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The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked 

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Updated February 21, 2018 3.6k votes 801 voters 39.7k views 39 items

List Rules Fighting games released on the GameCube. No Beat-em-ups or platformers allowed!

If you like beating up your opponents, then you’ll love the best GameCube fighting games, particularly because it has some of the best of all time. The Gamecube was the system that was the midpoint between the iconic N64 and the leap to the awesome Nintendo Wii, but it still received several amazing beat-em-up and combat games. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the average GameCube collection probably has several of these fighting games. Since some were much better than others, it’s only fitting to let fans decide which are best GameCube fighting games of all time.

With challenging combos and finishing moves to pull off, fighting games are some of the best multiplayer games you can get your hands on. Franchises like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat made the genre famous, but today there are a plethora of others that are just as fun. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre.

What really set the GameCube apart from other systems in terms of fighting games however, was none other than Super Smash Brothers Melee. Known in competitive fighting game circles as SSBM, it is still played in tournaments to this day. It differs from the standard fighting game formula quite a bit as it isn’t about lowering your opponent’s life bar, but rather to knock them out of the stage.

As this list is about the most popular and best selling fighting games that were released for GameCube, both exclusives and non-exclusives are included. The fighting games featured on this list include everything from Super Smash Bros. Melee to Soulcalibur II! What’s not included? Beat-em-ups such as Viewtiful Joe, Pokemon Colosseum, and TMNT. So vote for your favorite GameCube fighting games below, and feel free to add any that you think deserve to be on the list.

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Super Smash Bros. Melee ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2001 (HAL Laboratory)
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Soulcalibur II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2002 (Project Soul)
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Capcom vs. SNK 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2001 (Capcom)
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Def Jam: Fight for NY is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2004 (EA Canada)
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Bloody Roar: Primal Fury... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2002 (Eighting Co.)
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Mortal Kombat: Deception... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2004 (Midway Games)
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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2003 (Dimps)
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Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2003 (Eighting Co.)
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Mortal Kombat: Deadly Al... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2002 (Midway Games)
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Godzilla: Destroy All Mo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2002 (Pipeworks Software)
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Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Ta... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2005 (Eighting Co.)
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Naruto: Clash of Ninja ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2003 (Eighting Co.)
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Shrek SuperSlam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2005 (Shaba Games)
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Battle Stadium D.O.N is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2006 (Eighting Co.)
15
WWE Day of Reckoning 2 ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2005 (Yuke's)
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Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Ta... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2004 (Eighting Co.)
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Digimon Rumble Arena 2 ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2004 (Namco Bandai Games)
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Bloody Roar 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
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WWE Day of Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2004 (Yuke's)
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Marvel Nemesis: Rise of ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2005 (EA Canada)
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One Piece: Grand Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2006 (Ganbarion)
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Ultimate Muscle: Legends... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2003 (Syn Sophia)
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One Piece: Grand Battle!... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2005 (Ganbarion)
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X-Men: Next Dimension is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 2002 (Paradox Development)
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Bloody Roar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best GameCube Fighting Games of All Time, Ranked
Released: 1997 (Eighting Co.)