It’s the season of WrestleMania, meaning that thousands of wrestling fans worldwide are getting ready for the biggest show in sports events entertainment. It’s time to put on the leotards, put on your mask, and sparkle the championship belt.
For all those hardcore fans who are not ready to participate in the ring, there have always existed fighting games, digital experiences that permit them to give a step on the boots of their favorite superstar.
For most fans of the video game wrestling genre, the first title that popularized fighting was Karate Champ. The rec room parishioners hallucinated back in 1984 because of the genius of Data East and could not imagine what the future would bring them. This is our particular selection of titles which, for one reason or another, have been particularly prominent. To lend a hand to those who are undecided here is a list of 10 favorite fighting games so that you give a chance to those you haven’t tried or fondly remember those you enjoyed.
The first time a home console game surpassed its recreational version was with Soul Calibur, a profound title whose first chapter shook the foundations of the genre.
The first significant crossover of the fighting genre brought almost all of the characters from the SNK series together with some newly designed characters in King of Fighters 94, a hit for the company.
There have been many titles that have tried to move Dragon Ball’s magic to a video game, but none have reached the gameplay, visual, or fun level of FighterZ. A monument for fans and a delight for wrestling fans.
Nintendo broke all the rules to create Super Smash Bros. and Melee is the most successful delivery so far. Ultimate has gained strength in recent months, but the seed planted it in this chapter.
Mortal Kombat, the king of provocation, reached full maturity with X, a game still enviable today at a technical level and magnificent in terms of gameplay.
The subtitle of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is New Age of Heroes, and of course, its style inaugurated an era. Mixing the most diverse characters, the gameplay of MvC2 inspired countless titles, including Dragon Ball FighterZ. Imagine the impact it would have had if it had been released at the same time as The Avengers ‘ movies.
The charisma of each of the characters in Street Fighter 2 is only comparable to the thoroughness of their controls. A game you’ll be able to play in 30 years and still appreciate how well it’s done.
Just because we had one of the most iconic matches in the history of video games (Evo Moment 37), Street Fighter 3 already deserves to be on this list. If you can repeat it at home, you can be satisfied.
Yeah, yeah, we know this is the third time we’ve put Street Fighter on the list, but SF4 is excellent. Ask any professional in the sector, and he’ll confirm it: it’s better than the fifth installment.
Namco gave a lesson on how you can continue to innovate in the fighting genre following your pattern with Tekken 3: each button is a limb, and each combo is as easy to run as it is challenging to master. It can be considered the exact origin of the fighting dynasty that lasts until today.
Art of Fighting may not be on most of the best fighting games lists, but some of its novelties represented a before and after in the genre, such as the use of zoom to expand the playable zone and the bruises that were marked on the faces. Bonus displays also deserve a separate mention.
Beyond the controversy he raised over his female characters, Dead Or Alive 4 was a significant push in a series where interaction with the stage and counter plays an important role.