Rival Turf!

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a game by Jaleco
Genre: Fighting Games
Platform: SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 6.2/10, based on 3 reviews, 4 reviews are shown
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 6 votes
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See also: Beat 'em-Up
Rival Turf!
Rival Turf!
Rival Turf!
Rival Turf!

Rival Turf by Jaleco is a lean, but mean, beat-'em- up for the SNES. Its strong point is that one or two-players can throw some major fists and feet at a gang of goons or each other in Versus mode. You bust up Big Al's Street King gang through 6 Stages, which total 18 fighting arenas.

Turf's Up

Your moves are slick. You can play a quick kick boxer named Jack Flak or a brawny brawler called Oozie Nelson. Jack's lethal spinning Sweep Hurricane kick is slick. Oozie's slower, but he packs devastating wrestling slams and a monster Storm Bomber spin. Each character has seven moves in all, including a Super Move. There are also some nice close in body slams and shoulder throws.

You can hit L or R to speed up your character, too. Pick up knives, bricks, rocks, or dynamite and toss 'em. The optional Angry Mode makes you temporarily invincible if you take a beating.


  • You can't be harmed when you're in the air.
  • Attack bad guys by moving in from the side and you can usually get them before they get you.
  • Stage Four's Captain is mucho tough. Use jump attacks or Jack's Sliding Kick, but back off when you knock him down. He's quick.

Turf's graphics are SNES solid, with tough-looking bad guys, nice backgrounds, and nifty Mode 7 traveling sequences. The sounds don't offer a lot of "oooohs" and "ahhhhs", but there are plenty of grunts and groans.

Turf dishes out a good workout, but street fighting vets ought to make mincemeat out of it, especially in two-player mode. You get five lives and eight continues. So, even in a single player rumble, you ought to last pretty long by switching between Jack and Oozie.

Alright for Fighting

Rival Turf's a stimulating Saturday night SNES fight that'll jack you up. It might not blow you away, but you'll have a good time blowing it away.

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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: Jaleco
  • Machine: Super NES
  • Theme: Fighting
  • Available: 1992
  • No. of Levels: 6

Rival Turf from Jaleco is the latest addition to fighting games on the Super NES. The streets are crawling with enemy thugs and it is up to you to stop them! You can take on the enemy by yourself or bring along a friend for some exciting head-bashing two player action! Over 20 different moves are at your disposal during the six stages of action! The streets are tough, but show them all that you are tougher!

People say:


Rival Turf attempts to duplicate the look and feel of other, more famous, fighting games like Street Fighter 2 or Final Fight. While the game action is not bad by any sense of the word, it also lacks the flair needed to make it stand out from the rest of the genre. Add this only if you feel obligated to have every fighting game.


Rival Turf is a very good two player fighting game. The characters are large and the animation is quite smooth. While there could be more moves, the ones that are there are very effective once mastered. Pounding up your friend as you play can be fun, and it guarantees a few laughs in an otherwise serious type game.


Rival Turf does a good job of emulating Final Fight and adding a two-player feature. The game play is very good, but there are even less moves and that makes the game a little too easy. The graphics and sounds are above average, but I was very disappointed at the slowdown in the two player mode.


I am sorely disappointed with Rival Turf! The graphics aren't the best ever seen, and the music lacks variety. The two player mode is OK but not spectacular. Just having a two player mode is good though, as it can be a fun game when playing with a friend. As a one player fighting game it is only average.

  • Manufacturer: Jaleco
  • Machine: Super NES
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Available: April 1992
  • No. of Levels: 6
  • Theme: Fighting

Fist to Fist

Coming soon from Jaleco is a new fighting game called Rival Turf. This 8 Meg cart is packed full of features not often found in normal fighting games.

After the introduction and title screen, select from two different characters. Jack Flack is very quick, but not as powerful as Oozie Nelson who is extremely powerful, but lacks speed. Two player mode is simultaneous and players can ever be same character at the same time.

There is also an option screen in which the player can select different control pad configurations, use the sound test and even turn on the two player hit mode, in which you are able to hit the other player's character. After the game has started, you will notice a map of your character's position with some nice Mode 7 scaling. Game play is similar to other fighters except for some unique moves. This game is sure to be a hit with fighting theme fans!

In level one, you must successfully fight your way through the bus station. The first Boss will try to chop you up with his sword. To beat him, punch him in the face.

Boss two is waiting at the end of the parking garage for you. He will come at you with leap attacks. Defeat Boss two by flipping him over your shoulder.

In level three, you must make it to the end of the radioactive power plant. Counter Boss three's leaping and kicking attacks with jump kicks to the head.

A helicopter takes you across a border to fight in the jungles of level four. Boss four arrives on a boat and tries to trample you. Defeat him with foot sweeps.

Fight your way past the shoreline and the harbor in level five. Boss five will try to stop you with lightning fast round kicks. Use the jump kick and put him down.

Past the secret hideout, Boss six will attack you with charging attacks and flaming leap punches. With practice, you can use foot sweeps to beat him.

The action in level one is so intense that while riding on a moving bus, you must fight your way through some bad dudes.

In level two, as you fight through the parking garage (at the end), Boss two will attack you while his men will try to run over you.

Several months ago, the city was ravaged by a ruthless street gang and their nefarious leader, Mr. Big. Although the gang's operations have been dissolved and its members scattered, the threat continues.

Smashing through the 16-Bit barrier, Rival Turf 2 absolutely demolishes its predecessor in every category! With the addition of new characters to control, awesome cinema pictures, and cranking tunes. Rival Turf 2 will challenge other street-fighting games in its class!

The story begins as you receive calls about gang violence throughout the city. After studying each incident, you realize the M.O. of the crimes, Mr. Big, is back, and this time he means business! Luckily, you've made some friends and trained hard to improve your fighting skills. You and a friend can comb the city together as a team or individually. Look for highly improved graphic details in each character, along with backgrounds that will blow you away! If you get bored saving the city, you can always grab a friend and fight head-to-head in the optional battle mode. Rival Turf 2 has it all and more!

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