doc Louis Hits the Ring - Wii News at IGN". Wii.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-04-18. 
  3. ^ Wii Shop Channel details for Super Punch-Out!!. Retrieved on 2009-03-30.
  4. ^ Scullion, Chris (2009-03-20). Virtual Console Review: Super Punch-Out!! (Super NES). Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  5. ^ "IGN: Captain Rainbow". Wii.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-04-18. 
  6. ^ Schreier, Jason. "Smash Bros.' Newest Contestant: Punch-Out's Little Mac". Kotaku. 

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