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All from GameSpot, found through the links at the bottom of gamefaqs:

Following this morning's announcement that Take-Two had secured exclusive third-party publishing rights from the Major League Baseball Players' Association, Sega confirmed to GameSpot that it is selling Visual Concepts to Take-Two.

According to sources, Sega parted with the critically esteemed developer of ESPN NFL 2K5 and ESPN NBA 2K5 for just $24 million. That very low-sounding price is likely due to Electronic Arts' impending monopoly of NFL game rights and its 15-year exclusivity deal with ESPN, whose high-profile brand name will no longer give Visual Concepts' games instant recognition.

Though the exact terms of the deal were not disclosed, Take-Two will become the sole owner of Visual Concepts. It will also own VC's Kush Games subsidiary, which developed ESPN NHL 2K5 and ESPN Major League Baseball 2K5. Presumably, the studio will also create Take-Two's upcoming pro baseball game.

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Yeah, but to be fair, Little Mac wasn't in Super Punch-Out!!

Obviously he was in Punch-Out!! on the NES, though.

Still....

Nintendo should do a GameCube version of Punch-Out!!, only use (almost) EVERY character from the series, so you have:

Glass Joe

Gabby Jay

Von Kaiser

Bear Hugger

Piston Hurricane (screw Honda)

Bald Bull

King Hippo

The Great Tiger

Kid Quick

Pizza-Pasta

Don Flamenco

Dragon Chan

Bob Charlie

Masked Muscle

Vodka Drunkensky

Heike Keigaro

Aran Ryan

Mr. Sandman

Super Macho-Man

Narcis Prince

Hoy Quarlow

Rick Bruiser

Nick Bruiser

Mr. Dream

That gives you 24 boxers. Divide it up into divisions of 4 (or 6) boxers, and it's pretty solid.

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The problem is that while the gameplay for Punch Out is solid for its time, there is no way they can do it now. So they'd have the characters to rely on.

1) They were rather stereotypical so they'll have constant minority groups on their ass.

2) Becuase they'd only have the name, it'd be an arcade boxing game and they generally don't do very well. The only people who would buy it are Punch Out fans and they would be disappointed.

So they'd lose money by doing so.

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I think a traditional Punch-Out game for GC would sell pretty damn well. Throw in Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!! as bonus features and everyone would go apeshit. I don't see why you think it wouldn't sell, it's always been a highly regarded franchise.

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Well, okay... here's a thought. Let's totally rework Punch-Out, turn it into a Fight Night type game. But let's give it cartoonish graphics, possibly cel-shaded and your opponents are over the top characters, not stereotypes. Super moves and stuff as well. You give it to Nintendo and it'll be like an Arcadey Fight Night instead of Ready 2 Rumble.

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Well, okay... here's a thought.  Let's totally rework Punch-Out, turn it into a Fight Night type game.  But let's give it cartoonish graphics, possibly cel-shaded and your opponents are over the top characters, not stereotypes.  Super moves and stuff as well.  You give it to Nintendo and it'll be like an Arcadey Fight Night instead of Ready 2 Rumble.

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I'm still confused as to whether it's Little Mac from MTPO or the blonde dude from Super Punch-Out!

I've beaten both, but still.

Yeah...

Little Mac was only in PunchOut!!/MTPO...

The Arcade games Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-out!! were the transparent fighter (That was his name), and the fighter in Super is yourself I guess.

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