Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (NES)

Mike Matei / November 11th, 2013


  • joekerr189

    November 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Yes! I love coming on and seeing a new video. Gives a good feeling.

  • November 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    The ending was priceless lol!

  • NeiFirst

    November 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    So fucking awesome

  • MaximumLance

    November 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Congrats mike!

    • November 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks! I could not have done it with out Bootsy. His advice about blocking really helped.

      • SNKNostalgia

        November 12, 2013 at 5:15 am

        Good job, I am more out of practice than you… lol.

        BTW, there isn’t any lag on that Sanyo/or Sony TV. It is a flat screen CRT (Tube). Only LCD/LED/Plasma have it. You are playing on a native NTSC CRT in 240p like it is suppose to be.

      • kuksoolwon

        November 12, 2013 at 7:15 am

        I would love to see you guy’s do one of you trying to beat Donkey Kong on the Wii Version of Punch Out.Will their be a AVGN Vol 7 for the Holiday’s?If so,What id like to see is,All the AVGN Videos of the year,Plus all the Board James Videos,All the Halloween Theme Content,For me id just woule love to see all the new content that was added for 2013,So everything.Plus more Commentary,Outtakes,Maybe another Tour,Since I’m sure James Collection keeps getting Bigger.

      • mike keith

        November 15, 2013 at 12:13 am

        Mike, Um, That is a tube TV, its a flat screen, but it does have a tube, it
        works the same the TV’s did years ago. It may have the ability to do HD and all
        but still a Tube…. It is actually called a CRT TV, for cathode Ray Tube TV

  • November 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Good job Mike 😛 not easy beating Tyson if you are rusty, and James, i want you to revisit this game and beat it, im sure all of ur fans would like that, like a training montage were u finaly beat tyson at the end

  • November 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    i never realized that you actually put time and lighting etc into theses vids.. i obviously noticed the editing.. but i didnt think you guys took the time for lighting for anything other than the nerd vids… thats legit… great work guys.. and props on beating tyson lol.. that game gave me alot of fuckery when i was young ha

  • DavidB

    November 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    What a GREAT video! That was exactly the same environment with my friends, as we’d cheer on the best player (Matt Weiss). Alas, we were never able to beat Tyson.

    Funny, after Tyson was convicted of rape, I remember us calling up Nintendo’s help line and teasing them. Nintendo of America even had a formal statement prepared which basically said, “Nintendo will never again release another product with Mike Tyson’s name on it!” Who would think that America would soon stop caring about rape (well, unless a white guy is accused!)

  • Frow

    November 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Ooh, we couldn’t see Bootsy playing after all.
    Nice video!

  • frostare

    November 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I can only beat this guy (Mr. Dream actually) by decision as well. I wonder which will come first, the day I TKO him or the day I clear Touhou UFO without continues

  • Nitalie Smith

    November 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    what Phillip responded I didnt know that people can earn $5902 in 4 weeks on the internet. Check it

  • November 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Hey, James, I have a question. I saw the Boom Mic when Mike is going apeshit at the end. Do you have someone holding the Boom Mic or are you using a stand? And who is holding it or what kind of stand are you using?

    Great video!

  • November 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I have NEVER seen the ending to this game.. until now! Next, one of you has to take Tyson down TKO style! I need to see that! Great video as always! 🙂

  • November 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Fantastic! A game short, potentially, 2 hours that could last for years till you beat it.
    Sure this is what i always liked about old Nintendo games. Motherfucker Mike wins! Do a Tyson roll!

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    November 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    You’re the fuckin’ man Motherfucker. I was going to say something about watching the Game Informer guys try to do that for hours, but Mike Futter is such a shitbag I don’t want them to get the hits.

  • November 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Bow before the champion!

  • Joker83

    November 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    A New Video! – LOVE – Thanks so much guys, can’t wait to watch this as soon as I get home tonight.

  • Gaston

    November 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Excelent! Very funny!!

  • Kevin Evans

    November 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm


  • xdeathknightx

    November 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Iron Mike ain’t got shit on Motherfucker Mike!

  • Rick

    November 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm


  • Aaron1375

    November 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Nice job Mike! On the win in the game and on taking out the Tyson cutout!

