Mike Tyson might have been the epic final boss of Punch-Out, but he admitted it took him thirteen years to get around to actually playing the video game.
Punchout boxer Soda Popinski was originally known as Vodka Drunkenski in the arcade original.
Mario being the referee was added at the last minute. While Nintendo owned Punch-Out and there was no legal issue, apparently the creators forgot to ask their bosses permission to put the plumber in the game.
Ten thousand Japanese fans who submitted high scores to a golf game were given gold colored cartridges with Punch-Out. Though Super Macho Man was the final boss, not Mike Tyson.
Long before Punch-Out!! on NES, there was the original game of the same name for arcades. It was also one of the earliest games Nintendo ever made. It may not be as realistic as Nintendo claimed, but come on for 1984 what can you expect? The game had a lot in common with its future…