A few of the early Kunio games for the NES werelocalized for the North American market. These include Renegade, River City Ransom, Super Dodge Ball, Crash ‘n the Boys: Street Challengeand Nintendo World Cup, which were heavily “Americanized” versions of the Kunio-kun games. Technōs Japan has released over twenty Kunio-kun titles for the Famicom, Game Boy, and Super Famicom in Japan.
After watching that Game Center CX interview with the guy who created Pokemon, I wanted to play some of his other games he mentioned. This game is so much fun. It is like concentration: the action puzzler. It says by Hudson Soft in this video, but really they just distributed it. It was distributed by Namco in Japan, but developed by GameFreak in 1989.
“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.
Journey to Silius (1990)
I like that the primary weapon looks like the zapper.
Swamp Thing (1992)