History VideoGame / PunchOut

23rd Apr '17 11:35:19 AM jnv11
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* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: The NES game managed to be popular despite (or perhaps even because of) this.

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* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: The NES game managed to be popular despite (or perhaps even because of) this. Many of your opponents use attacks that would be illegal in real boxing. This is notably averted by Mr. Sandman, who despite being one of the toughest opponents in any Punch-Out keeps it clean by using only legal moves.
11th Apr '17 11:50:02 AM MyFinalEdits
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* {{Leitmotif}}: The series as a whole has a very recognizable [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ-LoqRAHLg theme]] that is in nearly every single game of the franchise.
** The Wii version cranks this [[UpToEleven up to max]] by giving each challenger their own variations of the same theme, to give them more personality and matching each of their nationalities and/or quirks.

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* {{Leitmotif}}: The series as a whole has a very recognizable [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ-LoqRAHLg theme]] that is in nearly every single game of the franchise.
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franchise. The Wii version cranks this [[UpToEleven up to max]] by goes as far as giving each challenger their own variations of the same theme, to give them more personality and matching each of their nationalities and/or quirks. quirks.



* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Played straight with Mr. Sandman, who personifies the meaning of the number in many subtle ways: He manages to beat twelve boxers from the WVBA and becomes World champion. Little Mac, the 13th opponent, beats him and renders his victory track imperfect. The inversion comes from Mac, likewise, having defeated 12 boxers and then Mr. Sandman to become the champion. This is further symbolized with the following statistics: Little Mac has 13 hearts of stamina in both fights against Sandman (the rematch is in Title Defense mode, where the latter is once again the 13th opponent), Sandman's Contender introduction cutscene is 13 images long (the other boxers only have four-image-long cutscenes), he has to be hit 13 times (in case Star Punches aren't used) after the Berserker Rage is over to be definitely defeated, and even his stats (age, fight record, height) provide nods to number thirteen as well. Something interesting to note is that he, during his World title hold, has the highest rank in the World Circuit, while Aran Ryan (who embodies the LuckySeven trope) is the ''lowest'' in the same circuit.

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* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Played straight with Mr. Sandman, who personifies the meaning of the number in many subtle ways: He manages to beat twelve boxers from the WVBA and becomes World champion. Little Mac, the 13th opponent, beats him and renders his victory track imperfect. The inversion comes from Mac, likewise, Mac having defeated 12 boxers and then Mr. Sandman to become the champion. This is further symbolized with the following statistics: Little Mac has 13 hearts of stamina in both fights against Sandman (the rematch is in Title Defense mode, where the latter is once again the 13th opponent), Sandman's Contender introduction cutscene is 13 images long (the other boxers only have four-image-long cutscenes), he has to be hit 13 times (in case Star Punches aren't used) after the Berserker Rage is over to be definitely defeated, and even his stats (age, fight record, height) provide nods to number thirteen as well. Something interesting to note is that he, Oddly, during his World title hold, he has the highest rank in the World Circuit, while Aran Ryan (who embodies the LuckySeven trope) is the ''lowest'' in the same circuit.
11th Apr '17 9:47:05 AM Knowall
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* {{Leitmotif}}: The series as a whole has a very recognizable [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ-LoqRAHLg theme]] that is in nearly every single game of the franchise.
** The Wii version cranks this [[UpToEleven up to max]] by giving each challenger their own variations of the same theme, to give them more personality and matching each of their nationalities and/or quirks.
8th Apr '17 9:19:22 AM nombretomado
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* RecycledTitle: There are 3 games with the name "PunchOut". The latest one was released in 2009 on the Wii.

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* RecycledTitle: There are 3 games with the name "PunchOut"."Punch Out". The latest one was released in 2009 on the Wii.



* VariableMix: In the Wii version. The soundtrack from the original ''PunchOut'' is used, but is remixed multiple times, with the fighters getting variations based on their country of origin.

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* VariableMix: In the Wii version. The soundtrack from the original ''PunchOut'' ''Punch Out!!'' is used, but is remixed multiple times, with the fighters getting variations based on their country of origin.
27th Mar '17 1:55:36 PM Gosicrystal
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* LostForever: Three instances in the Wii game.
** If you never fight BonusBoss [[spoiler: Donkey Kong]] before losing three times and retiring in Mac's Last Stand, you won't be able to fight him in Exhibition Mode.
** Also in Exhibition Mode, there's an alternate option called Champion Mode which turns you into a OneHitPointWonder. It can only be unlocked by defeating ten boxers (doesn't have to be consecutively) during Mac's Last Stand. Lose three times before accomplishing this, and it becomes locked forever in that save file.
** If you never train in Exhibition Mode against wireframes before reaching Mac's Last Stand in Career mode, the second movie will be locked on that file.



** The Wii game has an unlockable extra option in Exhibition Mode that can be LostForever if you screw up Mac's Last Stand, which turns any and all opponent's attacks into a OneHitKO (with the exception of Aran Ryan's attack whenever he gets knocked-down in Title Defense).

