Anyone who grew up in the 80’s playing Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! on Nintendo can tell you that it usually took a while to learn the perfect timing needed to beat guys like Piston Honda, King Hippo, and Mr. Sandman. Punch a moment too soon and you’re exposed. Punch a moment too late and it’s a moot point. Eventually, a lot of people figured out all of the specifics and Easter eggs in order to beat the game.
At least, that’s what we all assumed. In 2009, a game developer revealed an otherwise-unknown visual cue (a camera flash) that allowed Little Mac to knock out Bald Bull in one punch. At the time the developer also said there are “a lot of hidden elements” still undiscovered.
It looks like Reddit user Midwesternhousewives has figured out one of them. It involves a bearded man who sits in the first row of the crowd behind the ring when you’re fighting Bald Bull for the second time as well as Piston Honda. The bearded man ducks and when he does, you better punch. If you time it just right, you’ll knock your opponent out in one fell swoop.
It’s shocking to think that there are still secrets and Easter eggs to be discovered in a video game an entire generation spent way too many hours overanalyzing for years. It’s also a reminder that the “simple” games from this era were actually much more in-depth than we give them credit for.
If you want to give this trick a try, or see if you can discover the next still-hidden Easter egg, but didn’t hold on to your Nintendo, you can always try out an online emulator.