NES Classic Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Easter Egg Shows How To Drop Bald Bull And Piston Honda With One Punch

For those of you who read the headline and showed up with pitchforks and torches, set them aside, we're well aware that you've been sending Piston Honda and Bald Bull to the mat with a well timed punch for nearly three decades now. However, what you probably didn't know is there's a subtle visual cue among the spectators in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! that lets you know exactly when Little Mac should take a swing at his opponent.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

Amazingly this little Easter egg has gone unnoticed on the NES for 29 years, but is now public knowledge thanks to reddit forum member midwesternhousewives, who posted a video showing the visual cue. If you look closely, there's a bearded fellow in the first row behind the ropes. He's lined up underneath the second number in Little Mac's fatigue (hearts) meter.

When you're fighting Piston Honda, you can drop him like a sack of potatoes with a single jab or body blow as he begins his Honda Rush attack. Your timing has to be just right to pull off a one-punch knockout, and if you're having trouble with it, pay attention to the bearded fellow in the crowd. The moment he ducks is when Little Mac should take a swing, sending Honda home in embarrassing fashion.

The same is true when fighting Bald Bull in the second round. During the first round, there's a camera flash that indicates when a body blow will send Bald Bull to the mat, an Easter egg revealed by Satoru Iwata in 2009, six years before the former Nintendo president and CEO passed away. In the second round, the bearded spectator again ducks at the precise moment Bald Bull is vulnerable to a one-hit knockout.

You may not see these cues during your first fights with Piston Honda or Bald Bull. Another reddit user named unvaluablespace commented on the OP's video and noted he "can personally verify that your video is legit and what you say is true. The interesting thing is the bearded man did not flinch or move a single pixel until I reached the second fights with piston Honda and bald bull. The bearded man seems to not do anything during the first fights with these opponents."

It's pretty interesting that people are still discovering secrets in old school games decades after they've been released. It makes you wonder what else is hidden in Punch-Out and other retro games.