It was time to fight Tyson once and for all and I wasn’t the brave one who dared to pick up that NES control. One of my early childhood friend’s whose name is once again a blank to me, typed in the code and pressed start to confirm it as we all stood back to watch (let’s say his name is Timmy the Turtle) him get murdered by what we believed to be the best boxer in the world. Timmy the Turtle was in his corner staring at how HUGE Tyson was on the television…Mario called “Fight!” This was it, Timmy the Turtle was face to face to the ogre who terrorized us for the last few weeks, taunting us on how weak we were not reaching him. Timmy the Turtle will bury you Tyson! Timmy the Turtle will Prevail!!
A few seconds later, I’m almost confident our jaws had dropped and said, “What the Hell?!” when Tyson threw an uppercut into Timmy the Turtle’s little face knocking him out cold. Just one connecting punch from Tyson meant certain doom for the player. We must have passed the control all through out the day, not even forcing Tyson to the mat. It was hopeless. I had giving up on trying to beat Mike Tyson. My childhood dreams of becoming a professional boxer had been crushed. We returned the game back and proclaimed the game retired from our block.
It was now 1991, moving on with my life and trying not to remember the weeks I wasted on “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!,” Mike Tyson was mentioned on the News; he was accused of raping a woman. Tyson went on trial in Indiana charged with the rape of a Miss Black America Contest contestant named Desiree Washington on January 27, 1991. Tyson was found guilty of the rape on February 10 and was imprisoned for 3 years (Under Indiana law, a defendant convicted of a felony must begin serving his prison sentence immedately after the sentence is imposed). As a result, Tyson did not fight again until 1995.
A few weeks later South Park Video had a new game on the NES shelve, “Punch-Out!!.” I picked up the box and read the description on the back to find out the difference between “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!” and just plain old “Punch-Out!!.” In this 1991 version, Mike Tyson wasn’t featured at all, being replaced with a character named “Mr. Dream.” Considering the fact that Tyson was in a whole lot of trouble, Nintendo perhaps felt it would be best if they re-released the game to clear their name of sponsoring a criminal. I rented it just to see if it had any major differences.
Besides the introduction and the obvious absence of Tyson’s ugly face, the game was exactly the same. Even the continue code that brought you to Tyson’s ring worked, although it wasn’t Tyson who is waiting for the player to reach the end of the game, its Mr. Dream!
Apparently Mr. Dream is from Dreamland; his age is unknown and weighs in at 235 lbs. Did I mention he’s white? He’s white.
I hope Nintendo didn’t think that gamers would realize that Mr. Dream is the EXACT same outline as Mike Tyson’s character in the game, only filling the skin with a light peach color instead of dark brown. Though, I do have to give credit where credit is due. Nintendo did in fact spend a good ten minutes creating a new crew-cut white man face to replace Tyson’s. TA DA! A brand new GAME! What garbage! What sucked more was when I finally stepped into the ring with Mr. Dream, the game’s programming still had that one punch knock out Tyson had. I now had two characters that I would have never defeated until 1997, when I download my first NES emulator. If it wasn’t for your save options Nesticle, I would have never seen the credits of “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!” and just plain old “Punch-Out!!.” I thank you Fecal Lord and the rest of the Bloodlust programmers, I can now hold my head up high when I enter an arcade and say, “I’ve beaten Mike Tyson and Mr. Dream!”