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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538 308
Super Smash Bros. Melee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Soulcalibur II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

The Most Popular Fighting Video Games Right Now

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Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hype... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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

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

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

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

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

The Best Tactical Shooter Games of All Time

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

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

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

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

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

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Samurai Shodown II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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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

The Best NES Fighting Games

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

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

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

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

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

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Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars 2010

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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

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

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

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Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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

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

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

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

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Tekken 6 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Tekken 6 2007

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Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Su... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time

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Super Smash Bros. 4 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time
Super Smash Bros. 4

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Mortal Kombat 4 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fighting Games of All Time