  • Attilio Dente

    November 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I felt like I was watching Rocky 2! I was cheering too! LOL

  • November 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    You don’t need to hit select a bunch to get more life. You need to hit select once then start.

  • Moose Of Woe

    November 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    You may have defeated Mike Tyson’s Punch Out by decision…

    …However you defeated Mike Tyson’s Cut Out by TKO.

  • November 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    This video should have been called Mike Matei’s Punch-Out!!!

    • punkbikerdude

      November 11, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Fuck yeah!!! Woooohooo!

  • November 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    You guys…DO know how to quick-dodge, right? Press left or right to dodge, and then quickly press the other direction? I believe you can actually hit Tyson that way during the first 1:30 of Round 1…

  • November 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    mike from one elvis fan to another you are now the mike on top good job

  • Ace

    November 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Cool to see Bootsie again! Didn’t look like he was bad luck for the guys this time. Big props to MFM for the win, and Tyson’s “just got punched” face was hilarious. Also always a treat to see James losing it. Top notch fun video all around, thanks!

  • November 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    If you ever get the chance to see this, is James using “James Rolfe” as another YouTube channel? I’m subscribed to it and it recently posted high quality versions of older episodes of AVGN, so I wasn’t sure if it was someone else who is using it.
    Also, good job on the victory, Mike!

  • November 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    That’s how you do it! 🙂 I was that happy too when I first beat him a few months ago. You can knock him out when he does the blink if you time it right. That’s the only way to get the TKO

  • patlefort

    November 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Strange coincidence, I just happened to watch a small documentary on Mike Tyson a day before.

  • Welliton Luis de Lara

    November 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Lol!!! Mike is going nuts!

  • November 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Call me crazy, Mike, but the camera angle of this video is so similar to Awesome Video Games commentary video on the DVD (which I know you own!), it eventually gave Fraser an idea to do Video Games Awesome. That once again makes me think that Cinemassacre is going the same way FarFromSubtle went. First they did show with acting and stuff, but went doing let’s play videos instead (which isn’t bad in any way, cause let’s play videos are equally as entertaining). I know you and James are never going to give up doing scripted shows, so I’m not even worried about it. But I’m wondering if Fraser gave you and James any advices how to do let’s play videos. I would actually really love if James and Mike Play was live on Twitch (preferably with the chat on the screen).

  • Jordan L.

    November 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I don’t think you would have input lag on that TV. Even though it’s newer, it still looks like a CRT TV. The lag applies to LCD and plasma screen TVs.

  • November 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I used to come home from school, beat this game start to finish with no losses or knockdowns. I think at 1 point I was able to beat it StartToFinish without being punched, but maybe not.

  • November 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Mike Matei Beat Mike Tyson YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES…

    • November 13, 2013 at 4:33 am

      Hey mike i have a question to ask u can u and james do a power ranger video game review please?

  • legacy81

    November 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    i couldnt beat mike tyson for like 15 years. one day i sat down and played him for 3 hours and finally won. my record against tyson is like 9-348. haha… i never beat him by decision, it was always a TKO…i didnt know u could win decisions until i watched this video. hands down one of the hardest games for NES.

  • jasonjrf

    November 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    fighting not to lose is not the same as winning, just saying. Go for the KO

  • November 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I used to come home from school and beat this game all the way through w/o getting knocked down. Doubt I could do it anymore.

    You can hammer select between rounds to refill some life (only once)

  • Firx

    November 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    AWESOME VIDEO! I beat the game when I was 12 a couple times, but I’ve had trouble trying as an adult!!! I never heard about the whole TV delay thing . . . maybe that’s part of it.

    Hey!! You know, Castlevania and Ninja Gaiden are short games, but very hard. It would be very cool if you guys just played through the entire things, beginning to end.

  • BladeRunner

    November 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    awesome, great video Mike is the man at playing new games.

    • BladeRunner

      November 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      meant type “NES” not “new”. I suck, lol.

  • twistedtxb

    November 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Hey I wanted to see Bootsy KO Mike Tyson. TKO is great but KO would have been awesome!

  • karel1

    November 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    It was Great to see Bootsy again! Especially after his demise at the hand of that pink telephone. Hopefully he’ll get to play next time. Great Job Mike!

  • You Can Just Walk Over It

    November 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Sinister1 would be proud.

  • flawn scorpion

    November 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    By’s I Loves You’s sure!

