Pit Fighter

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a game by Tengen, Sterling Silver Software, THQ, and Atari Co.
Genres: Action, Fighting Games
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES, Sega Master SystemSega Master System, Lynx, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 6.9/10, based on 10 reviews
User Rating: 8.7/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Fighting Games, Arcade Games, Pit Fighter Games
Pit Fighter
Pit Fighter
Pit Fighter
Pit Fighter

The super fighters and nonstop bone-crushing mayhem of Pit fighter has been shrunk down to Game Boy size. However, the game play is exactly the same as the arcade version. Select either Buzz, Kato, or Ty to do your fighting.

ProTip: Jam an opponent into the crowd and keep nailing him every time he gets up.

Pardon My Fists

You're thrust into a crowded, sleazy underground warehouse, where you must fight 10 matches against a host of deadly, shifty characters. No two opponents fight the same, so you must adjust your fighter's strategy accordingly.

Each fighter moves 360 degrees on a 2-D horizontally and vertically scrolling playing field. Punch, kick, dodge, and block until one fighter's strength meter hits zero. Winner takes the purse wagered by the crowd and the loser's body gets tossed out! Make it to the final round to take on the all-time greatest Pit fighter of all!

You must be horizontally aligned with your opponent in order to inflict or receive damage.

THQ faithfully reproduces the classic digitized images of the fighters onto the Game Boy's monochromatic screen. Despite the size limitations and lack of color, the images move smoothly and are distinct from the background. Unfortunately, some of the visual details have shrunk out of view, but there's still plenty to look at! There's even a hip soundtrack that doesn't grate on the nerves.

Get into the Pits

The only major drawback, to an otherwise entertaining fighting cart, is the missing two-player competition feature. Nevertheless, Pit fighter is full of fast action, excellent game play, and surprising challenge! Tiny Pit fighter for the Game Boy measures up to its big brother quite admirably!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed
Sega Master System

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

In VG&CE's annual awards issue (February 1993), our editors described Pit-Fighter as "the game that should have never left the arcades." That summation seemed appropriate; the Super NES and PC versions of the game had both been recognized in the top five "Worst Games of 1992." Tengen's Pit-Fighter for the Genesis was the first interpretation of the popular coin-op to hit home systems, and, to date, no one has been able to explain why it's the only playable version available for the home.

Naturally, a lot of people have been anxiously awaiting the Lynx version of Pit-Fighter. The company's close ties to Tengen/Atari Games seemed to guaram tee a faithful translation, and the recent news that it would be the first four-megabit Lynx title only added to the excitement.

So what's the verdict? Well, I like it better than the Super NES version, a statement that is a lot like saying that I'd prefer to be burned at the stake rather than sent to the guillotine (because, as any Three Stooges fan knows, "a hot stake is better than a cold chop"). It's definitely the lesser of two evils--or three or four evils in the case of this unfairly maligned game.

I'm sorry, but accurate reproduction of the digitized character data is not enough to make a good version of Pit-Fighter. The characters' movements alternate between slow and awkward (lying down in midair before hitting the ground?) and fast and jerky (taking 20 steps to move two feet forward?). The fighters do "scale" nicely as they move in and out of the playfield; unfortunately, the control response is as minimal as the two-frame animation of the background spectators.

With sticky game play, drab colors, a crowded screen display and a blunt soundtrack that makes it hard to distinguish sound effects from percussion, Pit-Fighter is an overly ambitious game that really looks rushed. The most glaring example of this is the "continue" countdown, which encourages players to "Hit START" to continue a losing game. The Lynx doesn't have a START button, duh! "Hit A or B" is what they intended to say.

I was expecting great things from this game; unfortunately, it just doesn't deliver the goods. A curious effort for hard-core Pit-Fighter fans only.

After an extended visit to the Genesis and the SNES, one of Atari's biggest arcade offspring has finally comes home to the Lynx. The whole gang's here-Buzz, Ty, and Kato - for the fiercest, most brutal beat-em-up action ever to attack the Lynx's screen. If you love gut-wrenching action and merciless violence, then this game's for you!

Into the Pit!

