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Power Instinct (豪血寺一族 Gōketsuji Ichizoku?, "The Gōketsuji Clan") is a fighting game series created by Atlus started in 1993.

The Power Instinct or Gouketsuji Ichizoku series (often abbreviated as PI or GI for short) is renowned for its more humorous take on fighting games, its music and its often-weird characters.[citation needed]

One of the innovations unique to the series was the introduction of the transformation feature. Several of the characters can change their appearance and fighting style by simply executing certain moves (usually a throwing move), though this has not been featured in every entry in the series. Other features include the ability to perform a double jump and attacking while dashing.


Power Instinct / Gouketsuji Ichizoku

The first game of the series was released in 1993. It has eight selectable characters and one unplayable boss character, Oume Goketsuji, a palette-swap of Otane. Originally, every character had a specific win quote for each defeated foe, but that was reduced to only one win quote for each character in the English version.

This game was ported to Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and included some new play modes: Vs. Battle, Practice Mode, Time Attack and a "Life Attack" that consists of defeating as many opponents as possible with just one life bar (similar to the Survival Modes seen in other fighting games).

The Mega Drive version had a Battle Royal mode where 1 or 2 players can select a team, with an option to hide the characters being chosen and they would not be revealed until during gameplay. Additionally, it featured an option that allowed the strength of each special attack of every playable character to be adjusted to the player's liking.

The English console ports of this game had several omitted features, such as Karaoke Mode with the lyrics for the songs "Tatanka no Uta" and "Otoko no Karatemichi", character biographies that popped up in between demos, the intro demo to the game and the scene of Oume where she speaks to the player before she fights them (which changes if she's fighting Otane).

Another difference between the American Super Nintendo and Japanese Super Famicom versions are the endings; the Super Nintendo version replaces them with a Congratulations screen with the character portraits used in the pre-fight screen, while in the latter the endings are still present, though slightly different from those in the original arcade version, drawn in a style similar to the endings found in Power Instinct 2.[citation needed]


The game uses a four button layout, two buttons for punches and two for kicks. Every character has their own stage, attacks and special moves. The special moves are performed via combinations of joystick movements and buttons.

All the stages are wider than they look. When the objects in the corners are broken, the stage itself is expanded upon, making a bigger playing field.

The player will fight against all the characters and, every four matches, will have the chance to play one of two bonus stages. One of them consists of knocking away Kurokos who run into the screen, and the other involves breaking jars tossed from around the screen in certain orders.

When all the characters have been defeated, the player will go on to face Oume, the current clan leader, and once she is defeated, the ending for that character is shown.

Job title Name
Producer Fuuuu
Sub-Producer Chuuko
Programmers Mako MK2
680*0 Freak Yan
Sound Dencyu
Front Designers Pa Pi Pu Pe
Super K!
Back Designers [Chikuwa] Henacyoko
Moto. I


The Goketsuji clan . . . Every five years, a hand-to-hand combat tournament is held to determine who is the strongest fighter.

The fighter is then chosen to become the leader of the Goketsuji clan.

Anyone who is a descendant of the Goketsuji clan may enter.

Their present leader, Oume Goketsuji, has defended her reign for over 60 years.

To all entrants, an attendant named Kuroko is assigned to take care of all their needs.

Once again, the present leader, 78 year old Oume, will attempt to defend her title.

However, this time around, Oume's younger sister Otane, who ran away from home years ago, has also entered the tournament as well and she seeks to defeat Oume so that she can gain control over the Goketsuji clan.

Only the strong will survive this fight!


Template:Country data Italy Angela Belti

She's an Italian strongwoman. Although she has a very rough lifestyle and a love for heavy metal music, Angela Belti is very passionate and tends to fall in love easily (she once followed a man she loved all the way to Japan. He is currently missing). She is very tall, and very strong, even stronger than most men and as revealed in her ending, quite a bon vivant woman.

Template:Country data England Annie Hamilton

Born in the country of England, Annie Hamilton is a calm and compassionate woman born within a rich family. She is at times overbearing and bossy, due her spoiled upbringing. However she loves animals, and currently has six dogs, four cats, three horses and a turtle named Kensington.