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** The Wii game has an unlockable extra option in Exhibition Mode that can be LostForever is {{permanently missable|Content}} if you screw up Mac's Last Stand, which turns any and all opponent's attacks into a OneHitKO (with the exception of Aran Ryan's attack whenever he gets knocked-down in Title Defense).


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* PermanentlyMissableContent: Three instances in the Wii game.
** If you never fight BonusBoss [[spoiler:Donkey Kong]] before losing three times and retiring in Mac's Last Stand, you won't be able to fight him in Exhibition Mode.
** In Exhibition Mode, there's an alternate option called Champion Mode which turns you into a OneHitPointWonder. It can only be unlocked by defeating ten boxers (doesn't have to be consecutively) during Mac's Last Stand. Lose three times before accomplishing this, and it becomes locked forever in that save file.
** If you never train in Exhibition Mode against wireframes before reaching Mac's Last Stand in Career mode, the second movie will be locked on that file.
21st Mar '17 9:25:00 AM GGCrono
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[[caption-width-right:283:[-''Let's keep it clean! Now come out boxing!''-]]]



''Let's keep it clean! Now come out boxing!''

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''Let's keep it clean! Now come out boxing!''
1st Mar '17 3:55:15 PM Vahanisback
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The series made its home console debut on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. Originally released in Japan as a gold cartridge given away exclusively to certain Grand Prize Winners of the ''Famicom Golf: U.S. Course'' Tournament, this new version of ''Punch-Out!!'' featured most of the classic boxers, as well as newcomers such as Von Kaiser, Don Flamenco, and King Hippo, Mario in a cameo as the Referee, and two new protagonists in Little Mac and his trainer Doc Louis. The final opponent was Super Macho Man.

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The series made its home console debut on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. Originally released in Japan as a gold cartridge given away exclusively to certain Grand Prize Second Place Winners of the ''Famicom Golf: U.S. Course'' Tournament, this new version of ''Punch-Out!!'' featured most of the classic boxers, as well as newcomers such as Von Kaiser, Don Flamenco, and King Hippo, Mario in a cameo as the Referee, and two new protagonists in Little Mac and his trainer Doc Louis. The final opponent was Super Macho Man.
6th Feb '17 2:56:34 AM erforce
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->''You think the speed of your fingers can match the strength of my fists?''
-->--'''Mike Tyson'''

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->''You ->''"You think the speed of your fingers can match the strength of my fists?''
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-->-- '''Mike
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After then-Nintendo of America CEO Minoru Arakawa saw Mike Tyson at a boxing match, the decision was made to capitalize on his then growing popularity, by releasing the game publicly worldwide under the name ''Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!'', in which the final opponent was the infamous real-life champ himself. The 1990 reissue of the game (available in the first ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' game as well as on the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} and UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS {{Virtual Console}}s instead of the Mike Tyson version), reverting back to the original ''Punch-Out!!'' name, replaced him with a fictional champ named "Mr. Dream" (actually a white {{head swap}} of Tyson, more reminiscent of [[Film/{{Rocky}} Rocky Balboa]]). Many people assume that this stems from Tyson being convicted of rape, causing Nintendo to ditch him, but since Tyson was dropped from the game a year ''before'' he was arrested on the rape charges, this is clearly not the case. In reality, Nintendo's contract with Tyson expired, and since Tyson was no longer the heavyweight champion of the world having lost the title earlier to Buster Douglas, Nintendo opted not to renew the contract (since Creator/{{Sega}} signed a licensing deal to use Buster's likeness in a pair of boxing games for the [[UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem Master System]] and [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Genesis]] in order to spite Nintendo).

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After then-Nintendo of America CEO Minoru Arakawa saw Mike Tyson at a boxing match, the decision was made to capitalize on his then growing popularity, by releasing the game publicly worldwide under the name ''Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!'', in which the final opponent was the infamous real-life champ himself. The 1990 reissue of the game (available in the first ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' game as well as on the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} and UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS {{Virtual Console}}s instead of the Mike Tyson version), reverting back to the original ''Punch-Out!!'' name, replaced him with a fictional champ named "Mr. Dream" (actually a white {{head swap}} of Tyson, more reminiscent of [[Film/{{Rocky}} [[Franchise/{{Rocky}} Rocky Balboa]]). Many people assume that this stems from Tyson being convicted of rape, causing Nintendo to ditch him, but since Tyson was dropped from the game a year ''before'' he was arrested on the rape charges, this is clearly not the case. In reality, Nintendo's contract with Tyson expired, and since Tyson was no longer the heavyweight champion of the world having lost the title earlier to Buster Douglas, Nintendo opted not to renew the contract (since Creator/{{Sega}} signed a licensing deal to use Buster's likeness in a pair of boxing games for the [[UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem Master System]] and [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Genesis]] in order to spite Nintendo).



* CaptainErsatz: Mac is definitely based on Film/{{Rocky}} Balboa. His miniscule size is a nod to Sylvester Stallone's below average height. Taken a step further with the Challenger in the arcade game, whose face is clearly based on Sylvester Stallone's.

