Steal this game / Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (NES)

“Steal this game” is a little column about classics that many of us have played before, or if not, should play even this day and age. Blasts from the past, if you will. Check out your old favorites and build up that vintage game collection.

Even though Tyson went off the deep-end after that facial tattoo, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! was the best thing he could have ever put his name on in his prime. Punch-Out!! enables gamers to play as Little Mac, a 17-year-old boxer looking to get into the boxing circuit. Through dodging, punching, and blocking, you are ultimately matched up with the ear-biter to-be himself, Mike Tyson. Through every circuit, the difficulty of fictional opponents rise while you try and figure out their weak points. Hearts on the screen dictate how many punches or blocks you can take without having to take a breather, but make no mistake – this is not a button masher, but a great strategy game that you can spend hours trying to beat.

Why this game should be in your collection

  • Fight through circuits to take on Mike Tyson
  • Interesting boxers, each with their own fighting pattern
  • Easy to pick up and play
  • Hailed as one of the best boxing games of all time

Difficulty to find 3/5

The game was made in 1987, and since it is so great, finding a good NES copy can prove to be somewhat hard. My copy ran for around $20 or so, but other places could offer the same game for even more. If you own a Wii, buy it there and you will be pleased. For all of those who still own an NES, this game should not be missing from your shelves.