Basic Idea: Ignore Doc’s worthless advice, or join the Nintendo Fun Club today!
Review: When we first got this game I wasn’t terribly good at it. I would have trouble with Great Tiger and Bald Bull, and Soda Popinski was often the death of me. I knew what to do, generally, but just couldn’t do it fast enough. One day, like riding a bike, I finally figured out how to do a quick-dodge and punch.
Of course, learning this only helped defeat Super Macho Man and his double-D breasts. Mike Tyson is on a whole other planet. It took me a long time, at least a year or two, before I was able to fell him (perhaps I was inspired by Buster Douglas). There are a select few final bosses on the NES that provide that sense of accomplishment combined with intense relief. Mike Tyson still does that for me today. I can beat him about 40% of the time, and it remains intense. Because no matter how well you’re doing against him, the match can be over at any second. Considering this is exactly how most of his real-life opponents felt while facing him, I think the designers absolutely nailed it.
I still play this game multiple times per year. The cast of characters are funny and unique, maintaining interest through each fight. The learning curve is perfect. And the replayability is off the charts. I’ve won this game multiple times, and the final three opponents (Mr. Sandman, Super Macho Man, and Tyson) still make me sweat.
There’s a cool story about how we figured out how to defeat Bald Bull, but I’ll let my brother tell it.