The Best SNES Fighting Games of All Time

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If you grew up in the '90s, then you've most likely played more than a few of the best SNES fighting games, such as Mortal Kombat II and of course Street Fighter II. In fact, you probably owned a few of these fighting games in your SNES collection. Fighting games are fun not just because you can fight the computer, but because you can fight against other people. There's not difficulty setting to be found there!

And in the mid-90s, online multiplayer games weren't exactly widespread on the SNES. With challenging combos and finishing moves to pull off, SNES fighting games were some of the best multiplayer games you can get your hands on. Franchises like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat made the genre famous, and both of those games were made popular with the Super Nintendo in the '90s. 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, fight gamers naturally want to know what are the best SNES fighting games of all time.

So what are the most popular and best selling fighting games that were released for SNES? Please note that while many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. Everything from Clay Fighter to Final Fight is included on this poll. So vote for what you think are the best SNES fighting games below.

Most divisive: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition
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    • Developer: Capcom

    As the third installment in the illustrious Street Fighter II series, Turbo: Hyper Fighting ramped up the action with faster gameplay and a slew of new features. Characters were given unique moves and abilities, such as Chun-Li's fireball or the aptly named "air hurricane kick" by Ryu and Ken. Not only did this title boast an impressive roster of 12 fighters, but it also introduced a revolutionary combo system that added depth and strategy to matches. Overall, Turbo: Hyper Fighting was undeniably a game-changer in the fighting genre, setting the standard for titles to come.

  • Mortal Kombat II
    553 votes
    • Developer: Acclaim Cheltenham, Midway Games, Sculptured Software

    Following its gory and groundbreaking predecessor, Mortal Kombat II expanded on the series in several major ways. Newcomers to the fray, like Baraka, Jax, and Kitana, brought the roster count to a total of 12 versatile kombatants, each with their own distinct move sets and fatalities. With improved visuals, smoother animations, and the addition of stage fatalities and friendships, Mortal Kombat II elevated the gore factor while still injecting a dose of dark humor. This sequel cemented the Mortal Kombat franchise's status as both a technical and controversial powerhouse in the fighting genre.

    • Developer: Capcom

    Showcasing a diverse cast of 16 characters, four of whom were fresh faces, Super Street Fighter II was a worthy follow-up to its lauded predecessors. The game's updated engine provided enhanced character animations and a new combo system that encouraged inventive playstyles. Tournament mode added even more replayability, allowing for competitive clashes between players in a bracket-style format. With its vivid sprites, refined mechanics, and memorable sound bites, Super Street Fighter II held the attention of die-hard fans and newcomers alike.

    • Developer: Capcom

    With its prequel storyline and striking manga-inspired visuals, Street Fighter Alpha 2 captivated fans of the franchise and solidified its place as a standout entry. This title featured memorable mechanics like Custom Combos and Alpha Counters, offering players countless strategic possibilities. The 18-character roster was a masterful mix of series veterans like Ryu, Chun-Li, and Sagat, as well as compelling newcomers such as Sakura and Gen. From its refined gameplay to its engrossing aesthetics, Street Fighter Alpha 2 proved to be an evolution of the series and a new benchmark for fighting games.

  • Killer Instinct
    703 votes
    • Developer: Rare Ltd

    Boasting a robust cast of fighters with distinctively stunning character designs, Killer Instinct revolutionized the fighting game landscape with its innovative combo system. Featuring the unprecedented ability to break opponents' combos mid-attack, this title demanded both skill and strategy in equal measure. Its darker tone and unforgettable big-bad boss character, Eyedol, helped to set Killer Instinct apart from competitors. With its captivating gameplay and awe-inspiring visuals, Killer Instinct remains a cherished classic among fighting game enthusiasts.

  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
    399 votes
    • Developer: WMS Industries Inc., Avalanche Software, Midway Games, Eurocom

    Taking the series' trademark gore and fast pace to new heights, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 offered an intricate fighting experience that pushed the boundaries of the genre. With an impressive roster of 22 kombatants, including the iconic Scorpion and Sub-Zero, this title satisfied fans while introducing several innovations. New gameplay elements, such as the introduction of a run button and "Brutality" finishing moves contributed to its more aggressive tone. Setting a standard for future titles, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 sparked a frenzy in both arcades and home consoles alike.