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Fighting games are games in which two or more players fight with each other or against computer-controlled characters, often using martial arts. There is a variety of moves available, like punching, kicking, grabbing, throwing, and blocking, that should be used to defeat the opponent.

Most of these games are based on duels on fixed screens, such as Kung-Fu: The Way of the Exploding Fist. Progressive games like Double Dragon or Streets of Rage, where you need to fight multiple enemies, are usually defined as beat 'em up or brawlers.

Most of the first fighting games in the 1970s and 80s, like International Karate +, were about sports: boxing and martial arts. Then, some games like Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior added more imaginative features that allowed the genre to grow more.

The end of the 80s and early 90s is when Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat were released. Both of these are considered staples of the fighting game genre. Street Fighter II, in particular, was a revolution with its accurate controls, simple gameplay, and multiplayer mode. The ability to play against other players really kickstarted the competitive side of fighting games.

While the concept of a fighting game itself is simple, it allows for a ton of freedom. Different environments, perspectives, combos, and even weapons. All that and more made the fighting games we know and love so popular. If you like this genre, don't forget to check brawler games too!

Street Fighter II dosgenesisamiga

Street Fighter II is the arcade sequel to the original Street Fighter and was developed and published by Capcom in 1991. Originally made for arcades, it was later released for other platforms, including that Amiga and PC.

Year: 1992 Genre: Brawler

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Super Street Fighter II Turbo dosamiga

Super Street Fighter II Turbo is a competitive fighting game created by Capcom and released initially as an arcade in 1994. It is the fifth game in the Street Fighter 2 series, b...

Year: 1995 Genre: Brawler

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Mortal Kombat II dosamigagenesis

Mortal Kombat II is the second installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise, developed by Midway games and published by Acclaim Entertainment in 1993. This sequel is just one of the ...

Year: 1994 Genre: Brawler

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Mortal Kombat dosgenesisamiga

Mortal Kombat is a side-scrolling fighting game created in 1992 by the four person company Midway Games and released initially as an arcade. Thanks to its huge success, the game wa...

Year: 1993 Genre: Brawler

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Mortal Kombat 3 genesis

Mortal Kombat 3 is the third game in the popular series of fighting arcades created by Midway. The coin-op was released in 1995. The same year several ports, including the Sega Megadrive/Genesis, were released.

Year: 1995 Genre: Brawler

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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 genesis

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is a fighting game developed and published by Midway Games in 1995. It is an improved and slightly different version of Mortal Kombat 3. The original thi...

Year: 1996 Genre: Brawler

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WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game genesis

WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game is a coin-op created by Midway in 1995. It is impossible to deny that many of today's adults grew up with games like Super Mario Bros or Sonic. Bu...

Year: 1995 Genre: Brawler

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Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! nes

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! is one of the most iconic boxing games and was developed and published by Nintendo in 1987 for the NES. In addition to being a classic icon, it is also one of the best-selling games of all time.

Year: 1987 Genre: Sports

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One Must Fall 2097 dos

One Must Fall: 2097 is a beat 'em up developed by Diversions Entertainment and published by Epic MegaGames in 1994. It is set in the future, where fighting between humans is outlawed.

Year: 1994 Genre: Brawler

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International Karate + amigacommodore-64

International Karate + is a side-view karate fighting game created by System 3 initially for 8-bit platforms. The game, also known as IK+, or Chop N' Drop in the US, was released f...

Year: 1988 Genre: Brawler

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International Karate++ windows

International Karate Deluxe is a fantastic freeware remake of the never-released International Karate++. It was supposed to be the sequel of one of the most popular fighting games ...

Year: 1999 Genre: Brawler

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Street Fighter amiga

Street Fighter is a fighting game created by Capcom and released initially as an arcade in 1987. It is the first chapter of the fighting series that became popular thanks to the sequel, Street Fighter II.

Year: 1988 Genre: Brawler

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WWF Wrestlemania dosamiga

WWF WrestleMania is a wrestling game created by Twilight originally for the Amiga and published by Ocean in 1991. The game, which was the first official WWF-licensed title for home...

Year: 1991 Genre: Brawler

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Budokan: The Martial Spirit amiga

Budokan: The Martial Spirit is a martial arts fighting game developed and published by Electronic Arts in 1989 for the Amiga and DOS. Since its release, it has been ported to many other platforms.

Year: 1989 Genre: Brawler

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