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Punch-Out!! (NES)

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Punch-Out!! (NES)
Punch-Out!!'s original box artwork.
Developer(s) Nintendo R&D3
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Released USA October 1987
Japan November 21, 1987
Europe December 15, 1987
Genre(s) Sports, Fighting
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System
Virtual Console
Article on Wikipedia Punch-Out!! (NES)

Punch-Out!! (パンチアウト!!, Punch-Out!!) for the NES is the first home console installment in the Punch-Out!! franchise of boxing games, and the third game in the series overall, after the arcade Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!!. It was released in three successive versions: a contest-only version in Japan named Punch-Out!!; a licensed release named Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! which added real-life boxer Mike Tyson as a bonus opponent; and finally Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, which replaced Tyson with a generic character due to the license having expired.

While the arcade Punch-Out!! games used a wireframe model to show the player character from behind while keeping his opponent visible, the NES was not capable of such graphics. Instead, the developers opted to make the player character small enough to see over. This resulted in a comically short protagonist who had to jump up to hit his opponents' faces; he was thus dubbed Little Mac and characterized as a plucky underdog. In later appearances, Mac's short stature would be less exaggerated, though it remained a defining trait.

Gameplay in Punch-Out!! revolves mainly around dodging and countering opponents' attacks, as if Little Mac attacks aggressively, his strikes will be blocked and he will tire out. Well-timed blows reward the player with stars, which can be used to unleash a powerful Star Punch. The game features a variety of quirky boxers to fight, each with unique attack patterns.

Though it was eventually followed by sequels for the SNES and Wii, the NES installment of Punch-Out!!, and in particular the Mike Tyson edition, remains the most popular and well-known game in the series by a considerable margin.

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Little Mac punches Glass Joe in Punch-Out!!.

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream appears as a masterpiece in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. It is unlocked after the player clears the No Mere Sparring Match event on Normal difficulty or higher.


Little Mac's first named appearance was in this game. However, Smash seems to somewhat conflate Little Mac with the unnamed, differently designed protagonist of the Punch-Out!! arcade titles, giving him an alternate wireframe design and promotional artwork based on the arcade cabinets. Little Mac's trainer, Doc Louis, also debuted in this game.


The training theme that plays whenever Little Mac is jogging, as well as the main Circuit theme, play on the Boxing Ring stage.


In Brawl[edit]

Name Picture Description
Little Mac Little Mac trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. North America A lightweight scrapper from the Bronx. After meeting with a former boxing great named Doc Louis who fell from glory, Mac takes Doc on as his coach, and together the pair try for the championship belt in the WVBA. Little Mac works his way up the ranks of the WVBA, taking out foes several times his size. By landing multiple blows, Little Mac gains a "☆" uppercut.
Europe A lightweight scrapper from the Bronx. After meeting with a former boxing great named Doc Louis who fell from glory, Mac takes Doc on as his coach and tries for the championship belt in the WVBA. Little Mac works his way up the ranks, taking out foes several times his size. If he saves up the ☆'s he gets from hitting his opponent, he can throw a powerful uppercut.
NES: Punch-Out!!

In Smash 4[edit]

Both Versions[edit]
Name Picture Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Picture Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Description
Little Mac
LittleMacTrophy3DS.png LittleMacTrophyWiiU.png

NTSC This little boxer from the Punch-Out!! series makes up in heart what he lacks in height. He wasn't afraid to take on the boxing champs, and he's not afraid of the Nintendo stars. In Smash Bros., he packs a serious punch. When his KO Meter fills up, wade in and trigger a devastating uppercut.

PAL The little guy from Punch-Out!! has come a long way since his humble beginnings fighting the almost literal boxing giants. Above his damage display, you'll notice he has a little meter that fills up as he fights. When it's full, you'll see a flashing "KO" there. That means you can unleash a devastating uppercut!

NES: Punch-Out!! (10/1987)
Wii: Punch-Out!! (05/2009)

Little Mac (Alt.)
LittleMacAltTrophy3DS.png LittleMacAltTrophyWiiU.png

NTSC No matter his opponent, Little Mac always puts his best fist forward. He enters a charge state before unleashing his Straight Lunge special and can unleash it while charging by pressing the button again. He won't flinch while charging. At max charge, the launching power of this move is scary!

PAL Little Mac always puts his best fist forward, especially when you use Straight Lunge! You start by charging, then unleash the punch whenever you press the button again. Charge it to the max and its launching power is formidable! Also, attacks won't make you flinch while you're charging or once you've fully charged the move.

NES: Punch-Out!! (10/1987)
Wii: Punch-Out!! (05/2009)

Doc Louis
Fighter Related
DocLouisTrophy3DS.png DocLouisTrophyWiiU.png

NTSC Every great boxer needs a capable teacher. Little Mac lucked out with former famous heavyweight Doc Louis. If he's not eating his favorite chocolate bar or making jokes, he's sparring with Little Mac. He'll gladly take a knockout blow from Little Mac if it will help the boxer make it big!

PAL Behind every great boxer is a first-class coach, and energetic former heavy-weight champion Doc Louis is Little Mac's. Now and then, he'll put his chocolate bar down, his game face on, and spar with Little Mac, throwing punches just like in his glory days. No one's happier to take a knockout blow from Little Mac than Doc Louis!

