Punch-Out!!

1983, Ar­cade

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Koji Kondo’s first o’cial project for Nintendo was for the now-iconic box­ing game Punch-Out!! Though there isn’t much com­plex­ity to the music due to hard­ware re­stric­tions, there are still some pretty mem­o­rable tunes.

Upon start­ing, play­ers hear a fan­fare of chimes rem­i­nis­cent of Rocky’s Gonna Fly Now, lead­ing into a sim­ple march. As the fight be­gins, it’s hard to not feel just a lit­tle anx­ious when that bass line kicks in to get the heart pump­ing. While it might not be Kondo’s best work, it’s cer­tainly mem­o­rable for be­ing an iconic part of Nintendo’s his­tory.

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