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

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307 227
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age o... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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441 257
Super Smash Bros. Melee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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456 241
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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433 234
Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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341 212
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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245 210
Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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140 118
Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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196 159
Street Fighter Alpha 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
charlesminorversion1 added Street Fighter Alpha 3 1998

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288 179
Tekken 5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 5 2004

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321 177
Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 3 1997

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172 122
Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hype... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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135 44
Mortal Kombat X is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
FensterHasselhoff added Mortal Kombat X

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104 50
Injustice: Gods Among Us is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
FensterHasselhoff added Injustice: Gods Among Us

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283 136
Soulcalibur II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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84 66
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

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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143 117
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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225 148
Tekken Tag Tournament is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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104 104
Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fig... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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97 79
Super Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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82 54
The King of Fighters '98 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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67 32
Super Smash Bros. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Super Smash Bros. 4

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148 103
Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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230 149
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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68 62
Samurai Shodown II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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92 59
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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Street Fighter III: Third Stri... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
charlesminorversion1 added Street Fighter III: Third Strike

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

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39 55
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars 2010

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

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48 54
Darkstalkers 3 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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140 103
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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42 37
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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77 76
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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50 47
Street Fighter Alpha 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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43 53
Samurai Shodown III is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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124 97
Mortal Kombat 4 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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52 54
The King of Fighters '95 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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112 106
Dead or Alive 2 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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32 32
X-Men: Children of the Atom is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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67 76
SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of t... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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49 56
Samurai Shodown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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113 114
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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54 62
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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118 100
Soulcalibur III is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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157 104
Tekken 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 2 1995

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129 134
Tekken 6 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 6 2007