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Street Smart

Arcade Video game published 35 years ago by SNK Corp.

Listed in MAME

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Street Smart © 1989 SNK [Shin Nihon Kikaku].

You begin by choosing one of 2 fighters (either a blond guy, or a dark haired guy in karate gear). Then you are whisked away to one of many cities on the map to have a battle. The opponents are tough, but simple. This game has no special moves (and has only punch, kick, and jump buttons), and all characters have insanely high energy. So you pretty much just wail away at each other with punches and kicks until someone falls down. An ambulance will show up to haul away your defeated opponent, and a girl in the audience will come out to congratulate you.

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This game is JAMMA compatible, and requires a cabinet with a horizontal monitor. Operators could only buy this game as a kit (no dedicated cabinets were produced).

Game ID : A8007 'S2'

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 10 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
Sound Chips : YM3812 (@ 4 Mhz), UPD7759 (@ 640 Khz)

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 3


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 old guy in the background has a strong similarity with Muten-Roshi, Son Goku's master from Dragonball.

The music of the first stage of Street Smart was recycled later in "Fatal Fury - King of Fighters" in a 2-Player battle.


The US version is slightly different, it has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.


Boss : Eikichi Kawasaki
Boss 2 : Mr. Hasegawa
Programmers : Konny, Fujimoto
Sound : Tarkun
Producer : Akira Goto
Head Designer : Isuka Michi
Designers : Kamada, Ishimoto, Tomoni. M, Sick Of, Mitsuzo, Miyoshi, Asako
Hardware : Koike


japan Sega Mega Drive (1991, "Street Smart [Model T-24083]")


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