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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443 294
Super Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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302 222
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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431 254
Super Smash Bros. Melee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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451 232
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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427 227
Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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334 207
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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239 206
Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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137 112
Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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193 154
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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280 176
Tekken 5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 5 2004

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312 176
Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 3 1997

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278 134
Soulcalibur II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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132 44
Mortal Kombat X is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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166 120
Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hype... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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232 131
Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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240 114
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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83 64
X-Men vs. Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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98 49
Injustice: Gods Among Us is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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209 169
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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143 116
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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223 147
Tekken Tag Tournament is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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104 102
Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fig... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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95 77
Super Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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79 52
The King of Fighters '98 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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65 31
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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145 102
Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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226 147
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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66 60
Samurai Shodown II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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90 59
Killer Instinct 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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108 77
Street Fighter III: Third Stri... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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160 112
Mortal Kombat: Deception is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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47 52
Darkstalkers 3 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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37 53
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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174 130
Mortal Kombat 3 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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41 34
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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140 102
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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76 75
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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43 52
Samurai Shodown III is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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48 46
Street Fighter Alpha 2 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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52 53
The King of Fighters '95 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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122 96
Mortal Kombat 4 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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32 31
X-Men: Children of the Atom is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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111 106
Dead or Alive 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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67 75
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 55
Samurai Shodown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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118 99
Soulcalibur III is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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113 113
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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129 131
Tekken 6 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 6 2007

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156 103
Tekken 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 2 1995

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52 62
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time