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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486 320
Super Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

2
327 241
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age o... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

3
471 278
Super Smash Bros. Melee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

4
482 257
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

5
367 222
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

6
454 249
Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

7
261 221
Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

8
357 183
Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 3 1997

9
154 131
Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

10
311 187
Tekken 5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 5 2004

11
214 169
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
189 130
Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hype... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

13
257 141
Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

14
300 146
Soulcalibur II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

The Best Wii Fighting Games of All Time

15
152 55
Mortal Kombat X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

16
258 121
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

17
116 62
Injustice: Gods Among Us is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

18
92 72
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
239 151
Tekken Tag Tournament is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

20
219 186
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

21
150 123
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

The Best City-Building 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
93 57
The King of Fighters '98 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

24
109 110
Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fig... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

25
77 64
Samurai Shodown II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

26
159 108
Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

27
127 83
Street Fighter III: Third Stri... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
charlesminorversion1 added Street Fighter III: Third Strike

28
242 156
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

The Best PSP Fighting Games

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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

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

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

32
55 59
Darkstalkers 3 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

33
45 61
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars 2010

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186 139
Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

35
147 108
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance 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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56 50
Street Fighter Alpha 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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

38
46 56
Samurai Shodown III is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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

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

41
118 110
Dead or Alive 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

42
72 78
SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of t... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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43
167 107
Tekken 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 2 1995

44
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
125 103
Soulcalibur III is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

47
121 118
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

48
127 105
Mortal Kombat 4 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
83 63
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time