Street Smart was released in August 1989.
Street Smart was SNK's answer to the original "Street Fighter
" game made by Capcom.
This game could have been a hit (there were almost no fighting games on the market at the time), but they made one fatal mistake. That mistake was making the game co-operative in 2-Player mode. Instead of battling each other, a second enemy would spawn, and the players would work together against both of them. That completely took all the fun and excitement out of playing this game in 2-Player mode. "Street Fighter II - The World Warrior
" was released about a year later, and most Street Smart games were quickly converted into them.
Some gamers think that the Player 1 character looks like a young Takuma Sakazaki, who'd later be seen in the "Art of Fighting" and "King of Fighters" series. So far, SNK has never officially confirmed if this is so.
The music of the first stage of Street Smart was recycled later in "Fatal Fury - King of Fighters" in a 2-Player battle.