If you grew up in the late eighties or early nineties playing video games then Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out on the Nintendo Entertainment System should bring back a ton of memories. This game is now a cult classic and back in 1987 was the 1st of the Punch-Out series to appear on a console. I remember the first time I played as a kid and was instantly hooked at the quirky cast of boxing characters your character Little Mac had to beat. Who could forget the first time you saw King Hippo appear and laugh your face off when you saw a punch drop his shorts for the first time.

All the boxing characters that appear in the 1987 version of Punch-Out are great and each brings a unique style and personality to the game. In total there are 23 matches featuring 14 fighters in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, this includes Little Mac the main boxer of the game that you control. You compete in 3 boxing circuits – The Minor Circuit, The Major Circuit and The World Circuit.

Here is the list of all characters that appear in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out on the Nintendo system.

Minor Circuit Characters

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#1 – Glass Joe

Difficulty: Easy
Record: 1-99
Speciality Move: Taunt Punch

Glass Joe is the first character Little Mac has to take on in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. He is not much competition and has the weakest chin in the game. You can use him as practice to perfect your dodging and punching counter attacks.

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#2 – Von Kaiser

Difficulty: Easy
Record: 23-13
Speciality Move: Right Uppercut

The German fighter Von Kaiser is challenger #2 for Little Mac and like Glass Joe provides little resistance. The knock kneed Kaiser is a bit of challenge to new players who haven’t mastered dodging yet but becomes easy prey as you learn the game.

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#3 – Piston Honda

Difficulty: Easy
Record: 21-1
Speciality Move: Honda Rush Attack

Little Mac’s first big challenge comes in the 1st meeting with Piston Honda. His punches hit hard especially if he catches you with one of his uppercuts. He has a speciality jab combination called the Honda Rush and if he catches you with those it can be game over.

Major Circuit Characters

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#4 – Don Flamenco

Difficulty: Normal
Record: 22-3
Speciality Move: Flamenco Uppercut

The Spanish ladies man Don Flamenco is first up for Little Mac on the Major circuit. He’s a quirky character that taunts you until you throw the first punch. He will then unleash a monster uppercut that can be easily dodged with experience. He’s the quickest guy you can KO if you can master the timing.

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#5 – King Hippo

Difficulty: Normal
Record: 18-9
Speciality Move: Hippo Rush

One of my personal favorite characters in the game and the funniest hands down. He’s got a big mouth, big gut and big shorts. The latter being the key to victory. His oversized shorts will hit the ground with the right punch and when he goes to pick them up Little Mac can finish him off. X marks the spot with King Hippo, true diehards will get the reference.

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#6 – Great Tiger

Difficulty: Normal
Record: 24-5
Speciality Move: Teleport Punch

The Great Tiger can be a tough challenge on the Major circuit and it takes some time to perfect beating him. He has a quick left counter jab that is hard to dodge and his teleport punch is a nightmare to contend with the 1st go around. Pay attention to his turban as it tips his punches.

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#7 – Bald Bull

Difficulty: Normal
Record: 34-4
Speciality Move: Bull Charge

One of the most intimidating characters in the game and as a beginner he will give you fits. It took me forever to finally beat Bald Bull and trying to time his Bull Charge attack sent many controllers flying across the room. Here’s a tip – Look to the crowd when he starts charging you, there is a tell of when to throw a punch.

World Circuit Characters

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#8 – Piston Honda

Difficulty: Hard
Record: 26-2
Speciality Move: Honda Rush, Wiggle Uppercut

Piston Honda returns on the Major Circuit for a rematch with Little Mac. He has improved this time around with greater defensive abilities and is much more aggressive.

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#9 – Soda Popinski

Difficulty: Hard
Record: 33-2
Speciality Move: Juke Move Triple Jab

Soda Popinski, originally known as Vodka Drunkenski, is a mountain of a character to defeat in the second match of the world circuit. He has a famous evil laugh which he taunts his opponents with through the match. He can be beaten fairly easily with quick dodge and punch moves but if he catches you it’s a devastating blow to your health.

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#10 – Bald Bull

Difficulty: Hard
Record: 34 – 5
Speciality Move: Bull Charge

Another familiar opponent appears in fight #10 for Little Mac, the menacing Bald Bull. He’s one of the toughest fighters to defeat in the NES version of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. This version of Bald Bull is one tough match and can drive you nuts. He can only get beaten by countering his Bull Charge or a well-timed uppercut.

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#11 – Don Flamenco

Difficulty: Hard
Record: 22 – 4
Speciality Move: Counter Uppercut

Another rematch is up next against the dancing Spaniard Don Flamenco. He is quite annoying this time around as his is defence is much approved. He can often make you go 2 rounds in order to win but for the world circuit he is not that much of a challenge.

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#12 – Mr. Sandman

Difficulty: Hard
Record: 27-2
Speciality Move: Dreamland Express

Now we get to the legendary characters of Tyson’s Punch-Out, the best of the best. First up is the Sandman who has one of the meanest mugs in the game. He’s got an arsenal of punching weapons including rolling jabs and extremely quick and powerful uppercuts called the Dreamland Express. Beating him your first couple times through the game is a formidable task.

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#13 – Super Macho Man

Difficulty: Hard
Record: 35-0
Speciality Move: Macho Spin Punch

Down to the final two challenges in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. The first time facing Macho Man is a learning experience that’s for sure. Although his moves mimic Soda Popinski he’s way tougher to figure out. He has a lightning quick uppercut and a special spinning “Macho Punch” that will knock you into the next decade. Try not to be distracted by his dancing pec muscles.

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#14 – Mike Tyson

Difficulty: Hard
Record: 31-0
Speciality Move: Macho Spin Punch

If you have made it this far than congrats, you have run the gauntlet and get to face the most fierce boxer in the game. The legend Mike Tyson is the toughest character to beat with TKO power on every punch. The first time facing him is nerve racking to say the least and you will likely need 2, 5, 10, 20+ attempts in order to figure out how to beat him.

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