  • marc_lawson

    November 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Way to go Mike! I play that game all the time, but I’ve only beaten him twice: 1 TKO and 1 by decision, so I know how hard this is to do under pressure. Wow. Congrats!

  • November 12, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I love hearing MF’er Mike get all fired up at the end, seriously funny stuff. Also pretty impressive. As a little kid, I never could beat Mike Tyson, and could barely beat Super Macho Man. I remember finally getting the code to start at Mike Tyson, and getting my ass waffle-stomped by him. Felt good to see Mike kick his ass like that without any practice whatsoever.

    Plus, I had no freaking idea you could dodge *faster* by hitting the D-pad back again. I never knew you could do that. Learn something new every day. 😛

  • November 12, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Thats awesome. Its so funny that it is crazy difficult and super satisfying to watch this win rather than pure fustration

  • November 12, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Mike Tyson’s falling animation + Mike screaming at the TV = instant comedy. Great job, dude!

  • smd

    November 12, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Haha, takes me back to the good old days of playing this as a kid. I was the only person I knew as a kid who could actually beat Tyson. It was kind of the same scenario as you guys – a bunch of kids sitting around the TV encouraging each other and trying to figure out how to beat this guy. I remember when I first played him and he knocked me out with one punch. Blew my freaking mind! When I finally beat him though we all cheered and jumped for joy.

    Funny enough, at the time, even though I could beat Tyson, I couldn’t beat Super Macho Man (it took me a while to get used to his spinning punch).

    Great video. One of my favourite games of all time.

  • November 12, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Damn, I really wanted to see Bootsy try it… though I’m happy he’s just in this. Bootsy is god.

  • D-Man

    November 12, 2013 at 1:57 am

    So much WIN!!! We need to create a new dimension to the term WIN to describe Mikes victory over Iron Mike. I spent countless hours trying and could not even get past Super Macho Man, and here you clobber MIKE TYSON!!!


  • GorgeousBones

    November 12, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Great Job! I’ve never been able to beat him myself, I always come up without a strategy like James did.

  • The Janitor

    November 12, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Bootsy! My man!

  • skwij

    November 12, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Hell yeah! I’ve never seen that game beaten before! Wow. I’m floored by this, just like that 8-bit terror. Great to see you guys playing, great to see Bootsy, and a great video, yet again. Thank you, gentlemen.

  • kuksoolwon

    November 12, 2013 at 7:11 am

    I must of been a really good gamer,I beat Tyson when i was 9.It took me longer to beat King Hippo,Than it took me to beat tyson,Like Bootsy said,Once you get past the 1 minute 20 seconds of the uppercuts,Your fine.All you have to do is wait from Tyson to Wink & move.James Reacting was Great.I can’t believe that he had never seen Tyson knoced down ever,I thought he would of had alot of friends who could beat him.Id love to see them do Super Punch Out!Or see them try to beat Donkey Kong on the Wii Version

  • kuksoolwon

    November 12, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I would love to see James or Mike,Or maybe co op Let’s Play Videos,Like on Youtube.Id love for you guy’s to pick a classic,Beat it & add your Commentry.Memeories & have fun

  • Romero

    November 12, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Motherfucker Mike and I have something in common, we both floor-hugged a cardboard-cutout of Mike Tyson directly after beating Mike Tyson at Mike Tyson’s Punch Out .. Wicked awesome to see, man!!

  • candlewax

    November 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I love how this old game can still inspire this amount of pure joy.

  • taykel

    November 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    That ending was epic! Congrats Mike!

  • itscmillertime

    November 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I wanted to see bootsy play

  • November 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    There was a NES Mike Tyson’s Punchout tournament at SGC at the Hyatt Dallas around midnight in the arcade game room downstairs. I kept watching everyone get smashed by Iron Mike, and I remember one of the guys from the Game Chasers were down there trying really hard to beat Mike T. Nobody ever accomplished the KO the whole time I was there. Would have been cool to see Mike M at the tournament.

  • tigersoul805

    November 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I beat him ONCE…and I never fought him again after that…took me so many tries!

  • James21113

    November 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I gotta say that felt sooo good to see motherFucker mike kick Nes version of punch i have been dying to see that for years thank you James Rolf and Congratz Mike

  • fantasticfink

    November 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    *Slow claps*

  • Orionsaint

    November 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    These videos make me happy.

