Top 10 Greatest Fighting Game Franchises

Fighting games were very popular in the '90s and that's where most the most acclaimed franchises we know today got their start, but don't forget about the newer ones. And here they are.
The Top Ten
1 Super Smash Bros.

Watching videos of various fighting games they all look similar to me. Aside from their own little differences (like MK's gore) they have similar designs. Smash stands out, being far different from any other game but still being fun and requiring as much skill as any other fighter. And not only can it play with more than two players, it can play up to eight at once. That's amazing.
But then there is of course it's biggest catch: it's roster. Mario, Sonic, Ryu, and Pac-Man can all fight each other, and they feel pretty true to their series. Not only can no other fighting game too the magnitude of smash's roster, but no game at all.

2 Tekken

I'm a fan of all fighting games but I believe
Tekken is much better than MK because it has a much complicated and professional gameplay.

But unfortunately Tekken's developers are terrible at marketing, which I think makes their games low budget.

And I think that's the reason why MK has much more content, it has better story modes, better entertaining features like fatalities, brutalities, krypt, etc.

So yeah, I think Tekken 8 will be able to compete with MK11 because they made a lot of money with Tekken 7.

But again, it won't sell as much as MK, because Japanese are geniuse at creating art, but terrible at marketing (Comparing to US)

3 Mortal Kombat

I've been a MK fan since the 90's when I was only three years old. My parents didn't fail at trying to keep me away from violence. I went out of my way to see the movies and play the games. In other words, there was nothing stopping me from seeing and playing Mortal Kombat. I would go to the arcades with friends and play MK1. Skorpion has always been my favorite character but I did give Johnny cage kudos for punching Goro's nuts! Haha

One of the finest Fighting Game Franchises to exist. Since its debut it has influenced other traits now seen in modern games such as combo juggling and finishing moves. Without it, franchises like Street Fighter & Tekken wouldn't have been pushed to the heights they are at now.

4 Street Fighter

I love Fighting Games. Mortal Kombat, Tekken, king of fighters and all, but in my opinion, Street Fighter is the best. The characters are really interesting, and almost every game is amazing.
Yes I know, Street Fighter V wasn't really good in the beginning, but I think SFV Champion edition is one of the best Street Fighter games out there.
But anyways, Street Fighter is a legendary franchise.

The fact that Mortal Kombat is currently in the lead is really depressing to me. The only good MK game since MK2 was the reboot in 2011. People need to look at the series, not just one good installment. As a series, Street Fighter is undoubtedly better in both mechanics and critical acclaim. SF4 single-handedly revived the fighting genre in the current generation as well.

5 Soul Calibur

The combat is some of the best of any fighting games I've ever played, The character creation is really cool, the use of created characters in online play is awesome, the guest characters are great, and the story is pretty interesting. Really looking forward to SCVI, whenever that comes out.

At least in this game you can't possibly win by buttonmashing and spamming, 8-way moving system is a must-have. Smooth gameplay. In the more recent SC games you have a detailed character creation, So you're not obligated to play with the same guy/gal over and over.
The story is absolute crap, but that's not that important in fighting games anyway

6 The King of Fighters

This is so underrated. The King of Fighters is a great game, and the character storylines are well told through the characters such as Athena.

Easily the best! Sadly forgotten today, but back in the 90's it RULED the arcades.

Without The King of Fighters '94, we wouldn't have KoF series in first place.
KoF is awesome!

7 WWE

The biggest fighting franchise that does not involve death, but delivers enormous amounts of violence.

8 Marvel vs. Capcom

The series became one of the most recognized franchises ever.

9 Guilty Gear

A series with gameplay that truly puts your technical skills to use, with blindingly fast pacing, a refined engine, and a stunning variety of combos and techniques. The overall depth and variety offered by this combat system is difficult to match, and has done a lot of evolving since the unorthodox, yet intriguing original game.

The hand-drawn, sprite-based graphics are beautiful, especially on the part of the character models, and the backgrounds are breathtaking. Daisuke Ishiwatari's compositions for the soundtrack provide an energetic and uplifting feel, and compliment the furious action perfectly. The overall artwork of this series is creative, original, and well-conceived.

The characters are all very unique, likable, and inspiring, with surprisingly involving storylines and backgrounds, and strong, memorable personalities. Their names, moves, clothing, and overall design are full of rock and heavy-metal references. The franchise is almost guaranteed to introduce players to great bands they have never heard of.

An underground series that has always deserved more praise and attention than it has received. Has earned its place with the best fighting game franchises around, regardless of what kind of legacy it may leave.

10 Virtua Fighter

It doesn't have any magic projectile blasts like other fighting video games, just good ol' martial arts skills. At the time of Virtua Fighter 2, it was the most ground-breaking video game of its time (graphics, gameplay, fun factor were all #1).

The Contenders
11 Killer Instinct

Fighting games have been a staple for me since first laying hands on Street Fighter II as a kid. As an adult, I've waited for a long time to see the comeback of Killer Instinct. The new game delivers in a way I hadn't expected.

This is the first fighting game I've played that truly feels like it's you vs your opponent, not you vs the input system. Commands are easy and intuitive, and the breaker/counter system makes for the most mindgames-intensive experience ever. When you beast someone it's obviously because you outplayed them, not because you managed to pull off the most damaging combo/special first.

My number one fighter of all time.

12 Dead or Alive

- Best 3D fighting games when it comes to characters, audio design, maps, the counter system, skill gap, and most importantly the sexiness. A great fighting game with Sexy girls in sexy outfits is bound to be the best fighting game franchise ever

Ian
In my opinion, Dead or Alive is one of favorite fighting games of all time. Unfortunately the series is only recognized for jiggle physics and sadly people only focus on that instead of the fun, over the top gameplay. Despite the franchise but memorably great and I pretty much love the modes in the game (like tag team, survival, story, etc. ) and have been playing the franchise since Dead Or Alive 2 on DC and PS2 in which I eventually played the rest of the series on Xbox consoles

13 Dragon Ball
14 Darkstalkers

Don't forget about the other fighter Capcom made, not as popular as street fighter, but still a solid game.

15 Godzilla
16 PlayStation All-Stars
17 BlazBlue

One of the most fun games with the coolest cast of characters I've ever played

18 Capcom vs.
19 Rival Schools
20 Skullgirls
21 Fatal Fury
22 Naruto
23 Injustice
24 Samurai Shodown
25 Variable Geo
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