Template:Country data USA Keith Wayne

Hailing from United States of America, Keith Wayne is a young man who is self-centered and conceited. He was once a misunderstood youth who at one time ran with a gang. But the strong, unrivaled love of his father was what made him leave. His one and only best friend was the leader of the gang (he still hangs out with that friend once in a while).

Keith is a playboy who likes flirting with women, which is one of the reasons that he enters the Goketsuji tournaments, though his huge ego is what often ends up driving them away. But at one of the tournaments, he found Annie Hamilton, the love of his life and since then, he has been determined to prove that he's the right guy for her.

Template:Country data Japan Otane Goketsuji

Due to her unconquerable spirit, Otane Goketsuji (豪血寺 お種 Gōketsuji Otane?) has become superhuman. She is both mysterious and secretive so you may never know what she's up to.

Otane had a sad childhood where she was constantly berated and abused by her older sister, Oume and due to her relative weakness to fight back, her own mother, Oshima, did not pay much attention to her.

Her older sister seemed to hate her with a passion... one day, at the age of 6 while strolling in the forest, Oume had suddenly attacked Otane and buried her alive. Fortunately for Otane, an old farmer was near the place and heard her crying from a distance, causing the farmer to come to her aid and save her. Upon seeing that her attempt to get rid of her younger sister had failed, Oume turned more aggressive and violent towards Otane.

After many years of facing Oume's abuse and the petty indifference of her mother, Otane decided to leave home at the age of 15 with only one thing on mind: train endlessly so that one day, she could beat Oume and prove that she's a worthy leader of the Goketsuji clan.

Template:Country data Japan Oume Goketsuji

Oume Goketsuji (豪血寺 お梅 Gōketsuji Oume?) is superhuman. In any case, she is scary. To master her mysterious attacks, she confined herself to the mountains. Moreover, she has an eerie and unearthly presence about her and it is rumored that she can practically turn her opponents to stone just by gazing into their eyes.

Template:Country data Japan Reiji Oyama

Reiji Oyama (大山 礼児 Ōyama Reiji?) is a very straightforward and honest Japanese fighter and is the ultimate training fanatic. He does not do well with minute details, but excels at physical strength matches. He works part-time for a construction company to exert his excess energy. He is somewhat a parody of Ryu from Street Fighter and many karate warriors like Ryo Sakasaki and Robert Garcia from Art Of Fighting.

Template:Country data Japan Saizo Hattori

Saizo Hattori (破鳥 才蔵 Hattori Saizō?) is a dark ninja who keeps his emotions hidden. He normally hides behind a ninja mask to avoid the contact with others, although on some occasions, his part-time job requires him to appear on stage in an animal costume. He isn't related to Hanzou Hattori from neither World Heroes or Hattori Hanzo from Samurai Shodown in any way.

Template:Country data China Thin Nen

Thin Nen (陳念 Japanese: Chin-nen?) is a violent Shaolin monk with obscene desires. This religious man studied ancient rituals to gain mystic powers. He will do everything he can to get what he wants, whether it be women, food or money. He’s afraid of nothing.

Template:Country data USA White Buffalo

White Buffalo is a Native American who tries to protect the rights of his people at all costs. A man of few words, he does not say much. A man who appreciates the little things in life.

Power Instinct 2 / Gouketsuji Ichizoku 2

  • Power Instinct 2 features five new characters, giving a total of 13 playable characters and one unplayable boss (Otane Goketsuji)
  • Introduction of the "Stress" meter into the series, which increases when one's attacks are blocked or when attacked. A super attack can be executed when it is full. In addition, when the Stress meter fills up, a character becomes engulfed in a flame of their own energy for a brief moment, which protects from any incoming attacks from the opponent and knocks them away if they are too close.
  • The PlayStation version, retitled Gouketsuji Ichizoku 2: Chotto Dake Saikyou Densetsu, was only released in Japan and has some characteristics from Gogetsuji Legends (as it shares almost the same subtitle to its Japanese version), like the team battle and the possibility to play as Chuck and Kuroko, but these features are only available for Versus (player vs. player) mode.
Job title Name
Producer Tama
Sub producer Chuuko
Main programmers Mako MKIISR
Shuhta. Garyuh ?!
>Nari Chan
Sub programmers Toshiya
Sound Dencyu
Object designers M. Masada
Pa Pi Pu Pe
Man Man-Chan
Haruko Chan
Scroll designers Moto. I
Planners Super-K!
Voices Mitsuishi Kotono
Ryusei Yaro
Pa Pi Pu Pe


Oume Goketsuji: leader of the Goketsuji clan for the last 60 years, was finally defeated by her younger sister, Otane in the last tournament. The day where Otane had finally surpassed her older sister had finally arrived.

