Catalogue of Arcade Emulation Software - the Absolute Reference

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Pit Fighter (rev 9)

Pit-Fighter (c) 09/1990 Atari Games.

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.


Atari G1 hardware

Game ID : 136081

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 14.31818 Mhz), M6502 (@ 1.7895 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 3.579 Mhz), OKI6295 (@ 9.037 Khz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 336 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 1280

Players : 3

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3


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

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.

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 21/07/1991.


Project leaders / Designers : Gary Stark, Mark Stephen Pierce

Programmers : Gary Stark, Paul Kwinn

Digital Imaging : Rob Rowe

Engineers : Sam Lee, Doug Snyder

* 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


* Consoles :

Nintendo Super Famicom (1991)

Sega Mega Drive (1991)

Nintendo Game Boy (1992)

Atari Lynx (1992)

Microsoft XBOX (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")

Nintendo GameCube (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")

Sega Master System

* Computers :

Commodore C64 (1991)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1991)

Amstrad CPC (1991)

Commodore Amiga (1991)

Atari ST (1991)

PC [MS-DOS, 5.25''] (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.

PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2006, "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition")