Nearly 30 years after it was released, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! is the gift that keeps on giving.
Much like its pugilist hero, Little Mac, players keep punching away at the 1987 Nintendo Entertainment System classic, and every so often, they actually hit something. In 2009, one of the game’s developers revealed a secret visual cue that would allow you to knock out Bald Bull in one punch – just watch the camera flashes – and added there are still “a lot of hidden elements” in the game. And it turns out, he wasn’t joking.
Over the weekend, one intrepid Redditor revealed another Punch-Out!! Easter Egg, one that involves Bald Bull (again), Piston Honda and a bearded fan in the front row. Basically, when you’re fighting either guy for the second time, keep your eyes trained on the crowd – when the dude with the beard ducks, you punch. And if you time it just right, Bull and Honda will hit the deck just like Mike Tyson on a hoverboard
Now might be a good time to remind you that there are things called emulators that allow you to play classics like Punch-Out!! without dropping $60 on eBay. Just be prepared for some slight differences in gameplay, because much like Iron Mike, nothing can compare to the original – just ask any kid who ended up facing Mr. Dream.