Arcade style sports games were gaining ground in this era of gaming. While many had tried to make accurate sports sims before, noone had really tried to make them as outlandish as possible.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! was released by Nintendo in 1987. It was an updated version of the existing arcade game called Punch-Out!!. It's a boxing game, but isn't an outright simulation of a boxing match.
Players were put into the shoes of Little Mac, an underdog challenger from New York. Little Mac would duck, dodge, jab and uppercut his way from the obscure titles all the way up to facing Iron Mike himself. Players would need to learn how to fight each opponent in turn, to successfully beat them and memorise their patterns.