12 Dormant Fighting Games That Deserve A New Installment

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Vote up the fighting games that deserve a sequel.

Since the '80s, fighting games have evolved from one-on-one battles at the arcades to battling someone from another country online. No matter how they're played, fighting games always bring out the best in players. While some franchises have stood the test of time, many forgotten fighting games have been kept alive by their small yet loyal communities.

Every now and then, one of these dormant franchises will make a return and ignite discussions about which other titles would be perfect for a comeback today. We're looking at a handful of dormant franchises that aren't quite done just yet. Vote up the franchises you want to make a grand return in the future.

  • 1
    27 VOTES
    Photo: Capcom

    Debuting in 1994, Darkstalkers was developed to give Street Fighter fans an alternative. Its dark setting was a big hit with arcades across the country. The game would spawn a slew of sequels, an animated series, and a manga. While Darkstalkers has stayed dormant since Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower, characters from the series have continued to appear in Capcom fighting games.

    In 2013, Capcom tried testing the Darkstalkers waters with the release of Darkstalkers Resurrection, which features Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge and Darkstalkers 3. Unfortunately, the compilation didn't meet expectations, and potential plans for another Darkstalkers installment were put on the shelf. In a 2013 interview with Siliconera, former Capcom fighting game head Matt Dahlgren said:

    Darkstalkers Resurrection did not perform as well as we would have liked [it] to perform. You never know what the future may hold, but Street Fighter is definitely not dead. There is nothing Darkstalkers on the immediate horizon for sure.

    27 votes
  • Def Jam: Fight for NY
    Photo: EA Games

    While the Def Jam series focused a bit more on wrestling mechanics at the start, fighting game players will still complain about tier lists to this day. Unfortunately, the beloved series has been dormant since 2007's Def Jam: Icon.

    Rumors of a new title have been everywhere over the years, and gamers have been speculating about which rappers would make their way onto the roster. Rapper Ice-T has been very vocal about bringing back Def Jam: Fight For NY for the newer generation.

    36 votes
  • 3
    32 VOTES

    Bloody Roar

    Bloody Roar
    Photo: Bloody Roar II / SCEA

    Debuting in 1997, Bloody Roar allowed players to change the momentum by going into Beast Mode, which turned their character into a destructive beast. The Hudson Soft franchise kept pumping out titles in both arcades and consoles until 2003's Bloody Roar 4, which became the first M-rated game in the franchise.

    Since 2012, Konami has held the rights to Bloody Roar, which leaves a small glimmer of hope for a potential return.

    32 votes
  • Rival Schools: United By Fate
    Photo: Capcom

    Out of Capcom's list of dormant franchises, Rival Schools is one title that many want back in their lives. Released in 1998, Rival Schools: United By Fate introduced everyone to the colorful characters of Justice High. Since 2000's Project Justice, Rival Schools has seen some success within the Street Fighter comics. In 2021, Street Fighter V delivered a big surprise with Akira joining as DLC and Daigo, Gan, and Edge making cameo appearances. 

    Since 2013, game director Hideaki Itsuno has been open about returning to the Rival Schools franchise. In a 2018 interview with Dualshockers, Itsuno said:

    The one that we need to get resolution on is Rival Schools, because in Japan there are three years of high school. We have seen the first two years for these kids, so the third one would be their last year in high school. Wouldn't that be cool? You end it on their graduation ceremony.

    23 votes
  • Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000
    Photo: Capcom

    While many fighting game fans choose Marvel vs. Capcom as their favorite crossover game, there are plenty of people giving that title to Capcom vs. SNK. Combining popular franchises like King of Fighters and Street Fighter was an instant success with 2000's Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000. Following the release of 2001's Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001, many people were hoping for a third installment in the crossover franchise. Unfortunately, SNK's bankruptcy led to the third game being canceled. In a 2021 Polygon article, Capcom vs. SNK 2 director Hideaki Itsuno said:

    Shortly after we finished Capcom vs. SNK 2, we started working on a 3D version of Capcom vs. SNK 3 for the PS2. CvS3 was meant to be the last [2D fighting game], but then it ended up becoming a 3D game along the way, and then SNK folded and that project got canceled, too.

    16 votes
  • 6
    14 VOTES

    Why spend time using fireballs when you can use a trusty sword instead? 1997's Bushido Blade was a game changer in the field with its Body Damage System, which could lead to one-hit kills. Following the release of 1998's Bushido Blade 2, developer Light Weight unveiled its spiritual successor Kengo.

    Unfortunately, the Kengo franchise didn't wow critics or gamers, with its fourth installment Kengo: Legend of the 9 being critically panned.

    14 votes