Punch-Out!! – Little Mac’s Confession (Rem. Game Over)November 21, 2009
Here’s a great mix of the “Main Theme” from Punch-Out!! performed by Game Over. This is also the first track here with lyrics.
This is a 128kbps version of the track from Nintendo Metal (2002) that they uploaded to OverClocked ReMix. The original tune is from Punch-Out!! on the NES (1987) and arcade (1984). It was composed by Yukio Kaneoka, Akito Nakatsuka, and our familiar friend, Kenji Yamamoto. These guys did an excellent job of creating a really catchy melody. The track does an excellent job of capturing the glorified excitement of a good, clean boxing match. Give him the uppercut! The uppercut!!
Punch-Out!! is well known for its puzzle fighting gameplay and the cartoon character designs, which still have powerful emotional impact compared with a lot of the stuff made today. The characters were actually drawn by a professional animator based on the concept sketches. Prior to his disgraceful exit from boxing, Nintendo also released Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! which featured the titular boxer as the end boss instead of Mr. Dream (no ear-eating in this game). There are also some pretty good mixes of the Punch-Out!! “Main Theme” on the Wii version of the game (2009), particularly the main “Fight” theme.
Game Over is a pretty interesting band. They tend to write some decent lyrics to their videogame mixes that capture the feel of the games and the emotions players have with them. In this instance, it gives a sense of the game’s difficulty.