Top 20 Fighting Game Franchises


Japanese gamers, both the originators and long the primary consumers of the fighting game, have held forth on which of these massive mega-franchises they love the most, with even relatively obscure titles managing to do surprisingly well in the face of the giants…

The ranking:

1. The Street Fighter series

2. The Tekken series

3. The Virtua Fighter series

4. The King of Fighters series

5. The Jojo series

6. The Dark Stalkers series

7. The Fatal Fury series

8. The Dead or Alive series

9. The World Heroes series

10. The Psychic Force series

11. the Guilty Gear series

12. The Arcana Heart series

13. The Capcom vs. SNK series

14. The Rival Schools series

15. The Marvel vs. Capcom series

16. The Blazblue series

17. The Soul Calibur series

18. The Last Blade series

19. The Power Instinct series

20. The Melty Blood series

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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    How the fuck is Psychic Force HIGHER than Guilty Gear, Marvel vs Capcom, Blazblue, AND Soul Calibur.???

    BTW isn't Power Instinct just a joke SNES ripoff clone of Street Fighter 2?

    List is a joke heres the real list

    1. Street Fighter
    2. Mortal Kombat
    3. Marvel Vs Capcom
    4. Soul Calibur
    5. Tekken
    6. Virtua Fighter
    7. Dead or Alive
    8. Guilty Gear
    9. Blazblue
    10. King of Fighters

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:35 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can roll with this

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah in america, why don't you add super smash in your list too while you're at it

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do understand that MK is only big in the U.S.. I don´t remember there being even a cabin in arcades over there. So I can understand the list because top ones have lots of cabins and that´s why MvC and other versus are lower because they´re old.
    Top 4 because of pedigree.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    mortal kombat is and has always been trash for fucking try hard edgelords.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Mortal Kombat
    >edgy and try hard
    MK is ridiculously violent, over the top and goofy as fuck. Literally the opposite of edgy. Most of the shit on this list is less violent but comes off twice as edgy, like fucking Blazblue.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah that explains why all the twelve year old kids were the ones the most into mortal kombat back when it came out. they were all into the violence, and gore because they thought it was "mature". now tell me how the fuck that isn't "edgy".

    Comment by Anonymous

    Whitey confirmed, probably American too. Surprised your font have Smash in your list...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    To all the fuckers asking why stuff like Killer Instinct or Mortal Kombat's isn't on the list: this list was made by and for Japanese gamers. Shot like KI or MK isn't popular in Japan. If the list was made almost anywhere else BUT Japan, you'd see KI and MK in those lists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are twenty?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bushido blade?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with number one, the rest is not important, because it sucks anyway, I played a lot of other franchises, but in fighting games street fighter alpha 3 is only game, when you fully control character all time, not just watch stupid unstopable combos and its better than SF3 and 4 because gameplay matters, not graphics

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    It helps if your game didn't look like shit though. (don't really agree with your opinion overall, but that doesn't matter :D)

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:00 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait a Japanese list and Melty Blood is last and In Night Rebirth is not on the list...

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    Comment by TakedaDoujin
    00:07 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eltnum makes UNIEL a part of that fucked up MB canon

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)


    But seriously though as much as I love Powerstone it shouldn't really be on the list. It's more brawly than it is fighty.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:17 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know right, where the fuck has Powerstone been for the past decade?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Primal Rage was pretty good.


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    Comment by Shimazaki
    23:49 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guilty Gear After Garou, and DOA?, clearlly japan is more stupid day by day.......this list is so random that the only name thta can be in 1st place is SF series, the rest, is just the creator of the article guessing.

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    Comment by cpc65
    04:17 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Top 20"? Didn't even think there was that many out there that could even be called halfway decent. Maybe 10 or 12. I guess it all depends on your tastes, skills and expectations.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Psychic Force 2 was a great game. Not a big franchise? Yeah, sadly. Too high on that list? Maybe. Outdated? I don't see the problem.

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    Comment by DarkWisdom
    14:58 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Soul Calibur number 17?!.......

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 27/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm surprised to see Darkstalkers so high, given that Capcom doesn't give a fuck about it. Guilty Gear should be higher on that list tho.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:53 29/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL normies the list should be

    01. The King of Fighters '98
    02. The King of Fighters '97
    03. The King of Fighters '96
    04. The King of Fighters '00
    05. The King of Fighters '94
    06. The King of Fighters '95
    07. The King of Fighters '99
    08. The King of Fighters '2001
    09. The King of Fighters XIII
    10. Garou Mark of the Wolves

    and the rest same crap that all normies play for fun

    Proof ??? go to fighcade (ex ggpo niche) and look how many ppl playing KO98 any fucking day and hour

    Fuck off with you MOE of 1 jump mode only games, they suck and the heretic that make this list need to be impeached.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:37 28/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Somebody call up "the switcher". they're catalog is stagnating.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait...Psychic Force is WHERE on this list? TEN!? Above Guilty Gear, Arcana Heart, * vs *...? Hell, it's even ON the list?!