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* CaptainErsatz: Mac is definitely based on Film/{{Rocky}} Franchise/{{Rocky}} Balboa. His miniscule size is a nod to Sylvester Stallone's below average height. Taken a step further with the Challenger in the arcade game, whose face is clearly based on Sylvester Stallone's.
27th Nov '16 3:08:38 PM TheAzuholic
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** Some of the training montage scenes are inspired by similar scenes [[Film/{{Rocky}} the first Rocky film]]. The scene where he trains by jogging in the pink hoodie is very similar in appearance to a shot from Rocky's training montage, except Rocky's hoodie was gray.

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** Some of the training montage scenes are inspired by similar scenes [[Film/{{Rocky}} the first Rocky film]]. The scene where he Mac trains by jogging in the pink hoodie is very similar in appearance to a shot from Rocky's training montage, except Rocky's hoodie was gray.



** ''Punch-Out!!'' on the NES and the Wii version give you three 3-minute rounds. It is occasionally possible to win by judgement if you're still alive after all 9 minutes, though it's more straightforward to just win by TKO.

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** ''Punch-Out!!'' on Unlike the SNES or arcade games, the NES and game has "winner by decision" if there is no knockout by the Wii version give end of the third round. Some of these matches are automatically decided for your opponent (these are called "unfair hometown decisions" [[AllThereInTheManual in the NES manual]]) while others can be called in your favor if you three 3-minute rounds. It is occasionally possible to win by judgement if you're still alive after all 9 minutes, score enough points (3,000; 5,000; or 10,000; depending on the opponent fought), though it's more straightforward to just win by TKO. This mechanic returns in Punch-Out!! for Wii, albeit without a visible score counter.



** Unlike the SNES or arcade games, the NES game has "winner by decision" if there is no knockout by the end of the third round. Some of these matches are automatically decided for your opponent (these are called "unfair hometown decisions" [[AllThereInTheManual in the NES manual]]) while others can be called in your favor if you score enough points (3,000; 5,000; or 10,000; depending on the opponent fought).
27th Nov '16 11:59:21 AM TheAzuholic
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* BaldOfAwesome: Soda Popinski. Also, ''Bald'' Bull, though in-between rounds he says "My barber didn't know when to quit. Do you?" suggesting that he's not naturally bald. Nick and Rick Bruiser are this in the SNES game.

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* BaldOfAwesome: Soda Popinski. Also, ''Bald'' Bull, though sometimes in-between rounds he says may say "My barber didn't know when to quit. Do you?" suggesting that he's not naturally bald. Nick and Rick Bruiser are this in the SNES game.



* CelebrityIsOverrated: In Title Defense Super Macho Man's cutscene, Little Mac is clearly shown as uncomfortable around the paparazzi, which is probably one of the things that influences [[spoiler:his decision to retire early in the end.]] Super Macho Man himself realizes this after you lose to him. [[IgnoredEpiphany Almost.]]

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* CelebrityIsOverrated: In Title Defense Super Macho Man's cutscene, Little Mac is clearly shown as uncomfortable around the paparazzi, which is probably one of the things that influences [[spoiler:his decision to retire early in the end.]] Super Macho Man himself realizes this after you lose to him.him in Title Defense. [[IgnoredEpiphany Almost.]]



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Aran Ryan was an unassuming, generic opponent in Super Punch-Out. Then they brought him up to the Wii version. And made him ''completely insane.''
** Not only that, he's a dirty fighter, bringing good luck horseshoes into the ring (within the knuckles of his gloves) and eventually making a boxing glove whip, which is as ironic as anything when you consider that he was one of the few boxers in Super Punch-Out who generally fought clean, as his gimmick in that game (clinching) is common in RealLife boxing, though Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s article on boxing says it is "technically against the rules" (though it obviously isn't as ridiculous as what Aran Ryan does in the Wii game); however, Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} continues saying that professional boxing (which the WVBA presumably is) rarely deducts points for it.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Aran Ryan was an unassuming, generic opponent in SNES Super Punch-Out.Punch-Out!!. Then they brought him up to the Wii version. And made him ''completely insane.''
** Not only that, he's a dirty fighter, bringing good luck horseshoes into the ring (within the knuckles of his gloves) and eventually making a boxing glove whip, which is as ironic as anything when you consider that he was one of the few boxers in Super Punch-Out Punch-Out!! who generally fought clean, as his gimmick in that game (clinching) is common in RealLife boxing, though Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s article on boxing says it is "technically against the rules" (though it obviously isn't as ridiculous as what Aran Ryan does in the Wii game); however, Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} continues saying that professional boxing (which the WVBA presumably is) rarely deducts points for it.



** Stunning Piston Hondo causes tamago (egg sushi) to circle around his head, which he then [[LampshadeHanging proceeds to point out]] by repeating the said item's name.

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** Stunning Piston Hondo causes tamago nigiri (egg sushi) to circle around his head, which he then sometimes [[LampshadeHanging proceeds to point out]] by repeating the said item's name.
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