I first played Ring King on the NES at my brother's friend's house. We all thought the game was really funny when we first saw a boxer getting punched across the ring.
I do not own this game, and I have not beaten it.
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- The super punches that send your opponent flying around the ring are hilarious.
- The NES and MSX2 ports add a nice career system where you get bonus stats which you can apply to your character after successfully defeating opponents.
- The game doesn't have any decent music. The soundtrack is short and almost entirely fanfares and jingles.
- There is only a single boxer sprite. The game uses palette swaps to give the illusion of different boxers, but, it's not a very convincing illusion. The MSX2 port at least attempts to add variety with unique character portraits , but the boxers still look the same.
- The NES port uses a terrible dynamic difficulty system where challenger boxers are always considerably more powerful than you are. So, no matter how much you train, you will always face someone who outclasses you.
- The MSX2 port suffers terrible sprite flickering.
- The character portraits of the MSX2 port are racist caricatures.
- youtube.com/watch?v=p91GwjjsplE - Arcade game play.
- youtube.com/watch?v=7leFAiN81pk - NES game play.
- youtube.com/watch?v=KraNg-StThE - MSX2 game play.
|English (North America)||Ring King|
|English (UK)||King of Boxers|
|Japanese (Arcade)||キングオブボクサー||Kingu obu Bokusa||King of Boxer|
|Japanese (Home Consoles)||ファミリーボクシング||Famiri Bokushingu||Family Boxing|