Lost In Translation/Power Instinct Matrimelee

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Power Instinct Matrimelee
Neo-Geo marquee.
No screen shot.
Neo-Geo control panel.
Manufacturer Noise Factory / Atlus
Released 2002
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU Neo-Geo
68000 (@ 12.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.19 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 25 ROMs
90,767,360 bytes (86.56 MiB)
MAME ID matrim

About The Game

Power Instinct Matrimelee is a one-on-one fighting arcade video game.

Revived from the New Power Instinct series, the Goketsuji clan has appeared newly on the MVS Neo-Geo! In addition to the familiar 11 characters, individual fresh 4 join in the heated Head Decision Match. You will be overwhelmed by the spectacular graphics and the BGM. Attention to the memorial Marriage Battle over the right to the throne and get ready!

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way Joystick

Buttons : 4

=> [A] Weak punch, [B] Weak kick, [C] Strong punch, [D] Strong kick


Developed by Noise Factory. Licensed to SNK Playmore for manufacture and distribution.

Known in Japan as "Shin Gouketsuji Ichizoku Toukon - Matrimelee", translates from Japanese as 'True Gouketsuji Family Fighting Spirit - Matrimelee' ('Gouketsuji' is literally 'Demon Blood Family').

Some characters from the Power Instinct series received some minor name changes in this game :

  • Thin Nen => Chinen
  • Otane => Tane
  • Oume => Ume
  • Kurara => Clara
  • Annie => Anny
  • Pochi => Poochy

Also the transformation sequences from previous games has been almost completely ditched in this game (with the only exceptions of super moves from Kanji, Clara & Princess Sissy; as well as one of Tane's win poses).

While there have been a few fighting games that feature a vocal track as BGM (Roll's BGM in "Marvel vs. Capcom - Clash of Super Heroes", Arina's BGM in "Waku Waku 7" & Roomy's BGM in "Galaxy Fight - Universal Warriors" are but a few examples of this), the Japanese version of this game's BGM features an unprecedented number of excellent & quite hilarious vocal tracks for many stages. Chinen BGM is nothing short of awesome!

Jones is the only selectable character from "Rage of the Dragons" that won't challenge you on the 3rd & 5th battle. This is odd...

Abubo ("Rage of the Dragons"' sub-boss character) makes an unlikely cameo as one of Princess Sissy box surprises!

Kang Jae-Mo ("Rage of the Dragons" wrestler) makes a hilarious cameo in one of Jones' super moves.

Noise Factory released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Shin Gouketsuji Ichizoku Toukon - Matrimelee / Original Soundtrack) on 01/05/2003.


The US version of this game completely removed all the vocal tracks from the Japanese version and are replaced with the BGM of the "Rage of the Dragons" guest characters, causing those tracks to be recycled quite a few times. Such strange issue had already been seen in a few previous Neo-Geo games such as the Magical Drop games.

Tips and tricks

Enable "Rage of the Dragons" Characters

At the character selection screen, press Up(x4), Down(x3), Left(x2) and Right. The screen will go black and reappear with Lynn, Mr. Jones, Jimmy and Elias in the centre of the character select screen.

Play As Princess Sissy

After you choose your character, press and hold A+B+C+D until the match begins and you'll play as Princess Sissy.


  1. Power Instinct - Gouketsuji Ichizoku (1993)
  2. Power Instinct 2 (1994)
  3. Power Instinct Legends (1995)
  4. Power Instinct 3 - Groove on Fight (1997)
  5. Power Instinct Matrimelee (2002)


Keiko Ijuu
Keiko Ijuu
Sub Directors
Hidenari Mamoto
Main Programmers
Hidenari Mamoto
Sub Programmers
Kazuaki Ezato
H. Hishikawa
Character Designers
Super Dotter K'
Shio Shio Shio
Orie Kinugasa
Background Designers
Range Murata
Tomokazu Nakano
Ooma Bunshichiro
Sound Producer
Studio Aqua
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

Cabinet and Artwork



Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "Shin Power Instinct")

The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
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