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Pit-Fighter is a 3rd-person fight game that features digitized graphics of real fighters and zooming effects. Players select one of three fighters (Buzz, Ty or Kato) to take on anyone who dares. At the conclusion of a match, players are individually awarded a Knockout Bonus, Brutality Bonus, and a Fight Purse. Every third match is a Grudge Match where players test the skills of each other. The last man standing is the winner of this three-knockdown match. Players fight their way to the Elimination Match to decide who wins the opportunity to dethrone the champion, the Masked Warrior.


Pit-Fighter Genesis Title screen
Pit-Fighter Genesis After each fight, you get a summary of your style and the earned cash.
Pit-Fighter Genesis Grudge bonus round: last man standing wins
Pit-Fighter Genesis The final opponent taunts you in between fights.

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Pit-Fighter: The Ultimate Competition" -- Full title
  • "PitFighter: The Ultimate Challenge" -- SEGA Master System in-game title
  • "ピットファイター" -- Japanese spelling
  • "피트 파이터" -- Korean spelling

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Dec, 1991 5 out of 5 100
Mean Machines Jan, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Player One Jul, 1992 70 out of 100 70 Jan 12, 2006 6.1 out of 10 61
Power Play Mar, 1992 61 out of 100 61
Video Games Apr, 1992 60 out of 100 60
The Video Game Critic May 03, 2006 C+ 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1992 5 out of 12 42
All Game Guide 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Apr 21, 2010 2 out of 10 20


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Cancelled Atari 7800 version

Atari had a 7800 port underway, outsourced to Imagitec Design, but abandoned it around 1992. You can read about it here.

DOS version

The DOS 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 (as well as almost everything else).


  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Beat-'em-ups (Check 'em out)
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rcoltrane (1803) added Pit-Fighter (Genesis) on Dec 29, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Bock (175), Martin Smith (70636), festershinetop (9633), Pseudo_Intellectual (62998), Katakis | カタキス (41649), quizzley7 (21710) and rcoltrane (1803)