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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521 346
Super Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

2
514 299
Super Smash Bros. Melee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

3
348 262
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age o... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

4
488 261
Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

5
391 237
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

6
509 278
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

7
396 194
Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 3 1997

8
273 238
Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

9
171 145
Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

10
337 197
Tekken 5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 5 2004

11
233 183
Street Fighter Alpha 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
charlesminorversion1 added Street Fighter Alpha 3 1998

12
176 62
Mortal Kombat X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

13
201 145
Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hype... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

14
273 152
Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

The Most Popular Fighting Video Games Right Now

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275 129
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

16
134 73
Injustice: Gods Among Us is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

17
315 157
Soulcalibur II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

18
102 83
X-Men vs. Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added X-Men vs. Street Fighter 1996

19
257 157
Tekken Tag Tournament is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

20
241 199
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

21
110 65
The King of Fighters '98 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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121 94
Super Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

23
161 132
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

24
119 118
Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fig... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

25
260 163
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

26
85 74
Samurai Shodown II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

27
168 116
Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

28
139 94
Street Fighter III: Third Stri... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
charlesminorversion1 added Street Fighter III: Third Strike

The Best PS3 Fighting Games of All Time

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64 64
Darkstalkers 3 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

30
184 126
Mortal Kombat: Deception is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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102 74
Killer Instinct 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
sdtjsaint added Killer Instinct 2 1995

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62 50
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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69 57
Street Fighter Alpha 2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

34
49 68
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars 2010

35
194 145
Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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155 114
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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59 30
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

38
66 64
The King of Fighters '95 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

39
131 120
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

40
50 62
Samurai Shodown III is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

41
87 91
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

42
50 48
Virtua Fighter 2 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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97 69
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

44
40 39
X-Men: Children of the Atom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

45
176 109
Tekken 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 2 1995

46
44 32
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Su... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

47
97 71
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
VanessaHawelu added Mortal Kombat: Armageddon 2006

48
123 117
Dead or Alive 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

49
136 110
Mortal Kombat 4 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

50
144 141
Tekken 6 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 6 2007