Super Punch Out ROM Emulator Review

I’m very excited to do this Super Punch Out ROM emulator review using the MAME software and a Raspberry Pi 3. I am a huge fan of the entire Punch Out franchise so this holds a special place in my heart.

History of Super Punch Out

The popular arcade sequel Super Punch Out was released by Nintendo in 1984. The gameplay is almost identical to that of its predecessor, Punch Out.

As a side note, Nintendo later launched a modified version of this game later in 1994 for their Super Nintendo console.

Characters in Super Punch Out

As in the first, you play as a green-haired boxer who later dubbed Little Mac. This time around you’ll face a host of new characters such as:

  • Bear Hugger
  • Super Macho Man
  • Dragon Chan
  • Great Tiger
  • Vodka Drunkenski.

Gameplay and Controls

I recently built my own custom arcade controller. Part of my reasoning was so I could experience and enjoy revisiting the Punch Out franchise. I was so happy to jump right in and try this Super Punch Out emulator.

Like its predecessor, the game’s premise is simple. Time your punches appropriately, dodge, and block your opponent’s attacks. Luckily, the game gives you clues (eyes turning color) so that you know when your opponent is attacking.

The game utilizes the joystick and 3 buttons. 1 button is for the left arm, 1 button is used for the right arm, and 1 for the knockout blow.

Once you face off and beat the final opponent, you will become the champion. You’ll then repeat each opponent but the difficulty will be increased.

Final Word on this Super Punch Out Emulator

The Raspberry Pi shines when it comes to playing retro arcade classics thru MAME software.

Unlike, it’s predecessor, I had very little experience playing this title during its original run.

It had been 30 years since I last played this title and I thoroughly enjoy every minute. The game is still highly addictive and seemed fresh to me due to my inexperience.

The graphics are a modest improvement over the previous title and the controls seem to be a bit tighter. Having an arcade joystick controller definitely helps and I would highly recommend building or buying one.

Overall, I was really impressed with this Super Punch Out emulator. This is a solid title in the long-running franchise. I would have enjoyed this title more had Nintendo added more opponents to face instead of repeating over and over. But as the Rolling Stones once sang, “You can’t always get what you want!”

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