Pit-Fighter puts you in the pit as one of three champion fighters in a no-holds-barred contest for supremacy. Choose between Ty (a Kick Boxing Champion), Buzz (a Wrestler Emeritus), or Kato (a Karate Master). In addition to punching, kicking, and jumping, each player also has a special move. For Ty, it's a flying kick. Buzz throws a mean body slam, and. Kato's dragon punch really burns the bad guys. Each fighter is especially skilled in their chosen fighting disciplines. Fight according to your character's strengths, as you face-off against the surly, unconventional opponents awaiting you in the pit.

Play solo or Comlynx with someone for head-to-head action. The purpose of Pit-Fighter is simple: beat or be beaten. The action takes place on a two-screen wide, side-scrolling playing field that's marked off by a horde of bizarre-looking spectators. The player's ability to move into and out of the background effectively adds a 3-D effect to the field. No rules or time limits will hold you back. You can use any and all means to knock out your opponent before he knocks you out. In some levels, you can throw things at your opponents - barrels, chairs, even motorcycles. Winners advance to the next level. Losers get carted off in a body bag.

A five-unit Hit Meter monitors your health status. Lose all your Hit units and you're dust. You begin with six credits/continues. Lose a player, and you continue from the same point in the contest as any of the three fighters. Play goes on until all your credits are used up. Beat your opponent in record time for bonus points and a brutality bonus. High scores are recorded in the Pit-Fighter Hall of Pain!

Them's the Pits

Pit-Fighter is tough in more ways than one. It maxes the Lynx's graphic muscles with digitized characters, moves, and scenarios that are identical to the arcade game's. The characters move smoothly as they thrash around the screen and into the background. Sound effects and music are above average by Lynx standards. The only drawbacks come from the controls. You have to press the A and B buttons simultaneously, in addition to the Option 1 and 2 buttons. During the hot-and-heavy fight moves, the frenetic button presses jam the controls.

Despite this flaw, Pit-Fighter is a nonstop fighting challenge that's sure to keep your interest piqued. Do you have what it takes to pit yourself against Pit-Fighter?


  • Avoid hanging out at the perimeters, because the spectators can also attack you.
  • Look for super-strength power pills that are hidden in items you pick up.
  • You'll need extra time to pull off a special move, so move far to the side opposite your opponent and let him come to you.
  • You can hit back at the annoying spectators, but don't waste time or your opponent will deck you from behind!
  • The bigger the object, the shorter the distance you can throw it.

One of the most innovative arcade hits is about to be scaled down to portable size! Pit Fighter features digitized characters in the city slums, locked in a contest of strength for some major bucks! With a friend or by yourself, Pit Fighter is the one game where trashing Sanents is a of life, aster all the loves to control the mayhem in this solid coin-op convert.

  • Manufacturer: Tengen
  • Machine: Genesis
  • Theme: Fighting
  • No. of Levels: 9+

Fight in the Pits!

They are back! This time there are more enemies, more moves, plus better sounds and graphics! Like its predecessor, the game uses digitized characters and voices for maximum impact! In the Pit there are no rules - which means you have to watch the spectators as closely as your opponents, because the audience can hurt you with sharp knives and deadly hits! Your opponents are ready to play down and dirty! You can play alone against the computer, or take on a friend (or enemy) for some head-to-head competition! The mean three are back: Buzz, the ex-wrestler; Kato, the karate master; and Ty, the kickboxing champion who is also the only survivor of previous Pit fights! They are joined by newcomers Tanya, Conner, Chief and Javier!

Deep in the New York underground lies a place where warriors of all races and creeds come to match their skills against others. Here, there are no roles, no retreats, no surrender. It is called the Pit, and the warriors are Pit-Fighters.

In Pit-Fighter for the SUPER NES, you may choose from three unlikely warriors: Buzz, the ex-wrestler with staggering power; Kato, the karate-master with incredible speed; or Ty, the champion kick-boxer and only veteran of the Pit. Each warrior has special devastating attacks to punish the opposition. Fight through nine matches and face the Masked Warrior, the reigning champion of the Pit. Welcome to a world where brutality is a way of life.

You fight for prize money as you progress in ranking. Great digitized graphics, like the coin-op!

