"Little Mac is the boxer we all love to cheer for. The little guy going against boxers three times the size of him, and yet still smashing them in the face. Ah, we all wish we were a Little Mac and well in Punch-Out you can be Little Mac and take on the likes of Mike Tyson. If you can get past some memorable arcade boxers first. "
Little Mac is the boxer we all love to cheer for. The little guy going against boxers three times the size of him, and yet still smashing them in the face. Ah, we all wish we were a Little Mac and well in Punch-Out you can be Little Mac and take on the likes of Mike Tyson. If you can get past some memorable arcade boxers first.
STORY (4/5): Now there is no story, so why am I giving it a 4? Because the boxers you face are all memorable. Who will ever forget Glass Joe or my personal favorite King Hippo. Each have a memorable weakness. Oh did I mention the Russian Drunk
GRAPHICS (18/20): Now the graphics aren't that great really, but the characters are. Each fighter has their own little touch, as Little Mac smack them in the face. Some have a sparkling jewel and others do a strange blinking thing. The graphics are smooth and well this is the NES. Not much better than this.
SOUND (6/10): You must always remember that the early days did not have the greatest soundtracks, and well I do like the beeping and all, but this is not the greatest. It does ok, but the sound is easily the most unmemorable part of Punch Out.
GAMEPLAY (50/50): The perfect 50 in the gameplay department. You go around punching people in the face, and doing various simple moves and taking advantage of other fighters weakness. Some of you probably are saying boxing games suck, and well most do. However Punch Out stands above and beyond. The tricks are great and the controls are very responsive. I have spent alot of time just playing through over and over, and for the time period this is the perfect Gameplay.
REPLAYABILITY (8/10): In truth, Punch Out should not have strong replay, for it is a boxing game with set matches, and only a password system which occurs very rarely. However you can keep going through again and again, and well it is fun. Punch Out does the job perfectly.
DIFFICULTY (5/5): In the beggining once you figure out the characters weakness you will be able to fly through, but near the end things get tricky. Once you reach Bald Bull second time, get ready for some fun. Things get hectic and near on impossible to win, and that is what makes it fun.
OVERALL (91/100): Now, most games sponsored by an athlete suck. Very few rate good, and well this is the exception. Punch Out is one of the greatest experiences you will have on the NES, and it is still worth playing today. I have no regrets picking this up, and even if it's sponsored by a psychopath, this is a must have for any NES owner.
Community review by ratking (July 02, 2002)
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