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Arm Wrestling
Arcade flyer
Arcade flyer
Developer(s) Nintendo IRD
Publisher(s) Nintendo of America
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date NA May 1985
Genre(s) Sports game
Mode(s) Single-player, two-player
Input methods Two-way joystick, 1 button
Cabinet Upright
Display Two Raster horizontal monitors, 224×288

Arm Wrestling is a 1985 arcade game by Nintendo and a spin-off of the Punch-Out!! series. Since it was created by the same development team who made the Punch-Out!! series, Arm Wrestling features many of the same features such as a dual monitor system and quirky computer opponents.


The goal of the game is to become the World Arm Wrestling Champion by defeating as many opponents in arm-wrestling as possible. In order to achieve this title the player must compete against five different computer opponents and pin them in a timed match.

A match begins when the player taps left on the joystick (though not until they are told to do so; trying to start wrestling too soon will result in a warning on the first occasion, and an instant game over on the second occasion). During the match the player must attack the computer by pressing left on the joystick and tapping the button to increase the power of the attack. If the opponent makes a strange face accompanied by a snorting noise, it means they are about to counterattack, which can be stopped by quickly pressing the joystick to the right. In order to win a match the player must move the joystick back and forth and surprise the computer before they have a chance to counterattack. After Kabuki and Frank Jr. are defeated, players will play a bonus game. The bonus game requires players to catch a sack of money for extra points by pulling up on the joystick right when the bag is near the protagonist's head. After the player beats the fifth and final opponent the game begins again with increased difficulty.

The game is known for its obnoxious sound effects, such as the player character yelling in a low-quality something that sounds like "Polka dot polka dot polka dot polka dot", robotic laughters, and bizzare animations that foreshadow attacks. When player wins, he sometimes shouts "YAH-YAHOO!!!"


  • Texas Mac, a stereotypical Texan in a cowboy hat.
  • Kabuki, a Japanese sumo wrestler.
  • Mask X, an alter ego of Bald Bull from the Punch-Out!! series.
  • Alice & Ape III, a monkey robot being controlled by a little girl via remote.
  • Frank Jr., an homage to Frankenstein's monster, as popularized in 1930s film.


  • Based on appearances (primarily the hair color), the player character is possibly the nameless challenger.
  • In the Wii version of Punch-Out! while fighting Bald Bull, in a pre-round Doc Louis will sometimes tell Mac that "If you can't beat Bald Bull, how about an arm wrestling with him?" This is a reference to the game.
Punch-Out!! series
Games Micro vs. System: Punch-Out!! · Arcade: Punch-Out!! · Super Punch-Out!! · Arm Wrestling · NES: Punch-Out!! featuring Mr. Dream · SNES: Super Punch-Out!! · Wii: Punch-Out!! · Doc Louis's Punch-Out!!
Circuits Minor Circuit · Major Circuit · World Circuit · Special Circuit
Terminology Block · Dodge · Duck · Knockout · Technical knockout
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