The 20 Greatest Fighting Game Intro Scenes

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We all know how exciting it is to finally hop into a highly anticipated fighting game. 

All those months of watching trailers, reading up on its trademark mechanics, catching up on all the character reveals, participating in the beta, etc. are just some of the instances that come to mind during the wait for a new fighter. Once that new fighter is officially playing out on your screen, there’s usually a cinematic that plays out to truly bring you into the fold. The best examples of those sorts of intros do their job of displaying the best attributes of certain characters, providing a bit of backstory, and showcasing some extra hype combat scenarios. We took the time to look back at some of the most memorable fighting games of all time and list the most fire intros we’ve ever come across.

Trust us when we say that every time these intros come on, you’ll never skip them.

20. ‘Dynasty Warriors’

19. ‘Tobal 2’

18. ‘Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout’

17. ‘Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000’

16. ‘Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers’

15. ‘The King of Fighters ‘98’

14. ‘Dead or Alive Ultimate’

13. ‘Def Jam: Fight for NY’

12. ‘Street Fighter Alpha 2’

11. ‘Tekken 2’

10. ‘X-Men vs. Street Fighter’

9. ‘Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes’

8. ‘Tekken Tag Tournament’

7. ‘Super Street Fighter IV’

6a. ‘Marvel vs. Capcom 3’

6b. ‘Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’

5. ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’

4. ‘Soul Blade/Edge’

3. ‘Soul Calibur 2’

2. ‘Super Smash Bros. Melee’

1. ‘Tekken 5’

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