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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SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of t... is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium 1999 SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium is a fighting game for the Neo Geo Pocket Color. It features a total of 26 characters from SNK and Capcom, eight of which are hidden. Play options ...more

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Mortal Kombat 4 is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Mortal Kombat 4 1997 Mortal Kombat 4 is the fourth main installment in the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games developed by Midway Games. Released to arcades in 1997, Mortal Kombat 4 is the first title from the ...more

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Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
VanessaHawelu added Mortal Kombat: Armageddon 2006 Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is the seventh main video game in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. The PlayStation 2 version and Xbox versions were released in October 2006, with a Wii version ...more

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Samurai Shodown is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Samurai Shodown 1993 Samurai Shodown, known as Samurai Spirits in Japan, is a competitive fighting game developed and published by SNK for their Neo Geo arcade and home platform. Released in 1993, it is the first ...more

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Fatal Fury 2 is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Fatal Fury 2 Fatal Fury 2 is a 1992 fighting video game released by SNK for the Neo Geo arcade and home platforms. It is a sequel to Fatal Fury: King of Fighters and the second game in the Fatal Fury ...more

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The King of Fighters 2002 is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
The King of Fighters 2002 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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Dead or Alive 5 is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
midnightq2 added Dead or Alive 5 2012 Dead or Alive 5 is a fighting game in the Dead or Alive series, developed by Team Ninja in partership with Sega AM2 and released by Koei Tecmo simultaneously for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ...more

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Street Fighter X Tekken is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Street Fighter X Tekken 2012 Street Fighter X Tekken is a crossover fighting game developed by Capcom and released in March 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, in May for the PC and in October for the PlayStation Vita. ...more

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Darkstalkers is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Darkstalkers 1994 Darkstalkers, known in Japan and Asia as Vampire, is a series of 2D fighting games developed and published by Capcom, beginning with Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors in 1994. The series is set ...more

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Fatal Fury: Mark Of The Wolves is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
charlesminorversion1 added Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves

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The King of Fighters 2000 is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
The King of Fighters 2000 2000 The King of Fighters 2000 is a 2000 competitive fighting game produced by SNK for the Neo Geo arcade and home platforms. It is the seventh installment in The King of Fighters series for the Neo ...more

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters, or Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Tournament Fighters in Europe, is the title of three different fighting games based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja ...more

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Marvel Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Marvel Super Heroes 1995 Marvel Super Heroes is a fighting game developed by Capcom. Originally released in the arcade in 1995 on the CPS-2 arcade system, it was later ported to the Sega Saturn and PlayStation in late ...more

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Street Fighter Alpha Anthology is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Street Fighter Alpha Anthology 2006 Street Fighter Alpha Anthology, released in Japan as Street Fighter Zero: Fighters' Generation, is a 2006 fighting game compilation that collects the Street Fighter Alpha series. The game also ...more

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The King of Fighters XI is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
The King of Fighters XI 2005 The King of Fighters XI is a 2D competitive fighting game produced by SNK Playmore originally released in 2005 as a coin-operated arcade game for the Atomiswave platform. It is the eleventh ...more

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Samurai Shodown Anthology is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Samurai Shodown Anthology 2009 Samurai Shodown Anthology is a game compilation released by SNK Playmore on Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable. It was re-released as a downloadable game on the PlayStation Store for ...more

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Skullgirls is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
greatguwgullheiser added Skullgirls Skullgirls is a 2D fighting game independently developed by Reverge Labs and co-published by Autumn Games and Konami. The game was released through the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade ...more

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The King of Fighters '96 is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
The King of Fighters '96 1996 The King of Fighters '96 is a 1996 fighting game released by SNK for the Neo Geo arcade and home consoles. It is the third game in The King of Fighters series, following The King of Fighters ...more

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Virtua Fighter 5 is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Virtua Fighter 5 2006 Virtua Fighter 5 is the fifth installment in Sega's Virtua Fighter series of arcade fighting games and direct sequel to Virtua Fighter 4: Final Tuned. The original version was released on the ...more

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The King of Fighters '94 is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
The King of Fighters '94 1994 The King of Fighters '94 is a fighting game released by SNK for the Neo Geo-based arcade system in 1994, as the inaugural game in The King of Fighters series. The game was soon also released for ...more

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Guilty Gear XX is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Guilty Gear XX 2003 Guilty Gear X2, also known as Guilty Gear XX and subtitled The Midnight Carnival in Japan, is a fighting game developed by Arc System Works and published by Sammy Studios. The third installment ...more

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SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos 2004 SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos is a 2003 competitive fighting game produced by Playmore for the Neo Geo arcade and home platform. The game was ported to the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in Japan and the ...more

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 1999 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a fighting game developed by Capcom based on Hirohiko Araki's Japanese manga of the same title. The games were developed by the same team who are responsible for the ...more

