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Title Screen

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

Also known as: Punch-Out!!, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: NES
Released in JP: November 21, 1987
Released in US: October 1987, August 1990 (Featuring Mr. Dream)
Released in EU: December 15, 1987, 1990 (Featuring Mr. Dream)

CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page
BugsIcon.png This game has a bugs page

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! is the NES port/semi-sequel of the arcade game Punch-Out!!. It contains a cameo from Mario, boxers that are obviously cheaters, and an out of place ad for the "Nintendo Fun Club" (later known as "Nintendo Power").

Regional Differences

To do:
  • There is some different music between the international and Japanese releases.

The original Japanese release, which was a golden limited-run edition, is essentially a modified prototype of the US version. This can be identified as it has Tyson's graphics and coding, but he isn't accessible as the last fight is against Super Macho Man. When the final US version of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! was released it had various changes, such as Mike Tyson becoming accessible and becoming the new iconic last boss.

Title Screen

Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
Boring and bland Featuring the ear biter himself!

The title screen had blue text that read MIKE TYSON'S added to it at the top.

Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!/Punch-Out!!
Oh no! Little Mac's gonna beat me up? Join the Nintendo Fun Club today! Mac.

Some Engrish was corrected in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!; TRAINNER was corrected to TRAINER, and the last sentence was cut in half.

Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
Punchoutjapan introcutscene2.png Miketysonpunchout introcutscene2.png

More Engrish fixing. A dashed line had to be removed to fit Mike Tyson's name.


Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
MTPO-Credits-1.png MTPO-Credits-2.png

In Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! and Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, there is a password to view the credits (106 113 0120, then hold Select and press A + B). In the original Japanese release, this password was left unfinished. The original Japanese version contains all 6 secret passwords and has the routines to check it with the same button codes, but they are never called from the password check routine and there is no code to handle these after checking, as well as the credits display code. The credits text is present in the original Japanese ROM in the same place as in all subsequent version releases, but obviously rendered unused. The difference between the original Japanese release and the other versions' credit messages is in two names: U.Kaneoka and U.Kuriyama in the original Japanese version were changed to Y.Kaneoka and Y.Kuriyama in all the other versions.


Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!/Punch-Out!!
Viva la France!
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Punchoutjapan matchcolor3.png
Miketysonpunchout matchcolor1.png
Miketysonpunchout matchcolor2.png
Miketysonpunchout matchcolor3.png

The HUD and boxing rings in the original Punch-Out!! have a different color palette than the ones in Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!.


Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
Punchout Bullcolor Demo.png MTPunchout Bullcolor Demo.png

The short demo is a bit different between versions and have yet another color palette not seen in-game.


Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!/Punch-Out!!
He looks like he got boiled!
Punchoutjapan hippocolor.png
That's racist!
Miketysonpunchout hippocolor.png

Piston Honda and King Hippo's skin color were changed from pinkish to yellow, as was Glass Joe's hair.

Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
Punchout HippoProfile color.png
MTPunchout HippoProfile color.png

The color palette on the profile images of Honda and Hippo was updated as well.

Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
Punchout Bullcolor2.png
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Bald Bull has purple colored shorts and boots in the Major Circuit, and blue ones in the World Circuit. In Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! he always wears light blue.


Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!/Punch-Out!!
AND AND AND AND "Great fighting"?

Even more Engrish fixing was done to the regular victory screen. The Japanese version of the game is quite confused on who it should be congratulating.

Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!/Punch-Out!!
Good for you! Daddy, I found the key to our home!

The newspaper at the end of the game was changed to tell the player how to fight Mike Tyson/Mr. Dream, added a password for the Super Macho Man match, had its Engrish fixed, and changed the exclamation mark to be more blocky.

Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!/Punch-Out!!
The most encouraging words ever. Miketysonpunchout losematch.png

You guessed it, more Engrish and second-person fixing.

Punch-Out!! (Japan) Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!/Punch-Out!!
The McMac is back, but only for a limited time! Miketysonpunchout gameover.png

And here, too.

Revisional Differences

To do:
  • Document the PlayChoice-10 version, which has battery back-up and some other changes.
  • There's a glitch in the Super Macho Man fight that softlocks the game that was fixed in later revisions, add that here too.

When Nintendo's license to use Mike Tyson's name and likeness expired, a different version of the game was released, replacing Tyson with a generic character named Mr. Dream. While this version is pretty rare on cartridge compared to the Tyson version, the Animal Crossing and Virtual Console versions of Punch-Out!! use this version of the game.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Featuring the ear biter himself! Again! Back to boring

The updated version removes MIKE TYSON'S from the title screen, as well as the "MIKE IS WAITING FOR YOUR CHALLENGE!!" screen. A second copyright year, dated 1990, was added.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Miketysonpunchout introcutscene2.png Miketysonpunchout introcutscene3.png

In with the Dream, out with the Mike.

Mr. Dream

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Miketysonpunchout tyson.png If Mr. Dream appeared in a Kirby game, that would be the most groanworthy cameo ever.

And here is Mr. Dream himself. He's basically just a palette and head swap of Mike Tyson, although at the same time based on former undefeated record-holder Rocky Marciano.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
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The pre-fight stats were changed for Mr. Dream, making them less realistic and more mysterious.

Virtual Console

Piston Honda's quote in the NES versions, "Where is the NHK TV camera? Hello Tokyo!" was changed in the Virtual Console version to "Where is my camera crew? Hello Tokyo!". NHK is an actual broadcasting company in Japan.

Unused Music/Sounds

King Hippo's Theme Song

When used in the actual game, there are sound effects playing as King Hippo opens his mouth, this is the underlying track with no sound effects covering it up.

Soda Popinski's Theme Song

When played back in the actual game, the first note is missing for some reason.

"Oof" Sound Effect from Zelda II

The "Oof" DMC sample from Kung Fu and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link appears in the sound effects amongst the laugh sound effects.