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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Super Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1993 Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers is a head-to-head fighting game produced by Capcom originally released as a coin-operated arcade game in 1993. It is the fourth game in the Street ...more

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Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age o... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2003 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes is a 2000 fighting game developed and published by Capcom. It is the sixth game in the Marvel vs. Capcom series. With the sixth installment, Capcom ...more

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Super Smash Bros. Melee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2001 Super Smash Bros. Melee, often abbreviated as SSBM or simply as Melee, is a crossover fighting game released for the Nintendo GameCube shortly after its launch in 2001. It is the second game in ...more

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Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1992 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior is a competitive fighting game originally released for the arcades in 1991. It is the second entry in the Street Fighter series and the arcade sequel to the ...more

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Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1993 Mortal Kombat II is a competitive fighting game originally produced by Midway Games for the arcades in 1993. It was later ported to multiple home systems, including the PC, Amiga, Game Boy, Sega ...more

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Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1997 Tekken 3 is the third installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series. It was released for Arcades in March 1997, and for the PlayStation in March - September 1998. The original Arcade ...more

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Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1992 Mortal Kombat is an arcade fighting game developed and published by Midway Games in 1992 as the first title in the Mortal Kombat series. It was subsequently released by Acclaim Entertainment for ...more

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Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2001 Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001, known in Japan as Capcom vs. SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001, is the sequel to the fighting game Capcom vs. SNK. It was originally released on ...more

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Tekken 5 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2004 Tekken 5 is the fifth main installment in the popular Tekken series. It also marks the tenth anniversary of the series. It was first released for the arcades on 2004 running on the Namco System ...more

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Street Fighter Alpha 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
charlesminorversion1 added 1998 Street Fighter Alpha 3, known as Street Fighter Zero 3 in Japan and Asia, is a 1998 fighting game by Capcom originally released for the CPS II arcade hardware. It is the third game in the Street ...more

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Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2008 Street Fighter IV is a 2008 fighting game produced by Capcom, which co-developed the game with Dimps. It was the first numbered Street Fighter game released by Capcom since 1999, a hiatus of ...more

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Mortal Kombat X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Mortal Kombat X is a fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios. It is the tenth main installment in the Mortal Kombat video game series and was released on April 14, 2015 for PlayStation 4, ...more

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Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1994 Killer Instinct is a fighting game developed by Rare and published by Midway and Nintendo. It was released as an arcade game in the summer of 1994 and, the following year, ported to the Super ...more

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Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hype... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1991 Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hyper Fighting is a competitive fighting game released for the arcades by Capcom in 1992. It is the third game in the Street Fighter II sub-series of Street Fighter ...more

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Soulcalibur II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2002 Soulcalibur II is a 2002 video game developed by Project Soul and published by Namco and the third installment in the Soul series of weapon-based fighting games. It was originally released for ...more

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The King of Fighters '98 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1998 The King of Fighters '98 is a 1998 fighting game released by SNK released for the Neo Geo arcade and home console. It is the fifth game in The King of Fighters series. This installment was ...more

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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1995 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is a fighting game in the Mortal Kombat series, originally developed and released by Midway Games to arcades in 1995. It is an update of 1995's earlier Mortal Kombat 3 ...more

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X-Men vs. Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added 1996 X-Men vs. Street Fighter is a fighting game originally released as a coin-operated arcade game in 1996. It is Capcom's third fighting game to feature Marvel Comics characters and the first game ...more

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Tekken Tag Tournament is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1999 Tekken Tag Tournament is the fourth main installment in Namco's Tekken fighting game series. It, however, is not canonical to the Tekken storyline. The game was originally available as an update ...more

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Injustice: Gods Among Us is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting video game based upon the fictional universe of DC Comics. The game was developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive ...more

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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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Super Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2010 Super Street Fighter IV is a 2010 fighting game produced by Capcom. It is an updated version of Street Fighter IV and has been said to mark the definitive end of the Street Fighter IV series. ...more

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Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1997 Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter is the fourth Marvel Comics-licensed fighting game produced by Capcom. It is a sequel to X-Men vs. Street Fighter which replaces most of the X-Men ...more

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Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fig... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2000 Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 is a 2000 head-to-head fighting game produced by Capcom originally released as a coin-operated arcade game for Sega '​s NAOMI hardware and later ported to ...more

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Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1999 Street Fighter III 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future is a 2D competitive fighting game produced by Capcom originally released for the arcade in 1999. It was ported to the Dreamcast, PlayStation ...more

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Street Fighter III: Third Stri... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1998 SoulCalibur is a weapon-based 3D fighting game developed by Project Soul and produced by Namco. It is the second game in the Soul series, preceded by Soul Edge. Originally released in arcades in ...more

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Samurai Shodown II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1994 Samurai Shodown II, is a 1994 fighting game released as a second entry in SNK's Samurai Shodown series.

