Top 10 Most Important Video Game Fighting Games


The Top Ten

1 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior

Without this game we probably wouldn't even have the competitive fighting game genre. - egnomac

2 Mortal Kombat (1992)

While it not as good looking as Street Fighter with its use of digitized actors it still stood out for its use of extreme violence with its signature Fatality moves that would lead to the birth of the video game rating system. - egnomac

3 Virtua Fighter

The very first 3D fighting game which would ultimately lead to the birth of The Tekken and Dead or Alive franchise as well as the Soul Calibur franchise. - egnomac

4 X-Men vs. Street Fighter

The game that started the Marvel vs Capcom crossover franchise pitting the characters from the X-Men against characters from Street Fighter in a 2 on 2 tag battle. - egnomac

5 Super Smash Bros.

The game that took Nintendo's most beloved mascots and have them duke it out in a free for all, originally intended to be a quick project which grew into one of the most beloved fighting game cross over series. - egnomac

6 Street Fighter IV

The game that brought the fighting game genre back from near extinction. - egnomac

7 Tekken

Virtua Fighter may have been the first 3D fighting game but Tekken help popularized it. - egnomac

8 Killer Instinct
9 Soul Edge
10 The King of Fighter '94

The Contenders

11 Super Smash Bros. Melee
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