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The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

Updated August 14, 2020 80.4k votes 9.3k voters 114.6k views179 items

List RulesHead to Head Tournament-Style Fighting Games Only

The best fighting games pit player against player testing reflexes and skill. Fighting games range from the 3D arena fighters to elaborate tag matches. Almost every major franchise in pop culture has had a go at a fighting game lately, from Star Wars to Street Fighter, the reach of the Fighting Genre runs deep. You can build a list to include your favorite fighting franchise, or use the vote buttons to give the fighting game you love a boost.

Featuring Mortal Kombat, Super Smash Bros., Tekken, and more, ths list includes the best fighting video games of all time. 

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  • Tekken 31
    1,063
    515

    DeveloperProduction I.G, Namco

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesTekken

    PublisherNamco

    PlatformPlayStation 2, PlayStation, Dreamcast, Namco System 12

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  • Super Smash Bros. Melee2

    DeveloperHAL Laboratory

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesSuper Smash Bros.

    DesignersMasahiro Sakurai, Shigeru Miyamoto

    PublisherNintendo

    PlatformGameCube

    SequelsSuper Smash Bros.

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  • Mortal Kombat X3
    722
    338

    DeveloperNetherRealm Studios

    Genres (Video game)Fighting game

    SeriesMortal Kombat

    PublisherWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Mortal Kombat X is a fighting video game developed by NetherRealm Studios. It is the tenth main installment in the Mortal Kombat video game series.
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  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes4

    DeveloperBackbone Entertainment, Capcom

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesMarvel vs. Capcom

    PublisherCapcom

    PlatformXbox, Arcade game, PlayStation 2, iPhone, Dreamcast

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  • Street Fighter II5
    2,249
    1,424

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Fighting game

    SeriesStreet Fighter

    DesignersAkira Yasuda

    PublisherCapcom, U.S. Gold

    PlatformSuper Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Saturn, TurboGrafx-16, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable

    SequelsStreet Fighter

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  • Mortal Kombat6
    986
    373

    DeveloperHigh Voltage Software, NetherRealm Studios

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesMortal Kombat

    DesignersEd Boon

    PublisherWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

    PlatformXbox 360, PlayStation 3

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  • Mortal Kombat II7
    1,786
    1,120

    DeveloperAcclaim Cheltenham, Midway Games, Sculptured Software

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesMortal Kombat

    DesignersEd Boon, John Tobias

    PublisherMidway Games, Acclaim Entertainment

    PlatformSuper Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation 2, Master System, PlayStation, Sega 32X

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  • Soulcalibur II8
    1,532
    894

    DeveloperProject Soul

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesSoul

    PublisherNamco Bandai Games, Electronic Arts, Namco

    PlatformXbox, Arcade game, PlayStation 2, GameCube

    SequelsSoulcalibur

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  • Mortal Kombat Trilogy9

    DeveloperWMS Industries Inc., Avalanche Software, Point of View, Inc., Midway Games

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesMortal Kombat

    DesignersEd Boon, John Tobias

    PublisherWMS Industries Inc., Midway Games, GT Interactive Software

    PlatformGame com, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Personal computer, Nintendo 64

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  • Mortal Kombat10
    1,410
    959

    DeveloperMidway Games

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesMortal Kombat

    DesignersEd Boon, John Tobias

    PublisherMidway Games, Virgin Interactive, Acclaim Entertainment, THQ

    PlatformSuper Nintendo Entertainment System, MS-DOS, PlayStation 2, Game Boy, PlayStation Portable

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  • Super Street Fighter II11

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesStreet Fighter

    PublisherCapcom

    PlatformSuper Nintendo Entertainment System, Amiga, 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, Game Boy Advance, Amiga CD32

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  • Super Smash Bros 412
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  • Super Smash Bros.13
    1,218
    775

    DeveloperHAL Laboratory

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesSuper Smash Bros.

    DesignersMasahiro Sakurai, Shigeru Miyamoto

    PublisherNintendo

    PlatformiQue Player, Wii, Nintendo 64

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  • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike14

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Fighting game

    SeriesStreet Fighter

    PublisherCapcom

    PlatformArcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation 3

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  • Street Fighter Alpha 315

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesStreet Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter

    PublisherCapcom

    PlatformArcade, Dreamcast, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable

    SequelsStreet Fighter Alpha 2

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    #15 of 195 The Best Fighting Games of All Time#16 of 44 The Best Dreamcast Fighting Games

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate16

    DeveloperBandai Namco Studios, Sora Ltd.

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    SeriesSuper Smash Bros.

    PublisherNintendo

    PlatformNintendo Switch

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  • Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 317

    PlatformPlayStation 2, Wii

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  • Tekken Tag Tournament18

    DeveloperNamco

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesTekken

    PublisherNamco, Sony Computer Entertainment

    PlatformNamco System 12, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, PlayStation, Nintendo 64

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  • Tekken 719
    254
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    DeveloperNamco Bandai Games

    Genres (Video game)Beat 'em up, Fighting game

    PublisherNamco Bandai Games

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

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  • Street Fighter III: Third Strike20
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  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes21

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    PublisherVirgin Interactive, Capcom

    PlatformArcade game, Dreamcast, PlayStation

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  • Tekken Tag Tournament 222

    DeveloperNamco Bandai Games

    Genres (Video game)Fighting game

    SeriesTekken

    PublisherNamco Bandai Games

    PlatformArcade, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U

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  • Injustice: Gods Among Us23

    DeveloperNetherRealm Studios

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    PublisherWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

    PlatformPlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4

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  • Capcom vs. SNK 224

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    SeriesSNK vs. Capcom

    PublisherCapcom

    PlatformArcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube

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  • Tekken 525
    874
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    DeveloperNamco

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesTekken

    PublisherNamco

    PlatformPlayStation 2, Arcade game

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