Top 10 Most Influential Fighting Games of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)

Its predecessor Street Fighter (1987) may brought the innovation but Street Fighter II brought the revolution. - friezellproductions

This game shaped the entire genre. No other game will ever come close in terms of influence.

2 Mortal Kombat (1992)

It helped to create the video game rating systems. - friezellproductions

Street Fighter II may have set up the standards of whats to come in the Fighting genre, but Mortal Kombat would mark the gaming industry more greatly with its gore and violence and setting up age ratings for all future games. Its accessable gaming and memorable characters also made itself Street Fighter's biggest rival. - CrimsonShark

Still famous - zxm

3 Tekken 2 (1995)

It also revolutionized and popularized 3d fighters, basically the Street Fighter II of 3d fighters - friezellproductions

Virtua Fighter (1993) may brought the innovation but Tekken 2 brought the revolution. - friezellproductions

4 Super Smash Bros. (1999)

While its sequels are way better then the originals, you can't deny its influence on the genre - friezellproductions

"SUPER SMASH BROTHERS! "
I love that intro, and this game started the best fighting game series to ever be born. - Aceto

5 Samurai Showdown (1993)

It brought weapons to fighting games - friezellproductions

6 The King of Fighters 94' (1994)

Awesome game, but hard as balls!

It is the 1st fighting game with a team mechanic - friezellproductions

7 Virtua Fighter (1993)
8 Soul Calibur (1998)

Best ever

9 X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1996)

It was the 1st crossover in the fighting game genre and it introduced the tagging in fighting games. - friezellproductions

10 Battle Arena Toshinden (1995)

It introcuded side stepping - friezellproductions

The Contenders

11 Dead or Alive 2 (1999)
12 Super Smash Bros Melee
13 Guilt Ygear (1998)
14 Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)
15 Super Smash Bros. Brawl

It's awesome

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1. Mortal Kombat (1992)
2. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)
3. Super Smash Bros. (1999)
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1. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)
2. Tekken 2 (1995)
3. The King of Fighters 94' (1994)
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1. Mortal Kombat (1992)
2. Samurai Showdown (1993)
3. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)
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