Nintendo Switch Adds "Lost" Arcade Version Of Punch-Out

The original arcade version of Punch-Out arrives on Switch.

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Last week was a particularly busy one for Nintendo Switch owners. In addition to the usual weekly batch of Eshop releases, a few more games arrived on the digital storefront on March 30, most notably the original arcade version of Nintendo's classic boxing game Punch-Out.

Arcade Archives: Punch-Out is available to download now in all regions on Nintendo Switch. Originally released in arcades in 1984, the game is largely similar to the more well-known NES version, although it also boasts some notable differences. On top of its much richer visuals, it pits players against several fighters--like the creatively named Pizza Pasta--who would not appear in any other Punch-Out game.

The original arcade version of Punch-Out was also notable for its unique cabinet, which featured a two-screen setup like that of the 3DS. The top screen displayed the player's stats, while the game played out on the bottom screen. The Switch version retains this dual-screen display and gives players the option to display them either side-by-side or vertically.

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Like all other Arcade Archives games, Punch-Out can be downloaded for $8 / £6.29. You can purchase it directly from Nintendo's website. It arrived in the Eshop alongside a handful of other games, including Toki Tori, Shadow Bug, and more. You can find the full list of the latest Switch releases here.

Punch-Out is the third classic Nintendo arcade game to come to Switch so far; December saw the arrival of Vs. Super Mario Bros., the arcade version of the iconic NES game featuring some remixed levels and elements taken from its then in-development sequel, The Lost Levels. That followed the original arcade version of Mario Bros. Other arcade games, like Balloon Fight and Ice Climber, are also on the way in the future.

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Lol... I used to HATE this version in the arcades because the damn joystick never worked properly. But Mike Tyson's Punchout was awesome!!!

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I hope the arcade version of Donkey Kong is coming

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but does it include the fighter "Vodka Drunkinski"

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@shadowwarrior4: He wasn't in the original arcade version. Vodka Drunkenski wasn't introduced until Super Punch-Out.

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@locutus442: i see now Vodka was in the arcade version of Super Punch out , i always assumed it was the first punch out that had him, thank you

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@locutus442: Actually, the only version that had Vodka was the arcade version.

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So, Nintendo's THIS desperate for content on Switch because they simply refuse to let the 3DS die a natural death? I'll be glad once their development is finally focused on Switch to give us hardcore fans something to actually play that's NOT Mario or Zelda!!

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@jimclirad: Why would they kill 3DS? It has millions more in ownership, which means more people spending money on games. It also fits a different use case. More people in families will each have their own 3DS, not as likely with the Switch, and it is the more portable system, being more kid proof, having a clamshell design, and having actual features designed for portability like street pass.

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@jimclirad: Actually, I don't think they're desperate at all. I wish they were, maybe we would see a maelstrom of their IPs being used by third party companies or something.

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@jimclirad: They aren't doing any of the work on the Arcade Archive games, though. That's all Hamster, and these games have been dropping on the since last September, when VS Super Mario Brothers went up (actually, since before launch, technically, since the Arcade Archives line also includes all of the Neo Geo games that are on Switch, PS4, XBox One, and PC). In other words, these games would be getting released regardless of how much time/money/resources Nintendo was spending on game development.

Also, if you feel you have nothing to play, don't blame Nintendo. Get one of the 9 other first party titles on the console that aren't BotW or Odyssey, or some of the 3rd party and indie games.

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Eight freaking dollars, though...

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@JustPlainLucas: haha. I spend that on a cup of coffee at Starbucks and that’s gone in 10min. This game will give me hrs of entertainment for the same price. It’s relative I guess but in to way expensive. Get a job

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@fig56: $8 for Starbucks??

I feel bad for you...I spend half that on good coffee.

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@fig56: you spend 8 dollars on coffee?

Somebody’s taking you for a ride, lol

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@fig56: I have a job. I just have this weird thing about applying value to what interests me and an ancient relic like Punch Out, which is three dollars more than NES games used to be on Virtual Console, is just not really worth eight dollars. But hey, if you want to keep paying 8 dollars for average ass coffee, then ... a fool and his money are soon departed.

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@JustPlainLucas: Nintendo always goes through this Urban Champion phase before they start offering the games people actually crave en masse. But Punch Out is interesting for enthusiasts because it hadn't been released before for home systems. I'm happy to check out this curiosity. $8 seems a bit high though for what you can get out of it.

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@JustPlainLucas: I think $7.99 is fine for anyone who enjoys the punch out series. Nobody is a fool. The legal alternative to play this exact Arcade version of Punch Out is a $900 bulky arcade cabinet. In that mindset, $7.99 is not too bad. I'm glad they are, for the first time ever, porting this and other versions of their arcade games. I hope they don't stop until they port them all.