  • erik37

    November 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    That was fucking badass mike!!!!

  • oscuro

    November 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    This has to be one of my favorite games of all time. The music, the boxers, it all comes together in this game. One of the best games ever made easy. They are making copies of it still to this day. How many games have a 20 year legacy?

    • oscuro

      November 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Oh yeah I never beat tyson or mr dream either. Freaking impossibly hard I had nightmares as a kid about his ugly mug.

  • natedog

    November 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    great fucking video! I thought bootsy was gonna be the one that beat it, but mike stole the show. James… keep practicing! Show us you can beat Tyson.

  • November 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    That was great. Good going Mike!!

  • The Shamster

    November 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Bootsy’s back!!!

  • The Shamster

    November 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    By the way, “Everybody want’s to be like Mike…..MotherFucker Mike, that is!”

  • Lanlost

    November 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    It’s criminal how much people, even experts don’t know about this game (granted, I haven’t waited until Bootsy plays yet) but there is an entire fighting dynamic that is undocumented in this game.

    For instance, notice that every time Mike, or someone, hits him with the same arm (that is, the opposite of how it looks. If you do pure directions I mean when the hit comes from the left and the player hits from the right, this would be the same hand since they are facing opposite). When this happens, notice that the bar only goes down a little bit. If you lead with the SAME arm (that is, on the same side) you do twice the damage. Also, more well stuff like if you knock them down and they get up on the count of one they will only take one start to go back down, no matter what their health is.

    There are also things like delayed timed punches, and all sorts of shit where you can get EVERY boss down in the first round, usually before they hit their special move.

    This has all been discovered by Red Tom’s players over the years (fantastic site) and they truly unlocked the magic of this game. It once seemed like a fun little boxing game, then turned into an amazing pattern based game (still one of the best), but these days, as a game developer knowing what I’ve said above, I realize that there is ACTUALLY an incredible amount of depth in this game that almost no one knows.

    There was a fucking INCREDIBLE YouTube series on this that was CRAZY fun to watch. It basically showed you (edited amazingly well) all the tricks and how to use them to just absolute massacre each character.

    .. But I just checked and they made the videos private.

    If you want to try to find them, the user, on YouTube, was KingdomCarts. You can still see the RESULTS of this, as played by this dude who watched the series:


  • Lanlost

    November 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Oh shit, also wanted to say: Bad ass video so far. I LOVE THIS GAME!

  • mike watts

    November 13, 2013 at 6:03 am

    ugh the many hours of “fuck you mike tyson” lol

  • November 13, 2013 at 6:24 am

    K.O man…

  • Tim Macdonald

    November 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

    just seeing the underside of iron mike’s shoe was amazing!

  • Johnthegamer

    November 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I beat Mike Tyson in Punch Out when I was a kid it wasn’t easy as he hits you with rapid fire punches,and as I seem to remember he can knock you out in one hit more or less.

  • Johnthegamer

    November 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    LOL, congrats to Mike beating him on the first attempt.:)

  • LittleNemoNES

    November 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    great video! thanks for making my day 🙂

  • Justin Gregory

    November 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Nice job Motherfucker Mike. Fun video James. Please get us more Bootsy. I love that character in the Board James. Always makes me crack up.

  • SirSuperSouthern

    November 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    That cardboard cutout is awesome…

  • Manos

    November 14, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Since Christmas is coming up, you guys should do a James & Mike Play of any of the Bible games that the Nerd already reviewed, or Winter Games, or any Christmas-themed game he hasn’t reviewed, like Daze Before Christmas.

  • November 14, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Good job. But now that you’ve beaten Tyson, you need a

    • November 14, 2013 at 1:23 am

      Ok, well apparently posting links here doesn’t work. Anyway, for a really hard challenge, a guy named Sinisterwon over on SDA plays this game blindfolded. www dot twitch dot tv slash sinisterwon slash c slash 3225259 to see his latest attempt.

  • Chaos_Emeralds

    November 14, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Wow, congratulations Mike! I have fought Mike Tyson before so I know how hard it can be. Well done!

  • neondx

    November 14, 2013 at 4:50 am

    That looked to me like it was a tube TV?