However... Otane's long-fought victory would be short-lived. One night, Oshima Goketsuji: the matriach of the Goketsuji clan and mother to both Otane and Oume, had unexpectedly appeared in front of Oume and offered her help to take revenge against Otane.

According to the sacred rules of the Goketsuji clan, if the leader dies or quit, one new tournament would be held immediately in order to find a successor.

That same night, Oshima and Oume had sent their personal servants to dispose of Otane so that their plan could be put into action, so while Otane slept, she was kidnapped and thrown into the ocean by Oshima and Oume's servants.

The next day, Otane's Kuroko servant had found a letter supposedly written by Otane, where she declined to her right to be the leader of the clan and that she had planned to take a vacation from fighting. However, the Kuroko didn't realize that Oume, who was easily able to learn and copy Otane's handwriting, had written the letter as part of her evil plan.

One week later, all the competitors from the previous tournament and other family members had learned about Otane's 'decision' and that a new tournament would be held in order to find a new leader of the Goketsuji clan.


Template:Country data Japan Oshima Goketsuji

Known to be the matriach of the entire Goketsuji clan, Oshima Goketsuji is known for her strict policies and precise personality to make her clan the strongest throughout the entire world. She's the mother of both Otane and Oume Goketsuji and often favors Oume over Otane, due to the fact that Oume takes up most of her own personality traits.

Template:Country data Japan Kurara Hanakouji

A magical witch who uses her special powers and magical wand for her own benefits, Kurara Hanakouji seeks to have much fun and excitement during her travels throughout the world. Even though she looks like a 15 year old, Kurara's exact age is unknown. When she gains enough power from a fight, she can change into her alter-ego, Super Kurara (a woman who wears roller-skates while fighting in scantily-clad clothing). In Matrimelee, her name is changed to Clara.

Template:Country data Saudi Arabia Sahad Asran Ryuko

An Arabian fighter who uses the power of the Djinn from Aladdin's magical lamp, Sahad Asran Ryuko's goal is to gain the riches of the world while strengthening his own abilities.

Template:Country data Japan Kanji Kokuin

An old man who is the ex-husband of Oume Goketsuji, Kanji Kokuin now seeks to defeat the members of the Goketsuji clan so that he can gain full control over the clan. He starts the battle off with his pumped-up muscles, but if he fails from within the initiation of his super move, he loses his strength and turns into a prickly man who only fights with his walking cane.

Template:Country data Japan Kinta Kokuin

A young kindergartner who is the grandson of Haruki, Kanji Kokuin's younger brother, Kinta Kokuin is known for being an obnoxious brat who takes up most of his grandfather's personality traits and that he won't stop until he gets what he wants. He fights in the tournament in order to impress a girl that he likes and he uses the assistance of his pets (a huge fish and a bear) to aid him. When he gains enough strength from within a fight, Kinta can transform into his alter-ego, Pochi (a man wearing a dog costume who fights by throwing power bones at the opponent).

Gogetsuji Legends / Gouketsuji Gaiden: Saikyou Densetsu

  • The game was called Gogetsuji Legends outside Japan, lacking the Power Instinct title, strangely enough. This would be a trend for the series in its subsequent western releases, officially phasing out the Power Instinct branding (although is still used informally by the fan community).
  • The battles are in teams of two characters, a leader and a partner.
  • Super Kurara and Pochi are individual characters; because of this, Kurara and Kinta gained new moves. Otane is also made playable, bringing the cast to 16 characters.
  • A Super Block and a Charge Attack were brought into the gameplay. A Super Block can nullify the opponent's blow and allow for a counterattack, and a Charge Attack can immediately knock down the opponent or launch them into the air for another attack.
  • There is one new playable character, (Kuroko), and a new boss, (Chuck).
  • All of the characters were given new special attacks. However, the majority of them were exclusive only to this game.


