Little Mac: A 17-year-old fighter from the Bronx in New York. He loves nothing better than a tough challenge.
Doc Louis: An ex-heavyweight who was a famous hard hitter in the U.S. around 1954.
It all began one day when Little Mac and Doc Louis met
by chance. Doc became Mac's trainer, teaching him
everything there is to know about boxing. Doc and Mac's
story continues over a seemingly endless path, until
one day a champion is born.
--From the NES Punch-Out! instruction manual.
Overview: Mike Tyson's Punch-out without Mike Tyson? Yes. This version has Mr. Dream. Mr Dream is the same as Mike, but he just looks different. Punch Out is a lot of fun even though it is not as popular as its Mike Tyson counterpart. Punch Out is one of the the most popular classic games we have. It was rated the 17th best game made on a Nintendo System in Nintendo Power's Top 200 Games list. GameSpot has also placed it among the best games of all time. It can be a pretty tough game as you get higher in rank. The graphics are colorful, and well drawn. The gameplay is nice except that sometimes there is a little glitch that happens, and it makes the game speed up for a few seconds. The music is very catchy and exciting. The sound effects are fairly real and they are right on time. The controls are responsive too, which is nice because you don't want any hesitation when it comes to a boxing match. It has a very appealling story, I mean who doesn't want to be the heavyweight champion of the world?
Directions: The game features a boxer named Little Mac working his way up the professional boxing circuits, facing a series of colorful, fictional boxers, leading to a final fight with Mr. Dream. The video game incarnation of Tyson was named the 25th most diabolical video game villain of all time by PC World. Mr. Dream is exact copy of him but he looks different. The game requires good reflexes in reaction to the computer-controlled boxers' moves, as the more advanced boxers give very little indication of their coming moves. Punch-Out!! incorporates enough variety to be a challenge to even the most experienced of players. However, Punch-Out!! can be mastered by learning the computer-controlled boxers' consistent patterns.
Little Mac has a limited repertoire compared to most of his opponents. His punches are limited to left and right jabs, left and right body blows, and a powerful uppercut. The uppercut can only be used once the player earns a star, which can only be accomplished by counter-punching the opponent directly before or after certain attacks are launched. For defensive techniques, Mac can dodge left or right, duck, and block attacks.
Little Mac also has a heart meter, which decreases by three upon being struck by an opponent and one upon blocking an attack or an opponent blocking the player's attack. When the heart meter decreases to zero, Little Mac temporarily turns pink and appears exhausted; leaving the player unable to attack, but still able to defend. If Mac is able to successfully avoid his opponent's attacks, the player regains a few hearts and Little Mac reverts to his original palette. Mac will remain exhausted until he has successfully defended against an opponent's move. If Little Mac loses the match, he must restart the match over or drop one rank. If Little Mac has lost three times, the game is over. (The game ends if Little Mac loses the match with Mr. Dream once).
Doc Louis serves as Little Mac's faithful trainer and corner man; he gives advice between rounds on how to defeat Mac's opponent.