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Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Street Fighter 1987 Street Fighter is a 1987 arcade game developed by Capcom. It is the first competitive fighting game produced by the company and the inaugural game in the Street Fighter series. While it did not ...more

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Bloody Roar is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Bloody Roar 1997 Bloody Roar is a series of fighting games created by Hudson Soft, and developed together with Eighting. The series has been published by multiple companies, including Virgin Interactive, ...more

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Tekken is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 1994 Tekken is a fighting game and is the first of the series. It was released at arcades in late 1994 and on the PlayStation in 1995. It was developed and published by Namco. It is succeeded by ...more

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Street Fighter II' Special Cha... is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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Darkstalkers Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Darkstalkers Resurrection Darkstalkers Resurrection, known as Vampire Resurrection in Japan, is a 2013 video game developed by Iron Galaxy Studios and published by Capcom. It is a compilation of Capcom's two classic 2D ...more

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Soul Edge is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Soul Edge 1996 Soul Edge is a fighting game developed by the team Project Soul and published by Namco. Originally released as an arcade game in 1995, an upgraded and expanded version of the game was ported to ...more

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Fatal Fury: King of Fighters is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Fatal Fury: King of Fighters 1991 Fatal Fury: King of Fighters is a 1991 head-to-head fighting game released by SNK for the Neo Geo arcade and home platforms. Fatal Fury was SNK's first fighting game for the Neo Geo system and ...more

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Fighting Vipers is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Fighting Vipers 1995 Fighting Vipers is a 3D fighting game developed by Sega AM2. The game was first released in the arcade in 1995 using the Sega Model 2 hardware and ported the following year to the Sega Saturn.

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Tekken 4 is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 4 2001 Tekken 4 is the fifth main installment in the Tekken series. It was developed and published by Namco. It was released as an arcade game in 2001 and on the PlayStation 2 in 2002. It is the first ...more

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The King of Fighters 2001 is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
The King of Fighters 2001 2001 The King of Fighters 2001 is a 2001 competitive fighting game produced by Eolith for the Neo Geo. It is the eighth game in The King of Fighters series and the first game produced following the ...more

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BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger 2008 BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is a fighting game developed by Arc System Works in 2008. The game's name is a portmanteau of "blaze" and "blue," with the "z" sound ...more

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Art of Fighting 2 is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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The King of Fighters '97 is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
The King of Fighters '97 1997 The King of Fighters '97 is a 1997 fighting game produced by SNK for the Neo Geo arcade and home console. It is the fourth game in The King of Fighters series. It was ported to the Neo-Geo CD, ...more

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King of Fighters XIV is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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Street Fighter Alpha is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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Rival Schools: United By Fate is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Rival Schools: United By Fate 1998 Rival Schools: United by Fate is a competitive fighting game produced by Capcom originally released as an arcade game in 1997 and ported to the PlayStation in 1998. On February 23, 2012 Capcom ...more

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Soul Blade is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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Samurai Shodown IV is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Samurai Shodown IV 1996 Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge, also known as Samurai Spirits: Amakusa's Descent in Japan, is the fourth in SNK's flagship Samurai Shodown series of fighting games. Chronologically, it is ...more

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Samurai Shodown V is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Samurai Shodown V 2003 Samurai Shodown V, known as Samurai Spirits Zero in Japan, is the eighth game in SNK's Samurai Shodown/Samurai Spirits series of fighting games. It was one of the last ever games to be released ...more

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Fatal Fury Special is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Fatal Fury Special 1993 Fatal Fury Special is a 1993 head-to-head fighting game produced by SNK originally released for the Neo Geo arcade and home platforms. It is an updated version of Fatal Fury 2, introducing ...more

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The King of Fighters XIII is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
The King of Fighters XIII 2010 The King of Fighters XIII is a fighting game in the The King of Fighters series, developed and published by SNK Playmore originally in 2010. King of Fighters XIII was released for Japanese ...more

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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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Bloody Roar 2 is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Bloody Roar 2 1999 Bloody Roar 2, is a brawler arcade game developed by Eighting/Raizing in 1999.. Bloody Roar series differs from other fighting games as every character has a beast mode that can be used to use ...more

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Guilty Gear X is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Guilty Gear X Guilty Gear X, subtitled By Your Side in Japan, is a fighting game developed by Arc System Works and published by Sammy Studios. The second installment of the Guilty Gear series, Guilty Gear X ...more

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Garou: Mark of the Wolves is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Garou: Mark of the Wolves 1999 Garou: Mark of the Wolves, known as Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves on Dreamcast, is a 1999 fighting game produced by SNK, originally for the Neo Geo system and part of the Fatal Fury series. It ...more

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Super Smash Bros Wii U/3DS is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaic... is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time