“Nintendo Classics Reissued!” - Nintendo Power #18 [Nov/Dec 1990]
It’s funny — I’ve always thought that Nintendo removed Mike Tyson from this classic title due to the boxer facing rape charges.
As it would turn out, this blurb in Nintendo Power was absolutely correct as they removed Tyson and replaced him with Mr. Dream for a limited number of new cartridges. However, Mike Tyson’s arrest and incarceration DID put the breaks on an official Punch-Out!! sequel that was in the works.
Soon after the release of Punch-Out!!, Beam Software began developing an official sequel starring Mike Tyson with manager Don King. Originally titled Mike Tyson’s Intergalactic Power Punch, the game was supposed to take the series into outer space where Tyson would participate in an intergalactic boxing tournament against various space aliens.
The game’s production ran into immediate trouble, however, following Tyson’s incarceration for the rape of Desiree Washington. Beam changed the Tyson character’s name to Mark Tyler and modified King but did little to change Tyson’s in-game character sprite.
Nintendo saw the game and disliked it, refusing to publish it due to lack of quality. Eventually, American Softworks Corp. published the title, and the game was released on the NES as Power Punch II, despite the fact that it was the first Power Punch title.
If you’re thinking about searching for a Power Punch II ROM, I wouldn’t waste my time. I remember renting it back in the day and thinking it was absolute garbage. I can see why Nintendo didn’t want it published and tied to their boxing franchise.
Neo Geo X Gold Coming December
If there’s one company I never thought I would hear about releasing a console, I’d have to say that it’s definitely SNK Playmore.
But looks like that’s the case. The company is prepping to launch a new home and portable console combo this year.
More details after the break.
I am not too much of a fighter fan anymore, so I am not sure why this is so exciting aside from new Metal Slug possibilities, but I am pretty interested in this.
“We might be living in the era of the 99 cent app, but there’s stilly plenty of magic to be had for a quarter.”
Andy, you should look for one of these.
OH SHIT! Hideo Kojima Confirms Metal Gear Solid 5!
Not like we didn’t see it coming, but holy shit!
From The Escapist:
“On the topic ofMetal Gear Solid 5, I can tell you two things,” Kojima told the French publisher IG Magazine. “There will be more infiltration, spying, and convincing people to do you ‘a favor’ than in the previousMGS. I loved the idea of the social interactions inDeus Ex: Human Revolutionthat we’ve seen. And if I say more about it, the ninja PR woman behind the door will chop me into pieces.”
Kojima also noted that the new game will not be directly connected to the upcomingMetal Gear Rising. “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeancenever pretended to beMetal Gear Solid,” Kojima said. “It’s not a game about our beloved Solid Snake. It’s a spin-off that tries something different. We haven’t seen the last of Solid Snake, despite the fact that I wanted to let him die at the end ofGuns of the Patriots.”
The addition of conversation trees would be a welcome addition to the series. Since the biggest criticism of MGS4 was its lengthy cutscenes, replacing them with social interactions players can control would go a long way towards restoring a sense of agency for the series. The concept is also a natural fit for a series dealing with stealth and infiltration, as Deus Ex: Human Revolution proved.
Kojima also says MGS5 will be running on the Fox Engine which itself just looks plain bananas. MGS games are insanely replayable as it is, so it’ll be cool to see how Kojima throws social interactions into the mix. Idunno about you guys, but I’d totally be down for Solid Snake’s final mission to have like 11 different endings.
In case you missed it: Check out that one time I met Hideo Kojima and gave him a Munny!