Progress is slowly being made in getting digitized fighters to animate smoothly in a cartridge game. Still a demo but looks good.

Pow! Ugh! Smack! Wham! No, it's not Batman and the Boy Wonder gettin' rough with the Joker or the Penguin, it's THQ's Super NES version of that awesome pound 'em coin-op, Pit-Fighter.

A Pit-Fighter is someone who subjects their body to beatings while a raucous crowd looks on. What's so attractive about risking your neck in this rowdy two-player beat-'em-up adventure? Why the challenge, of course, and there's some hefty cash prizes to be had, too.


  • For a real kick in your opponent's pants use Kato. He's the best fighter of the trio.
  • Always go for the in-their-face aggressive approach.

A Fists and Feet Frenzy

In this SNES version, programmers pumped up the video-reality factor. You choose from three contenders: Kato, Ty, or Buzz. Each character boasts different speed, agility, range of blows, overall strength, and staying power. Each character also has his own set of Super Moves. However, to perform super moves, you must win a round to get a "power pill".

If you're taking a few too many body slams, complete a somersault move up and over the opponent. This will give you a split-second to get your bearings.

The Pits

Although the digitized graphics and sound effects are almost identical to the Arcade and the Genesis versions, the moves, unfortunately, aren't. While each character's basic moves can be performed with relative ease, the quest for the much needed super moves is a bit of a drag. Guess the third time isn't always a charm.

Hey, all of you contact sport fans out there, great news! The action-packed arcade smash, Pit-Fighter, is on its way home with just as much fist-pounding excitement as its quarter-crunching big brother.

Tengen's done an amazing job of animating the digitized graphics; it's so close to the arcade version you can feel the body heat. Slammin' simultaneous two player action puts you and a friend into the video-skins of one of three characters to live the life of a Pit- Fighter and travel to seven sleazy underground locales in search of the ultimate fight -- the one with the biggest cash prize!

The Challengers

The three Pit-Fighters made the trip from the coin-op, as did their bust-em-up Super Moves. You or your buddy can choose: Kato, a martial arts master, Ty, a champion kockboxer, and Buzz, an ex-pro wrestler. In two-player mode you can't double-up on a character.

Kato's normal moves consist of a jump-kick, a front kick, a reverse kick, a straight-forward jab punch, and a head-level elbow strike. A super quick, rapid fire chest-punch is his special move. And, when an opponent's down, he uses a two-handed downward blow to finish the job.

Ty's moves include a jab-kick, a flying jump-kick, a forward jab-punch, an upper-cut punch, and an awesome head-banging knee slam. He launches into a super Flying Double Kick as a special move. To put 'em out for the count, this guy uses a nasty downward heel kick.

Last, though nowhere near least, there's Buzz with his two special moves. Move Number One sends opponents sailing right over his head before gravity takes over. With move Number Two, Buzz grinds em' into the dirt with a pile driver. His normal moves consist of a head-butt, a forward punch, a side-kick, and a jumping side-kick. Finally, when he downs an opponent, he performs a gut-wrenching knee drop to take 'em out!

If fists and feet aren't making it, try a weapon. You find nine types including Shurikans, Knives, Bar Stools, and even Motorcycles!

Some Ugly Competition

You trade blows with a gross gang of opponents during your quest for fame and fortune. These brutes are as ugly as nasty-looking as their names sound: the Executioner, Southside Jim, Angel, C.C. Rider, Chainman Eddie, Heavy Metal, and Mad Miles. Be prepared to face some of those ugly mugs more than once, too. Pound through all 10 matches, emerge intact, and you're rewarded with... more video-world pain. It's a no-go on the dough until you bash heads with the king of fighters. Pit-Fighter beware, this guy has quite a few tricks up his dirty sleeve!

Post-Fight Review

Pit-Fighter uses digitization to reproduce sound and graphics that are as awesome as those in the arcade version. In fact, we've never heard as much digitized sound from a Genesis game before, and every character (right down to the cheering crowd) sports moves and poses that are loaded with realism. If you want outrageous two-player, simultaneous action, step into the pit with Pit- Fighter.

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