New Punch-Out!! Tell Comes To Light 29 Years Later

New Punch-Out!! Tell Comes To Light 29 Years Later

Proving once more that scrappy hero of Punch-Out!! is actually a dirty cheater, Redditor midwesternhousewives shares the story of the bearded crowdmember whose nod tells Little Mac exactly when to knock out Piston Honda and Bald Bull the second time around.

A lifelong NES Punch-Out!! fan, midwesternhousewives was inspired to scour the crowd to tells at least partially by a seven-year-old Iwata Asks roundtable interview. In that article Nintendo designer Makoto Wada revealed a camera flash in the crowd that signalled when to land a body blow on the charging Bald Bull during the player's first match up against the imposing fighter.

But that only works the first time. The second time around for both Bald Bull and Piston Honda, you've got to watch for the guy with the beard. Midwesternhousewives shows how it's done in the video below.

There's a good chance that plenty of players were aware of Little Mac's bearded crowd-plant before midwesternhousewives posted his video. In its write up IGN points to a mention of the tactic from a GameFaqs thread from last year.

Bearded nodding guy joins camera flash guy and the guy who dips his sunglasses to indicate when to dodge Super Macho Man's spin move as people Little Mac has obviously paid to help him cheat.


    The fact that the crowd contains tells is complete news to me. Consider my mind blown. My brother and I played this game all through our childhood and didn't know about this. I was the only one of us to ever beat Mike Tyson.

    Is it the same on the arcade game.

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