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Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Don't be thrown off by the unusual name, this is still the 8-bit Punch-Out!! you remember growing up with. After landing himself in prison for rape, Mike Tyson's endorsement was yanked from Nintendo's top-selling boxing game. In this revision Iron Mike has been replaced by Mr. Dream, an equally ferocious foe with a ridiculous nickname. Rating: 85%
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What Is It? Don't be thrown off by the unusual name, this is still the 8-bit Punch-Out!! you remember growing up with. After landing himself in prison for rape, Mike Tyson's endorsement was yanked from Nintendo's top-selling boxing game. In this revision Iron Mike has been replaced by Mr. Dream, an equally ferocious foe with a ridiculous nickname.

Getting past the name, Punch-Out!! marks the third NES game to hit the 3DS Virtual Console. This is also the first NES game to not be part of the Ambassador Program, which came as a surprise. If you can get over the weird name and minor changes, you'll find a totally functional boxing game that requires equal parts skill and memorization. With memorable characters and fast action, this Nintendo boxing game is a real knock out.

Does It Still Hold Up? All things considered, Punch-Out is an extremely short experience. There are only a few boxers and once you've mastered the strategies it's easy to whip through the easier fighters. On the other hand, the graphics are perfectly detailed and the gameplay, while simple, is well thought out. This is the best sports game Nintendo ever made for their 8-bit console and it still holds up a quarter century later.

Is It Worth The Money? Why wasn't this part of Nintendo's 3D Classics line? Of all the games begging to get the 3D makeover, Punch-Out!! has to be at the top of the list. Either way, this port comes as a real surprise. Nintendo looked on track to release all ten of their Ambassador Program games (just like we suggested a month ago) and leave it at that, but the house of Mario had better things in mind. This is Nintendo off script, which gives me hope that 2012 will see a lot of big surprises.
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