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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478 320
Super Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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2
469 274
Super Smash Bros. Melee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

3
323 240
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age o... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

4
475 257
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

5
364 222
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

6
450 249
Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

7
258 221
Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

8
355 182
Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 3 1997

9
152 131
Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

10
310 187
Tekken 5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 5 2004

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212 167
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
187 129
Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hype... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

13
253 140
Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

14
298 146
Soulcalibur II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

15
257 120
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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151 55
Mortal Kombat X is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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92 71
X-Men vs. Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added X-Men vs. Street Fighter 1996

18
115 62
Injustice: Gods Among Us is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

19
238 151
Tekken Tag Tournament is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

20
219 185
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

21
149 123
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

22
107 85
Super Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

23
91 57
The King of Fighters '98 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

24
109 109
Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fig... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

25
159 108
Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

26
76 64
Samurai Shodown II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

27
242 155
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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126 83
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

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93 66
Killer Instinct 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
sdtjsaint added Killer Instinct 2 1995

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53 41
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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166 119
Mortal Kombat: Deception is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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54 58
Darkstalkers 3 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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186 138
Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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45 61
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

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146 108
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

36
55 50
Street Fighter Alpha 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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82 83
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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46 55
Samurai Shodown III is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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37 34
X-Men: Children of the Atom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

40
57 58
The King of Fighters '95 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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117 110
Dead or Alive 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

42
167 107
Tekken 2 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 2 1995

43
71 78
SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of t... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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53 57
Samurai Shodown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

45
42 43
Virtua Fighter 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

46
121 118
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

47
127 105
Mortal Kombat 4 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

48
124 103
Soulcalibur III is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

49
137 137
Tekken 6 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 6 2007

50
47 28
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time