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October 1, 1987: Nintendo Releases Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out

Mike Tyson's Punch-OutOn this day in 1987, Nintendo released “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out.” This video game was one of the most popular of the 1980s and has evolved over the years.

Nintendo signed a three-year deal to use Tyson’s likeness for the game where the player is Little Mac, a contender working his way up the boxing circuit. Mac’s final opponent is Tyson, who throws uppercuts that will put a fighter down in one punch.

Tyson’s contract with Nintendo expired after three years and was not renewed. He was replaced by Mr. Dream, who did the same things Tyson did.

Nintendo has since released a version of “Punch-Out”  for each new console it issues. The Wii version allows the player to actually box the opponents.

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