Download Pit Fighter (Lynx) Playthrough - NintendoComplete
Pit Fighter (Lynx) Playthrough - NintendoComplete
Pit Fighter (Lynx) Playthrough - NintendoComplete
A playthrough of Atari's 1992 arcade fighting game for the Atari Lynx, Pit Fighter.

Played through as Kato.

Pit Fighter was a huge arcade hit for Atari when it was first released in 1990. The massiv...
A playthrough of Atari's 1992 arcade fighting game for the Atari Lynx, Pit Fighter.

Played through as Kato.

Pit Fighter was a huge arcade hit for Atari when it was first released in 1990. The massive scaling sprites really made it stand out compared to everything else out there at the time. It was never really known for the quality of its game play, though. I personally always liked Pit Fighter quite a bit, but there's no denying that the collision detection, choppy animation, and hyper-diesel AI hurt the game, though to what extent is somewhat debatable.

Despite it being cutting edge arcade tech in 1990, Pit Fighter of course made the rounds to most of the home platforms of the time (I'm still shocked that the NES never got an attempt at a home version!) - it was on the SNES, Genesis, Game Boy, Master System, and Atari's own Lynx handheld, in addition to all of the different PC ports produced. Some of these ports came closer to the original arcade than others (the SNES version... oops) - but the real shocker here? The Atari Lynx port was by the most faithful version in many respects.

Granted, Pit Fighter was an Atari game, and the Lynx was absurdly powerful for any system in the early 90s (not even taking into account that it was a handheld!), but Atari/Tengen's track record when it came to producing things for their own systems in the 90s wasn't particularly good. The Lynx was home to all sorts of half-baked, broken "games" published by Atari themselves, but Pit Fighter wasn't one of them.

The graphics are the closest out of all of the original ports - even with the super low resolution, the sprites are all well detailed and scale fairly smoothly in and out of the background. The animation is a bit choppy, but then, the original one got a bit framey at times, so no big deal there. The controls work fine, though they're just as awkward as they are in all of the other ports (and the AI will happily abuse any difficulties you have with the controls by stomping you into the ground), they're just as easy to get used to.

The sound is gross, but duh. It's the Lynx. Very few games sounded good on this system - the music outside of the matches it alright, but the tune that runs constantly in-game is really obnoxious. It's basically a 5-second loop consisting of a drum-beat followed by three atonal beep. It repeats constantly and will drive you crazy if you leave the sound on. Since there aren't any voices, the only thing you'll miss if you mute it is the sound of punches and kicks, which aren't really necessary to listen to.

Even with those flaws, though, Pit Fighter is a really respectable bit of software for the Lynx. It looks and plays better than the console 16-bit ports, and you can take it on the go! (Hahahaha... does *anybody* do gaming on the go with a Lynx anymore? I'd probably start laughing if I saw one in public on a bus these days). You aren't going to find a better version unless you go to an arcade emulator (and avoid the collection on PS2/GC/XBox - the emulation is super screwed up in those games).

Bravo, Atari. If all of your software had been of this quality, the Lynx might have been a bit more than a flash-in-the-pan novelty.

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No cheats were used during the recording of this video.

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