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What made Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! so special?

For gamers of a certain age, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! will always be the undisputed champion. And while Nintendo's latest incarnation won't feature Iron Mike, there's no better time to give thanks and look back fondly at one of the most enjoyable video games of all-time.

Originally Published: November 27, 2008
By Patrick Sauer | Special to ESPN.com

I still remember where I was the first time I saw Mike Tyson hit the canvas.

No, not at the hands of Buster Douglas. I'm referring to when my friend Mike "Buzz" Bartholomew laid out the seemingly unbeatable animated Mike Tyson of "Punch-Out!!" fame.

It was the summer of 1987, in the basement of my Billings, Mont., boyhood home. It felt as though we were witnessing history.

It was a scene played out on Nintendo NES consoles everywhere. Beating Tyson was a victory so satisfying ...

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