The Arcade Video Game by Atari Games Corp.

Pit-Fighter screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Pit-Fighter © 1990 Atari Games Corp.

Three digitized brawlers face off co-operatively against a variety of street thugs, with gameplay featuring crowd interference and usable weapons. Players also get to fight each other in a 'Grudge Match'. Pit-Fighter featured impressive camera zoom and side-to-side pan but was somewhat flawed as a gameplay experience. On the dedicated cabinet version, up to three players can play simultaneously.


Pit-Fighter the  Arcade Video Game
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Pit Fighter was available in both dedicated cabinets and as conversion kits. The converted versions were usually only housed in two-player cabinets, while the dedicated machine supported up to three players. The dedicated versions had 25'' arcade monitors but, due to the lack of commercial and critical success, many of these machines were turned into "Street Fighter 2 - The World Warriors" before they were even a year old.

Atari G1 hardware
Game ID : 136081

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 14.31818 Mhz), MOS Technology 6502 (@ 1.7895 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.579 Mhz), OKI6295 (@ 9.037 Khz)

Players : 3
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 3


Pit-Fighter was originally released in August 1990 as a dedicated game. 5500 units were produced in the USA and 1000 in Ireland for European distribution. The selling price was $2495 at its time of release.

The conversion kit version was released in March 1991. 400 kits were produced in the USA and 155 in Ireland. The kit selling price was $995.

Pit-Fighter was the first ever beat-em-up to feature fully digitized protagonists - released two years before Midway's "Mortal Kombat".

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (That's Atari Music : G.S.M. Atari Games 1 - PCCB-00066) on July 21, 1991.


Project Leaders / Designers : Gary Stark, Mark Stephen Pierce
Programmers : Gary Stark, Paul Kwinn
Digital Imaging : Rob Rowe
Engineers : Sam Lee, Doug Snyder
Lead Animator: Nick Stern
Animators: Chuck Eyler, Mark West, Sharon Plotkin
Audio: John Paul
Technician: Glenn McNamara
Project Supervisor: John Ray
Product Manager: Jerry Momoda
Support Programmers: Dennis Harper, Dave Theurer, Mike Albaugh

* CAST :
Buzz : Bill Chase
Ty : Marc Williams
Kato : Glenn Fratticelli
Executioner : John Aguire
Southside Jim : James Thompson
Chainman : Eddie Venancio
Mad miles : Miles McGowan
Heavy Metal : Kim Rhodes
C.C. Rider : Rich Vargas
Angel : Angela Stellato
Masked Warrior : Bill McAleenan
Knife Woman : Dianne Bertucci
Knife Man : Milt Loper
Finale Women : Tina Scyrater, Maria Lenytzkyj



Atari 7800 usa : Unreleased prototype
Sega Genesis usa (1991) "Pit-Fighter [Model 301027]"
Sega Master System europe (1991) "Pit-Fighter [Model MK-29009]"
Sega Mega Drive europe (1991) "Pit-Fighter [Model 301027-0170]"
Nintendo SNES europe (1992) "Pit-Fighter [Model SNSP-PF-EUR]"
Nintendo SNES usa (mar.1992) "Pit-Fighter [Model SNS-PF-USA]"
Sega Mega Drive japan (mar.27, 1992) "Pit-Fighter [Model T-48033]"
Sony PlayStation 2 australia (2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2"
Microsoft XBOX usa (oct.11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model MWO-3201W]"
Nintendo GameCube usa (oct.11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model DOL-GAYE-USA]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (oct.11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model SLUS-20997]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (oct.29, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (oct.29, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model SLES-52844]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 usa (nov.6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 usa (nov.6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLUS-31083]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 europe (nov.15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 europe (nov.15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLES-01768]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 [Games on Demand] usa europe australia (aug.13, 2013) "Midway Arcade Origins"


Nintendo Game Boy europe (1992) "Pit-Fighter [Model DMG-QF]"
Atari Lynx usa (1992) "Pit-Fighter [Model PA2070]"
Nintendo Game Boy usa (june.1992) "Pit-Fighter [Model DMG-QF]"


Amstrad CPC europe (1991)
Atari ST europe (1991)
Commodore Amiga europe (1991)
Commodore C64 europe (1991)
PC [MS-DOS, 5.25"] europe (1991) : This port of Pit-Fighter inexplicably uses a sprite resizing algorithm that stretches only vertically, not horizontally. This results in very odd-looking 'skinny' fighters onscreen.
Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1991)
Commodore Amiga europe (1992) "Pit Fighter / Super Space Invaders"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (feb.17, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (mar.17, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition" by Zoo Digital Publishing

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