If you’re old enough to remember, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out for the original Nintendo gaming system is one of the greatest sports video games of all time. It was at the peak of its popularity at the same time Mike Tyson was tearing up the boxing world, and plenty of kids spent countless hours trying to achieve a showdown with the champ at the end of the game.
Nintendo obviously made a ton of money because of the game, but they only paid Tyson $50,000 for the rights to use his name and image.
Somehow, Nintendo was able to swoop in and make the three-year bargain deal with Iron Mike before he was actually champion of the world – and arguably one of the greatest heavyweight champions we’ve ever seen.
Give Nintendo credit for having a sense of what Mike Tyson was going to accomplish before everyone else did. (NY Post)