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The 20 best fighting games revealed

The greatest games between 1989 and 2009

We've rounded up the 20 best fighting games that were released between 1998 and 2008. From hip-hop brawlers to free-for-all melees, these titles are the most important fighting games to hit the industry in the past 20 years.

14: Capcom vs SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium, 2001 [PS2]

Capcom vs SNK 2 is widely considered the ultimate fighting game for fans of those retro, old school games that used to dominate the arcade scene.

Not only was the lineup from Capcom vs SNK more than doubled with 40 plus characters in the mix, but the new 'Groove' and 'Ratio' systems also added a lot of variety to each fight.

If you wanted to boast your fighting skills with a 3-on-1 match, this game really let you put your money where your mouth was. Hey, where else can you pit Ryu against Rock Howard?

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13: Super Smash Brothers Brawl, 2008 [Wii]

Super Smash Bros Brawl wasn't just a dream match sequel to Smash Melee, but it was the reason that several people renewed their hunt for the still elusive Nintendo Wii.

Finally extending past the classic Nintendo canon, Super Smash Bros. Brawl also had huge cameo appearances from Konami's Solid Snake and Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog, which just made the 35 character roster even bigger news.

Whether you loved or hated the new Smash Ball, this new Super Smash title was still a huge draw for Nintendo fans.

NEXT PAGE: Killer Instinct and X-Men vs Street Fighter

  1. These were the best games between 1989 and 2009
  2. Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves and Def Jam: Fight For NY
  3. WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain and Guilty Gear X2
  4. Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium and Super Smash Brothers Brawl
  5. Killer Instinct and X-Men vs. Street Fighter
  6. Power Stone and Mortal Kombat II
  7. Street Fighter III: Third Strike and Virtua Fighter 5
  8. Street Fighter IV and Super Smash Bros Melee
  9. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Tekken 3
  10. Soul Calibur and Street Fighter II Turbo

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