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This is a list of the best combat games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated combat games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest combat games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these combat games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging combat games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new combat games.

This list is made up of a variety of games, including Mario Kart 64 and Space Invaders.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best combat games?" and "What is the greatest combat game of all time?" After you are finished, go ahead and vote up the best episodic games of all time.

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Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2009 The Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series, known in Japan as the Naruto: Narutimate Series, is a series of fighting games, based on the popular manga and anime series Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto, for ...more

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Steel Panthers Steel Panthers is a series of computer wargames, developed and published by several different companies, with various games covering battles from 1930 to 2020. The first game was released in ...more

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Steel Panthers III: Brigade Co... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time

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Arena of Octos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Arena of Octos Apr 25 1981 Arena of Octos is a single-player, turn-based combat game for the Apple II and TRS-80 computer families. It was created by Steve Kropinak and Al Johnston in 1981 and published by SoftSide

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Steel Panthers II: Modern Batt... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Steel Panthers II: Modern Battles 1996 This is the sequel to 'Steel Panthers'. While 'Steel Panthers' covered armored warfare from 1939-1945, 'Steel Panthers 2: Modern Battles' focus' on conflicts from 1950-2000. The basic game ...more

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One Must Fall: 2097 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
One Must Fall: 2097 1994 One Must Fall: 2097 is a fighting video game for all IBM-compatible computers, programmed by Diversions Entertainment. It has a sequel, One Must Fall: Battlegrounds. The game was later patched ...more

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie 1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie is the title of four different video game adaptations of the film of the same name which were released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega ...more

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Bleach: The Blade of Fate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Bleach: The Blade of Fate Jan 26 2006 Bleach: The Blade of Fate, known in Japan as Bleach DS Sōten ni Kakeru Unmei is a 2D Fighting game that features the cast of characters from the popular Bleach anime and manga. The Japanese ...more

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Spider-Man and Captain America... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Spider-Man and Captain America in Doctor Doom's Revenge 1989 Spider-Man and Captain America in Doctor Doom's Revenge was a side-scrolling computer game starring Marvel Comics' superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America battling a host of supervillains led ...more

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Street Fighter EX2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Street Fighter EX2 1999 Street Fighter EX2 is a 2D head-to-head fighting game with 3D graphics, co-produced by Capcom and Arika originally released in 1998 as a coin operated arcade game for the Sony ZN-2 hardware. It ...more

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
AndrewGreen added Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl, known in Japan as Dairantō Smash Brothers X, is the third installment in the Super Smash Bros. series of crossover fighting games, developed by an ad hoc development ...more

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Street Fighter EX3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Street Fighter EX3 2000 Street Fighter EX3 is a 2D head-to-head fighting game with 3D graphics, developed by Arika and published by Capcom. It is the third and last console installment in the Street Fighter EX series. ...more

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Computer Ambush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Computer Ambush Jan 01 1984 Computer Ambush is a squad-level tactical combat simulator, set in a fictitious French village during World War II. Available forces arerestricted toeither American or German squads only;each ...more

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Urban Champion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Urban Champion 1984 Urban Champion is a 2-player fighting game produced by Nintendo in 1984. It was inspired by the 1984 Game & Watch title, Boxing. It is also Nintendo's first 2D fighting game, followed by the ...more

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Fire Pro Wrestling 2nd Bout Aug 30 1991 Fire Pro Wrestling 2nd Bout is the sequel to Fire Pro Wrestling Combination Tag and the second installment of the long-running Fire Pro Wrestling series, featuring a few more match types and ...more

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Hail to the Chimp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Hail to the Chimp 2008 Hail to the Chimp is a video game developed by Wideload Games and published by Gamecock Media Group. The game was released on June 23, 2008 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It was later added ...more

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MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch 2003 Celebrity Deathmatch is a video game based on the Celebrity Deathmatch show. The game features celebrities and movie monsters as playable characters.

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Playstation Allstars Battle Ro... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Dream Carnival Aug 26 2004 Fullmetal Alchemist: Dream Carnival is a PlayStation 2 fighting game based on the Japanese anime and manga series, Fullmetal Alchemist. The video game was published by Bandai and it was released ...more

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Naruto: Rise of a Ninja is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja 2007 Naruto: Rise of a Ninja is a 2007 Xbox 360-exclusive video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal, making it the first Naruto game to be developed by a non-Japanese company. The game is specifically ...more

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Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impac... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact Mar 16 2007

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Dragon Ball Z: W Bakurestu Imp... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Dragon Ball Z: W Bakurestu Impact Apr 10 2008

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Street Smart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Street Smart 1989 Street Smart is a 1989 beat 'em up arcade game developed and published by SNK. The game's objective is to win money, girls and glory on the streets. It is notorious for its level of difficulty ...more

