Last night I fired up Punch-Out on the Switch Online service. Or rather, Punch-Out featuring Mr. Dream. Of course, as a kid we knew this game as Mike Tyson's Punch-Out. But y'know. Licensing and all that. Whatever. This game was HUGE when I was a kid. Like, I remember even my uncle who wasn't a 'gamer' bought a NES and this was one of his only games for it. And I'll be honest, I've played the SNES and Wii sequels over the years, and didn't think either one was nearly as good. Come at me if you wish.
Nostalgia hit me last night playing this. It occurred to me that the last time I had played it was almost exactly ten years ago. My wife and I had just moved into a cute one bedroom apartment. I didn't want to hog the TV with video games, so I had found some weird third party accessory to hook up my Gamecube to my computer monitor - which was a bulky second-hand CRT at the time. And I remember getting an Action Replay just to unlock all the NES games in Animal Crossing. And I played the hell out of Punch-Out this way. Weird times.
One thing I've gotta say playing this game in 2019 is damn, those BIG sprites look amazing on NES. I mean, really, I think I had forgotten just how impressively animated those characters are. Good stuff. "Puzzle"-wise, I was impressed with myself. For a game I hadn't played in ten years I was surprised how many of the tells and moves that I remembered. I got up to the first Bald Bull fight without a knockdown.
I'll be honest, I used save states between rounds for continues. Whatever. This is a game I've played plenty in the past, so I'm not too serious about playing it "right," as much as just re-experiencing. But I was able to pretty briskly move along up to Mr. Sandman who totally wrecked me. I THINK that in my younger days I was able to beat him and get up to Super Macho Man. But my memory is fuzzy. I know the only time I fought Tyson was via the code that brings you straight there. And he destroyed me. Anyway, this is still a great great game. Totally holds up today.