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Kickstarter Punch Out!! book co-creator meets Mike Tyson

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Although the Kickstarter failed, the project succeeded. With a goal of $25,000, gamers Daniel Lanciana, Matt Turk, Sinister1, Daniel Teixeira and Adelikat set off to create an unofficial 240-page book of the NES game; Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!.

After alot of interest from backers the project was cancelled when Nintendo got involved and issues arose around licensing. But the group carried on, searching for a way to release the project for free.

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Amazingly, Matt Turk recently got a chance to meet with the legend himself and deliver a book prototype in-person. Matt shared the book and got the chance to ask him a few questions about his Punch Out!! days.

Tyson thanked him for the book and was apparently genuinely surprised, asking for Matt’s full name, and giving him a sincere “thank you.”

Matt believes that because of this meeting, the project, although cancelled, was a success. He demonstrated the passion of thePunch Out!! community through meeting the goal, and Mike Tyson himself actually saw the book.

2 thoughts on “Kickstarter Punch Out!! book co-creator meets Mike Tyson

  1. mrsid says:

    You know that if a game has 2 exclamation marks after it’s name, its going to be good!

    I don’t see how it effects Nintendo. I know it is their copyright but is it really that much of a problem?

    The book looks beautifully designed. Let’s hope it gets published one day.

  2. Seems to be a phenomenon in corporate law these days. Lawyers acting on behalf of companies are chomping at the bit to find any tiny liberty being taken on copyright, and are then litigating the poor culprits (often no more than just fans) back into the Stone Age – even if the company themselves aren’t really bothered.

    Lucas for example allow Star Wars fans to get away with murder, understanding that allowing fans some freedom will generate more love and further the franchise and will ultimately be more beneficial than aggressive lawsuits. Lets see if Disney are as accommodating with the name.

    But back to the topic this book looks pretty cool.

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