although Punch! ! It’s been one of Nintendo’s most popular “fighting” franchises since its arcade debut in 1984, but it rarely has something common in the genre: a two-player mode.
On Monday, however, things changed. For nearly 30 years, the resulting discovery has been hidden in the Super Nintendo Edition of the series.
If you own a 1994 Super attack! ! In any capacity—original SNES cartridges, dump ROMs parsed by emulators, Super Nintendo Classics, or even as part of a paid Nintendo Switch Online retro game collection—you can access the feature right away, no cracks or ROMs required to edit . All you need is a pair of gamepads.
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credit goes Encoder Responsible @new_cheats_news account On Twitter, since 2014, it has frequently posted discoveries of remaining modes, menus, and gameplay features in classic games. Many of the account’s discoveries require Game Gear code or hex edits to the original ROM files to access them, as these modes are often forgotten in the game’s original code and will never be seen by regular fans.
However, today’s Super attack! ! Discovery revolves around a series of simple button combinations that only require a second controller. The two-player mode is hidden behind an additional, previously undiscovered menu, allowing single-player players to jump right into any boxing fighter in the game. It’s essentially a “level select” menu that many classic games use for internal testing, and arguably a speedrunner can use to practice faster against specific opponents.
This menu can be accessed by pressing and holding the R and Y buttons on Player Two’s controller on the “Press Start” screen, then pressing Start or A with Player One’s controller. Doing so, a new menu will appear showing profile icons for all 16 boxers. Select any of these icons for a one-time fight; once it’s over, you’ll be redirected back to the same boxer selection menu.
In this menu, if player two holds down the B and Y buttons until the match begins, friends can enter a two-player match. You won’t hear sound effects or any other indication that it works. Instead, the match will start with the second player controlling the “boss” boxer at the top of the screen. Combine the “ABXY” button array with “Up” and “Down” on the D-pad to complete every basic and advanced attack.
So far, I’ve confirmed that this works on the original SNES cartridge, as well as the SNES Classic and the game version on Nintendo Switch – I used it to record a video demo of the aforementioned game’s most wimpy character, Gabby Jay, swaying sideways. In traditional single-player mode, Gabby Jay would stand still and then slowly throw a few punches.
In my testing so far, I wouldn’t necessarily describe the game’s long-hidden two-player mode as a “balanced” competitive game, as the boss characters’ high levels of strength and their apparent pre-punch “tell.” The latter usually comes with long pauses, which single-player players have been working on for years. Avoid them and the boss will be stunned and beaten.Therefore, I don’t think Super attack! ! Coming soon to a competitive arena like the Evo. Still, the boss character’s button click delays are smooth enough to make this mode a fun option for longtime SNES fans to try out with friends.
A more balanced version of the concept was adopted in the 2009 Wii version of the series, which only allowed players to fight as a palette swap for the long-running series character Little Mac. The two-player mode, spotted on the SNES this week, adds a wider range of combat options for a second player.
The history of hidden menus and Easter eggs in the gaming industry is of course rich, but today’s news is arguably the most like 2016’s discovery of cheat menus hidden in the first three Mortal Kombat arcade games. This requires entering specific buttons on the arcade cabinet in the correct order, even if no quarter is plugged in, and unlocks anything from “lethal” animations to free play modes.
This Punch! ! The NES version of the series was previously the subject of a fan review in 2016, when frame-by-frame analysis confirmed visual instructions for when to fight some of the game’s toughest bosses.A few years ago, I interviewed a Punch! !‘s original developer says there are more secrets in the NES Classic that fans have yet to discover. Is the two-player mode hidden in older games as well?