80s, 90s, Video Games
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Who was better: Mike Tyson or Mr. Dream?


You may know it as either Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!, or as simply Punch-Out!, but I know it as the best boxing game ever released on the Nintendo Entertainment System. This game seemed incredibly hard on first play. It would take countless tries to figure out each opponents move-set, attacks and counters. Timing was everything!

The first distributed version of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! featured Mike Tyson as the final boss to defeat. Knockout Tyson and you would become Champion of the World! However, by 1990, Nintendo’s license to use Mike Tyson as a character and marquee name had expired. The game was re-released as Punch-Out! and featured Mr. Dream (a white Mike Tyson with the same move-set) as the final combatant. Rumor has it that Nintendo did this not because Tyson’s contract expired, but were concerned about his image after Tyson was incarcerated for the rape of Desiree Washington.


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