Weirdness: Mike Tyson Was Rubbish at Punch-Out!!
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
"I couldn't even beat Glass f****** Joe"
While some games, particularly in the '80s and '90s, proudly showed off a celebrity likeness or name to sell copies, that doesn't mean that those famous people even liked those games. In the case of Mike Tyson, he was so hopeless at his own part of NES history that it seems irrelevant whether he actually enjoyed it or not.
Of course, some of you may know the original NES title as Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, but it was originally released as Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! in 1987, before the expiry of the license in 1990 leading to it being renamed and Tyson removed as the final opponent. For some, any debate about the Punch Out!! series refers to the original with the Mike Tyson name.
In a fairly humourous 20-second interview, Mike Tyson is tagged by TMZ, the celebrity gossip site that grabs famous people on the street either looking for a tasty soundbite or hoping for something controversial to happen. When asked about the NES classic, Tyson left no doubt as to his credentials when playing the game.
"I couldn't even beat Glass f****** Joe. I couldn't beat Glass Joe, you know what I mean, I couldn't even play the game.
I'm a late bloomer. I started playing games in 2006, 2007.
By the sounds of it the former Heavyweight boxer doesn't even play many games now, citing "Tour or Duty" and games with zombies as his favourites.
Hopefully we'll get John Madden's perspective on the series of games using his name and commentary, too. Was he any good at John Madden Football on the Apple II?