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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534 351
Super Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

2
528 304
Super Smash Bros. Melee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

3
356 266
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age o... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

4
398 239
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

5
493 265
Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

6
513 281
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

7
410 196
Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 3 1997

8
279 241
Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

9
342 197
Tekken 5 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 5 2004

10
173 148
Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

11
239 183
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
179 63
Mortal Kombat X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

13
276 153
Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

14
203 147
Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hype... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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15
319 158
Soulcalibur II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

16
275 131
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

17
134 76
Injustice: Gods Among Us is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

18
103 84
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
260 157
Tekken Tag Tournament is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

20
113 66
The King of Fighters '98 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

21
242 203
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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161 133
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

23
122 96
Super Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

24
120 118
Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fig... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

25
265 163
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

26
88 75
Samurai Shodown II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

27
170 116
Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

28
144 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

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66 65
Darkstalkers 3 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

30
184 127
Mortal Kombat: Deception is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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103 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 51
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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70 58
Street Fighter Alpha 2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

34
49 69
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
194 146
Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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155 115
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

37
60 30
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

38
67 64
The King of Fighters '95 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

39
90 91
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

40
52 48
Virtua Fighter 2 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

41
102 71
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

42
132 120
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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51 63
Samurai Shodown III is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

44
179 109
Tekken 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 2 1995

45
41 39
X-Men: Children of the Atom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

46
125 118
Dead or Alive 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

47
45 33
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Su... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

48
145 141
Tekken 6 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 6 2007

49
97 72
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
VanessaHawelu added Mortal Kombat: Armageddon 2006

50
132 108
Soulcalibur III is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time