Mike Tyson Says He HATED “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out” When It First Came Out (VIDEO)

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Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out.

For those who are either too old or too young to relate to this news, it’s kind of a big deal. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, released October 18, 1987, is quite possibly the greatest sports video game of all time. In it, you’re a pipsqueak boxer named Little Mac who has to fight his way up the ranks, defeating bizarre character after bizarre character, until you get the opportunity of a lifetime: a fight against the great Mike Tyson.

It’s was so stupid, but also just so, so, so great.

At the time the game was released, of course, Mike Tyson was the most formidable, unbeatable boxer on the planet. To be the big bad guy in a hugely popular video game was a pretty major honor. Or at least, that’s what you would assume.

As it turns out, Tyson was not a fan of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out when it first came out. As he explains to TMZ’s Harvey Levin, his distaste for the game was merely an extension of his distaste for video games in general. He then admits he had no idea how big they’d become.

Take a look:

At least Iron Mike warmed up to Punch-Out over time.

Somebody ask John Madden what he thought of Madden when it first came out.

Hat Tip – [TMZ]

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