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The Best NES Fighting Games 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1k votes 333 voters 23.1k views 35 items

List Rules Games don't have to be console exclusive, as long as they were released for Nintendo Entertainment System at some point.

If you owned a NES at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few fighting games in your collection. 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. Since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best NES fighting games of all time.

This list will feature the most popular and best selling fighting games that were released for NES. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. Vote for your favorite items on this poll, including River City Ransom, Punch-Out!! and more. Vote for your favorite video games below, and feel free to add any that you think deserve to be on the list.
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Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1987 (Nintendo Integrated Research & Development)
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River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1989 (KID)
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
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Battletoads & Double... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1993 (Ashby Computers and Graphics Ltd.)
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Karateka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1984 (Jordan Mechner)
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Mighty Final Fight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1993 (Capcom)
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Base Wars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1991 (Konami)
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Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1987 (Capcom)
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Urban Champion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1984 (Nintendo)
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Batman: Return of the Jo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1991 (Sunsoft)
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Kung-Fu Master is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1984 (Nintendo)
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Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1991 (Software Creations)
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Mike Tyson's Intergalact... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
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Tom & Jerry: Fists o... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 2000 (NewKidCo)
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The Astyanax is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1989 (Aicom)
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Kart Fighter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
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Bucky O'Hare is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
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WWF WrestleMania: Steel ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1992 (Sculptured Software)
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Indiana Jones and the Te... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1985 (Atari Games)
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Archon: The Light and th... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1983 (Free Fall Associates)
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Dragon Ball Z: Gekitou T... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
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Tag Team Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1984 (Technōs Japan)
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Rollergames is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
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Target: Renegade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
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Yie Ar Kung-Fu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Fighting Games
Released: 1985 (Konami)