Ancient Punch-Out!! secret revealed

During Nintendo’s most recent “Iwata Asks” interview, Makato Wada, a member of the development team responsible for porting the original arcade version of Punch-Out!! to consoles, dusted off a twenty-two year old secret about the game.

“This is a great opportunity, so I have something I’d like to say. In Punch-Out!!, the game gives you a lot of hints about effective timing of punches. There is a big boxer called Bald Bull in the NES version as well and a light flashes to the right in the audience when he charges. If you punch when it flashes you will land a body blow. No one has known about that for about twenty-two years…”

He seemed pretty eager to get that one off of his chest, and rightly so.