Things have been quiet on the retro Nintendo front after the release of Arcade Archives Super Mario Bros. VS, but that silence is now coming to an end with a bang. A right hook bang probably since HAMSTER is releasing the original Punch-Out!! on the 30th March on the Switch eShop!

This double-screen monstrosity is not your NES Punch-Out!!, but a whole different beast. Released in 1983 it introduced (video game) boxing legends Glass Joe, Piston Hurricane, Bald Bull and (Metallica unrelated) Mr Sandman. Complete with digitised speech that keeps encouraging you to not only win, but keep pouring in those quarters as well.

Perhaps one of the lesser known facts about this game is that music composing duties where assigned to one Koji Kondo. We reckon he did quite all-right for himself...

Will you be taking the punches next week when this bona fide piece of Nintendo history arrives on the Switch eShop? Let us know in the comments below...

[via japanesenintendo.com]