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Punch-Out!! on Nes

Cheerful Ghost Games Club is back with Punch-Out!!

In season two of Cheerful Ghost Radio we are doing bite-sized NES Classic review episodes. We want to make you all part of these episodes, so join this event to get in on the discussion for our next NES Classic review, Punch Out!!

Punch Out!! is the first home release in the Punch Out!! series. The first home release starred Mike Tyson as the final boss, but he was later replaced with the dreamy Mr. Dream (basically a palette swap). The game spawned solid sequels on the SNES and Wii, and has kept gamers captivated for decades.

We'll review Punch Out!! in an episode following the event, and include opinions and commentary from people who joined and chatted with us about it.

While we have you here: what kind of games from the NES Classic and SNES Classic would you like to hear us review? Would you prefer the SNES era over the NES era? If you have suggestions, let us know in the comments.
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jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/28/2018 at 03:29am

Can't wait to play this because.. I really haven't and it's on my list of shame which will be remedied very soon!

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/11/2018 at 04:11am

Ok so I recommend people research the controls because some moves are not obvious. For instance when you get a star you can use a super uppercut move but you have to press start to use it. You can also hold select to get more health and that seems to work between rounds so holding that down seems to net you a refill, which is SUPER useful. I hold shift when I get knocked down but it doesn't seem to refill anything there.

https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/nes/563452-punch-out/faqs/48171

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/11/2018 at 04:13am

Also just got to Piston Honda for the first time and took him down a couple times but he is pretty tough. When I got to him for the first time he's so huge it's really intimidating. Plus his fast punch jab fiesta is really hard to dodge if you have no idea it's coming smile

Anyone beat this game before? I've never really played it before now so it's nice to come in fresh.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 04/11/2018 at 08:25pm

I have beaten Tyson once in my life. Every time I replay this I can fairly easily get to Tyson but I’ve only ever managed to take him out once. My heart was pounding out of my chest.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/11/2018 at 08:36pm

Wow. That’s a cool achievement.

Any tips? I’m doing ok but anything would help. Any basic strategy you use to approach the fights?

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 04/11/2018 at 09:20pm

What I almost always do is just sit and wait for a punch. Dodge it, then wail. Do left-right-left-right to get more punches in before they un-stun.

Some of them have more specific things you’ll have to do. I think it’s Bald Bull’s second fight for instance that requires you to gut punch him at just the right time if you want to win the fight. And King Hippo is all gut punches— if you punch him in the face he’ll just brush it off. But generally, wait for the punch then left-right in the face until they recover.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/13/2018 at 03:23am

That's what i'm doing. I think I need to spot the boxer tells better. It's so exact if you're off by a bit it's CURTAINS! CURTAINS I SAY!

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 04/13/2018 at 05:55pm

Yeah, learning the tells is key. I'm going through it and wow, it's been too long. I'm having more trouble than I used to. I've been compiling notes.


  • Glass Joe: So this guy is a pushover. Easy tells. Just dodge and wail on him

  • Von Kaiser: You'll start to notice variety with Kaiser. He has a few different moves with different tells, but it's the same basic idea.

  • Piston Honda: The tells start getting a little quicker here. If he backs off and revs up a punch you can nail him in the stomach to knock him down but if you miss that window be ready to block or dodge.

  • Don Flamenco: Easiest fight in the game. Punch him in the gloves to piss him off, then immediately dodge, then left-right-left-right to the face until he's down and out. He'll only ever throw that one punch and will never un-stun as long as you keep the left-right to the face going.

  • King Hippo: Just keep dodging his punches and don't bother countering until he throws his hand up in the air and opens his mouth. Hit him in the face while his mouth is open and then punch him in the stomach repeatedly until he can get his pants up. Once you knock him down, he won't get back up.

  • Great Tiger: The jab tell is tricky if you don't know what you're looking for. The gem in his turban starts flashing. The other tells are easy. When he starts his teleport punches, just hold in block until it connects, then quickly release and hold block again until he's done. It's not enough to hold in block the whole time, you have to release and re-press.

  • Bald Bull: THIS is where the game gets hard. It's similar to the past few, three moves with different tells, but this guy is fast and hits hard. His special move is the bull charge and you CAN wait until he punches at the end of his charge and counter but I've never really been able to get that to work. You can hit him at just the right moment of his charge to knock him down.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 04/13/2018 at 05:55pm


  • Piston Honda (rematch): This one is easier than the Bald Bull fight but Honda has learned a few tricks since you last faced him. Mostly he's faster now.

  • Soda Popinski: Oof... this guy is rough. His tells are easy to spot but quick, and he hits hard. It's just a matter of getting your dodges in. He has a three jab move that you should probably block-- you'll know it's coming when he starts shuffling his feet. A little trivia: he was originally named Vodka Drunkinski. He's always swigging soda in the NES game but he preferred more adult beverages in the arcade version.

  • Bald Bull (rematch): This match is cheap. You can't knock him down just by emptying his health. The only way to knock him down is to knock him out of his bull charge or hit him with a star punch. Otherwise the strategy is basically the same.

  • Don Flamenco (rematch): The strategy is the same as his first appearance but he DOES recover, which mostly just makes this match annoying rather than difficult.

  • Mr. Sandman: You gotta use body shots on this guy when he's stunned. He'll block face shots. When he flashes get ready to dodge three quick uppercuts. It's not easy.


  • This is where I am right now, the rest from memory:
  • Super Macho Man: Basically the same as Popinski except he has a spin attack you have to worry about. I've always thought he was wasted here because he's easier than Sandman by a mile.

  • Tyson/Mr. Dream: Yeah you're... you're on your own. The tells are clear but his punches come fast and the window to counterattack is so short... it's brutal.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/14/2018 at 04:01pm

Thanks Travis. Still working on Piston, but this helps a lot.

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