Game music of the Day: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

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August 26, 2010

Game: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
Song: Training / Credits
Composers: Yukio Kaneoka, Akito Nakatsuka, Kenji Yamamoto


Above: You’re already humming it – now LISTEN!

That’s right, bitches! MIKE TYSON’S Punch-Out!! (<- Nintendo’s emphasis) I don’t care what he’s done, who he’s threatened or forcibly molested… the man sold me hook, line and cliché on the only boxing series I’ll ever truly care about. Japanese folks may have no idea what I’m talking about because he wasn’t on their original cartridge or in the arcade versions, but even Europeans will now and forever associate this sweetest science game ever to exist with Iron Mike. I know I am right… for I have proof.

Above: Call it anything else and you’re simple lying to yourself

In addition to Tyson, no grating announcer voice, and fewer racially insensitive characters, here’s another thing the NES version had that the arcades didn’t: MOAR MUSIC! Most sports titles at that time have little more than an anthem and a couple of fanfare jingles. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, however, had full blown songs good-God-damned great, not only would they never be forgotten, even new gamers introduced to the jam years later cannot escape its charm.

Don’t believe me? Check this :45 second clip from TalkRadar 113’s community segment, where we play your phone calls to the TalkRadar hotline LIVE on the show (CALL NOW! 1-877-404-1337 Ext. 327) What’s clearly a young listener, born loooong after 1987, calls in to find the name of a mysterious song he can’t seem to get out of his head. Oh, what could it be?!?!


Yes, our filthy, stupid podcast can take partial credit, as we play a shit ton of classic game music week in and week out. But more than a little credit also goes to Nintendo itself. I’ve heard several dozen remixes of Punch-Out!! songs - be they from professional musicians or about *cough* stolen bikes - but none of them compare to the version Nintendo revamped for 2009’s phenomenally overlooked Punch-Out!!

Above: Will make you want to run out and start a montage

That song invokes every bit of reverence and concentrated joy I get from the original and it’s recorded with the utmost competence thanks to what I’m guessing was a sizable budget. I couldn’t stop playing the Wii game’s music on our podcast, due mostly to the fact that each fighter has the tune wonderfully remixed to their specific ethnicity.You can hear those and more Punch-Out!! SFX reverence in TalkRadar 52.

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