Mike Tyson plays 'Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!' for the very first time (Video)Written by Leroy Cleveland
Nearly iconic as Nintendo itself, both the Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!! arcade games have consistently been ranked among the best games released for the Nintendo Entertainment Platform.
Mike Tyson's Piunch-Out!! debuted in 1987 when Tyson-mania was sweeping the world. The fighter dubbed 'Iron Mike' had become the youngest heavyweight to win a world title the year before and appeared to have the potential to be the best heavyweight since Muhammad Ali and undoubtedly one of the greatest ever.
Glass Joe is a pathetic, uncoordinated bum who serves as the game's first - and easiest - opponent in a series of contenders.
He was spanked by even the most novice of players... except the real Mike Tyson.
Tyson would go 4-0 in 1987 and become the first undisputed heavyweight champion in nine years. Expectations were extremely high for the young champion and he didn't disappoint in the near term.
Nintendo's eventual 1987 release of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! would sell more than a million copies and it was rumored Tyson was paid $50,000 during a three-year period for allowing Nintendo to use his likeness.
In 2012, Tyson revealed in a conference call he'd never played "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!"
It's hard to believe Tyson, who is seen pretending to play the game during its popular TV commercial, had never actually partaken in his own product; something that's almost as American as Pac Man and apple pie for young men raised in the 1970s and 80s.
So how did Mike fair?
Finally, on August 19th, Mike got his first taste of Punch-Out!! Insisting he's a late bloomer who didn't start playing video games until 2006 or 2007, Tyson told TMZ, "I sucked at Punch-Out!! - I couldn't even beat Glass Joe."