NES: Punch-Out!! (10/1987)
Wii: Punch-Out!! (05/2009)

Glass Joe
Series Related
GlassJoeTrophy3DS.png GlassJoeTrophyWiiU.png

NTSC It's either very brave or very silly for a boxer to have a name so close to "glass jaw." When this French boxer takes a serious hit, he'll see croissants instead of stars. To his credit, Glass Joe never gives up—he's lost more bouts than most have fought in, and yet he never surrenders.

PAL Glass Joe might not sound exactly like 'glass jaw', but you've got to admit, it takes guts to go into the ring with a name that tells everyone your weak point. Knock him out'll rain croissants. Weird things aside, there's one thing you can say about Glass Joe: he's a man who doesn't give up, no matter how many times he loses.

Punch-Out!! (1984)
NES: Punch-Out!! (10/1987)

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]
Name Picture Description
Von Kaiser
Series Related

NTSC The oldest boxer Little Mac faces, Von Kaiser is still a formidable foe at 42 years old. Despite getting a new haircut, he hasn't lost the habit of shaking his head before throwing a punch. Be careful, though - right after getting knocked down, he'll focus himself and launch a spinning punch at you!

PAL At 42, this German boxer is the oldest on the circuit. He may have changed is haircut, but nothing's changed about his habit of shaking his head right before he throws a punch. If you knock him down he'll come back at you with a spinning punch as soon as he gets up again, so stay on your toes!

NES: Punch-Out!! (10/1987)
Wii: Punch-Out!! (05/2009)

Piston Hondo
Series Related

NTSC This classy Japanese boxer bows before every match. He's so polite, in fact, that he cues you to his oncoming attack by twitching his eyebrows. Landing solid hits on him will pit him in a daze. He must have forgotten to eat before the match - instead of little birdies, Piston sees sushi floating around his head!

PAL This classy Japanese boxer bows before every match. He's so polite, in fact, that he lets you know when he's about to attack by twitching his eyebrows. Land solid hits on him, and sushi will fly out from...somewhere... it's just an illusion though, so you can't eat it. Sad times.

NES: Punch-Out!! (10/1987)
Wii: Punch-Out!! (05/2009)

Don Flamenco
Series Related

NTSC This passionate boxer from Madrid fights in a style reminiscent of a flamenco dancer. His special move Rose Flurry is a burst of hooks followed by a right-handed uppercut. You'll do more than just make his hair stand on end if you land a powerful blow, and the combination of anger and embarrassment will really get him worked up.

PAL This passionate boxer from Madrid fights in a style reminiscent of - yep, you guessed it - flamenco dancing. His favorite move, Rose Flurry, is a combo of hooks followed by a lethal uppercut. He's at his most dangerous, though, if you knock a certain something off his head. Ohhh, yes - that really gets him worked up!

NES: Punch-Out!! (10/1987)
Wii: Punch-Out!! (05/2009)

King Hippo
Series Related

NTSC If King Hippo was the star of Punch-Out!!, his size would completely hide his opponent from view. As it is, this big boxer can be defeated if you can just get him on the ground; he's unable to get back up under his own power. If you get through his defenses, you'll have him dreaming of his home on Hippo Island.

PAL Do you think the spectators sitting behind King Hippo can even see Little Mac at all? This fighter's so heavy, he can't even get up onto his own two feet by himself! Knock him down once, and the fight's in the bag. You just need to wear him down, and before you know it, you'll have him on the floor dreaming of his South Pacific home.

NES: Punch-Out!! (10/1987)
Wii: Punch-Out!! (05/2009)

Great Tiger
Series Related

NTSC Great Tiger is a magician and a boxer, hailing from India. He's worked more than a few tricks into his style, floating about and disappearing as he pleases. The audience probably didn't realize they were getting a combination magic/boxing show when they sat down! Try not to let his cloning trick fool you too badly...

PAL Great Tiger is an Indian boxer and a skilled magician. He can float in the air, disappear, make copies of himself - it all seems just a little bit unfair. The audience might start to wonder whether they came to watch a magic show instead of a boxing match! Maybe they should just count themselves lucky that they can see both at once.

NES: Punch-Out!! (10/1987)
Wii: Punch-Out!! (05/2009)

Soda Popinski
Series Related

NTSC This Russian boxer just can't get enough fizzy soda. He takes cases with him everywhere, even into the ring! He'll down a bottle before a match and even try for sips during your fight! He's not just thirsty- that soda helps him recover from your blows! It's best to interrupt him, but he probably won't appreciate that.

PAL A Russian boxer who loves the delicious taste of soda. He brings whole cases of it to the ringside to drink before each match. And, er...during matches as well. In fact, even after he's been knocked out, he still gropes around for his soda bottle! Try not to let him drink too much, though - that soda helps him recover from your blows!

NES: Punch-Out!! (10/1987)
Wii: Punch-Out!! (05/2009)



No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability
Von Kaiser
Von Kaiser
1 943 4721 590 2951 317 1589 Fist Attack ↑
from the game files
Don Flamenco
★★ 2 1727 6956 897 3612 764 3077 Weight ↓


No. Image Name Class Cost Ability
from the game files
King Hippo ★★★ 1 Shield Durability ↑
Piston hondo
Piston Hondo 1 Fist Attack ↑


No. Image Name Facility Location Music
SSBU spirit Doc Louis.png
Doc Louis Gym

Level up without using snacks

In the Light Realm Minor Circuit (Original)