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There’s an insanely well-hidden Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! Easter egg

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Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! was such a challenging NES game because winning depended almost completely on timing. Get controller fatigue and slow down during a blocking spree? You’re vulnerable to be knocked out cold. Duck the wrong way when Mr. Sandman is shooting uppercuts your way? Sorry, pal, better luck next time. On the upside, destroying foes such as King Hippo is a breeze if you know when to land punches, and even Bald Bull is no match if you are able to use crowd cues for fighting guidance.

In the same vein, Rolling Stone reports an eagle-eyed Redditor has found a barely perceptible Easter egg in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!: As Little Mac is battling Piston Honda and Bald Bull for the second time, watch out for a tiny pink, bearded audience member located over the right shoulder of each fighter (or just left of center of the fighting ring). When each enemy boxer draws back for a fierce attack, the minuscule figure ducks—it’ll look like a nod or twitch—which is the signal for Mac to punch. The burly fighters will be flattened and knocked out cold. This Easter egg is a rather incredible find, because not only is it basically foolproof, it’s also yet another example of how well made the game really was.