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DreamMix TV World Fighters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
DreamMix TV World Fighters 2003 DreamMix TV World Fighters is a crossover fighting video game developed by Bitstep and published by Konami, Takara and Hudson for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 in Japan on December 18, 2003. ...more

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FX Fighter 1995 FX Fighter is a video game developed by Argonaut Games and released by GTE Entertainment in 1995. It was an early realtime 3D fighting game to be developed for the PC. The game was also being ...more

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CLANG is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
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Chu's Dynasty Chu's Dynasty is a 2010 fighting video game developed and published by Tribetoy. Chu’s Dynasty is an indie game that combines the strategic fighting of Street Fighter with the multi-tiered 4 ...more

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Bleach: Heat the Soul 3 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time

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The Bilestoad is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
The Bilestoad Jan 01 1982 The Bilestoad is a computer game by Marc Goodman for the Apple II platform, released in 1982 by Datamost.

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The Outfoxies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
The Outfoxies 1994 The Outfoxies is a 1994 arcade game by Namco that depicted several professional hitmen secretly set against each other by a held-in-common client "Mr. Acme". Acme and his wife had ...more

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Naruto: The Broken Bond is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Naruto: The Broken Bond 2008 Naruto: The Broken Bond is an adventure/fighting game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for the Xbox 360. It was released on November 18, 2008 in North America. It's a ...more

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Bleach: Dark Souls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Bleach: Dark Souls 2007 Bleach: Dark Souls, known in Japan as Bleach DS 2nd Kokui Hirameku Requiem is the second Bleach game for the Nintendo DS. The game introduces new characters, adds new moves for the older ...more

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The Peace Keepers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
The Peace Keepers 1994 The Peace Keepers, known in Japan as Rushing Beat Syura is a beat 'em up video game released for the Super Nintendo in 1993. It is the third game and final game in the Rushing Beat trilogy, ...more

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Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix Jul 27 2006 Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix is a series of fighting video game developed by AKI Corporation, based on the popular Kinnikuman manga and anime series from Weekly Shonen Jump.

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Kung Fu Chaos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Kung Fu Chaos 2003 Kung Fu Chaos, known as Kung Fu Panic in Japan, is a 3D fighting/party game developed by Just Add Monsters and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was released worldwide for the Xbox in

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Last Bronx is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Last Bronx 1996 Last Bronx is a 3D fighting game developed by Sega AM3 on the Sega Model 2 mainboard. This is one of the first motion captured 3D weapon fighting games released in Japanese game centers in 1996, ...more

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Steel Panthers: World at War is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time

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Stake: Fortune Fighters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Stake: Fortune Fighters May 05 2003 Stake: Fortune Fighters is a fighting game that was released on the Xbox in 2003. It was developed by Taiwanese company Gameness Art Software and published by Metro3D, Inc. Critical reception of ...more

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Sunday VS Magazine: Shūketsu! ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Sunday VS Magazine: Shūketsu! Chōjō Daikessen 2009 Sunday VS Magazine: Shūketsu! Chōjō Daikessen is a fighting game developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Aomori and Hudson Soft and published by Konami for the PlayStation Portable. The game ...more

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Rear Guard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Rear Guard Jan 01 1982 Rear Guard is a game originally written for the 8-bit Atari computer and released in 1982 by Adventure International. Neil Larimer created the game with assistance from Sparky Starks; it was ...more

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Urban Reign is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Urban Reign 2005 Urban Reign is a multiplayer beat 'em up game developed by Namco.

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Dragonradar Mobile is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Dragonradar Mobile

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TNA Impact! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
TNA Impact! 2008 TNA Impact! is the only video game released by the professional wrestling promotion, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. The game was developed by Midway Studios in Los Angeles and published by ...more

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Doki Doki Majo Shinpan! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Doki Doki Majo Shinpan! 2007 Doki Doki Majo Shinpan! is a video game developed by SNK Playmore for Nintendo DS. The player assumes the role of a junior high school student who is asked by an angel to locate a witch that has ...more

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Eternal Fighter Zero is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Eternal Fighter Zero Jan 01 2001

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Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 2 Duo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 2 Duo Jul 31 2008 Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 2 Duo is the sequel to the Japan-exclusive Doki Doki Majo Shinpan!. A third game titled Doki Majo Plus was released on July 30, 2009. Similarly to the first game, players ...more

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Hammerfight is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Hammerfight Sep 19 2009 Hammerfight, previously known as Hammerfall, is a 2-dimensional physics-based video game published by Kranx Productions and 1C for Windows, Mac, Linux and PlayStation Portable. The game was part ...more

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Bleach: Blade Battlers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time

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Best of the Best: Championship... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Combat Games of All Time
Best of the Best: Championship Karate Best of the Best: Championship Karate is a kick boxing game that features black belt kick boxing masters. The object is to win the kick boxing championship by defeating an array of kick boxing ...more