Power Instinct

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a game by Atlus
Genres: Fighting Games, Multiplayer/Hotseat
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 4 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 10 votes
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Power Instinct falls along the lines of Fatal Fury, but it falls short. It has cool practice modes and eight familiar fighters but a disappointing boss, who's a palette-swap of a playable character.


  • For a five-hit combo as Keith Wayne, press Down, Down-Toward, Toward, and Button X. Continuously press X and Up-Toward as you finish the kick to flip over your opponem and kick them from behind.
  • Oume, the boss, and Otane are vulnerable to attack when morphing.

The graphics are passable. Average music and sound effects give you standard battle cries and kung fu tunes.

With double jumps and special moves, control is Pi's finest feature. The normal setting is easy, so veterans must ramp up the difficulty.

For martial arts madmen looking to pound new faces, PI is worth renting -- but it's no substitute for power hitters.

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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

Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: Atlus
  • Machine: SNES

There's a couple of things that make this game worthy of your fighting game dollars. First, the game controls extremely easily and the fighting looks good. Secondly, there's Grandma's Flying Denture Attack - a sure sign of a great game!

  • Machine: SNES.
  • Manufacturer: by Atlus.

Every year the Gogetsu family gathers together to duke it out for supremacy and family leadership (sounds kinda like Christmas at my house), and this time you've been invited to lend a hand in this way-too-inbred family's annual gathering.

As an arcade game, Power Instinct is something of a cult hit, and now loyal followers can finally enjoy a solid translation of their favorite coin-op. In case you're not familiar, Power Instinct is another animated fighting game, which borrows heavily from Street Fighter and Fatal Fury. Even though Power Instinct is a total copycat of a game, it does possess some great fighting, some wild characters, and some very special moves.

The game has a total of eight unique fighters to choose from and a rather standard stage for each character to fight in. You can play in Versus mode, Story mode, practice a couple of different ways, or play the challenging Life Attack. The Life Attack mode is something new and worthy of trying. In the Life Attack mode you take on ail eight characters, one at a time, with only one life meter!

The fighting genre's only denture-throwing grandma and good fighting control are enough to make this game a good choice for fighting fans. However, if you already own a good fighting game, there isn't enough new stuff to warrant laying down your money.

Another hit at the AMOA Exhibition was a new fighting game from Atlus called Power Instinct. This is a fighting game with definite comical overtones.

The story behind the game is a complex one. The Gogetsu Clan is about to have a contest to pick their new leader. Anyone with bloodlines in the clan can enter the tournament. Eight contestants have answered the call from various places around the world. At this point, the outcome of the tournament is anyone's guess.

The eight combatants are as diverse in their fighting styles as they are in their individual backgrounds. There's Reiji Oyama, the Martial Arts Master; Annie Hamilton, the quick and agile warrior; White Buffalo, the Indian Brave whose courage is second-to-none; Keith Wayne, a brawler with a bad attitude; Thin Nen, a master of inner strength; Angela Beuti, the ruthless vixen; Hattori Saizo, the speedy ninja; and finally Gogetsuji Otane, the elderly woman with a nasty disposition and the ability to suck out her opponent's youth for 10 seconds!

Each player has a fighting style all his/her own. Quick dash-and-retreat moves also figure prominently into the game play. Throws can be used to slam opponents helplessly to the ground. Air and long distance attacks do wonders to disable your adversaries and take them out of contention.

The graphics, sounds and overall playability of Power Instinct make it a joy to play. The hilarious attacks will definitely put a large-scale grin on your face! The characters are really, really funny.

All of the cabinet's controls are easy to get to in the heat of battle.

The moves are also set up for an easy learning curve. When Atlus designed Power Instinct, they obviously had one word in mind...FUN and FUNNY! Well, OK, that's two words. Anyway, you'll get the idea when you play Power Instinct by Atlus! Very cool!

Snapshots and Media

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Screenshots

SNES/Super Nintendo/Super Famicom Screenshots