Publisher: Electro Brain
Boxing Legends of the Ring is a boxing video game for the Mega Drive/Genesis and Super NES consoles. The boxers are represented by 2D sprites seen from over the shoulder of one of the fighters. The title of the game refers to the famous boxing magazine, The Ring, which the game is licensed to associate itself with. The following famous middleweight boxers are represented in the game: Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Durán, Thomas Hearns, James Toney, Marvin Hagler, Jake LaMotta, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Rocky Graziano.
However, all of the fights in the game take place in the Las Vegas Hilton casino in the North American version. There are also advertising banners for HBO visible during fights that are not available in the Japanese version. As a result, the Japanese versions game takes place in a generic boxing ring using the publisher’s name in place of the HBO advertisements found in the North American version.
A special version was released in Mexico and the American Southwest called Chavez II; the game exchanged the English language words for Spanish and omitted some vocals.
On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the Super Famicom version of the game a 27 out of 40. Meanwhile, reviewing the SNES release as Chavez II, GamePro assessed that while it was not one of the best boxing games for the system, it was a surprisingly strong improvement from the original, with faster controls and sharper, bloodier graphics. They summarized it as “decent”.
In conclusion, Next Generation reviewed the SNES version of Chavez II, rating it two stars out of five, and stated that “other than the novely of Spanish text and Chavez on the box, you’re just as well off picking up Legends of the Ring.”
Game platforms: Megadrive, Super Nintendo