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November 26, 2014 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Pixel Perfect's book, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, was denied Nintendo's sanction, now it's a free PDF

Punch-Out arcade game Punch-Out was released in February 1984 in the arcades. It became a classic that went on to be ported to subsequent Nintendo consoles. The arcade version featured the player's boxer in wire-frame so the opponent is visible.

I always thought it was odd that the viewpoint wasn't from the side or a ¾ view. I suppose it makes the Left and Right buttons more intuitive during play, but this also caused issues when ported to the NES.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out game cartridge for NES The NES didn't have the horsepower to run the arcade version in the same manner, so they decided to shrink the player's boxer so the opponent could be seen over him. This gave the opponent a looming menacing vantage point. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out was released in Oct. 1987(North America).

It was rumored that Tyson was paid $50K for a 3-year contract to use his likeness in the game. After this time, they opted not to renew the deal, as Tyson was recently defeated. Mr. Dream replaced Mike.

Punch-Out was released on the Virtual Consoles for the Wii , Wii U and 3DS. This game definitely has a strong following even today!

Pixel Perfect: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Book

Imagine knowing everything there is to know about this game. I mean everything! If you took your compiled knowledge of Punch-Out and put it into a book.. how many pages could you fill? 25 pages? 50 pages? How about 240 pages!?!

Pixel Perfect created an unofficial encyclopedia of the NES classic Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! to celebrate its 25th anniversary. They had Kickstarter campaign that met funding goals, but they were unable to get Nintendo's approval to release the book. Nintendo cited complicated licensing issues, but the Pixel Perfect folks marched on.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out book from Pixel Perfect It's fitting that Mike Tyson got a copy, but also a shame that they weren't able to release the limited run of 200 hardcover books. It's an amazing looking book. How do I know this? There's a bit of good news despite the cancelation of the Kickstarter and returning funds to all Kickstarter backers. The "book" has been released as a PDF!

Go to the Pixel Perfect website and fetch the PDF link by clicking on the Start button on the controller image. Voila - you now have more info than imaginable on Mike Tyson's Punch-Out game. Don't you wish more NES games would get this treatment?

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