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Video Games and Boxing: A Look Back

Updated on November 1, 2016

Trading Punches

Mike Tyson's Punch Out was a video game for the Nintendo Entertainment system. Your character is lil Mac and he boxes past several guys until he gets to Iron Mike.
Mike Tyson's Punch Out was a video game for the Nintendo Entertainment system. Your character is lil Mac and he boxes past several guys until he gets to Iron Mike. | Source
Fight Night Champion is the first ever boxing video game to be rated m. It can be played in career mode or story mode.
Fight Night Champion is the first ever boxing video game to be rated m. It can be played in career mode or story mode. | Source
Don King's Prizefighter was made exclusively for the Xbox 360 and it features boxers that were promoted by Don King.
Don King's Prizefighter was made exclusively for the Xbox 360 and it features boxers that were promoted by Don King. | Source

Boxing Video Games in The 70s and 80s

1. Boxing: The first boxing game was made in 1980 and it features two boxers. The way to win is the first player to land 100 punches or land the most punches in two minutes time. The graphics were poor but it was addicting for its time. It set a trend that has kept boxing games coming out constantly over the decades.

2. Mike Tyson's Punch Out: This game has been renamed punch out and it was released for the Nintendo 8 bit gaming system in 1987. The game features oddly created characters specifically for the game. Your character is Lil Mac and he fights through a slew of boxers in order to get a title shot against Iron Mike Tyson. Other than Tyson the opponents are very odd and there are tricks to beating them.

3. Ring Kings: This specific game came out on the Nintendo in 1987 and featured boxers moving all around the ring throwing punches from all angles. Your boxer throws hooks, uppercuts, jabs and crosses. It was the first boxing game that allowed boxers to circle the ring.

4. Real Sports Boxing: This particular game came out in 1987 and was developed for the Atari 2600. A one or two player game featuring four boxers and complete ring movements. It is the 1st Atari game that let's the boxers circle the ring. For the time it was a breakthrough in home gaming.

5. Champion Boxing: This is an arcade game made by Sega. It came out in 1984 and features great color graphics and fun game play. You have eight opponents to defeat to become the Champion. It is a short, easy game but it will get you hooked regardless.

Please let me know what your all time favorite boxing video game is and why by leaving your thoughts in the comments box located at the bottom of this hub.

Boxing Video Games of The 90's

1. Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing: This game had great ring movement and a vast array of punches to throw. One flaw was that other than Holyfield all characters were old fighters from the past or made up boxers. The game did not feature current top boxers besides Holyfield bit on the other hand it was just plain fun. Plain and simple. Fun for hours on end.

2. Prizefighter: The first and ever full motion boxing game was on the Sega CD. The entire game including the bouts were in full motion video. The game is in first person point of view. The game has a story line and shows the crooked side of Boxing. Back room shady deals and managers and trainers being bullied in the locker room are the order of the day in this unique boxing video game.

3. Boxing Legends of The Ring: This game was on the Sega Genesis and features some of the best Heavyweight boxers ever. The game had great sound and game play. It was similar to Holyfield Boxing in graphics and game play. It was however, nice for boxing fans to compete against Joe Frazier, Floyd Patterson and others during their rise to the top.

4. Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Boxing: This 2D game has 3D rendered Graphics so that you glide seamlessly across the ring as it rotates. Fun game that features Ali and 9 fictional fighters from across the globe. The game lets you punch to the head and body with hooks, jabs and uppercuts.

5. TKO Super Championship Boxing: The game has 13 fighters and a career mode. This game was exclusively for the Super Nintendo and it was a one or two player game. The characters are comical and the punches are outrageous but the game itself is hard to put down.

Boxing Video Games of The 2000s

1. Fight Night Champion: This is the first and ever rated M boxing game. It has career mode and the all new story mode. In story mode your character starts boxing in prison before turning professional. The music soundtrack and graphics are top notch.

2. Fight Night Round 4: The first game since Punch Out to feature Iron Mike Tyson. Real boxers in 6 weight classes plus career mode and this game has all the fouls such as low blow, head butt and the knee. Fights can be stopped because of cuts and facial swelling.

3. Don King's Prizefighter: This game has average game play but great sound and graphics. If your a hard core boxing fan this is a great game because of the roster of boxers the game features. It also features classic boxers from the past. The only thing about this game that sucks is that it's only available on one gaming system.

4. Fight Night Round 3: This game was for the Xbox 360 and the PS3 and had new features for the series like ESPN Classics which shows video of historic fights and in this game the more popular you are the better chance you get to fight on television.

5. Ready to Rumble Revolution: Atari made this game for the Wii and it has become a house hold favorite. This game stinks in my eyes due to fake boxers and complicated controls. On the other hand using the hands free Wii is rather cool.

Boxing Games

Don King's Prizefighter

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Enjoyed this look back. The last one I played was Evander Holyfield on Sega, what a great game! Voted up and awesome!

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