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

2
391 294
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

3
574 348
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

4
433 264
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

5
533 289
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

6
304 257
Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
453 213
Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
540 308
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
370 213
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

10
257 198
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

11
189 167
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

12
217 76
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

13
144 71
The King of Fighters '98 is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
217 161
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

15
346 169
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

16
296 167
Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
295 145
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

18
117 102
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

19
275 168
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

20
145 93
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

21
252 220
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

22
136 111
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

23
169 147
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

24
129 133
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

25
164 104
Street Fighter III: Third Stri... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
charlesminorversion1 added