Otane Goketsuji: leader of the Goketsuji clan, was kidnapped by her scheming twin sister Oume and her mother Oshima. A new tournament was immediately held in order to find a new successor.

Though the family members had fought against each other with their own strength and power, Otane had managed to arrive at the tournament to defend her title as clan leader against the winner of the competition. Unfortunately for Otane, she was too tired to fight (due to her hard travel to the tournament's location) and was defeated by Kanji Kokuin, the victor of the battle!

After his victory in the Goketsuji tournament, Kanji (now the new leader of the Goketsuji clan) thought that it would be fun to test the strength of the Goketsuji family members, so he invited them all back for a new Goketsuji tournament.

Welcome to the Goketsuji Clan friendly Exhibition Battle Match! To make this competition unique and special, I have invited the strongest and most powerful man in the world to come battle against our family members. Surely none from the Goketsuji clan will be defeated by such an outsider.

Let the games begin!

~ Kanji Kokuin
Job title Name
Producer Chuuko
Main Program Mako MkIITr
Shuhta. Garyuh
Narita Seiji
Sub Program Toshiya
Object Design M. Masada
Pa Pi Pu Pe
N. I_1496_7
Scroll Design Moto. I
Sub Designer
Subtle. Y
Sound Dencyu
Voices Mitsuishi Kotono
Ryusei Yaro
Pa Pi Pu Pe

Groove on Fight / Gouketsuji Ichizoku 3: Groove on Fight

The story of this sequel of the series takes place 20 years after the last Goketsuji tournament. It also has a darker and more serious tone than its predecessors, similar to that of Garou: Mark of the Wolves, but still maintains a little of the same humor that is particular to the series.

The players can choose from eleven characters, all of them, save Otane/Oume, being new. The graphic style of Groove on Fight is very different from its predecessors, as the sprites are smaller, but are more fluid and have an animated look to them.

In the Sega Saturn port of the game, many animation frames were cut; the port included some features like being able to play as Damian, Bristol Weller and Bristol-D once the player beats the game with certain characters, the possibility of four players to play at the same time by way of the Saturn's multi-tap and an "Omake Mode" where the players can view artwork of the characters for the game. The Saturn version also features an arranged version of the soundtrack that has some new music themes that were not present in the original, like the theme "Mystic" and the vocal version of the title song.


Gameplay is in a 2-on-2 format with the ability to tag in and out at any time between players. Every time the player tag successfully between characters, the character who is one the sidelines slowly begins to get his or her energy back.

At difference from the previous games, Groove on Fight has a six buttons system. The two new buttons are for "Dodge" and for the "Powerful Blow" the "Dodge" allows the characters to evade attacks and then counterattack the opponent.

The "Powerful Blow" is an attack that inflicts more damage to the opponent than the normal strong attacks, but is also slower. The special guard and the shadow moves from Gogetsuji Legends are still present in the game and some other new characteristics were introduced to the gameplay:

Name Description
Body Toss The character throws the body of a defeated character at the opponent.
Taunt Pressing the start button will taunt the opponent. Introduced for the first time in the series.
Unblockable Attack Each character has his/her own Unblockable Attack. This attack is very slow, but if hits cause a great amount of damage to the opponent.
Partner Attack The character that is not fighting will perform a jump-in attack from the sidelines.
Dual Combo Is a series of attacks performed by the two characters at the same time. This requires one level of the Stress meter.
Pounce Pressing up + Light kick, Hard Kick, as soon as the character knocks an opponent down, will attack the downed foe.
Job title Name
rowspan=3Planer Super_K
Bugta +
Designers YN_Dessy
Pa Pi Pu Pe
Satoru. Y
Mamoru. K
H. Morita
Y. Ogawa
Programmers Missile
M. Yamasaki
Sound Creator Dencyu
Helpers M. Masada
Scenery Clark Kent CO. LTD

