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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 and 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 one is the best? See what other gamers think are the best fighting games of all time. 

This list of fighting games 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 constitutes the best? It's hard to say - 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
Released: 1993 (Capcom)

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Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 1992 (Capcom)
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
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Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 1992 (Midway Games)
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

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Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 2003 (Backbone Entertainment)
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
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Tekken 5 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Namco)
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
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Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 2001 (Capcom)
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
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Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 1997 (Production I.G)
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
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Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 1994 (Rare Ltd)
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
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Tekken Tag Tournament is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (Namco)
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
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Street Fighter Alpha 3 ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
charlesminorversion1 added Released: 1998 (Capcom)
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
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The King of Fighters '98... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 1998 (SNK Playmore)
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
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Street Fighter II' Turbo... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 1991 (Capcom)
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
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Street Fighter IV is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (Dimps)
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
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Super Smash Bros. Melee ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 2001 (HAL Laboratory)
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
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Marvel Super Heroes vs. ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 1997 (Capcom)
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
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Street Fighter III: 3rd ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future is a 2D competitive fighting game produced by Capcom originally released for the arcade in 1999. It was ported to the Dreamcast, PlayStation ...more
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Street Fighter III: Thir... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
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Super Street Fighter IV ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (Dimps)
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
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Mortal Kombat: Deception... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Midway Games)
Mortal Kombat: Deception is a fighting game developed and published by Midway as the sixth installment of the Mortal Kombat series. It was released for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in October ...more
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (Monolith Soft)
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
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Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 1993 (Acclaim Cheltenham)
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
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X-Men vs. Street Fighter... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Released: 1996 (Capcom)
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
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Mortal Kombat: Deadly Al... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 2002 (Midway Games)
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is a fighting game developed and published by Midway for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Game Boy Advance. It was the first all-new Mortal Kombat ...more
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Soulcalibur III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (Namco)
Soulcalibur III is a fighting game produced by Namco as a sequel to Soulcalibur II and the fourth installment in the Soul series. It was originally released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 in ...more
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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Released: 1995 (WMS Industries Inc.)
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