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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459 305
Super Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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312 229
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age o... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

3
445 260
Super Smash Bros. Melee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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458 242
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

5
437 235
Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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345 213
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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249 211
Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

8
143 119
Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

9
198 159
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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289 180
Tekken 5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 5 2004

11
326 178
Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 3 1997

12
174 123
Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hype... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

13
286 137
Soulcalibur II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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239 131
Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

15
137 46
Mortal Kombat X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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247 114
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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85 66
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

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105 54
Injustice: Gods Among Us is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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213 173
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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144 119
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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227 148
Tekken Tag Tournament is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

22
98 80
Super Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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104 105
Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fig... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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86 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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152 103
Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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68 32
Super Smash Bros. 4 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Super Smash Bros. 4

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234 149
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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70 62
Samurai Shodown II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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116 79
Street Fighter III: Third Stri... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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92 59
Killer Instinct 2 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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162 113
Mortal Kombat: Deception is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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42 57
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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50 54
Darkstalkers 3 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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46 37
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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180 132
Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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141 103
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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78 77
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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51 47
Street Fighter Alpha 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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44 53
Samurai Shodown III is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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54 54
The King of Fighters '95 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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34 32
X-Men: Children of the Atom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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125 98
Mortal Kombat 4 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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113 106
Dead or Alive 2 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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50 56
Samurai Shodown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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55 62
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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38 41
Virtua Fighter 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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114 114
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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159 104
Tekken 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 2 1995

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119 100
Soulcalibur III is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time