Matrimelee / Shin Gouketsuji Ichizoku: Toukon Matrimelee

  • The western releases drop the Shin Gouketsuji Ichizoku title and remains named simply as Matrimelee.
  • This new sequel features 4 totally new characters and one new boss (Princess Sissy). However, Angela does not return in this game.
  • Jimmy, Elias, Lynn and Jones from Rage of the Dragons are guest stars, and are unlockable. A few of the game elements were borrowed from this same game as well.
  • Transformations were excluded, and a few of the characters from the previous sequel do not appear.
  • The Stress meter now could be filled up to three levels. Every character has a Stress Shot (1 bar), an Ippatsu Ougi (2 bars) and a powerful, hidden super attack called a Kinjite (3 bars). However, only a few of the Kinjite moves are known; information on the rest have not been released by Atlus or Noise Factory.
  • It was one of the last few games to be released on the Neo-Geo.


The king of Certain Country wants to find a worthy successor for the throne and the ideal husband for his little daughter (or a beautiful and strong woman for his older son) So he holds a fighting tournament where the prize is the hand of the princess and the throne succession.

Job title Name
Producer Keiko Ijuu
Directors Keiko Ijuu
Marohie. M
Sub directors Hidenari Mamoto
Main programmers Hidenari Mamoto
Sub programmers Kazuaki Ezato
H. Hishikawa
Character designers Marochie. M
Super Dotter K'
Shio Shio
Orie Kinugasa
Background designers Miyukichi
Illustration Range Murata
Tomokazu Nakano
Ooma Bunshichiro
Sound producer Studio Aqua
Vocalists Dencyu
Masanosuke Fujiwara
Ryuji Mutou
Moamo & Cheiko
Nami Matusima
Aya Fujimoto
Voice actors R. Riken
Shinya Moriguchi
Akihisa Muramoto
N. Chinatsu
Mina Yamamoto
Ikuro .I
Sayaka Misimura
Aumi Jinga

Shin Gōketsuji Ichizoku: Bonnō Kaihō

  • The sequel of Matrimelee. It features enhanced graphics and sound, the return of two of the older characters (Angela Belti and Kinta Kokuin), a new boss, and the return of the transformation feature. Gameplay was also improved in some areas, and super attacks were made easier to execute.
  • The subtitle Bonnou Kaihou literally means "Liberation of Lusts".
  • The game also features an online mode and a 'Lust Cards System' that consists of buying cards with special effects. Some allow the player to change certain characteristics of the characters, others are used to view special music video clips, and others to call strange characters to help the player in battle.
  • The game has the same backgrounds and all the characters from Matrimelee, and because of that it is usually described as a port of the game, while in fact the game's story takes place after the events from the previous game, making it a sort of sequel or update.
  • Bonnou Kaihou was released only in Japan, much to the chagrin of international fans. It is possible that this is due to the very little chance of marketing the series ever had outside of its country of origin.
  • Ignition, a company that helped to publish the game, has explained there are currently no plans to release the game outside of Japan. [citation needed]


Princess Sissy was sad. She just couldn't forget the excitement of the Matrimelee tournament. The King, worried about the emotional state of his daughter (who is usually joyful and vigorous) invited the world's strongest fighters to his country to convince them to enter to a new tournament, the "Bonnou Kaihou" tournament.

This time the prize is anything that the winner could wish for (except the throne succession). When the King told Sissy about the Bonnou Kaihou tournament, her characteristic smile returned to her face, finally she will once again have that feeling that is present only in battle.

Gōketsuji Ichizoku Matsuri Senzo Kuyou


To all the people related to the Goketsuji clan….

as actual leader of the Goketsuji family, I Oume Goketsuji invite you to a fighting tournament that will be celebrated in commemoration of the senzo kuyou ritual.

In this tournament, each contestant should be focused in the victory, because is possible that the ancient living god of the family be present among the participants, so the winner of this test of strength will be considered a living god, untouchable for the common people.

will we see the birth of a new legend?


Sandra Belti

A 82 year old lady, grandmother of Angela Belti. She has the ability to transform in their younger self (Super Sandra) just like the Goketsuji Twins.

Elizabeth Belti

Sandra's younger sister, grandaunt of Angela Belti, like her sister, Elizabeth has the ability to transform to her younger self (Super Elizabeth) just like the Goketsuji Twins.


