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Pit-Fighter
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Tengen,
Sega Master System
Domark
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Atari Games
Developer(s) of original games: Atari Games
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,800 T-48033
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.95[1] 301027-0150
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£49.99[3] 301027-0170
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 301027-0170
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 301027-0170
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 301027-0170
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM8033JT



Sega Master System
UK
£32.99[5] MK 29009-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK 29009-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK 29009-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK 29009-50
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 028250



Pit-Fighter or Pit Fighter (ピットファイター) is a 1990 arcade fighting game by Atari Games. Tengen ported it to the Sega Mega Drive internationally in 1991. The Kremlin ported it to the Sega Master System with a new soundtrack by The Doomsday Machine and with Domark releasing it in Europe in 1992.

Gameplay

The game is a conventional fighting game with a pseudo-like perspective. A/2 punches, B/1 kicks, and C (no equivalent on SMS) jumps.

In the arcades, Pit-Fighter relies on digitised graphics (later popularised by Mortal Kombat) and a sprite scaling mechanism to give the illusion of depth (of which neither Sega port offers). The Master System version uses extremely small sprites and lacks most of the crowd, making it the least faithful of the many home ports of the game.

While both versions offer two-player support, neither support the three-player option seen in the arcades.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: Intro sequence
  • Produced by: Tengen
  • Programmed by: Sterling Silver Software (original build)
  • Programmed by: Lee Actor, Dennis Koble (Rev. A build)
  • Sound by: Earl Vickers
  • Special Thanks to: Gary Stark, Bill Hindorff, Doug Coward


Source: US manual credits
  • Thanks to: Rusty Dawe
  • Special thanks to the original coin-op team at Atari Games
  • Graphic and Package Design: Louis Saekow Design

Master System version

Source: Intro sequence

Magazine articles

Main article: Pit-Fighter/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[7]
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also published in:
  • GamePro (US) 16-bit Video Gaming: "February 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[8]
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Game Informer (US) #3: "January/February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #31: "February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[9]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #32: "March 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[10]
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #125: "April 1992" (1992-03-15)
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also published in:
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Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 №6, p58-60[12]
82 №124, p63[13]
100 №29, p68[1]
90 №3, p26-27
79 №23, p116[14]
30 №3, p79[15]
70 №10, p32-33
78 №15, p76-77
89 №1, p64
49 №8, p80
75 №1, p80-81[16]
80 №2, p28-30[17]
81 №16, p118-120[18]
70 №22, p132[19]
70 №28, p26-27
95 №3, p56-57[20]
91 №13, p22-23
89 №18, p66
90 №2, p28[3]
Sega Mega Drive
78
Based on
19 reviews

Mega Drive, US
PitFighter MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Pitfighter md us cart.jpg
Cart
Pit Fighter MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
PitFighter MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
PitFighter MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
PitFighter MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
PitFighter MD JP CartTop.jpg
PitFighter MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Pit-Fighter MD JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR
PitFighter MD KR cover.jpg
Cover
PitFighter MD KR cartback.jpgPitFighter MD KR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, FR

Pit-Fighter MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (rental)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
44 №14, p129[21]
67 №19, p104[22]
13 №133, p78-79[5]
20 №1, p90[6]
47 №38, p37
75 №15, p38-39
72 №2, p65-66
Sega Master System
48
Based on
7 reviews

Master System, EU
PitFighter SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
PitFighter SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
PitFighter SMS BR cover.jpg
Cover
PitFighter SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Pitfighter sms br manual.pdf
Manual

References