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Darkstalkers 3 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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Killer Instinct 2 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
sdtjsaint added 1995 Killer Instinct 2 is a fighting game developed by Rare and manufactured by Midway for arcades in 1996 as a sequel to Killer Instinct. A modified version of Killer Instinct 2, licensed by ...more

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Mortal Kombat: Deception is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2004 Mortal Kombat: Deception is a fighting game developed and published by Midway as the sixth installment of the Mortal Kombat series. It was released for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in October ...more

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2011 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a crossover fighting game developed by Capcom. It is an updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. After the events of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake ...more

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Street Fighter Alpha 2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1996 Street Fighter Alpha 2, known as Street Fighter Zero 2 in Japan, Asia and South America, is a 1996 fighting game originally released for the CPS II arcade hardware by Capcom. The game is both a ...more

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Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1995 Mortal Kombat 3 is a fighting game developed by Midway Games and first released into arcades in 1995 as the third game in the Mortal Kombat series. As in the previous games, it has a cast of ...more

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2011 Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is the eighth main installment in the Tekken fighting game series, originally released in Japanese arcades on September 14, 2011. It received an update, subtitled ...more

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Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2005 Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is a fighting game and an update to the Playstation 2 game Tekken 5. The arcade version was released in Japan in December of 2005 and in North America in February of ...more

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Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1987 Punch-Out!!, originally released in North America as Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, is a boxing sports fighting video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) developed and published by ...more

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The King of Fighters '95 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1995 The King of Fighters '95 is a 1995 fighting game produced by SNK for the Neo Geo arcade and home console. It is the sequel to The King of Fighters '94 and the second game in The King of Fighters ...more

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Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added 2010 Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is a crossover fighting game developed by Eighting and published by Capcom. The game features characters from both Capcom's video game franchises and ...more

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Virtua Fighter 2 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1994 Virtua Fighter 2 is a fighting game developed by Sega. It is the sequel to Virtua Fighter and the second game in the Virtua Fighter series. It was created by Sega's Yu Suzuki-headed AM2 and was ...more

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Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1999 Super Smash Bros., originally released in Japan as Nintendo All Star! Dairantō Smash Brothers, is a fighting game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. It ...more

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Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2002 Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is a fighting game developed and published by Midway for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Game Boy Advance. It was the first all-new Mortal Kombat ...more

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Samurai Shodown III is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1995 Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood, known as Samurai Spirits: Zankuro Musouken in Japan and Fighters Swords in Korea, is the third game in SNK's popular Samurai Shodown series of fighting ...more

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Tekken 6 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2007 Tekken 6 is a fighting game developed and published by Namco Bandai. It is the seventh main installment in the Tekken franchise. It was released in Japanese arcades on November 26, 2007 as the ...more

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Super Smash Bros. 4 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Super Smash Bros. 4

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Dead or Alive 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1999 Dead or Alive 2 is a fighting game in the Dead or Alive series. It debuted in arcades in 1999 and was later ported for the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 in 2000. It had also several enhanced ...more

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Tekken 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1995 Tekken 2 is the second installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series. It was first released in arcades in 1995, and later released for the PlayStation in 1996. The original arcade ...more

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The King of Fighters 2002 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2004 The King of Fighters 2002 is a 2002 competitive fighting game produced by Eolith and Playmore for the Neo Geo. It is the ninth game in The King of Fighters series and the second one to be ...more

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Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Su... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
1998 Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is the fifth Marvel Comics-licensed fighting game by Capcom and the third game in the Marvel vs. Capcom series. The game was developed in late 1997 and ...more

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Soulcalibur III is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
2005 Soulcalibur III is a fighting game produced by Namco as a sequel to Soulcalibur II and the fourth installment in the Soul series. It was originally released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 in ...more