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Pit-Fighter Pit-Fighter - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Pit-Fighter - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Chop-socky with digitized fighters. Choose between a wrestler, a kick-boxer, and a "third degree black belt", and fight your way to the "ultimate warrior".

Pit-Fighter was produced by Atari Games in 1990.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period Pit-Fighter was produced include: KLAX, Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters, Cyberball 2072, Badlands, Hard Drivin', Shuuz, Race Drivin', Rampart, Hydra, and Batman


Name Pit-Fighter
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1990
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9034
Class Wide Release
Genre Fighting
Conversion Class JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 3
# Maximum Players 3
Game Play Team
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 3 - PunchKickJump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions Pit-Fighter Instructions Image
Control Panel Pit-Fighter Control Panel Image
Side Art Pit-Fighter Side Art Image
PCB Pit-Fighter PCB Image

Game Introduction

The game has three different characters of whom each of the players can be: Buzz, an ex-professional wrestler Ty, a kick-boxing champion or Kato, a third-degree black belt. Each player character has different fighting styles and techniques and they also each have their own Super Moves. The opponents are The Executioner, Southside Jim, C.C. Rider, Chainman Eddie, Angel, Mad Miles, Heavy Metal and The Masked Warrior.

You must defeat all opponents in order to become the champion. The game has 15 different matches, some opponents like Southside Jim and Angel must each be faced twice in respective matches while other opponents are only faced once. Before you can make it to The Championship Match to face the reigning champion, The Masked Warrior, you must take on two Chainman Eddies. If only one player is in the game, there will only be one opponent at a time in most matches, but if two or three players are in, there will be two or three opponents at a time in each match.

Between every three matches, there is a Grudge Match where you will attempt to knock down your opponent three times without being knocked down three times yourself. If only one player is in the game, the opponent will be a computer-controlled clone of the character the player is controlling, but if two or three players are in the game, they will have to fight each other until the last of them remains standing. If the player wins the Grudge Match, a bonus is awarded. If not, no bonus.

In later matches, there are weapons and objects that can be used to fight against the opponents including knives, spiked balls, barrels, oil drums, crates, sticks, motorcycles, bar stools and so on. Those weapons and objects can also be used by the opponents, too. Also, on later stages, there are power pills that can temporarily make both the players and the opponents more powerful and more difficult to hurt.

If two or three players are in the game during the last match against the two Chainman Eddies before The Champioship Match, after they get past that one, they will have to fight each other until there is only one remaining to be standing because only one of them will proceed to The Championship Match. Once a player has made it to The Championship Match, the player must then face The Masked Warrior and then try to defeat him to win the championship. After this, the game ends. The attract mode music is generally considered to be annoying.

Pit-Fighter KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.46 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.55

Overall Like 3.75
Fun (Social) 3.50
Fun (Solo) 3.50
Collector Desire 3.25

Technical Rating: 3.38

Gameplay 3.25
Graphics 3.75
Originality 3.25
Sound/Music 3.25

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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This game can be converted to Hydra by the ROMs and the slapstic IC.

If using this board in another JAMMA cabinet, the harness must have -5vdc connected for the audio to work.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Pit-Fighter Census

There are 14,898 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,153 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 127 known instances of this machine owned by Pit-Fighter collectors who are active members. Of these, 28 of them are original dedicated machines. 6 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 93 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Pit-Fighter machine for sale. There are 4 active VAPS members with a Pit-Fighter circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Pit-Fighter.

This game ranks a 41 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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This game shares the same PCB as Hydra. It just uses different ROMs and a different slapstic protection PAL. If the slapstic is bad or malfunctioning, the game will reboot at the third level.


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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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Year Count Median $ Average $
2016 2 287.50 287.50
2017 2 244.38 244.38
All Years 4 287.50 265.94


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