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Posted on Sep 17th 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under Fighting Games, street fighter, tekken, mortal kombat, king of fighters

Back with another list, and this time we're looking at fighting games. There wasn't as much participation this month, participants for this list were myself, Whynotzoidberg, and Crabmaster2000. There were still some games that came across as consensus favorites, with two series conspicuously absent.

What makes a good fighter? Quick action, interesting move sets and combos, a variety of characters, among other criteria. With the lower participation, there were 10 games that stood out as the top of the genre.

One major note before we get to it, one of those absent series was Street Fighter. While generally known as one of the most popular fighting game series of all time, picking one game from the series just didn't seem to work. The same thing happened when we did the Super Nintendo list in February of 2020. So here's a short list of Street Fighter games that got a single vote each among the three voters-

Street Fighter IV (PS3, XBox 360) 19th place vote

Street Fighter Alpha 2 (SNES, PS1, Sega Saturn) 17th place vote

Super Street Fighter II (SNES, Sega Genesis) 16th place vote

Street Fighter II (many) 9th place vote

Street Fighter Alpha (PS1, Sega Saturn, GB Color) 3rd place vote

Street Fighter II Turbo (SNES) 3rd place vote

So here we go...

10. Killer Instinct

Released- 1995
Console- SNES, Game Boy

8. (tie) Virtua Fighter 2

Released- 1995
Console- Sega Saturn

8. (tie) Injustice 2

Released- 2017
Console- XBox One, PS4

6. (tie) Tekken Tag Tournament

Released- 2000
Console- PS2

6. (tie) King of Fighters XIII

Released- 2011
Console- XBox 360, PS3

5. X-Men: Children of the Atom

Released- 1995
Console- Sega Saturn (PS1 subsequently)

4. WCW/nWo Revenge

Released- 1998
Console- N64

3. Soul Calibur II

Released- 2002
Console- PS2, XBox, GameCube

2. Tekken 3

Released- 1998
Console- PS1

1. Mortal Kombat II

Released- 1994
Console- SNES, Sega Genesis (as well as several others)

Final Thoughts

Several long running franchises were represented here, and I should note that the only consensus two picks were Mortal Kombat II and Soul Calibur II. Happy fighting!

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Ha. Even with the lack of participation I wasn't able to get my favorites into the top 5.
Mortal Kombat II in the top spot? That seems odd to me, along with no Street Fighter games making the top 10. Interesting to see Children of the Atom in there as well, as opposed to Marvel vs. Street Fighter, or the later MvC games. No Guilty Gear, either. Glad to see Tekken 3 in the top 5, though. What a great game that is. Pretty sure I unlocked everything possible in that game back in 2000.

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