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The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

Updated August 14, 2020 81.3k votes 9.2k voters 113.5k 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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  • 1
    Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
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    DeveloperProduction I.G, Namco

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesTekken

    PublisherNamco

    PlatformPlayStation 2, PlayStation, Dreamcast, Namco System 12

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  • 2
    Mortal Kombat X is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
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    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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  • 3
    Super Smash Bros. Melee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

    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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  • 4
    Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age o is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

    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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  • 5
    Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
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    1,457

    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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  • 6
    Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
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    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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  • 7
    Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
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    1,144

    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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  • 8
    Soulcalibur II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
    1,562
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    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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  • 9
    Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
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    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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  • 10
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

    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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  • 11
    Super Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

    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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  • 12
    Super Smash Bros 4 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
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  • 13
    Street Fighter Alpha 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

    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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  • 14
    Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
    1,245
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    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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  • 15
    Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Fighting game

    SeriesStreet Fighter

    PublisherCapcom

    PlatformArcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation 3

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  • 16
    Tekken Tag Tournament is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

    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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  • 17
    Tekken 7 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
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    169

    DeveloperNamco Bandai Games

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

    PublisherNamco Bandai Games

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

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  • 18
    Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Su is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    PublisherVirgin Interactive, Capcom

    PlatformArcade game, Dreamcast, PlayStation

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  • 19
    Street Fighter III: Third Stri is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
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  • 20
    Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

    PlatformPlayStation 2, Wii

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  • 21
    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

    DeveloperNamco Bandai Games

    Genres (Video game)Fighting game

    SeriesTekken

    PublisherNamco Bandai Games

    PlatformArcade, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U

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  • 22
    Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    SeriesSNK vs. Capcom

    PublisherCapcom

    PlatformArcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube

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  • 23
    Tekken 5 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
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    DeveloperNamco

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SeriesTekken

    PublisherNamco

    PlatformPlayStation 2, Arcade game

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  • 24
    Injustice: Gods Among Us is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

    DeveloperNetherRealm Studios

    Genres (Video game)Fighting

    PublisherWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

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

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  • 25
    Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made
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    116

    DeveloperWMS Industries Inc., Midway Games, Sculptured Software, Software Creations, Sony Computer Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    DesignersEd Boon, John Tobias

    PublisherWMS Industries Inc., Midway Games, GT Interactive Software, Acclaim Entertainment, Sega

    PlatformSuper Nintendo Entertainment System, DOS, IBM PC compatible, Sega Game Gear, GameCube

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