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.
Platform: Sega Genesis
Platform: Playstation 2
5. James Buster Douglas Knockout Boxing
Release Date: 1988
Platform(s): Sega Genesis
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
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
Release Date: 2006
Platform(s): Nintendo Wii
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
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!!
Release Date: 1987
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.
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