Most games these days, particularly those triple A titles that know they’re going to get a lot of attention, don’t really care about their fans. Instead of focusing on making good, memorable games that would get people to play them years from now, most game developers are just pumping out the same game year after year, with minimal effort put into it, hoping that the players don’t see the difference.
But the player does see the difference, as it’s very obvious from the fact that nobody is still playing mediocre or plainly bad games that came out only a few years ago, like Assassin’s Creed Unity or Rage, but other games that are decades-old are still being enjoyed to the day.
And it’s thanks to dedicated developers like these that we run into situations like how an NES Punch-Out!! Easter egg was discovered after 29 years. The game, known by people who didn’t play it back then as “that old boxing game where you fight Mike Tyson”, was developed by Nintendo in 1987 and released as Punch-Out!! in Japan.
In order to be tied in commercially with the celebrity boxer way before he was accused of anything in the courtrooms, the game was launched as Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! in the United States. Simple enough compared to today’s standards, the game had you compete against an array of boxers before you fought off against ol’ tribal face himself.
But despite its apparent simplicity, the game was frustratingly difficult, as it happened with most games launched in that era. So because of the effort obviously put into the game, as well as because of its timelessness, people are still playing Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! to this day.
Even more, people are still finding Easter eggs. After the late Satoru Iwata revealed in 2009 that there are still Easter eggs to be discovered in the game, even giving up one himself (a camera flash telling you when to duck), a great many fans started looking for what they might have missed.
And a couple of days ago, some 29 years after the game’s original launch, Reddit user midwesternhousewives posted a new Easter egg he discovered. During the second fight with Piston Honda, one of the spectators, a bearded man near the left-hand side of the screen on the bottom row, will duck his head at one point.
If you punch your opponent at that exact moment, Piston Honda will be instantly knocked out. The same hint is also provided during the second fight with Bald Bull, helping you to stop his notorious charge attack with a single punch, while knocking him out. Although obvious after you’ve learned the trick, people have been missing this over the past 29 years.
Additionally, Iwata’s hints in 2009 suggested that there are more hints to be found in the game, so now that one of them was indeed spotted, fans are renewing their searches. Being the first person to pick up on such a clue is definitely a big deal in the gaming community, so no wonder so many are replaying this three-decade-old game.
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