    • mike keith

      November 15, 2013 at 12:16 am

      Ya, It was, I dont know what they were smokink, lol. It was a CRT flat panel, I used to own one just like it. Oh, well, lol

      • neondx

        November 19, 2013 at 1:04 am

        Heavy as a motherfucker too!

  • sobekflakmonkey

    November 14, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Epic Blue Jays hat bootsy; awesome video btw.

  • Night-X

    November 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Almost download this game on the wii while back. But not in to Fighting games like use to be.

  • stoney_1

    November 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    That was more epic than all 6 Rocky’s combined!! Even my palms were sweating!! Good one Mike!!

  • November 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Super punch-out maybe?!!

  • uberrainman

    November 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I lived my dream of beating Mike Tyson, through motherfucker Mike. Today was a good dya.

  • November 15, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I believe if you just dodge all his attacks for the first 90 seconds of round 1, Tyson will take normal damage after that, it makes the fight a lot easier IIRC.

  • blazerstrike

    November 15, 2013 at 1:08 am

    That was awesome and funny aswell!

  • herbsuperb

    November 15, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Congrats Mike!!! That’s not easy to do. Feel bad for James though. He kind of (totally) got his ass handed to him! Awesome video fellas. Use to love that one as a kid.

  • November 15, 2013 at 10:19 am


  • November 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I just needed to post this comment hopefully somebody notices and could even possibly notify anyone that could get this message to James directly or even Mike. The shirt James is wearing in the video has the symbol of the rising sun. Surly unknown to him it is HIGHLY RACIST to Koreans!! It is similar to wearing a swastika to them! I feel he should know this.

    • November 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Yeah and the swastika used to be a symbol of peace. So basically the symbol doesn’t really matter its the thoughts of the people wearing it. I’m pretty sure james has no idea this symbol is considered offensive to some people. And frankly who cares if it is, he could wear a swastika all day everyday as long as hes not preaching hatred and trying to kill the jews I just don’t care. People also get offended about cursing, perhaps J&M should never curse ever again because some people might be offended. No matter what you do in life, someone will find a reason to be offended even when there isn’t really a reason to be offended. Then add the fact that I’ve never heard any racist comments from any video james has ever done.

      • November 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm

        Well said dude.

      • November 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm

        What you are saying is your own opinion but that doesn’t make it true. I’m sure if James wore a swastika on his shirt all day everyday or even just in a video you may be his only viewer(maybe not). I can refer you to a situation that happened recently when UFC Champ Georges St. Pierre was wearing the symbol on his gi. Korean UFC fighter Don Yun Kim wrote a formal letter to the UFC asking it not to happen again for the same reason. Many of Koreans were outraged. Since such incident Goerges has removed the symbol from his gi. You may not be offended sir, but I was just making a point to say something because this is the internet and the wrong things can make crazy things happen.

    • neondx

      November 19, 2013 at 1:04 am

      Too bad.

  • November 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    You’re a beast Mike.

  • risk

    November 17, 2013 at 2:34 am

    need a match between 4 players who can start to finish, beat the game.

    i ko’d him at 10 yrs old.

  • Rayta Marsh

    November 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    so epic!!!

  • Jeffrey Staley

    November 19, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Next game should be 7th Saga if you have it!

  • trenchace

    November 20, 2013 at 12:15 am

    haha this is funny! But speedrunners can beat Mike Tyson in 1 round:

  • November 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    hey james
    i ve been a fan forever, just wanted to know have you ever tried a Wii U game called monster hunter, if your a huge japanese monster fan like me iam sure you will like it.
    theres even a godzilla like monster in it called DEVILJHO lol
    hope you give it a look
    bye all the way from the UK.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    January 24, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Kudos, Mike, that was awesome! I’ve gotta’ say that I’ve had similar reactions when I beat tough enemies or beat really tough games, haha.

  • Keana Purewal

    January 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    LOL love how Mike goes apeshit! xD

  • Matt L

    March 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Awesome video guys, now I’m going to have to go listen to Smooth Mcgroove’s rendition of the punch out theme song again.

  • Kody Nichols

    May 14, 2014 at 3:27 am

    mother fucker mike calling mike tyson a mother fucker…

  • meinerHeld

    June 30, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Now if I could just get friends to go back to being like this…

  • November 11, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Try knocking him out now. Much harder.

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