    What. The. FUCK.

    Psychic Force had TWO games, and a COMPILATION DISC for the PS2. ONE sucked, the second was "good". Not great, just "Good". That one "Good" game was given two different names based on what system it was released on: PS2 on the PS1 & 2012 on the DC...just so people wouldn't wonder what happened to PS1 when they checked their DC section in the store.

    Psychic Force even being on this list? Either Japanese gamers are high on 'shrooms, or they've gone Full Retard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:29 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont think Jojo, CvS, Psychic Force and even Darkstalkers should be in that list. When I think in top franchises, I think about installments in at least one decade, at least three games, most of them really good, and not dependent of external references, as manga, anime or hqs. There should be Samurai Shodown and Matrimelee, Capcom vs series should be only one item, Rival Schools and Last Blade are good but have not enough games. Seems like the editor remembered series and just called them "the top".

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:30 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    samurai shodown not on the list? lmaooo

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:33 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, very ass list with World Heroes instead of SS.
    Also, Jojo so high? Despise the quality of Capcom's game they just put it there because of the franchise as a whole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Arcana hearts above Marvel vs capcom..
    no Persona 4 arena either..

    crap list is crap/10.

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    Comment by jr240483
    06:42 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    surprised that powerstone isnt on this list. sure its not as popular as rival school but it was definitely fun to play back in the dreamcast era.

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    Comment by MARl0
    21:16 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where the heck is Super Smash Bros.? That should easily be in the top 3.

    Inb4: SmaSH !snt a f1ghtING GamEE!!!111!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Smash isn't a fighting game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:49 26/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tourneyfags can go to hell, no wonder Sakurai is fed up

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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    No bloody roar? I still say that series needs to make a comeback

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:24 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    world heroes of all games is #9 lol. proof right there everyone voting on the list has no idea what a good fighting game is, seeing as world heroes was pretty terrible.

    there are multiple reasons why MK didnt make the list. its its a "serious" fighter whereas the others are cartoony button spam fests. the japanese dont seem to like games that take themselves seriously for whatever reason. they want unrealistic boob physics, spammy controls (or simplistic combat rock-paper-scissors as is the case with DoA), and cartoony graphics above all else. the last good MK games were released when the primary demographic for gamers (children) were just being born or werent even born yet so they dont even know what a good MK game is. after the snes and arcade versions, the later sequels just became lameassed "guest star" games that offered nothing original, just like marvel vs capcom and capcom vs snk. this is the same reason killer instinct didnt make it on the list either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Implying MK isn't a cartoony button spam fest.
    >Thinks MK II on SNES was the epitome of the series

    So in the universe you come from, the hallmarks of good fighting games are Itchy & Scratchy style violence and unbalanced character rosters with easily exploitable juggle combos? Cool story, bro.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:50 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dafuq? It's because only white people play MK, and Asians don't.

    Also, across the ENTiRE series, it is not a serious game ever played in tournaments. There are only a few exceptions, such as the recent couple titles, and again basically only in "white people land" tournaments.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:04 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which whites? MK is popular with casual players from Russia and Eastern European countries. In US tournament streams I also see a lot of black people playing games like Street Fighter, Guilty Gear, Blazblue, etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:51 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Black people, there fixed. Most whites dont care about MK, the blacks are the ones drawn to it because of the violence. Whites prefer Street fighter.

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    Comment by Jamtea
    18:29 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm delighted to see Jojo's high on the list, but even though I love it, it's nowhere near as good as the Arc Sys fighters. Blazblue and Guilty Gear are criminally low on the list. Glad to see Darkstalkers hanging on in there though.

    That said, does Jojo's refer to the new 3D games, or the older (amazing) Capcom 2D fighters?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    the entire genre sucks lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    git gud scrub

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    your mom sucks...

    My cock.

    damn troll

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:42 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I too, would like to make fun of you,

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never know KOF series are still so popular.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:48 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You must be white then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    10. The Psychic Force series
    Ah, the Dragonball Z game without the Dragonball Z characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:47 25/09/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    My favorite thing that a scrub does, is say something is copying something that was out after the afore mentioned.

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