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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.

12: Killer Instinct, 1994 [ARC]

Even though the Super Nintendo launch didn't quite live up to the hype, the original arcade version of Killer Instinct was one of those games that gamers saved their pennies for.

Midway and Rare made a huge impact with this unique and addictive fighting game, which was so popular that it created its own gaming in-jokes. Ultra Combos, Combo Breakers and No Mercy moves were just a few of the game's elements that kept people coming back for more - if any game needs a remake, Killer Instinct is overdue.

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11: X-Men vs Street Fighter, 1996 [ARC]

Capcom had already had massive successes with X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes, but no one could have anticipated the huge impact that would be created when elements in these titles were mixed together in what would be the first of many 'vs' games.

What made the game even better the inclusion of the two-on-two tag team system that allowed players to mix and match characters from Street Fighter and X-Men, meaning that for the very first time, you could pair the likes of Rogue and Cammy to take on huge heavyweight beasts like Zangief and the Juggernaut.

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  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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