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Top 5 Boxing Video Games of All Time

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Video games are the ultimate escape from reality. Want to make Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao happen? No problem, lace up your virtual gloves.

Want to win the Heisman? Strap on that virtual helmet and hit the gridiron.

Want to fulfill your life-long dream of winning Wimbledon?

Okay, well maybe not that last one, but you get the point.

Picking up the video game sticks lets you transform mere dreams into reality–albeit virtual reality.

Ever since the days of Nintendo, boxing video games have been some of the most memorable and addicting games to ever capture our imaginations.

Whether you’re a purist and like the boxing games that offer more realistic game play or an arcade fan that just wants to knock his opponent out, there is a boxing game for you.

Read on for the top five boxing video games of all time.


Honorable Mention

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Super Punch-Out

Platform: Arcade

 

Knockout Kings

Platform: Playstation

 

Evander Holyfield’s “Real Deal” Boxing

Platform: Sega Genesis

 

Ready 2 Rumble

Platform: Dreamcast

 

Victoroious Boxers 2: Fighting Spirit

Platform: Playstation 2


5. James Buster Douglas Knockout Boxing

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Release Date: 1988

Platform(s): Sega Genesis

Publisher: Sega

During Buster Douglas’ short-lived reign as Heavyweight champion, cashing in with Sega was one of the most memorable things he did.

Originally titled Final Blow, Sega re-released this game outside of Japan under the new name, James Buster Douglas Knockout Boxing.

A rock ‘em, sock ‘em type of game, Knockout Boxing included a roster of fictional characters including Kim Nang and Ironhead—an obvious dig at “Iron” Mike Tyson whom Douglas knocked out to win the Heavyweight title.


4. Knockout Kings 2001

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Release Date: 2001

Platform(s): Playstation 2

Publisher: EA Sports

EA Sports can take credit for bringing realistic boxing action to the next generation of gaming consoles.

Knockout Kings 2001—which was the series’ fourth installment—brought the popular boxing series to the Playstation 2 for the first time.

As IGN described in their 2001 review, KK 2001 was a faster and better-rounded boxing game than any of the previous versions.

Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley graced the cover, while the list of playable fighters included Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis and my personal favorite, Paul Spadafora.


3. Wii Sports Boxing

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Release Date: 2006

Platform(s): Nintendo Wii

Publisher: Nintendo

As IGN writes in their Wii Sports review, the design is 8-bit gaming with 3D technology.

While the graphics aren’t much to the look at, the game play is revolutionary.

The awesome thing about Wii Sports Boxing is that you physically are involved in throwing punches in bunches. A workout was never so much fun.


 2. Fight Night Champion

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Release Date: 2011

Platform(s): Playstation 3 & Xbox 360

Publisher: EA Sports (Canada)

In terms of graphics and realistic gameplay, Fight Night Champion is undoubtedly the greatest boxing game of all time.

Sporting a healthy “official” roster, which includes Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De Le Hoya to name a few, FNC also lets you download fighters who could easily pass off as actual licensed boxers.

With a deep career mode and various online modes, FNC does not get old.


1. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

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Release Date: 1987

Platform(s): Nintendo

Publisher: Nintendo

It may be cliché to some, but Nintendo’s Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! lands at No. 1 on our list.

Not only a tremendously addicting game in it’s prime, but I dare you to play it today and not get hooked all over again.

With fighters like King Hippo, Soda Popinski and “Iron” Mike Tyson himself, you and Little Mac can fight for hours on end in a quest to win the world championship.

 

Let us know what your favorite boxing game of all time is by using #RBRBoxing on social media or commenting below.

 
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