Total Nerd The Best Fighting Games of All Time  

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List Rules Your favorite fighting game to play, either single player or competitively.

Nothing gets competition brewing between friends like the best fighting games of all time. Games like Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat II are guaranteed to spike peoples' salt levels after a few matches. But with so many fighting games released over the past few decades, which is the best one? See what other gamers thing are the best fighting games of all time. Also vote for your favorites in order to add to the discussion.

The list of fighting games below covers all consoles and systems, and includes cover art when available. These highly rated fighting games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest fighting games are at the top of the list. But what constitute the best? It's hard to say, because some people play fighting games for the storylines while others play them for the competitive aspect. Ultimately, it varies from person to person.

So get to voting for your favorite fighting game of all time or add it if you don't see it below, but beware, the competition is down right fierce.
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439 292
Super Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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298 220
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age o... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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427 252
Super Smash Bros. Melee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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447 228
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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422 225
Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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330 206
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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235 203
Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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132 111
Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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192 152
Street Fighter Alpha 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
charlesminorversion1 added Street Fighter Alpha 3 1998

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276 174
Tekken 5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 5 2004

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309 175
Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 3 1997

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129 42
Mortal Kombat X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
FensterHasselhoff added Mortal Kombat X

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274 132
Soulcalibur II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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164 118
Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hype... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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229 129
Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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81 63
X-Men vs. Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added X-Men vs. Street Fighter 1996

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94 47
Injustice: Gods Among Us is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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236 114
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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205 165
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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142 114
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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220 146
Tekken Tag Tournament is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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102 101
Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fig... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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93 76
Super Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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75 51
The King of Fighters '98 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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143 100
Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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221 146
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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59 30
Super Smash Bros. 4 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Super Smash Bros. 4

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63 59
Samurai Shodown II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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89 58
Killer Instinct 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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107 76
Street Fighter III: Third Stri... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
charlesminorversion1 added Street Fighter III: Third Strike

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160 110
Mortal Kombat: Deception is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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47 51
Darkstalkers 3 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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140 100
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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173 129
Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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36 52
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars 2010

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40 33
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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76 74
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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43 51
Samurai Shodown III is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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52 51
The King of Fighters '95 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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122 93
Mortal Kombat 4 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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46 45
Street Fighter Alpha 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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31 30
X-Men: Children of the Atom is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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111 105
Dead or Alive 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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67 74
SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of t... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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129 129
Tekken 6 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 6 2007

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49 55
Samurai Shodown is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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117 99
Soulcalibur III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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154 103
Tekken 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 2 1995

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52 60
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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111 113
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time