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The cover art depicts, from left to right, Mr. Sandman, Bald Bull, and Super Macho Man, the three initial champions in the game.
|Designer(s)||Genyo Takeda (producer)|
Makoto Wada (game director, art director)
Takashi Kumegawa (composer)
Masaro Sakakibara (composer)
Masato Hatakeyama (chief programmer)
Yasuyuki Oyagi (assistant director)
|Release date||JP March 1, 1994 (Nintendo Power)|
NA October 1, 1994
EU January 26, 1995
NA 1996 (re-release)
|Media||16Mb (2MB) cartridge|
Super Punch-Out!! (スーパーパンチアウト!! Sūpā Panchi-Auto!!?) is a boxing video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). It was released on October 1, 1994 in North America, and was re-released in the same region in 1996. It was also released in Europe on January 26, 1995 for the same console, and in Japan for the Nintendo Power flash RAM cartridge series as well as the Super Famicom. It is the fourth game in the Punch-Out!! series, taking place after Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream.
After the release of the SNES, Genyo Takeda decided to resume producing for the Punch-Out!! series, rather than directing. As producer, his vision included a perfect transition from arcade to console for Super Punch-Out!! arcade to Nintendo's 16-bit home console, which had been previously impossible for its NES predecessor. This time, however, Nintendo chose not to include any real professional boxers as was the case in the previous Punch-Out!! title. Takeda chose to use the same name of the arcade version not only to provide continuity, but also to indicate the "Super" status with the transition to the SNES. This game marks the era that Nintendo Integrated Research & Development (Nintendo IRD) had the most activity in the software development section. During this period, Nintendo IRD was producing both Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II along with the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!!. Super Punch-Out!! was scored by Takashi Kumegawa and Masaru Sakakibara, while Charles Martinet (a prominent voice actor for the Super Mario franchise) was credited for providing all of the voice clips used in the game.
Like the previous titles in the Punch-Out!! series, Super Punch-Out!! requires good timing and pattern recognition skills to react to the attacks of each opponent. In this game, Little Mac works his way up the new four circuits of the World Video Boxing Association (WVBA). As the player proceeds through the game's circuits, the opponents will be a lot more varied in their skill set.
Unlike the previous game in the series, there are no rounds. Instead, the matches take place in one three minute period. If Mac fails to score a KO or a TKO within three minutes, a "Time Up" is declared and the match is recorded as a loss for Mac. The clock stops whenever Mac or his opponent are knocked down. However, the time bonus continues to count down when Mac is knocked down.
The player's score is determined by a combination of their technical score, which is affected by how many punches they land and how many knockdowns they score, a stamina bonus based on how much health the player has remaining, a time bonus based on how quickly they score the victory, and a "no rematch" bonus if they defeat the opponent without requiring a rematch. Losing a match only adds the technical score to their current circuit total.
Mac starts each circuit with three lives, which indicate how many rematches he can have. Losing a match when Mac has no lives remaining results in a Game Over and Mac has to restart the circuit from the beginning. Mac can earn more lives by scoring points; another life is added for every 50,000 points earned during the circuit. After completing the circuit, any remaining lives are converted into bonus points for the circuit score.
The game keeps track of the best times for defeating each boxer, as well as a best score list for total points earned in each circuit. Each save file also has a records list, keeping track of their wins and losses (capped at 255) as well as their best times for each boxer and best scores for each circuit.
Originally used in the Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!! arcades, as well as Nintendo's Arm Wrestling arcade game, is the Time Attack feature. This feature will allow the player to time their matches against boxers. This feature has been updated to allow players to select and play against any boxer after they beat a circuit they have already finished. The more circuits a player finishes, the more boxers they can play against in Time Attack. When all four circuits are finished, there will be no more boxers to unlock.
A unique system of super punches has been added. Once the meter is full, Mac can unleash devastating uppercuts, hooks and fast punches. However, if Mac is hit, the meter diminishes. The punches can be thrown anytime, but they are slower than normal jabs and body blows. Once they connect, they remove a good chunk of the opponent's health. Mac can also counter-punch his opponents to stun them. The counter-punch is successful if the opponent moans or makes an exaggerated expression of pain. Each type of punch requires a specific move to be used in order to successfully counter it:
- Jab: Counter with a jab or a carefully-timed uppercut on the opposite side of the opponent's punch.
- Body blow: Counter with a body blow or hook on the opposite side of the opponent's punch.
- Uppercut: Counter with a body blow or hook on the opposite side of the opponent's punch.
- In early beta photos and trailers, Little Mac had short brown hair, resembling his original Punch-Out!! (NES) design more closely. It is unknown why or when it was changed.
- Super Punch-Out!! has the largest roster of unique opponents, having 16 different boxers in its lineup.
- The identity of the player character is a a common source of contention amongst both fans and official sources. Bryce Holliday, one of the main developers of Punch-Out!! (Wii), has said that this character is not Little Mac. However, Nintendo of America and Europe both stated that he is Little Mac during the game's Virtual Console releases in their respective regions. The history section of the Wii version's official website also states that the character is Little Mac.
- According to Nintendo of America, Super Punch-Out!! takes place after the NES and Wii titles, claiming Little Mac received a makeover and parted from Doc Louis.
|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|