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The time has come for the Gouketsuji clan to celebrate their fighting tournament. Every 5 years the clan (which has spread all over the world) celebrates a one-on-one fighting tournament to see which family gets to rule and now you get to take part in the contest.

Power Instinct is a one-on-one 2D fighting game in the tradition of Street Fighter 2, in which you select your character from a group of unique fighters and attempt to defeat your opponents in successive fashion using your arcade reflexes and your character's unique moves.

Features 8 selectable characters, plus a boss character, and single or 2-player Vs gameplay. Also includes a practice mode, battle mode and time attack and life attack modes for extended gameplay.


Power Instinct Arcade Native Americans tribe
Power Instinct SNES Title screen
Power Instinct Genesis Story mode: world map
Power Instinct Genesis Vs. mode

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Alternate Titles

  • "豪血寺一族" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Gōketsuji Ichizoku" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Feb, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine SNES Mar, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Players SNES Feb, 1995 73 out of 100 73 Genesis Apr 22, 2014 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Jan, 1995 6 out of 10 60
GamePro (US) SNES Jul, 1995 3 out of 5 60


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