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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.

10: Power Stone, 1999 [DC]

Power Stone was probably the first video game that let players not only fight in a full 3D arena, but they could do so with up to four people joining in on the fun. The Dreamcast port was a picture perfect copy of the arcade game, which made it a serious competitor to Super Smash Bros.

Interestingly enough, the titular Power Stone had a 'Smash Ball' like concept that actually worked really well with the gameplay, which helped in creating even more memorable on-screen chaos.

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9: Mortal Kombat II, 1994 [GEN, SNES]

Mortal Kombat II was one bloody game, and it was made even better by the fact that console version didn't need any stinking codes in order to unlock the bloodshed.

If you wanted gore, this game gave it to you with no red tape attached. Although this MK title was ported to almost every system that existed, the SNES and Genesis versions packed an load of Easter Eggs and special cheats that kept us coming back for more.

NEXT PAGE: Street Fighter III: Third Strike and Virtua Fighter 5

  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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