Princess sissy's older brother. He appeared in Power Instict: Matrimelee in some endings, in this game he is playable for the first time. He can transform in a "good looking" version of himself (Super Prince), which gives him different gameplay.

Rin Oyama

Reiji Oyama's niece. She started practicing Karate with her uncle since she was four years old.

Takumi Hattori

Saizo Hattori's cousin, just like his cousin, this eight year old kid is very shy and wears a mask most of the time.

Related Products

  • Gouketsuji Ichizoku: The Novel

Release Date: 1995

ISBN 978-4-8470-3158-8

Publisher: WANI BOOKS

It is a novel of 253 pages that relate the history of the Goketsuji family. The book contains some art made by Range Murata.

  • Gouketsuji Ichizoku: THE CD-ROM

Release Date: December 9, 1998

Publisher: Toshiba Emi

Is a CD- ROM for Windows and MAC. It contains information about the series like: characters profiles , correlation diagram, the family lineage, rejected designs, sounds and artwork. Also has wallpapers and screen savers.

  • Gouketsuji Ichizoku original soundtrack

Release Date: January 21, 1994

Publisher: Pony Canyon / Scitron

It contains 20 tracks, voices and sound effects from the game.

  • Gouketsuji Ichizoku 2 original Soundtrack

Release Date: December 16, 1994

Publisher: Pony Canyon / Scitron

It contains 37 tracks, voices and sound effects from the game

  • Gouketsuji Ichizoku Saikyou Densetsu original soundtrack

Release Date: September 21, 1995

Publisher: Pony Canyon / Scitron

It contains 32 tracks, voices and sound effects from the game

  • Groove on Fight original soundtrack

Release Date: June 18, 1997

Publisher: Pony Canyon / Scitron

It contains 24 tracks, voices and sound effects from the game

  • Shin Gouketsuji Ichizoku Toukon Matrimelee original soundtrack'

Release date: 2003

Publisher: Noise Factory

It Contains 31 tracks from the game.

  • Gouketsuji Ichizoku CD-BOX

In January 2005, Noise Factory released a box set containing all the soundtracks from the Gouketsuji Ichizoku series. The Box set included a 2005 calendar featuring art from the series. The difference about these CDs and the original releases is that these does not include the sound effects collection and the Groove on Fight's CD has the arranged tracks from the Sega Saturn.


  • Literally translated, the Japanese title of the series is "Goketsuji Family". In that vein, there are apparently many alternate spellings of the name Goketsuji.
  • Range Murata has provided the character art and illustrations for the Power Instinct series since its debut.
  • The music was done by Toshikazu Tanaka, who also did the music for The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact, Metal Slug 5, and Rage of the Dragons He is always credited as "Dencyu" in all his works for the Gouketsuji Ichizoku series. Dencyu is an alternate romanization of his name, which he frequently uses.
  • In the PlayStation RPG Persona, the hero's alternate self in the Well of Mind and Souls is seen playing Groove-On Fight.
  • A year after Power Instinct 2, Atlus released Purikura Daisakusen, a shooter/platform game with one of the characters, Kurara Hananokoji, as the protagonist of her own game.
  • Some North American and overseas versions of Matrimelee also had the original music replaced with music from Rage of the Dragons, another game from Noise Factory.
  • The boxing game "Glove on Fight" takes its logo and most of its name from the Groove on Fight game, though the two have almost nothing in common.
  • Bobby Ologun is the final boss in the PS2 version of Matrimelee. His named is Bobby Strong however, due to licensing issues.

References and Resources

  • Power Instinct Manual
  • Goketsuji Ichizoku Soundtrack Manual
  • Goketsuji Ichizoku 2 Game Manual
  • Gouketsiji Ichizoku 2 Soundtrack Manual
  • Groove on Fight guide book
  • Groove on Fight Soundtrack Manual
  • Gouketsuji Ichizoku The CD-ROM
  • Noise Factory's site

External links

Power Instinct

Power Instinct 2

Power Instinct Legends

Power Instinct Matrimelee

Goketsuji Ichizoku Matsuri Senzo Kuyou


ko:호혈사일족 ja:豪血寺一族

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